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By PoP Gardens
Haiku in Motion can be used as an introduction to a beautiful form of poetry or as an in-depth review. The first two lessons concentrate on its structure (including the similarities and differences between Japanese and English haiku), themes and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Minilessons
$3.00
18 ratings
4.0
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By PoP Gardens
"Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" isn't any old Valentine's Day book. This charming story by Eileen Spinelli is about how one character, Mr. Hatch, discovers some surprising things about himself, his community and how a simple act of kindness can
Subjects:
Creative Writing, ELA Test Prep, Valentine's Day
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Worksheets, Homeschool Curricula, Minilessons
$4.00
16 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.83 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Summer Fun in the Sun! is a collection of fabulous mazes and word searches. These are the perfect end-of-the-school-year morning work or a calming afternoon activity. If your students feel like playing a game I've made a deck of colorful Memory
Subjects:
Summer, End of Year
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.00
13 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (1.61 MB)
By PoP Gardens
As the old cliche goes...spring into spring with Spring Mazes & Puzzles! (Is that enough spring for ya?) This fun packet is a great for a little afternoon break or as a fun homework assignment. Here's what you get: * 6 differentiated mazes * 2
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Spring
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Games
$3.00
8 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (2.11 MB)
By PoP Gardens
NEW! I've updated my Thanksgiving Mazes and Puzzles for 2015! There's more of everything--new mazes, new puzzles and a writing activity! We all know that Thanksgiving Week is always hectic. The kids are excited, you're excited, everyone is
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Thanksgiving, Autumn
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
10 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (3.31 MB)
By PoP Gardens
The latest version of "The Shape of the World: Concrete Poetry," is here! It includes new poems and a short slide show (in PDF format) on two poetry terms, meter and couplet. Poetry is a beautiful way for your students to discover their voice as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$3.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By PoP Gardens
Deck the halls and bring on the snow! Holiday Puzzles & Mazes are a fun break from serious study and yet still challenge problem solving skills. They are great for casual morning work, a late afternoon activity or homework. This book
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (76.05 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Back to School Night Parent Activity: Making Slimy Goop is designed to have parents experience an actual activity you would do with your students. It can be used as an example of how you might structure a lesson and gives them an idea of what their
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Back to School
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.23 MB)
By PoP Gardens
“Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street” written by Roni Schotter and illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker is an entertaining story about a girl named Eva who sets out on quest to capture the lives of the charming characters living in her neighborhood.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Study Guides, Activities, Novel Study
$3.00
8 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.34 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Happy Halloween! I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite holidays. This book is full of fun activities for those moments when your students' anticipation of the ghostly events to come needs an outlet. These puzzles and mazes are great
Subjects:
Graphing, Autumn, Halloween
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Fun Stuff, Games
$5.99
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.80 MB)
By PoP Gardens
“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly. Written in 1829 and loved by children and adults alike, The Spider and the Fly is a witty, cautionary tale that highlights human foibles. It explores what happens when the vain and
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Vocabulary, Other (ELA)
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Novel Study
$3.00
8 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.19 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Turkey Trot Mad Math Minutes is a great way to work in a quick review of addition and subtraction skills. The challenge for students is is to see how many addition or subtraction problems they can answer correctly in one minute. The double digit and
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Thanksgiving, Place Value
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$3.00
1 rating
4.0
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By PoP Gardens
The first few days of school are hectic. My “Back to School Mazes & Puzzles” will come in handy when it’s time for a little break. Ease your class into what will certainly be a great year with a bit of fun morning work or give your kids a
Subjects:
Other (Math), Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.99
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.95 MB)
By PoP Gardens
"A Tale of Two Pies: A Thanksgiving Story" is a two-part activity using a short, silly story I wrote. Part I is a proofreading and editing activity. Students have to find and correct spelling, word tense, capitalization and punctuation mistakes. In
Subjects:
Grammar, Spelling, Thanksgiving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
4 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.17 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Valentine’s Day is here! This is a collection of fun activities that kids will love. They are great for casual morning work, a late afternoon break or for homework. The book contains: • 1 word search • 2 differentiated word scrambles • 1 crossword
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Valentine's Day
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.50
4 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (8.05 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Mad Math Minutes are back! Challenge your students to see how many problems they can solve in 2 minutes or have them complete the worksheets at their own pace. The worksheets range from straight addition using 3 numbers per equation up to problems
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Order of Operations, Math Test Prep
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep
$2.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.49 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Happy Halloween! What better way to celebrate in the classroom than a Halloween cryptogram? Your students will have to think creatively and critically to decipher a letter/number code to find the answer to 10 puzzles. After your kids crack the code
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Autumn, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By PoP Gardens
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip written by George Saunders and beautifully illustrated by Lane Smith is an ingenious morality tale that tells the story of what happens when an unusual problem is faced by an unusual town.The book is sure to
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Critical Thinking, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Study Guides, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Novel Study
$3.00
3 ratings
3.8
Digital Download PDF (0.24 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Halloween Mad Math Minutes challenge kids to see how many problems they can answer correctly in 1 minute. Each page contains a mixture of beginner, intermediate and expert problems. Some of them require regrouping and some don’t. With cute
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Mental Math, Halloween
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
$2.50
2 ratings
3.8
Digital Download PDF (2.83 MB)
By PoP Gardens
Have your kids get into the swing of winter with these fabulous Wintry Puzzles & Mazes! All of the art used is winter themed rather than holiday themed. There are no references to Christmas or other religious holidays. Think skating pandas and
Subjects:
Spelling, Basic Operations, Winter
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (44.19 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience run the gamut. I hold a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College. I taught 3rd-5th grade for eight years. I've also been an Educational Consultant, working with museums, most notably the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. My specialities include curriculum development and integrating technology into the classroom including mobile devices and apps. I am dedicated to creating child-centered learning environments with a focus on integrated and inclusive learning.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students learn best through interactive, hands-on learning. The lessons I write reflect this philosophy. As classroom teacher I tried to create an environment where my students felt free to explore their interests and experiment. Critical and creative thinking skills were intertwined across the content areas. I set high expectations for my students and helped them achieve their goals by differentiating activities to meet a variety of learning styles.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Filmed as part of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's "Design in the Classroom" teacher and principal outreach program. Video is available to the public on the Cooper-Hewitt's YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/yK1QkA

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

2001: Bank Street College of Education, Master of Science in Education 1994: State University of New York at Albany, B.A.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I am not teaching or writing, I can be found happily knitting, gardening, designing air plant pieces, running, reading or looking at the Hudson River, which I live right next to. When I'm really lucky I'm traveling. Visit my site to see my air plant projects! www.popgardens.com Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joannaburgess Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stanks

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