Mrs Renz Class

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Mrs Renz Class
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Are you looking to get students in 3rd – 5th grades independently reading and writing their own poetry and publishing their own poetry collection? How about changing attitudes about poetry for your students - even reluctant learners? Materials for a
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Are you looking for a biography research report that puts students in charge of their learning? Students "become the person" during the culmination event wax museum or classroom speech with this fun biography project. Students gain access to my
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This state research project puts students in charge as they become the tourism director and convince others to visit their state. At the “Passport to the USA” celebration event, students collect state stamps and glue them into their passports.
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What better way to get to know your students (and their writing abilities) than with an "I Am" poem writing assignment about themselves? During the first few weeks of school, students will write a 3-stanza poem about themselves. The poems help
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This 151 page set includes all materials needed for students to write a story and publish a 22+ page book as if they were traveling the Oregon Trail. There’s lot of components to this fun and motivating project so keep reading! See the 5 page
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This is the ultimate set of language arts reference pages ready to print and glue onto a file folder. These ELA lapbooks for grades 3-5 give reference materials to help students be independent learners. These pages are jam packed with academic
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The 12 Days of Christmas song inspired these daily grammar reviews. Each of the 12 days has a worksheet format and a task card format with a recoding booklet to cover different essential grammar skills (see list below). The worksheets are provided
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This writing paper set helps students edit by "writing on the white" and editing on the gray lines. The set has 32 pages of options with different line heights to accommodate all students’ needs. Lines are also numbered so you can help a student
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This is a simple handwriting assessment tool in both manuscript and cursive to show growth in handwriting from the beginning to the end of the year. Students complete the assessment in three times during the year (beginning, mid, end) in
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Are you looking for a set of baseline assessments for your third, fourth and fifth graders so you can see where your students' skills are at the beginning, middle and end of year? If so, simple set of quick checks is for you! Students will graph
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Sneak in some grammar practice while students think they're just having fun with this set of Halloween themed grammar puzzles. Students search for common and proper nouns, singular and plural nouns, verbs and adverbs, nouns and adjectives. Then
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This set of 12 days of math, language and geography activities is designed as a December daily morning starter, fast finisher activity, or absent student packet. It makes also makes a perfect center or set of worksheets for entire class. It
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Give older students the tools they need to be successful! This personal spelling dictionary has 272 frequently used words that 3rd, 4th and 5th graders use in their writing typed into the booklet. You add the other words students need. The
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This set includes Thanksgiving themed fun activities like a grammar fact sheet, grammar game, multiplication facts Bingo game, and math and geography Acrostic vocabulary activities plus some cute teacher Thanksgiving note pad papers. Included: 12
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If you want students to show mastery of a concept, use an ABC book format! Students will love demonstrating knowledge using this project. This set of ABC book masters contains three choices of styles. There's a black & white, a grey set, and
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These five vocabulary grid activities have student using adjacent letters in a 5 x 4 grid to create as many words as they can in the time limit you give them. Students earn one point for each letter of the words they create. These are fun
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Use these six simple but fun vocabulary word grid activities for some creative open-ended Halloween word work during the high energy week before Halloween. An example is included for you to show students how to get started. These are fun to use as
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These five vocabulary grid activities are themed for a week of Thanksgiving vocabulary game fun or use as a literacy center activity. Student use adjacent letters in a 5 x 4 grid to create as many words as they can in the time limit you give them.
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This is a writing story paper set for primary students based on the story, “The Gingerbread Man,” by Karen Schmidt. Use this set to challenge students to use their imagination to write about Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Woman’s adventures.
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Engage students with these 12 open ended word finding worksheets you can use during the week of Valentine’s Day. These are great for substitute teachers and make a fun game-type activity to use during a Valentine’s day party to see who can find
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I love teaching intermediate grade students! I've taught mostly grades 4, 5 and blended classes plus 6th grade, middle school math, 1st grade, high school at-risk computers, and served as our district's K-12 Academic Achievement Specialist.

I'm now retired from 34 years teaching in Oregon's public schools and am passionate about helping other teachers by sharing what worked for me. I've taught blends and large class sizes of 30+ students, so the independent projects and activities I developed got students focused and gave me time to teach curriculum to students in the other grade level.


I give students choices using projects, activities, and hands-on materials and integrate technology everywhere possible to get the highest results.

Students rise to our expectations, so we must teach each child as if he or she is gifted and talented. Expect a lot, get a lot!

Students should not have to ask, "When are we ever going to use this?" If you teach with real life applications, they will KNOW.


• Disney Teacher Award Honoree, 2006
• Microsoft's First Worldwide Innovative Teacher
• Intel Innovative Teacher, 2005
• JASON XV Teacher Argonaut, Panama, Dr. Robert Ballard's Expedition Team, 2004
• Mount Vernon Teachers Institute Recipient from Oregon, 2010
• Mount Vernon Lesson Plan of the Year, 2010
• OnPoint Credit Union Excellence in Education Award, 2011
• Featured in the book, One-On-One with America's Most Inspiring Teachers, 2011
• Featured in the book, Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times, 2004
• Redmond Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, 2003


• Master of Arts in Teaching
• Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education
• Standard Elementary Teaching Certificate
• Mathematics Endorsement through Algebra I
• Reading Endorsement


I live on in Oregon on a 10-acre farm in Oregon with my husband and our sixth Golden Retriever. Our only daughter is a Physical Therapist in New England. I enjoy family times, kayaking, traveling and camping, quilting, reading, and exploring the great outdoors.
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