Natalie's Nifty Innovations

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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
This is a collection of map projects I designed over several years of teaching ancient civilizations. I usually begin each new area of study with a look at the geography where the civilization in question developed. Before we move into discussing
Subjects:
Ancient History, Geography
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Projects, Printables
$2.00
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
When I first decided to use Esperanza Rising as a novel study for literature circle groups, I poked around online for unit planning guides or ideas for how to use the book with my fifth graders. I wasn’t happy with much that I found, so I put my
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.3, W.5.1
$5.00
15 ratings
3.8
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
This packet includes a project for each of the "Charters of Freedom" documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. These projects can be used in isolation, but would also fit into your overall teaching of the
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Fun Stuff, Assessment
$2.00
17 ratings
3.9
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
This is a writing piece I have my students do that integrates social studies with the genre of science fiction. Students are asked to write a story that explains the mysterious disappearance of the Roanoke colonists in the late 1500s. The
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Short Stories
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Printables
$1.00
10 ratings
3.9
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
I have put together these five book projects over the course of the past several years. I prefer them to more traditional book reports because they allow for a little more creativity on the students� part and therefore most students enjoy
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Assessment, Novel Study
$2.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
For the culminating project of my American Colonization unit, students write and perform plays based on the mysterious disappearance of the Roanoke colonists in 1587. This download explains how I bring my students through the process of writing and
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
$1.00
2 ratings
3.8
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
While attempting to add more engaging writing tasks to my repertoire that are still connected to the curriculum, I happened across a couple of paragraphs in my textbook (Harcourt Brace Social Studies Ancient Civilizations, 2004) about King You of
Subjects:
Ancient History, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Internet Activities, Graphic Organizers
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
After our math chapter on data collection, my students have worked with using tables and tried creating a few. In this integrated assignment, students are asked to create a table using Microsoft Word that compares the two armies that fought during
Subjects:
U.S. History, Study Skills, Instructional Technology
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
When student paragraph writing skills are lacking, it can be challenging to have them write responses to literature or content specific prompts. As they progress through the grades it becomes the expectation that they can organize their thoughts
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Scaffolded Notes
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
I created a set of nearly 70 positive character traits in different fonts for my middle-school classroom display. The traits are spread over 43 pages, with the last page the sign that says BE… Please post in the comments creative ways you decide to
Subjects:
Character Education, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.00
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
I have found that middle school students and their parents generally don’t do more than skim any syllabus they are handed so I decided to jump on the infographic syllabus bandwagon. This format allows for the important information to be accessible
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Syllabi, Handouts, Classroom Forms
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I do a lot of group work in my classroom. Over the years I have developed this form for students to fill out at the end of each class period spent working in a group. At the beginning of each year I take the time to look at the form with the
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Classroom Forms, Cooperative Learning
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
My students think I am the queen of Venn Diagrams, and get tired of filling them out. But I guarantee that after a year in my class, every student can identify material in text that is comparing different items or events and they can pull out
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
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9 ratings
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
This is a chart I have my students fill out after we discuss the relationships that developed between the Native Americans and the Spanish who settled in the New World. We use it to discuss their differing perspectives and motivations.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
I saw a few other teachers talking about decorating their classrooms with signs for fictional places on social media. I loved the idea so I created a few of my own. My signs were created for use with legal sized paper, and would work best with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Clip Art
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
There are a lot of materials out there for teaching The Witch of Blackbird Pond, but when I was thrown into a long-term sub position where the students had already begun to read the book, I did not have access to any of them nor any money to
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
$5.00
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
I love Venn Diagrams, but what happens when you want students to compare/contrast three people or things? I read about a Top Hat graphic organizer for just that purpose, but couldn't find a printable one anywhere. So I created this one.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Graphic Organizers
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By Natalie's Nifty Innovations
I laminate a set of these bookmarks every year to hand out to my students during the first week. Seven reading strategies are listed and defined: Predict Visualize Question Connect Identify Infer Evaluate
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My self-contained homeroom experience is in third and fifth grades. I taught a remedial seventh grade math class for one year. Currently I am the fifth grade homeroom teacher and sixth grade social studies teacher for a small (one class per grade level) Catholic school.

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HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher Leadership Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2003.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in Psychology from U.C. Davis MiT from Seattle University Endorsements: K-8, English, Drama, Psychology

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