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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Graphing, Elections - Voting, Presidents' Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Activities
$2.00
357 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets
$4.25
222 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, Autumn
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Interactive Whiteboard
$4.25
176 ratings
4.0
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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
Subjects:
U.S. History, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Interactive Whiteboard
$4.25
143 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets
$4.25
151 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Economics , Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Activboard Activities
$4.25
50 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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.
Subjects:
Reading, Science, Autumn
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RI.K.10, RI.1.10, RF.K.3c, RF.1.3
$2.75
36 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Economics , Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Interactive Whiteboard, Games
$4.25
31 ratings
4.0
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Here's everything that you need to teach your kindergarten, first grade or second grade students about fire safety during October for National Fire Safety Month, National Fire Safety Week, or National Fire Safety Day. Content is presented in an
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Health, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets
CCSS:
W.K.2, W.1.8, W.2.8, SL.K.1a, SL.K.2, SL.1.1a, SL.1.2, SL.2.1a, SL.2.2
$4.25
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Reading, Back to School, Poetry
Grades:
1st
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Interactive Whiteboard, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.10, RF.1.3, RF.1.4
$5.00
22 ratings
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By Laura's Lessons
**Newly revised with fresh graphics!** My first graders always seem eager to write about leprechauns! This pack of five writing prompts plus a pre-writing activity related to adjectives are designed to spark your students' imaginations while
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, St. Patrick's Day
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.1.1, W.1.2, W.1.3, W.2.1, W.2.2, W.2.3, L.1.1f, L.1.1j, L.1.2, L.2.2
$3.00
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By Laura's Lessons
Here's an interactive PowerPoint lesson activity for Presidents’ Day appropriate for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade. For the game, a picture of a President is hidden under rectangle shapes. Students take turns choosing a
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History, Presidents' Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Interactive Whiteboard, Activboard Activities
$3.75
23 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Thanksgiving
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.25
24 ratings
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By Laura's Lessons
Reading, writing and math practice with elves was never more fun! Use these no prep activities on their own or as the perfect supplement to your classroom elf activity or elf-themed unit for the holiday season. These English Language Arts and Math
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.25
14 ratings
4.0
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By Laura's Lessons
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Back to School
Grades:
1st
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Interactive Whiteboard, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.10, RF.1.3, RF.1.4
$4.00
17 ratings
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By Laura's Lessons
Here's some Halloween fun to supplement learning for first and second graders during this exciting time of year. Use these activity worksheets as seatwork, for early finishers, in centers, compile into a Halloween workbook, and more! These
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Halloween
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Printables
$3.25
20 ratings
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By Laura's Lessons
Looking for a new activity for back to school? Get the school year off to a great start with "Guess Who", a fun interactive game that helps students of all ages get to know their classmates. This game is a great ice-breaker and helps to build a
Subjects:
Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Interactive Whiteboard, Games
$2.50
7 ratings
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By Laura's Lessons
Here are some ready-to-use writing activities with a spring theme for your first or second graders! Spring Draw and Write Prompts can be used for guided writing lessons, for writing centers, for a spring writing journal, or as an extra activity for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Spring
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.95
13 ratings
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By Laura's Lessons
Reading, writing and math practice with pumpkins was never more fun! Use these no prep activities on their own or as the perfect supplement to your classroom pumpkin activities or pumpkin-themed unit for the fall season. These English Language Arts
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Halloween
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Printables
$3.25
6 ratings
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By Laura's Lessons
Looking for a new activity for back to school? Get the school year off to a great start with "Guess Who", a fun interactive game that helps students of all ages get to know their classmates. This game is a great ice-breaker and helps to build a
Subjects:
Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Interactive Whiteboard, Games
$2.50
6 ratings
3.9
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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.

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