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A mock election is a great way to help young children understand the process of how we elect our leaders. This voting activity is the perfect lesson for use around Election Day for grades kindergarten, first, or second. Show an online video (link
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Are you ready to meet the federal mandate to teach your students about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day on September 17th? Everything you need to teach your primary grade(K-3) students about Constitution Day is right here, ready to use and
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Let’s Learn About Christopher Columbus: A Lesson for Columbus Day will help you present age-appropriate content to your students in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. The animated PowerPoint with illustrations will keep young children
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Do you need a lesson about Veterans Day that's kid-friendly? Let’s Learn About Veterans Day PowerPoint Lesson will help you present age-appropriate content to your students in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. The animated PowerPoint
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Let’s Learn About Martin Luther King PowerPoint Lesson will help you present age-appropriate content to your students in first grade, second grade, or third grade. The animated PowerPoint with illustrations will keep young learners engaged as the
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Here's an easy way to make worksheets to supplement your spelling program or even design your own spelling program with this pack. It includes 8 customizable worksheet templates, a homework template, and a spelling test form with room for optional
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Let’s Learn About Election Day PowerPoint Lesson will help you present age-appropriate content to your students in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. The animated PowerPoint with illustrations will keep young children engaged as the text
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This terrific pack of thirty Word Families Worksheets provide independent practice for reading and phonics instruction for Kindergarten and first grade! Word families use onset and rime (beginning consonants and word bases) to help young readers
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Labor Day is an important September American holiday that's often overlooked in our school curriculum. This no prep lesson activity will help students in kindergarten (K), first (1), and second (2) grades understand that Labor Day means more than
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Do your students practice with word family long vowel patterns? Here's an easy ready-to-print resource! This comprehensive pack of thirty printable Word Family activities provide independent practice for reading and phonics instruction for
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This comprehensive pack of thirty Word Families Worksheets provide independent practice for reading and phonics instruction for Kindergarten and first grade! Word families use onset and rime (beginning consonants and word bases) to help young
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Reading and writing practice with elves is so much fun! This is the perfect supplement to your classroom elf activity or elf-themed unit for the holiday season! These English Language Arts printables designed for first and second graders are ready
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Labor Day is an important patriotic September holiday that's often overlooked in our school curriculum. This PowerPoint lesson and activities will help students in kindergarten (K), first (1), and second (2) grades understand that Labor Day means
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Looking for something new to for back to school? Your first graders will have fun on the first day of school with this engaging reading lesson that is connected to English Language Arts Common Core Standards. Activities in this lesson use the
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Here’s a great activity for reading and phonics instruction for kindergarten and first grade! Word families use onset and rime (beginning consonants and word bases) to help young readers apply knowledge of phoneme-grapheme correspondence to sound
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Here’s a great activity for reading and phonics instruction for Kindergarten and First Grade! Word families use onset and rime (beginning consonants and word bases) to help young readers apply knowledge of phoneme-grapheme correspondence to sound
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Looking for something new for back to school? This reading lesson is ideal for the first day of school and is connected to the English Language Arts Common Core! This colorful and animated PowerPoint uses the classic poem First Grade, First Day
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These cute turkey-themed reading and writing activities are perfect for Thanksgiving. The collection includes twelve activities are ready to use in reading and writing lessons or centers in first or second grade classrooms. Some are also
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Save 25% with this bundle! Get 5 animated Word Family PowerPoints, one for each long vowel sound. The word families included in this bundle are: _ake, _eep, _ine, _one, _ue NOTE: These Word Family PowerPoints are also for sale
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Autumn is the wonderful time for young children in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade to observe changes in the outdoor environment. In this mini-unit, students collect different colored leaves and use them to complete their own fall leaf book.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I love creating resources for the primary classroom! I recently retired from teaching first grade after 31 years but I don't feel "done" yet. Teachers Pay Teachers gives me a way to combine my teaching experience and knowledge of curriculum with my skills in using software to create materials for educational use. I also teach graduate-level professional development seminars related to technology, including using Smart Boards, to pre-K to grade 12 educators. Check out my website with links and resources to support teachers using technology in the classroom: http://smartertechteaching.com/

MY TEACHING STYLE

I absolutely love integrating technology into my teaching. I couldn't teach without a Smart Board. I used one in my first grade classroom for about ten years prior to my retirement.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Childhood/Generalist valid 1998-2008 Smart Exemplary Educator (2009); Superintendent's Award for Exemplary Service to Education (1999); National Board Certified Teacher (1998); Ohio Governor's Educational Leadership Award (1998); listed in Who's Who Among America's Educators (1998 and 2002); Chardon High School Topper Club Honored Educator (1996 and 2001)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master of Education in Early Childhood from Kent State University Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lake Erie College (concentration in elementary education) In addition, over 30 semester hours of graduate coursework earned with additional workshops attended in the areas of technology, mathematics, and reading instruction.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live about 30 minutes East of Cleveland, Ohio. I'm lucky enough to live right on Lake Erie and I enjoy the view year round. I have two cats, Maggie and Boots. I enjoy exploring the internet, reading, and cooking.