Mrs Renz Class

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By Mrs Renz Class
Don't just teach about the Oregon Trail! Have students become a character and write about their journey westward as they live the Oregon Trail simulation experience. This project integrates social studies, writing, and math AND student wagon train
Subjects:
Math, U.S. History, Problem Solving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning, Simulations
$10.00
274 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
“If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon” by Ellen Levine, published by Scholastic (ISBN 0-590-45158-8), is a great non-fiction book for students to read to accompany your Oregon Trail unit. Students enjoy the colorful photos and easy to read text
Subjects:
U.S. History, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Worksheets, Printables
$4.50
176 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
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
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, U.S. History, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$5.00
147 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
This set has 2 weeks (10 days) of quilt block fractions math coloring fun in worksheet, manipulative, and SMART Board interactive formats. A SMART Board is NOT needed to use the lessons but is sure is more exciting for students if you're lucky to
Subjects:
Fractions, U.S. History, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Interactive Whiteboard, Printables, Math Centers
$5.00
86 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
Students use fractions to increase a recipe in baking. You will take the apple crisp recipe and increase it so it might feed the entire class and if you choose to actually bake it, directions for baking in a Dutch oven or regular oven are
Subjects:
Math, Fractions, Problem Solving
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.00
70 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
This ready-to-go ABC's of the Oregon Trail book writing project is fun for students and it showcases what students have learned about the Oregon Trail and life along the rail. The project material are fully editable so you can customize it to fit
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, U.S. History, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
56 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
Make student writing projects special with torn edge writing paper. This paper is perfect for your colonial studies and Oregon Trail or pioneer projects. The paper is formatted in 3 sizes with 2 border choices: Tall paper format - 8.5" x 11"
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History), Writing
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
25 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
This is the ultimate set of social studies reference pages ready to print and glue onto a file folder to make an incredible lap book "office" type reference tool for students in grades 3-5. Laminate the pages or glue them into student journals or
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Special Education
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Homework, Printables, Interactive Notebooks
$5.00
28 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
This is a great set of 10 old fashioned looking borders or frames that you can use for your colonial, pioneer, or social studies themed products. There are 10 PNG images in 8.5" x 11" paper size: 4 scroll frames (one left facing, one right
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Products For TpT Sellers
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Clip Art
$2.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Renz Class
This bundle includes BOTH of my favorite interactive Oregon Trail products at a reduced price! Integrate writing and math into your social studies unit and have students live the Oregon Trail simulation as they spin to get a character and write
Subjects:
Math, U.S. History, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Simulations
$15.00
$13.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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.

MY TEACHING STYLE

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.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

• 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

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

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

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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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