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Differentiating between types of reference sources is difficult for elementary students. These sorts and task cards will help students learn the types of resources available to help them research. The scavenger hunt will help them apply the skill
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This is a no-prep packet that students can use to learn about grizzly bears while practicing their literacy skills. This activity covers vocabulary, summarizing, main ideas, and problem solving. Included is a summarizing activity where students have
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Research tells us that young readers, particularly those who struggle, need time to build fluency. We also know that “Round Robin Reading” does not work. Readers’ Theater plays like this one are a great way to help blend history and reading fluency
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Need a quick, no-prep packet for students to use for a long weekend assignment or for independent work? Are the weather reports hinting at an extended "snowcation?" This resource is for you! This product allows your students to improve their
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These task cards and writing activities will help you gauge your students' understanding of Judy Blume's hilarious novel. These cards can be used as a "Scoot" game once the novel is finished or as a literacy center. The writing cards can be used
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This big grammar bundle will help your students develop their understanding of parts of speech. These noun, verb, adjective, and adverb sorts and activities will help your students truly grasp these important grammar concepts. This product will help
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This is a no-prep packet that students can use to learn about grizzly bear safety while practicing their literacy skills. This activity covers vocabulary, author’s purpose, functional text, and text features. Included is a summarizing activity where
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Love That Dog This set of 24 reading comprehension task cards can be used in literacy groups, centers, or for a whole class game of Scoot. The cards target inferencing skills, main idea, supporting details, author’s purpose, and vocabulary.
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Making predictions is a critical reading strategy that will help our students better understand and connect with text. So many struggling readers just need an opportunity to learn skills like these kinesthetically. Movable Literacy activities do
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These adjective sorts and activities will help your students truly grasp this important part of speech concept. This product will help students learn adjectives by providing examples, non-examples, and opportunities to move words around to fully
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This product connects the questioning portion of reading comprehension instruction to social studies and history by incorporating information about Pocahontas. These activities may be used whole group, but they are designed for small guided reading
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Is there a winter storm in your school community's forecast? Do you have a long winter weekend coming up and need an assignment for students? "A Snow Day" is the product for you! This is a no-prep long-weekend packet that students can use to
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Observing the world around them is an important skill for our youngest students. They are fascinated with nature and so excited to explore the outdoors. These adventures make great opportunities for both teachers and parents to make literacy
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This set of 28 reading comprehension task cards can be used in literacy groups, centers, or for a whole class game of Scoot. The cards target inferencing skills, main idea, poetic devices, author’s purpose, and vocabulary. Conflict, summarizing, and
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These graphic organizers will help your students organize their writing for a terrific cross-curricular project!
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Literacy can be movable! Text can be manipulated so that students can see how ideas really fit together. The graphic organizers and chunks of text included in this product will help students first analyze ideas and decide how they are related. Once
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Help your students understand and identify nouns by allowing them to sort and categorize them. Research tells us that students learn best when they have plenty of exposure to both examples and non-examples of concepts. Students will begin the
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Research shows that vocabulary deficits are one of the biggest challenges facing our young readers today. Constant exposure to new words is a critical piece of instruction. Helping students decipher words using roots, prefixes, and suffixes is
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Many students who struggle with reading simply need kinesthetic opportunities to learn literacy skills. This product includes opportunities for students to learn by matching vocabulary and sequencing parts of a story by moving around chunks of text.
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These adverb sorts and activities will help your students truly grasp this important part of speech concept. This product will help students learn adverbs by providing examples, non-examples, and opportunities to move words around to fully
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have worked in multiple capacities in the elementary and middle school classroom for over twenty years. I have taught inclusion classes, co-taught classes, self-contained elementary general education classes in grades 2-4, and worked as a reading and writing interventionist in middle school for grades 6-8. Currently I teach reading, writing, and grammar to fourth graders in a departmentalized setting.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students learn best when they are excited, engaged, and active. I create manipulative literacy and vocabulary activities to accompany the high-interest texts I share with my students. I believe activities should connect with all other aspects of the curriculum so that our work is relevant. In my class, we play games, move, and love literacy. Come join in the fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2014 I represented my division as the Teacher of the Year. In 2015, I represented Virginia's Region III as Teacher of the Year. I was selected to attend ECET2 in Seattle in 2015, and I participated in the Inaugural Academy for Envisioning Tomorrow's Schools with VDOE, Virginia Tech, and Moseley Architects in 2016. I first became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2005, and I just renewed my certification in 2015.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have my BA in English and Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary--I graduated in 1995. I received my M.Ed. in Reading from the University of Virginia in 2008. I am now a certified reading specialist.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am happily married, have four kids, and love spending time outdoors. I also blog at https://meaningfulconnections.me.

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