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“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” ― Ignacio Estrada
 
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The study of rocks and minerals just wouldn’t be complete without learning about rocks that are plain on the outside but are “gems of mineral crystals” on the inside! That is why I include a mini unit about geodes in our Earth Science study of
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Hello! “The Scientific Method Step Book” is a fun project that I introduce at the beginning of the school year. Students make their own flip books about the Scientific Method process. This book serves as their own resource throughout the
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The Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, is used as a spring board personal narrative writing activity to begin a new school year as well as end that same school year. I have used this activity with third grade students, but it can be
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Here’s how the conversation goes with my class right before we start reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Most students say they already read it, heard it, or saw the movie. I reply “you may have done all of those things, but in my class you will
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Hello! The science project is a fun way for students to study life cycles of plants and animals! Students create two life cycle timelines, to see how their own life cycle compares to other living organisms. Each timeline showcases different
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This life science activity consists of 2 worksheets. The first worksheet is a vocabulary activity where students explain how organisms compete within an ecosystem, and describe the niche of any chosen animal, and their own niche. Students write
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This activity can be used after studying properties of rocks in the classroom, and identifying them with a rock key. The students always like to share a favorite rock of theirs, so I introduce the book, Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor,
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Hello! Learning Square Numbers to 12 has 4 different lessons. -In Lesson 1, students first review the properties of a square shape, by using 1 inch tiles to construct arrays of different sizes. -Lesson 2 introduces square numbers and
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The non-fiction story, Nights of the Pufflings, by Bruce McMillan, has always been a favorite among my third grade classes during reading time, as well as a great science lesson about bird adaptations, coupled with a geography lesson about Iceland!!
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The Know, Write, Illustrate (KWI) Organizer is based on the well established idea of concept circles. The KWI organizer is a visual circle divided into four sections where students explain in their own words and illustrations about a concept
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This activity is a great way to teach younger students to collaborate, organize, and plan a presentation while learning elements of poetry! At the third grade level, it also helps the teacher and students satisfy many Common Core objectives for
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The “two sided” vocabulary step book is an interesting activity that takes the place of traditional vocabulary flash cards or worksheet vocabulary activities. In this activity, students will: • Group vocabulary words by theme into a step book
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The Know, Write, Illustrate (KWI) Organizer is based on the well established idea of concept circles. The KWI organizer is a visual circle divided into four sections where students explain in their own words and illustrations about a concept they
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Valentine’s Day celebrations are number one, when you can have some wordplay fun! My third grade homeroom used copy change, borrowing the structure from a writer or author, then used it as a skeleton for writing their own Valentine poems. The
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What Causes People to become ill, and how do our bodies help us feel better again? Our class answered this when we recently finished a unit on staying healthy. We read or listened to several books in class such as Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin
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When my third grade students learned about animal populations they understood that a population of animals is the number of individuals of a particular same kind of species that live in an area. But then they discovered that within a population of
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The Know, Write, Illustrate (KWI) Organizer is based on the well established idea of concept circles. The KWI organizer is a visual circle divided into four sections where students explain in their own words and illustrations about a concept they
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The Know, Write, Illustrate (KWI) Organizer is based on the well established idea of concept circles. The KWI organizer is a visual circle divided into four sections where students explain in their own words and illustrations about a concept they
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This 1-page comment sheet is a great way for students to evaluate their own progress and set goals for themselves over the course of a grading period. They also get input from their teacher(s) as well as their parents on what they are doing well
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This is a quick and easy way to describe the steps of the Scientific Method and display them in your science center throughout the school year. The wheel allows the students to view each of the 5 steps, reminding them to use their 5 senses during
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Combined 32 years experience in special education K-12 and general education K-8.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Specializing in small group instruction. Hands on activities and application to link instruction lessons with real world experiences.

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2002-2013: National Board Certified Middle Childhood Generalist

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Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, and Masters Degree 45+ in Curriculum & Instruction.

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