Laurie Westphal
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"Marianas Trench, Gneiss's birthplace and the Moho." Many quotes are so deep, I wanted mine to be too!
 
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This is the template I use to make the cubes I used in my classroom. I use them now to teach this strategy (cubing) in my GT differentiation staff development sessions. Hopefully this will save you some time when you create your own. I know this is
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I used menus all the time in my classroom and wanted an easy way to demonstrate them to parents during our open house/meet the teacher night. Hence this product was created. This is a list menu which is given to each parent as they enter the
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In an effort to conserve paper, but still make the smaller pieces easy to handle because of their universal size, there are six tickets on one page, so with just 5 copies, you have enough for a class of 30 students. I personally kept these cut and
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This is the first unit in a series of primary independent studies. Each unit is designed to be used by a single student or even groups of students during lessons in which they have already shown mastery, as enrichment options or anchor activities
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This page has 8 open house tickets on it. When I taught middle school, we did not have as much parent response as we had hoped, so I sent a ticket home with each student the day of open house. They could be brought back by the parents to open house
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This is a problem solving math worksheet for addition and subtraction using an Egytian theme. I was asked to do a model lesson for a first grade teacher who worked with gifted students and taught everything thematically. Her theme at the time was
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This is a 8 page "webquest" (through one website) about global warming, the atmosphere and the environment. It is designed with the primary handwriting lines, but would be easy enough to change since it is in Word. This was designed for gifted
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This is a game show menu covers the topics of:formation of fossils (and therefore fossil fuels), thermal energy (molecular structure of the states of matter), energy transfers, static electricity, conductors and insulators, and parallel and series
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I tutor math and science and they struggle with keeping all of the pre-cal formulas straight. This one page isn't anything that students couldn't create through the year as they are used; there are also commercial versions with the same information,
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The first day of school is both important and monotonous for the majority of our students. As teachers, we have to get some very important information out to our students from the rules, to supplies, to general expectations. This is usually handled
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This is a menu which allow students to show you who they are, including their interests and goals - it can be used at the beginning of the school year or as an introduction to autobiographies. It was designed to allow students to complete their
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This is the template for a product which incorporates different learning styles. It is a simple concept - after choosing or being assigned an objective or topic, students roll the cube to determine how they will show their learning. The cube brings
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This is a cube of genergic questions which can be used by your groups of students as you present information. Each group should be given a cube. As lecture or lesson progresses, instruction stops after about 10 minutes (10 - 2 rule), student groups
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Students can’t help but be actively engaged (and challenged) as they participate in the “chain reaction” style game: I have, Who has? Students share what they have on the top of their card (I have) and then counter by asking for the item on the
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This packet contains 7 back to school files which I also sell separately in my store (plus some additional how-to use pages for each). Included in this packet are: Back to School Myth versus Reality Activity Teacher Page Back to School Myth
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The preview has only a few of the cards, but this file has 19 different creative writing prompts. I made them originally to go in a crazy colored hat box, and most of the prompts involve the box itself. You could certainly put them into any box you
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This is a very basic writing ionic compounds chart. It does not include polyatomic ions, just elements. The students write the compound which is formed and its name. I did include some multiple valence elements just to introduce the idea of
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There are lots of menus available online (as well as this site) and of course, you can design your own menus. That being said - this checklist lets you evaluate and check the quality of the menu you have found or designed. A great way to tell if
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This is a basic word (13 words) search for global warming. It was designed as a introductory activity for a primary student's enrichment lesson over global warming. If I was using it with older students, or wanted a higher level activity, I would
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Students can’t help but be actively engaged (and challenged) as they participate in the “chain reaction” style game: I have, Who has? Students share what they have on the top of their card (I have) and then counter by asking for the item on the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

As a published author, I take copyrights pretty seriously - I look at each book as a labor of both love and creativity; when others take my words, call them their own and sell them, I can't help but take this personally. I was just notified that this was happening to my works here on TpT and I am still reeling that this really is the case. My publisher is cracking down on these infringements and if you have come to my page because I have left you a comment or message about copyright infringement, just know that claiming and selling my work as your own is just not cool. Use my ideas and run with them as a starting point for making your own menus, create your own ideas from scratch even, but selling mine is just not right. I will get off my soapbox now. ................... Feel free to contact me: Laurie@giftedconsultant.com Independent Gifted/Science Consultant, Published Author 2006 - present Based out of Houston, Texas, but travel nation-wide Horizons Gifted/Talented Helping Teacher (Teacher of Teachers) 2004 - 2006 Cypress Fairbanks ISD Houston, Texas ESL Science Teacher 2001 - 2004 Middle School, Katy, Texas Honors Integrated Physics and Chemistry Teacher 1998 to 2004 8th grade, Middle School, Katy, Texas Science Teacher 1997 to 1998 6th grade, Junior High, Katy, Texas Earth Science Teacher 1995 to 1997 8th grade, Junior High, Katy, Texas Classroom Teacher 1993 to 1995 4th through 8th grade, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Science Teacher 1990 to 1993 5/6 Grade, Monterrey, Mexico

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is interactive, student centered and Socratic in nature. You would often hear students saying "Wow, I never knew I knew that!" I am the author of the Differentiating Instruction with Menus series. I am more than happy to create menus "on demand." Just send me a message!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Publications: Westphal, L. (2014). Literature for Every Learner: Grades 9 - 12. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2014). Literature for Every Learner: Grades 6 - 8. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2014). Literature for Every Learner: Grades 3 - 5. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: High School Algebra I / II. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: High School Biology. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Math. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Math. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Math. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2011). Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies: Grades 6 - 9. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2011). Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies: Grades 3 - 5. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Science. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Math. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2009). Science Dictionary for Kids. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Science. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Math. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5:Math. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. Westphal, L. (2007). Hands-On Physical Science Austin: Prufrock Press. Awards: Spotlight Teacher of the Year for my Middle School in 2004. Earth Science Teacher of the Year for Houston's Geological Society in 1995.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Doctoral Student in Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A & M (College Station, Texas) Master's Degree in Adult Education from Jones International University (Centennial, Colorado) Framingham State University (Framingham, Massachusetts), Graduate Work in Educational Leadership Bachelors of Arts: Double Major: Spanish and Group Science with an emphasis in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

After working in the classroom for over 13 years, I am now working with teachers, providing staff development. I also still work with children through a thriving tutoring business in which I see 20 - 25 students aged 10 through 18 on a weekly basis. I support infringement free products by using public domain/commercial approved graphics and original ideas.