Laurie Westphal

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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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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Professional Development
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.50
27 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
24 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Science, Environment
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Research, Activities, GATE
$2.00
13 ratings
3.9
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By Laurie Westphal
This activity offers a hands-on variation of a traditional Venn diagram. It can be used in different ways, although I used it as a preassessment, discussion tool (rather than standard notes) and review. This file contains: - the instructions for
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Graphic Organizers
$1.50
6 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Other, Fun Stuff
$1.00
14 ratings
3.9
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By Laurie Westphal
This activity offers a hands-on variation of a traditional Venn diagram. It can be used in different ways, although I used it as a preassessment, discussion tool (rather than standard notes) and review. This file contains: - the instructions for
Subjects:
Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Graphic Organizers
$1.50
5 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Math, Gifted and Talented, Problem Solving
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$2.00
9 ratings
3.9
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By Laurie Westphal
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,
Subjects:
PreCalculus, Algebra 2
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Other, Handouts, Printables
$1.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Science
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Projects, Activities, GATE
$9.95
9 ratings
3.8
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities
$1.25
5 ratings
3.9
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Other, Worksheets, Activities
$1.00
10 ratings
3.9
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Science, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
$2.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$1.75
6 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$1.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lectures, Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Printables
$5.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.00
7 ratings
4.0
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By Laurie Westphal
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
Subjects:
Science
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Homework
$1.00
6 ratings
3.8
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By Laurie Westphal
This activity offers a hands-on variation of the traditional T-chart. It can be used in different ways, although I used it as a preassessment, discussion tool (rather than standard notes), independent practice and review. This file contains: - the
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Science Centers
$1.50
5 ratings
4.0
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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@giftecconsultant.com

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

1. Westphal, L. (2018). Educator’s quick guide to differentiating instruction. Austin: Prufrock Press. 2. Westphal, L. (2017). Differentiating instruction with menus: Grades 6 - 8 science; math; language arts; social studies (2nd eds.). Austin: Prufrock Press. 3. Westphal, L. (2016). Differentiating instruction with menus: Grades 3 - 6 science; math; language arts, social studies (2nd eds.). Austin: Prufrock Press. 4. Westphal, L. (2014). Literature for all learners: Grades 9 – 12; 6 – 8; 3 - 5. Austin: Prufrock Press. 5. Westphal, L. (2013). The importance of instructional choice in the gifted classroom. Tempo, 3(34), 28-31. 6. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating instruction with menus: High school algebra I / II; biology. Austin: Prufrock Press. 7. Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating instruction with menus in the inclusive classroom: 9 – 12; 6 – 9; K – 2; science; math; language arts; social studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. 8. Westphal, L. (2011). Ready to use differentiation strategies: Grades 6 – 8; 3 – 5. Austin: Prufrock Press. 9. Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating instruction with menus: Grades K - 2 science; math; language arts, social studies. Austin: Prufrock Press. 10. Westphal, L. (2009). Science dictionary for kids. Austin: Prufrock Press. 11. Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating instruction with menus: Middle school science; math, language arts, social studies (2nd eds.). Austin: Prufrock Press. 12. Westphal, L. (2007). Hands-on physical science. Austin: Prufrock Press. 13. Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating instruction with menus: Grades 3 - 6 science; math; language arts, social studies). Austin: Prufrock Press

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Doctorate 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.

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