Kris' Common Core Crutches

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Here is a song from Kris' Common Core Crutches that you can lean on to help instruct your students on the three branches of government. Put to the tune of Three Blind Mice, each verse talks about a branch and some of the duties of that particular
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Teach the concept of forces and motion with this song that goes to the tune of "The Locomotion". In this song, the different kinds of motions and forces are described while children act them out. While engaged with the text, children are learning
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Use this song as a follow-up activity to teaching the three branches of government. The song is to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know it. Included in the download is a printable copy and a picture of a way you might want to chart it to use
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Sung to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It, this catchy little song will have your students mastering the different soil types in no time flat! Make into a chart or run individual copies. It is a great way to teach key concepts and
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Have your students create a Stegosaurus as a culminating activity on your study of dinosaurs. This cute art project will not only help reinforce the characteristics of a Stegosaurus, but it also includes a little geometry! You can put it in an art
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I patterned this chant after the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. This chant goes through the process of how a bill becomes a law. Teacher leads the chant by reading the top line. Children answer by reading the second line in the
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This Brontosaurus art project will receive "thunderous" applause from your students! It is a fun activity that will engage your students in tear art. Featured in this download are step by step directions on how you and your students can create
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The Magnet Song teaches children the academic vocabulary and key concepts associated with magnets: attract, repel, and about the poles. Set to the tune of "The Muffin Man", this song is a fun way to engage your students in this physical science
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This chant is used to teach children the key concepts and academic vocabulary associated with friction. The teacher reads the top line, and the children respond by reading the bottom line. Teach the pattern and rhythm of the chant first. Then,
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Have your students give this dinosaur a "tri"!. It is an easy and cute project that will rate "tops" with your class. Simple assembly instructions are included in this download, along with patterns and suggested art media. You and your students
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Incorporate some frilly art into your common core studies of dinosaurs by having your students create this colorful Dimetrodon! In this download, you will receive step by step directions for you and your students to follow, pattern pieces, and
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This chant about the law discusses what a law is, why we have laws, gives examples of laws, talks about who makes laws and what happens when laws are broken. These key concepts are taught in an interactive way with the teacher leading the chant and
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This chant will help your students learn about the properties of minerals. Included in the download is a printable copy of the chant. You can make individual copies for your students and chant it whole group. Or you can chart the chant using two
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I wrote The Gravity Song to the tune of "Jingle Bells". This song teaches children key concepts about gravity in a fun, engaging way. It is a great tool to use when introducing the concept of gravity and gives you a resource to build your
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Brave Heroes is a song that gives a little information on the following 6 heroes: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Sally Ride. Written to the tune of Bingo, some of the words are separated
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"Ee-I-Ee-I-Oh! It's off to school we go!" Use this project as a Back-to-School activity to find out what your students know or what they want to learn about. This download offers you many choices in creating and writing. You will receive two
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Ev'ry Plant on Earth is a song written by Kris' Common Core Crutches to help support your instruction of the plant life cycle. Set to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus", the song incorporates academic vocabulary like germinate, seedling, seed
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Implement this chant in various ways in your classroom. Run a classroom set off and have students read it whole group or with a partner. Have students take turns reading the bold and unbolded phrases. Students can then add illustrations of
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This song is about the following heroes who made a difference in the lives of people: Louis Pasteur, Sitting Bull, Cesar Chavez, and Susan B. Anthony. Written to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It", each phrase gives a snippet of
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This song, Goods and Services. was written by Kris' Common Core Crutches, to help students get a better understanding about what a good is and what a service is. It is written to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It". It is a great
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught elementary students for the past 25 years. I enjoyed teaching Kindergarten for 10 years, first grade for 2 years, 3rd grade for a year, and second grade for 12 years. Last year, I taught a 2/3 combination class. My heart is in teaching 2nd graders. My teaching experience has led me around the country: Texas, California, and Wisconsin.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style continues to evolve and change along with the times. The implementation of Common Core Standards has me once again making changes and trying to find a happy place. I am still very traditional and old school, I think. I love teaching from my carpet area, whole group, using big books and chants. Anytime I can use songs to teach a concept, I jump at the opportunity! My students are working with partners more and in small groups with the implementation of Common Core. I love to use centers as a way of reinforcing standards. I use direct instruction when teaching new concepts. I incorporate many projects into my program. I want my students to enjoy being 2nd graders, giving them as many chances to paint, cut, glue, and create as possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

P.T.A. Founder's Day Award Recipient 1997-1998 Teacher of the Year, Sundown Elementary 1995-1996 Teacher of the Year, Linda Verde Elementary 2003-2004

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science in Education

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