Rebecca Olien
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Engage students with spooky fun science investigations and design learning! These inquiry science activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and STEM practices. Directions, materials, standards correlations, STEM applications, and
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Fairy Tale Journal is a printable book that offers children just enough structure to scaffold creative writing fun. The writing journal is filled activities and writing prompts perfect for guided writing. Critical thinking and problem solving
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Dive into detective work and critical thinking in a fun-filled book of printable mystery writing activities. Young authors craft mysteries with writing prompts and activities to support the writing process while engaging in motivating playful
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Theme-based hikes get kids out and active while making discoveries and shared experiences to deepen and extend classroom learning. Each nature walk is aligned with ecological concepts, CCSS alignment, and Next Generation Science Standards. Science
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A Webquest for Real World Project-Based Learning Students become school supply designers in this interactive webquest. The familiar desk objects open new worlds to critical thinking and collaboration as students make decisions about school supply
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Engage children in early childhood science experiences through enticing picture books. Explore deeper critical thinking and connect stories to science discovery through inquiry science questioning, group work, science exploration, playful learning,
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Keeping Writing Fun- Calling All Fairy Tale Writers! Writing helps children dive into imaginations and pull up amazing ideas and stories. In this book children write about dragons, rescuers, castles, fairylands, and magical powers. Through story
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Kick off summer or back to school learning with Watermelon Day! This thematic mini-unit includes word games, measurement, estimation, plant science, health, a web quest, and writing activities to ensure active cross-curricular learning and problem
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A book filled with word games for children to practice basic word skills through game-based playful learning. Children practice: sight words grammar fluency word tense complete sentences rhyme word families phonics sentence
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The ability to understand and create humor is a developmental process that is so important in enjoying life and coping with human imperfections. Children often have a fresh take on the world and use their unique view to see the silly. Humor writing
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This printable journal has 24 different kinds of poems for children to explore. From silly to serious, this journal provides a special place for kids to practice writing and expressing themselves through poetry. The journals include activities, poem
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Adventure Writing Journal is a printable book that offers children just enough structure to scaffold creative writing fun. The writing journal is filled activities and writing prompts perfect for guided writing. Critical thinking and problem solving
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Children at all levels are eager to write when the process is an extension of play and imagination. Children create spy gadgets, rockets, pirate ships and more to stimulate the writing process. Play to Write Adventure Writing is a book of
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There are over 30,000 different kinds of spiders that live everywhere from deserts, mountain tops, and even underwater! This activity book offers over 25 projects, games, and printables to help kids make spider science discoveries. Language arts,
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Children construct and design jumping jack toys to practice inquiry science skills necessary to be inventive designers. Observations of mechanical action and reaction, cause and effect, and range of motion turns a jumping jack into a toy full of
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A Webquest for Real World Project-Based Learning Students become solar designers in this interactive webquest that guides critical thinking and collaboration within the topic of solar energy for transportation and exploration. WebQuest
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Explore weather science while on the go! Young scientists are guided by inquiry questions to observe clouds, read the wind, take temperatures, measure puddles, and explore how weather effects people, plants and animals in an ecosystem. Through
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This e-book is designed to be read online or printed. It tells the story of Nicholas Young, who traveled on Captain Cook's first voyage around the world. The three-year journey is filled with adventure, new lands, and surprising encounters. It is
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Students have fun learning about turkeys through reading, writing, games, craftiviities, art, research, and critical thinking. Activities include: Webquest Crossword puzzle Word and spelling games Learning the difference between wild and domestic
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Children love mazes and playing games. Children practice critical thinking and are eager to form sentences as they put writing and reading skills into action. Skills: sentence beginnings, sentence construction, identification and formation of
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am proud to have taught in the public schools for 20 years. I now teach education courses at the university level. I am also the author of over 50 books for children and educators.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in a balanced approach. I find project-based inquiry learning most effective for motivating learners and supporting real-world applications. I am also a proponent of play-based learning and feel strongly we need to bring creative and authentic child-centered learning back into classrooms. Yes-this can be accomplished while still meeting the Common Core State Standards!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teachers' Choice Award Winner for Kids Write! Cray Scholar Award for Science Education

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I am finishing a second Masters degree in Education Technology and Adult Education from Boise State University (May, 2014). Currently, I hold a Masters in Professional Development from University Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and BS degree in Environmental Education and Elementary Education from Michigan State University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am also the author of over 50 books for children and educators. Find more free activities and games at my Kids Write blog: playtowrite.wordpress.com

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