Rebecca Olien

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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
General Science, Physical Science, Halloween
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Science Centers
$6.50
26 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.1.3, W.2.3, W.3.3, W.3.10, W.4.3, W.4.10, W.5.3, W.5.10
$3.50
17 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Halloween
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
15 ratings
3.9
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Environment, Writing, Earth Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities
$8.00
14 ratings
3.9
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.2.3, W.2.5, W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.6
$6.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Physical Science, Back to School, Engineering
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.3, RI.4.7, RI.4.9, RI.5.1, RI.5.3, RI.5.7, RI.5.9, RI.6.1, RI.6.3, RI.6.7...
$5.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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,
Subjects:
Reading, Basic Principles, Environment
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Science Centers
CCSS:
RI.K.1, RI.K.4, RI.K.7, RI.1.1, RI.1.4, RI.1.7
$6.00
7 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Biology, Back to School
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.50
7 ratings
3.9
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By Rebecca Olien
A Webquest for Real World Project-Based Learning Students become solar designers in this interactive webquest that guides critical thinking and collaboration within the topics of solar energy and engineering. Working in teams, students choose to
Subjects:
Environment, Physical Science, Engineering
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.7, RI.5.9, RI.6.1, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.7, RI.8.1...
$5.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
5 ratings
3.9
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$4.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Reflective Journals for Teachers, Printables
CCSS:
W.1.3, W.2.3, W.3.3, W.3.10, W.4.3, W.4.10, W.5.3, W.5.10
$3.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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,
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, Halloween
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$4.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Physical Science, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Summer
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
A Webquest for Real World Project-Based Learning The Weather Station WebQuest is a great way to introduce students to the world of weather measurement and invention. The webquest and design process supports critical thinking and collaboration as
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Webquests
CCSS:
W.6.3d, W.6.4, W.6.5, W.6.6, W.6.7, W.6.8, W.6.9, W.7.4, W.7.5, W.7.6, W.7.7...
$5.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Environment, Earth Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
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13 ratings
4.0
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By Rebecca Olien
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
EBooks, Guided Reading Books, Nonfiction Book Study
$6.00
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By Rebecca Olien
The world’s demand for energy is growing at an alarming rate. Energy Data Quest lessons provides a way for students to explore energy use by collecting, examining, and using data. The lessons are designed to support collecting real-time data,
Subjects:
Applied Math, Environment, Engineering
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Science Centers
CCSS:
8.F.B.4, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MP5, MP6, MP7, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4...
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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 have a second Masters degree in Education Technology and Adult Education from Boise State University (May, 2014), as well as 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 the author of over 50 books for children and educators, including interactive eBooks for NSTA.

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