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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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