Laura Karsjens

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Laura Karsjens
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"Move over! I need room for my imagination!" - a kindergartner
 
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By Laura Karsjens
When students go on vacations during the school year, parents often ask for their homework in advance. But let's be honest: who plans their lessons that far ahead of time? Instead of sending a bunch of worksheets with my students, I send this
Subjects:
Graphing, Geography, Writing
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$4.50
166 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Raise your hand if you are ready for spring break! {it isn't just my hand up, is it??} This homework packet is full of fun spring-themed practice pages to keep your students thinking and learning while they are off of school. It includes 15
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Spring
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$3.99
200 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
This kindergarten homework packet can be copied off and stapled together as a book for some learning fun while kids are out of school. This product includes: *student packet front cover *6 pages of literacy skill practice: alphabet writing,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Homework
$3.25
68 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Picture Prompts for Writing are a great addition to your independent writing center. Each page includes a picture or scene, as well as blank lines for your students to write sentences or a story about what they see in the picture. These could
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.50
63 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Picture Prompts for Writing are a great addition to your independent writing center. Each page includes a picture or scene, as well as blank lines for your students to write sentences or a story about what they see in the picture. These could
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.50
50 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
A great pack that includes introductory and more advanced segmenting practice games, activities, and centers! My students do a pretty good job of segmenting CVC words, but when I challenge them with 2 or 4 phoneme words, or words with long vowel
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$7.50
42 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Here are some fun literacy and math activities you can do on pajama day to keep the cozy theme going all day long. This pack includes: *Parent Note *Writing project in connection with Moongame by Frank Asch *Writing prompt: "I like to dream
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.00
19 ratings
3.9
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By Laura Karsjens
This learning pack includes 1 math center and 20 practices pages for students to practice the skills of counting on and counting backwards. Math Center: For numbers 1-20, there is a number featured on an airplane and students must count on and
Subjects:
Math, Numbers
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Math Centers
$2.75
26 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Inferential Thinking is a challenge for elementary students. Use these anchor charts to break down inferential thinking into simpler components: What is my prior knowledge? and What clues can I get from the text/pictures? Add those things
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Posters
$4.99
17 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
When school starts in the fall, there are always skills that we wish students had before starting kindergarten. We want to take advantage Kindergarten Round-Up as our first opportunity to give families tools to work with their child at home.
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Handouts, Printables, For Parents
$4.99
30 ratings
3.9
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By Laura Karsjens
This product contains 15 reading prompt anchor charts to use with your emergent and early readers. Each anchor chart has the prompt and a corresponding visual. The charts have an attractive black and white chevron border that will look great in
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Flash Cards, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$7.00
13 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
This is a set of seven worksheets for students to practice ordinal numbers. Five of the worksheets are "listen and do" worksheets. An adult reads the direction, "color the third superhero blue" and the students count with ordinal numbers to
Subjects:
Math, Numbers
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$2.25
25 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Summer will be here sooner than we realize! I like to send my kinders out the door at the end of the year with simple materials in hand to continue brushing up on their learning all summer long. In this packet you will find: *A parent
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Summer
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, For Parents
$4.99
21 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Sight Word Rockets are great independent word work centers. In Center 1: Students are given the opportunity to practice building sight words. This product focuses on the first fifty words from the Fry list. A sight word is written on the top of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.50
15 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
These anchor charts will help your students learn to identify the characters, setting, problem, and solution in a story. Each anchor chart includes the story element, as well as a picture and a prompt to help students understand that element of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Posters
$5.50
15 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
This product can be a math lesson and an independent math center after it is introduced. Students line up 10 cute bugs - on one side of the manipulative they are sleeping and on the other side they are awake. Count how many are sleeping and how
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Numbers
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Math Centers
$1.50
12 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
I hope that this set of kindergarten homework is helpful to you and your students! I use it with my kindergarten students and have been impressed by the amount of student/family participation. Each week students will bring home their homework
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Math
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Homework, For Parents
$12.00
18 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Students will have the opportunity to find uppercase and lowercase letters of varying fonts. Letters are "hidden" inside of a picture that begins with the given letter of the alphabet. These practice pages can be morning work, at a center, or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
Directions for Play: Student rolls the dice. Student matches the number on the dice to the sight word on the page. Student writes that sight word down on the bottom line. Continue play, as the sight words lists "race" to the top. Which sight word
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Karsjens
My students have become increasingly better writers as I make the expectations more clear to them. One tool that I find extremely helpful is this writing rubric that includes exemplars. There are four different writing samples, showing work that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Rubrics
$4.25
18 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching kindergarten for 9 years in an urban school, and I can't think of anything I'd love more. I have also spent time teaching overseas during the summer, both at an international school in Okinawa, Japan and at an orphanage and primary school in Kampala, Uganda.

MY TEACHING STYLE

From the beginning of my teaching career, I have been passionate about finding ways to make learning fun. Over the past 9 years, I have learned to do this in a purposeful way to still be meeting standards, including the common core. I love finding ways to incorporate music and movement into our lessons. My goal is to create active learners who are excited to come to school each day.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my undergrad degree in elementary education with an pre-primary emphasis in 2004. In 2012, I finished my master's degree in differentiated instruction. I have additional training in: * International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB - PYP) * National Urban Alliance (NUA) * Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love travel, photography, and a good cup of coffee. Currently my heart is torn between my kindergarten students here at home, and the orphans in Uganda that I volunteer with during the summer months. I have a blog at merrydays.wordpress.com where I tell stories about traveling, life, and the ridiculous things children say.

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