Kris Downs

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Kris Downs
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This is an informational reading worksheet that explains the history of the Vikings from long ago. It goes well with several of the other items I have available on this site that center on Norse mythology. This work is licensed under a Creative
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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Students love to study animals! This animal adaptations worksheet is designed to help them understand what adaptations are and how animals use them. This paper takes a make believe animal and asks your students to write down several adaptations the
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This is a fun and creative following directions activity that your students will love! The end product is a big, beautiful and bold map of their own island. This project is a wonderful addition to a social studies map skills unit. I've also used
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Children love mythology! The wild tales of the Norse gods and goddesses are filled with daring deeds and heroic characters. These stories hook students into reading more! This is a 14 page booklet that includes a brief look at the main gods and
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Your students will enjoy reading this short Norse myth. It is a fun story that shows Thor's cleverness. The tale is followed by a few questions for your students to answer. It goes well with the other Norse mythology items I have available on this
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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What could be more fun and exciting for your students than working with candy while they develop their skills? This activity first gets your students to predict like a scientist. Then they test their predictions. They count and weigh and categorize.
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This is a fun play based on Norse mythology. It involves the wife of Thor and the trickster, Loki. A small group or a whole class can be involved. It goes well with my other products on Norse mythology that are available on this site. This work is
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Help your students meet common core standards by using my spotlight poems. Each poem pack focuses on a poem that's fun and unique. This particular poem is written in free verse. Start by spending 10 to 15 minutes reading the poem of the week. Then
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You and your students can use these labels and pictures to pull together the parts of a plant and their functions. When all said and done, these form a wonderful anchor chart that can be referenced throughout your unit on plants. The pieces include
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"Shrek" by William Steig is a wonderfully fun story. This packet contains enriching activities that tie into the book. Included in the ten page packet are the following: a thought-provoking introductory page, a reading comprehension paper, several
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Use these posters to help your young scientists better know their jobs during science experiments. The posters are colorful and written with scientific language. Discuss each team member's job and what responsibilities go with it. Giving each
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Help your students meet common core standards by using my spotlight poems. Each poem pack focuses on a poem that's fun and unique. This particular poem is about palindromes. Start by spending 10 to 15 minutes reading the poem of the week. Then each
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Here is a great tool for helping your students make sense of idioms. This packet starts with an explanation of what idioms are and why they are important. The next few pages will give your students many opportunities to practice using some common
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What could be more fun and exciting for your students than daydreaming about dragons? Here’s a fun way to involve their creativity and their enthusiasm. Have them create their own Dragon Journals! This project includes a first entry page, a physical
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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Help your students meet common core standards by using my spotlight poems. Each poem pack focuses on a poem that's fun and unique. This particular poem is an epitaph. Start by spending 10 to 15 minutes reading the poem of the week. Then each
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Help your students meet common core standards by using my spotlight poems. Each poem pack focuses on a poem that's fun and unique. This particular poem focuses on onomatopoeia. Start by spending 10 to 15 minutes reading the poem of the week. Then
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Help your students meet common core standards by using my spotlight poems. Each poem pack focuses on a poem that's fun and unique. This particular poem focuses on personification. Start by spending 10 to 15 minutes reading the poem of the week. Then
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Help your students meet common core standards by using my spotlight poems. Each poem pack focuses on a poem that's fun and unique. This particular poem focuses on metaphors. Start by spending 10 to 15 minutes reading the poem of the week. Then each
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Enjoy a frog-themed classroom! This pack includes a rules poster, name plates your students can color, birthday poster, classroom jobs display, motivational poster, and classroom labels.
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Help your students meet common core standards by using my spotlight poems. Each poem pack focuses on a poem that's fun and unique. This particular poem is a clerihew. Start by spending 10 to 15 minutes reading the poem of the week. Then each
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 18 years. I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. People often ask which of these is my favorite. That's almost impossible to choose! The joy you find in an 8 year old as he learns to multiply is just as wonderful as the achievement you see in an 11 year old's smile as she completes a report on the Civil War. Being in the middle of learning is my favorite thing.

MY TEACHING STYLE

There has to be fun and flair in learning that is balanced by boundaries and calm. I endeavor to give my students the most creative lessons that ignite in them a yearning for more. I let my students know that I am here to give them every opportunity to learn and grow. They are our future.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My shining moment? When I happened to meet a student I taught 16 years ago and they said, "I so loved your class! I still remember all about Hercules! That's why I took more mythology in college!" I have hosted two educational videos available from the Technology in Education office in Rapid City. One was on formative assessment and the other was on bullying.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have my bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. I worked in television and radio for a decade before I became a teacher. I chose teaching so that I could help make this world a better place - one student at a time.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married to a great guy. Together we raised a super young man. I am so lucky to have these two men in my life.

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