Kim Amburgey

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I created four compare and contrast activities that can be used in learning centers, in whole group settings, as learning contract activities, or even as creative assessments! The activities are: 1. Butterflies and Moths 2. Compare &
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With the Common Core requiring students to use evidence to support inferences they make while reading texts, I've created 5-7 activities (depending on how you use them) where the students have to do just that! Included in this document are: Infer
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This is a compilation of six activities that all focus on the immigration process at Ellis Island! The Interactive Ellis Island Tour on the Scholastic Website is a resource that the students will use for many of these activities. The website is
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The Ellis Island Webquest is a webquest I created using Scholastic's website. The students read information about immigrants' experiences, listen to immigrants' stories, and follow the steps an immigrant went through upon arriving on Ellis Island.
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This is a simple study guide I put together to monitor my students' comprehension of the book, Let the Circle Be Unbroken. The guide is broken up into questions for each chapter. The questions include literal questions that can be answered
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This is a sorting activity where students read different "sentence" strips and determine if they are sentences, phrases, or run-on sentences. The students sort the strips on a chart before then writing them on a recording sheet. This activity
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This file contains activities for students to demonstrate their understanding of multiplication, division, factors, and multiples. Below are the activities included: Table of Contents Oh no! Remainders (game)………………….…………3 Greatest Quotient
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Included in this document are five activities where students either identify examples of the different states of matter, identify the properties of the states of matter, or identify examples and characteristics of chemical and physical
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Here are seven different activities to help students practice identifying facts and opinions! The activities included are: 1. Fact & Opinion Sort 2. Fact & Opinion KABOOM! 3. Fact & Opinion Match 4. Fact & Opinion Pictures 5.
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Here are six different activities to help students practice identifying cause and effect relationships! The activities included are: 1. Cause & Effect Illustration 2. Cause & Effect Chain 3. Cause & Effect Match 4. Cause & Effect
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The Underground Railroad...Escape from Slavery is an Internet scavenger hunt I created using Scholastic's website. The students read information about slave experiences, listen to slave stories, and follow the steps on a slave's journey on the
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The learning activities in this file teach students about the important practices of reducing, reusing, and recycling. The activities consist of listening to a song (via You Tube) written by Jack Johnson and reflecting on the content in his song.
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The 8 prefix and 10 suffix activities in this document offer a variety of opportunities for students to identify words that actually contain prefixes or suffixes, as well as how the prefixes and suffixes change the meanings of words. Included in
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The Underground Railroad Scavenger Hunt is a webquest I created using National Geographic's website. The students read information about slave experiences and make decisions that slaves had to make on their journey on the Underground Railroad.
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This is a simple game that allows students to practice multiplying decimals by whole numbers. Students take turns rolling a die and filling in a number equation, with the ultimate goal of trying to get the largest product. When each students'
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As part of the Common Core, students are expected to describe characters, setting, and events using evidence from the text to support their descriptions. This file contains different activities where students are required to do just that! The
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Your students will enjoy building their understanding of figurative language, particularly of similes, metaphors, idioms, and personification, through these nine engaging activities! Included in this document are the following activities: Idiom
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This document has 5 different spelling contracts to give students a variety of ways to practice their spelling words! There are enough lines on each contract to give the students up to 20 spelling words. This, of course, can be differentiated
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This file contains a compilation of engaging activities for students to demonstrate their understanding of antonyms, synonyms, and/or homophones! The activities are more active than simply filling out worksheets! (Although I added three worksheets
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This is a game, which follows the KABOOM! format but with a winter twist! Students practice identifying statements of fact and statements of opinion, while having a fun time! All of the statements for this game are about snow....6 facts and 6
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently in my 20th year of teaching in an urban, public school. For the past 18 years, I have taught at Central Academy, a multi-age, democratic school, which serves students from Kindergarten through 6th grade. For my first 10 years at Central, I taught 8, 9, and 10-year olds, or the equivalent of 3rd and 4th graders. I then taught 9, 10, and 11-year olds, or the equivalent of 4th and 5th graders for the past six years. I now am teaching 10, 11, and 12-year olds, which is the equivalent to 5th and 6th graders! Since moving to the 4th/5th grade level, which we refer to as Intermediate, I have taught in a team teaching setting, where we have a large double room and share approximately 50 students. I have also had experience as the literacy coach for our district's summer school program, where I assisted with implementing the Four Blocks framework for literacy instruction. I have been a visiting instructor for a social studies methods course at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). I was a member of our district's equity leadership team for five years, as well as a member of our school's CARE team, which focused on culturally relevant teaching, for six years. Other experiences include: *Shared building leadership through weekly consensus meetings, grade level meetings, and vertical grade level meetings *Direct work with Dr. James Beane to enhance student-based research *Comprehension strategy work with Eve Hayes *Multi-age, project-based math instruction with Dr. Beatrice D'Ambrosio *Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) training with Dr. Stephanie Smith to strengthen mathematical number sense *Assisted Middletown City Schools in developing a math pacing guide *Participation in professional book clubs (Through Ebony Eyes, Learning to Trust, Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way, and Quality Questioning)

MY TEACHING STYLE

In our classrooms, we do not use text books other than as resources. We use learning contracts, thematic research, writer's workshop, independent reading, literature circles, CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction), and various hands-on activities for students to work on individual learning goals (which come from Common Core curriculum). At Central Academy, we differentiate instruction and discipline to meet the individual needs of the students. We also include student voice and choice in most of the decisions made throughout the school. This democratic approach, along with other strategies and techniques, truly help to prevent, as well as effectively work through, academic and discipline issues within our school community. Additionally, I feel that teaching students to be thoughtful, respectful, informative citizens is just has important as teaching them academics.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have received various awards and recognition from former students when they reach the high school level. I have been nominated for the Crystal Apple Award on several occasions. I was selected to speak at the Summit for Courageous Conversations on Project Based Learning. I was asked to contribute to a book chapter called "Rethinking Discipline: A Look at Community-Making from Central Academy," which was published in Education in a Democracy: A Journal of the NNER. This article can be accessed at http://www.units.muohio.edu/nnerjournal/currentissue.html

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Grades 1 - 8 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I received my Master's Degree in Reading and Mathematics Instruction from Walden University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married to my husband, Chris, and have a 20-year old step-daughter named Aubrey. The three of us live with our giant schnauzer, Abigail, and our cat named AJ. It is so enjoyable watching AJ the cat chase the 90-pound Abigail around the house! I enjoy reading, walking, and gardening, (particularly landscaping around our house). I am a huge fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and love watching NFL football on Sundays with friends and family! I am very passionate about helping students, especially those who are underprivileged, to reach their fullest potential.

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