Mrs McClains Brains

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By Mrs McClains Brains
To vote for student council president and vice president (or add on secretary, treasurer, etc.), I created a ballot for students to vote more officially. This is editable to add student names and pictures. The place for their names is below the
Subjects:
Government, Presidents' Day, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities
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This rubric may be used with the 'Esperanza Rising' postcard project that aligns with the Engage New York program for fifth-grade.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
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To coincide with Engage New York fifth-grade Module 2A, this is a differentiated project for artistic students or gifted learners. It's great to create a museum at the end. *For multi-cultural communities, there is a second page translated into
Subjects:
Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities
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This is great for early finishers, gifted learners, struggling learners, or anyone who has free time during their math block! Our school uses the SuccessMaker and Zearn programs on Chromebooks as enrichment, so those are two of the options.
Subjects:
Numbers, Other (Math), Mental Math
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities
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In our student council, we award a few students with this at the end of the year. We have such a large group of students that we like to recognize who has exhibited excellent behavior and has shown leadership throughout the entire school year.
Subjects:
Other
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
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By Mrs McClains Brains
In my favorite font! I use these to label bins with the materials in them.
Subjects:
Visual Arts
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Fonts
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For students who struggle with remembering how to create an outline for a basic 5 paragraph essay, I have created a printable "recipe" card they can keep at their desks. The second version is used to cut in half for student copies, but the first
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
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By Mrs McClains Brains
An introduction quiz that can be used as a pre-test, post-test, check for understanding, etc. I used this in tandem with the natural disasters unit in Engage NY 5th grade.
Subjects:
Earth Sciences
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment
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This is a simple matching test of economics vocabulary words to the definitions. There are many Kahoot quizzes and flashcards online to practice the words! This coincides with fifth-grade Social Studies standards.
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Economics
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment
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I use phone partners as a quick way to pair up students, and to ensure they aren't always paired with the same person! To create phone partners, I usually cut and laminate these and give one to each student. I then use the Kagan Structure of
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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At the beginning of the school year, I hand one of these out to every student. I ask them what it means to be a good learner before we discuss it at all. Our school is very focused on visible learning. Then I hang these up around the
Subjects:
Creative Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
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Our district uses the Harcourt textbook for fifth-grade (it's the orange one). These answers are found in chapter 6 (pages 223-249). This can be used as a study guide, scavenger hunt, or assessment. After the answer key, there are additional
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th
Types:
Research, Handouts
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This is a quick post-test of a lesson about the eight planets in our solar system. We also focused on the words orbit, asteroid, revolve, and rotate.
Subjects:
Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment
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Great for conferences! Each quarter I have my students rate their behaviors based on our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) standards.In my class, the acronym SWAG stands for Sit up straight, Watch the speaker, Ask good questions, and
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Student Council
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Handouts, For Parents
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For differentiation, students may use this as an additional assessment of their proof of learning and paying attention to the text. This is especially exciting for artistic or gifted learners.*I advise teachers to make an example to show students
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
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By Mrs McClains Brains
This is an extension project to aide to the Engage NY ELA curriculum for fifth-grade!
Subjects:
Informational Text
Grades:
6th
Types:
Activities
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By Mrs McClains Brains
This is a basic anatomy quiz for the main muscles of the body.
Subjects:
Anatomy, Biology, Forensics
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment
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By Mrs McClains Brains
This assesses student knowledge of the basic functions and locations of the muscles.
Subjects:
Anatomy, Basic Principles, Biology
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment
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By Mrs McClains Brains
Here are the anchor charts I created for a race car experiment in the forces and motion segment of our science curriculum. With that, I included a student example of the plan I expected each group to write prior to experimenting. We used Hot Wheels
Subjects:
Physical Science, Engineering
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Activities
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By Mrs McClains Brains
To differentiate this Social Studies lesson for various learners, there are three options/difficulty levels for students to show proficiency in the learning objective: Describe the different perspectives of Manifest Destiny.
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Activities
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently in my third year teaching fifth-grade in Phoenix, Arizona. I am certified to teach both special education (k-12) and general education (k-8). Currently, I teach all subject areas to primarily English Language Learners.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I incorporate music in a lot of my teaching, as well as kinesthetic learning for all learning styles. My classroom has flexible seating and I use a lot of my special education background to help all learners. I crack a lot of jokes with my fifth-graders and act big and bold because if they know I'm not afraid to be a goofball, then they can showcase their truest personalities in our class as well :)

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I am a certified Teacher Consultant for the Arizona Geographic Alliance, and am on my way to becoming certified with National Geographic. I am the designated College and Career Readiness/STEM coordinator for my site. I am head of our fourth and fifth-grade student council committee and am part of PepsiCo's Recycle Rally. I was also recognized by the TODOS Mathematics Award program.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Hope College graduate from the special education department!

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