Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder

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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Begin the year with some fun and fresh back to school activities to help your students get to know each other during the first weeks of school! These seven back-to-school activities, geared toward students in grades 3 through 5, are engaging and
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$6.50
3182 ratings
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
End of Year Activities: End the school year with some fun and fresh activities! These six end-of-the-year activities, geared toward students in grades 3 through 5, are engaging and interactive! Includes all the descriptions, printables, and
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$6.00
2617 ratings
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Replace that hum-drum reading log and Infuse new life into students’ independent reading, at school or at home, with the “Tower of Books” Challenge! Perfect for a summer reading challenge or an alternative to the stuck-in-a-rut reading log
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$8.00
2506 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Reader's Notebook Response Pages: A huge collection of flexible, differentiated, reading response pages in an engaging reader’s notebook format, to use with any piece of literature! Lots of Variety! Includes response pages on story events,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$18.00
2006 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
These end of the year awards will make a great keepsake for your class of students! The awards are designed to resemble ribbons, with a fresh and appealing (but not overly "cutesy") style. 40 fun categories are included. Use the larger versions to
Subjects:
End of Year
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables
$6.00
1138 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
End of the Year Memory Book: Help your students remember their school year forever with this fun and meaningful end-of-year memory book! Designed in an engaging notebook/journal style, this memory book is sure to become a lasting keepsake for your
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, End of Year
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$6.00
891 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
"Make Words!" is a fun way to incorporate word work into your daily or weekly routine, and gives students valuable word study practice. Students cut apart a group of letters and use them to form words. The resource includes 28 activity sheets, each
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Spelling, Phonics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.00
926 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
3rd Grade Memory Book: Help your third graders remember their school year forever with this fun and meaningful end-of-year memory book! Designed in an engaging notebook/journal style, this memory book is sure to become a lasting keepsake for your
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, End of Year
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
825 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Two full lessons to practice opinion writing (persuasive writing) with Thanksgiving-related focus questions.This product is a bundle of the following two resources:• Fact-Based Opinion Writing for Thanksgiving {Question #1}• Fact-Based Opinion
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Thanksgiving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.2.1, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1
$6.00
$4.50
545 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Fact-Based Opinion Writing for St. Patrick's Day: A full lesson to practice opinion writing (persuasive writing) with a St. Patrick's Day-related focus question. The focus question for this lesson is: "Is a four-leaf clover actually lucky?" Eight
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, St. Patrick's Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.2.1, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1
$3.00
623 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
This resource is a reader's notebook book study for "Frog and Toad Are Friends," a classic early chapter book by Arnold Lobel, commonly used in first and second grade classrooms. Kids love having their own little notebooks. Teachers love having
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RL.1.10, RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, W.1.1, W.1.8, W.2.1...
$4.50
691 ratings
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
4th Grade End of Year Memory Book: Help your fourth graders remember their school year forever with this fun and meaningful end-of-year memory book! Designed in an engaging notebook/journal style, this memory book is sure to become a lasting
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, End of Year
Grades:
4th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
562 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
This is a BUNDLE of my 5 sentence structure lessons, focusing on key grammar skills (like subjects and predicates, subject-verb agreement, and compound sentences) through interactive PowerPoint lessons and printables. Read the reviews!Packed with
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Printables
$26.50
$19.50
608 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Reader's Notebook Response Pages: A huge collection of flexible, differentiated, reading response pages in an engaging reader’s notebook format, to use with almost any piece of literature or informational text! This bundle combines the following
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$36.00
$30.00
765 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Writing Centers: My “Keep It Fresh! Writing Centers” are designed to keep students engaged in fresh writing practice without having to create brand new centers every week. Each writing center focuses on one form of writing and uses clever and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$30.00
$22.50
675 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Two full lessons to practice opinion writing (persuasive writing) with Halloween-related focus questions. This product is a bundle of the following two resources: • Fact-Based Opinion Writing for Halloween {Question #1} • Fact-Based Opinion Writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.2.1, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1
$6.00
$4.00
463 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Fact-Based Opinion Writing for Groundhog Day: A full lesson to practice opinion writing (persuasive writing) with a Groundhog Day-related focus question. The focus question for this lesson is: "Do groundhogs deserve a holiday named after them?"
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.2.1, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1
$3.00
481 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Snowflake Bentley Literature Unit {My Favorite Read Alouds}: Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, is one of my favorite winter read alouds. This literature unit for Snowflake Bentley is packed with literacy lessons and activities! The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Winter
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$6.50
443 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
2nd Grade Memory Book: Help your second graders remember their school year forever with this fun and meaningful end-of-year memory book! Designed in an engaging notebook/journal style, this memory book is sure to become a lasting keepsake for your
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, End of Year
Grades:
2nd
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
520 ratings
4.0
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By Michael Friermood - The Thinker Builder
Get 10 favorite inspirational quotes, perfect for classroom decor, in coordinated, "trendy chalkboard" themed designs. Each quote comes in 16 designs, including 8x10 and 5x7 sizes, horizontal and vertical format, and four coordinating MODERN
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), Back to School
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$5.00
298 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Eleven years of teaching at the elementary level, including 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Five years serving as a Lead Teacher for my school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in helping students become bolder, deeper, better thinkers. I believe authentic, meaningful learning impacts children. I believe in risk-taking, and showing students that making mistakes can help you grow. I believe in expecting a lot from a child, but to guide them in reaching those expectations. I believe that the best way for children to become better readers is to READ, a lot, and usually with good-fit books.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have the honor of being a teacher and a dad and a husband... does that count?

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Miami University Reading Endorsment

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