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By Michele Simmons
This assessment is meant to be taken after reading Pecos Bill, the version written by Mary Pope Osborne. Students will demonstrate understanding of the story and why it qualifies as a proper tall tale. This assessment is a mix of written response
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
4th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Printables
$1.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
PowerPoint lessons for the new 2016 ReadyGEN program. It consists of ALL lessons 1-18 from Unit 1 Module A. These lessons will guide your instruction, allowing you to plan and teach this program with ease. All lessons are closely aligned to the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$18.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
This assessment is meant to be taken after reading various Tall Tales like Mike Fink, Pecos Bill, John Henry, Davy Crockett, etc. Students will demonstrate understanding of the genre and elements required to qualify a story as a tall tale. This
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
4th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Printables
$1.50
10 ratings
3.9
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By Michele Simmons
I used the Narrative Rubric from the ReadyGEN 2016 program and broke it down. Now I can assess students only on the areas they have had thorough instruction and practice. Ultimately they will be assessed on all components of the rubric, but until
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th
Types:
Rubrics
$1.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
PowerPoint lessons for the new 2016 ReadyGEN program. It consists of ALL reading, writing, foundational skills, and conventions lessons 1-18 from Unit 1 Module B. These lessons will guide your instruction, allowing you to plan and teach this
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$18.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
PowerPoint lessons for the new 2016 ReadyGEN program. It consists of ALL reading, writing, foundational skills, and conventions lessons 1-18 from Unit 2 Module A. These lessons will guide your instruction, allowing you to plan and teach this
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$18.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
PowerPoint lessons for the new 2016 ReadyGEN program. It consists of ALL reading, writing, foundational skills, and conventions lessons 1-18 from Unit 3 Module A. These lessons will guide your instruction, allowing you to plan and teach this
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$18.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
These are adapted from the Reading Writing Journal from ReadyGEN 2016. I found my students tearing through the journal pages too easily or not having enough space to write. This half sheet provides clearer student centered directions. Students
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Close Reading
Grades:
4th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Task Cards
$2.00
2 ratings
3.0
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By Michele Simmons
PowerPoint lessons for the new 2016 ReadyGEN program. It consists of ALL reading, writing, foundational skills, and conventions lessons 1-18 from Unit 4 Module A. These lessons will guide your instruction, allowing you to plan and teach this
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$18.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
After teaching a full school year of ReadyGEN, I decided my gifted learners needed more. I wanted them to really problem solve and spend time on an open ended project. I designed a total of 8 activities. There are one or two activities for each of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
4th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$4.00
3 ratings
3.9
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By Michele Simmons
As part of Unit 3 Module B in ReadyGEN, students are asked to write a News Report. Because this is quite different than other genres, I decided to write an example with my students last year. It is about Volcanoes, was typed on the computer, and
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Other (ELA), Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
Other, Outlines, Rubrics
$1.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
PowerPoint lessons for the new 2016 ReadyGEN program. It consists of ALL reading, writing, foundational skills, and conventions lessons 1-18 from Unit 3 Module B. These lessons will guide your instruction, allowing you to plan and teach this
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$18.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
PowerPoint lessons for the new 2016 ReadyGEN program. It consists of ALL reading, writing, foundational skills, and conventions lessons 1-18 from Unit 2 Module B. These lessons will guide your instruction, allowing you to plan and teach this
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$18.00
5 ratings
3.8
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By Michele Simmons
This bundle is complete with all the tools necessary for students to write a narrative tall tale. It includes: -a list of appropriate tall tale settings -a list of some wild west language to be used in a tall tale -blank student
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$3.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
These are adapted from the Reading Writing Journal from ReadyGEN 2016. I found my students tearing through the journal pages too easily or not having enough space to write. This half sheet provides clearer student centered directions for answering
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Close Reading
Grades:
4th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Task Cards
$2.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
This double sided page was adapted from the 2016 ReadyGEN Reader's Writer's Journal. It is all multiple choice. Students have 4 vocabulary questions and 3 response to reading questions, all based on the original journal page. I've found that my
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Close Reading
Grades:
4th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Printables
$1.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By Michele Simmons
I used the 3.A Opinion Compare/Contrast Writing Rubric from the ReadyGEN 2016 4th Grade curriculum and broke it down by column. Now I can assess students only on the areas that they have had thorough instruction and practice. As they do smaller
Subjects:
Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.4.4, W.4.6, W.4.8
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By Michele Simmons
I used the 1.B Informative Infographic Rubric from the ReadyGEN 2016 4th Grade curriculum and broke it down by column. Now I can assess students only on the areas that they have had thorough instruction and practice. As they do smaller writing
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
$1.00
2 ratings
4.0
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By Michele Simmons
I used the 3.B Informative News Report Writing Rubric from the ReadyGEN 2016 4th Grade curriculum and broke it down by column. Now I can assess students only on the areas that they have had thorough instruction and practice. As they do smaller
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.4.2, W.4.6, SL.4.5
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By Michele Simmons
I used the Opinion Rubric from the ReadyGEN 2016 program and broke it down. Now I can assess students only on the areas they have had thorough instruction and practice. Ultimately they will be assessed on all components of the rubric, but until they
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
$1.00
2 ratings
4.0
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2009-2011 I subbed in various grades K-8; I taught one year in 1st grade and then the next year in 2nd grade; Since 2013 I've been teaching 4th grade My district implemented "My Math" in 2014 and "ReadyGEN 2016" in 2015

MY TEACHING STYLE

Outgoing, fun, love to foster character and problem solving skills. Strive for a happy balance between hands on projects and notebook/pencil type lessons. I pride myself in setting high expectations for my students and supporting them on the path to being the best versions of themselves.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yet to be added

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelors from Bradley University 2004-2008; Masters in Reading from Concordia University 2014-2015 Gifted Education Seminar 2016

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

As our district embraces the new ReadyGEN 2016 program, and I create resources to help me navigate it, I want to share!

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