Nancy Cummings
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Nancy Cummings
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"Laughter and music reach places that textbooks can't".
 
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Students don't simply read about how the ear works...they become part of the ear and role play the sequence of vibrations that lead to the decoding of sound waves! I have also included a poem that I used for fluency practice during the sound unit,
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Hands-on exploration and teamwork provide the answer to the winter wiggles! Bring smiles to the faces of your mathematicians with challenges solved by problem-solving with sugar cubes! Students will investigate geometry terms and the concepts of
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Kids love Science and they are at their best when they are engaged! Keep them busy and learning with pendulums! This project offers four days of investigation using pendulums made from common items. The process is clearly spelled out and a glossary
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Spring is a great time of year to plant new seeds in the minds of young mathematicians! This packet offers introduction and practice of three mental math strategies: left-to-right strategy, compensation, and easy subtraction across 00's. The power
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This interactive power point presentation is an excellent tool to use as a morning activity or to begin your math lesson. The three digit problems have missing digits in varying place value positions in the addends and in the sum. This power point
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The relationship between number sense, mental math strategies, and rounding numbers is so closely linked that I have developed a packet in order make certain that rounding to the nearest ten becomes automatic for my students. I have found that the
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If your kids enjoyed my Missing Digits in Addition power point, they will love this! This is an easy way to bring technology into your room. Each click of the mouse reveals a missing digit in a three-digit subtraction problem. Have your kids solve
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This power point is a good stretch for kids who understand regrouping and need a challenge. It is also a great whole class warm up as you prepare to use new regrouping skills in problem solving. As with my other Mysterious Missing Digits power
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My students are steering clear of Spring fever with a good dose of motivational mental math workouts! This packet includes a colorful introductory power point that gives kids plenty of practice with the left-to-right and compensation strategies so
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So much fun! This is a great time of year for active lessons, and this game will catch the attention of every child in your room! This activity is designed to introduce students to the steps that lead to making successful inferences: adding together
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2nd, 3rd
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Focused Practice! Immediate feedback! Active Participation! So many great things packed into one power point activity! Have students work in their journals and then click the mouse to check each answer as a group! Try out the FREE power point
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Your students will love this upbeat original tune sung by sixth grade student, Kaitlyn Cummings! As she sings about connecting to a favorite book, she goes through a range of comprehension strategies from visualization to inferencing. This song
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My class asks to hear this rap during every indoor recess or celebratory time in the room. It is definitely a favorite and they love rapping along. The rap is performed by fourth grade student, Heath Cummings, who explains how to use the Trade the
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National School Counselor Week starts on February 6 this year! I have a writing prompt on a ready-to-go printable sheet. I also have two songs written for your students to sing to honor your school counselor. It is so important to model the
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Regrouping is hard work! After the manipulatives are put away and before the independent pencil paper tasks, this power point provides a game-like format for problem-solving, and gives feedback that helps kids see their mistakes at once! My class
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This strategy is a great introduction for students who are beginning to develop mental math skills. In this packet, I offer simple practice and examples of one of the strategies introduced in our Math in Focus series which implements Singapore Math
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Students will cheer when you open up this new and more challenging power point! They will need to find missing digits in 3-digit problems that may or may not require regrouping! I write the problems on the board before they come in so that they can
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my nineteenth year of teaching. I currently teach second grade. Much of what I believe about teaching evolved during a four year teaching opportunity that I had in a multi-age setting working with third, fourth, and fifth grade-age kids. I believe that truly exciting things happen for kids when we take off labels and limits and leave each to develop at his own individual pace.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My classroom is truly a workshop where students construct much of their own understanding through investigation. There is nothing more exciting than observing as a child makes a discovery and immediately lights a wildfire of interest throughout the classroom as others dive in to try the same strategy or method. I believe that two key components in any classroom are laughter and song. Since I know that different parts of the brain are stimulated through music, I attach tunes as often as possible to ensure that my kids have a hook for new information. My theory is simple: "More brain-more gain."

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I served as a mentor for the Basic School Institute and was selected as Harrisonville School District's Educator of the Year in 2008. My greatest honor has been to serve as a cooperating teacher to five student teachers and then watch them move on to bless the lives of children in their own classrooms.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1988. I completed my Master's Degree in Teaching in 1997.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have been married to the same wonderful, patient man for thirty years. He understands my passions and quirks; he knows that we will have to spend part of each vacation collecting rocks for my science center, and that I may, at any moment, grab a napkin or a receipt and jot down lyrics that will help my students remember a fact or strategy. We have two grown sons and three grandchildren. I love exploring new places, biking, hiking, running, and fun in the sun. My husband and I enjoy playing with our grandkids and cheering them on in their many endeavors.