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Book or Story Response Task Cards My book or story response task cards can be used with any book or story. Teachers love them because they can be used year to year with a wide range of readers! The activities were designed for multi-levels to
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Poetry Task Cards Do you have students who just don't like to write poetry? These 27 Poetry Task Cards can be used to create poetry packets, as center activities or to model different types of poetry. Each card has a definition, example and
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Maniac Magee Task Cards Activities include thought provoking open ended and opinion questions,literal and inferential questions, art activities, themes, cartoons, bullying, comparisons, and much more. These can be used during reading and after
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Nonfiction Detective Task Cards Use with nonfiction books, articles or textbooks. There are pre-reading, while reading and post reading cards. Students rate the nonfiction text and discuss their opinions. Run Nonfiction Detective contests for
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NOTE: This packet has been updated and created with new software. If you've purchased it, you may download it again, free of charge. There are now 20 pages. New pages include a mini poster that can be displayed at centers. The pictures on the poster
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Foundational Skills Task Cards These task cards are a perfect way to determine if your students have mastered foundational skills. You'll be amazed when you find that students in grades 4 and 5 often need a review of these important skills. This can
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One of my very popular Vocabulary Detective Task Card Contests! Run weekly contests using these simile,metaphor and personification cards! Kids put their cards into the Detective Jar and can't wait for the drawings! Instructions and Detective Jar
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These task cards can be used in a variety of ways. The activities can stimulate discussions and help students brainstorm for details about books they read. In guided reading groups or literature circles they stimulate higher level thinking. They
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Chasing Vermeer Task Cards 65 Comprehension Activities Petra and Calder attempt to find the missing Vermeer painting.These 65 stimulating comprehension activities make kids think out of the box. They're centered around Blooms Taxonomy. There are 13
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Use these Revolutionary War flash cards (16 pages) of notable people of the War, as a review for assessments. They can be laminated but most of the time,students fold the papers in half, vertically, so that just the name or "definition" is showing.
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Adjective and Adverb Task Cards Included in this packet are sets of adjective and adverb task cards. These ready to print cards can be laminated for future use. Use them as a card game, a review or an assessment. They can also be used at centers
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Flashcards are a great study tool for quizzes and tests! Assign ten per night to learn or have your students study them with friends in small groups.This packet has 84 geography terms and their definitions. Included are easy to assemble instructions
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Creative Writing 48 Task Cards Keep creativity alive in the classroom! It's important to provide our students with creative writing activities. Teaching to the test takes up a lot of teachers' instructional time, thus our students are left with few
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Vocabulary Detective Task Cards 4 Pronouns, Prepositions, Conjunctions This is the fourth in my series of Vocabulary Detective task cards! As students read books in class, they look for pronouns, prepositions and conjunctions to write on the cards
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These open ended response cards can be used to prompt class discussions or as writing prompts as your students read books in class. They can be cut and pasted in daily response writing journals. Use with literature circles, guided reading groups at
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Halloween Task Cards and Writing Activities These Halloween task cards reinforce important ELA skills as you assess how well students organize their thoughts and ideas. Included are step- by- step instructions of how to write a Halloween story and
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These flashcards will help reinforce the definitions of the parts and functions of plants and flowers. Easy to cut out and laminate. Use as a practice tool to review for assessments. Assign five a night for homework. Play the matching game. Keep a
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Another Vocabulary Detective Task Card contest! Run weekly contests using these common nouns, proper nouns and contraction cards! Kids find the words in books they read and fill out the cards. At the end of the week, they put their cards in the
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Kids love contests! With the great response I'v had about my six Vocabulary Detective Contests, I decided to create Phonics contests. This is my first Phonics packet and are contests for long vowel sounds, including Y when it has a vowel sound.
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Climate Weather Match Up Card Games Your students will have fun playing Climate Weather Match Up Card Games! Included are 138 cards in black and white. The Wild Cards are in color but print fine in black and white. The games are categorized EASY,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been an elementary and middle school teacher for over 25 years in Connecticut and have served on ELA and history curricula committees. I was the Connecticut representative on the Weekly Reader National Teacher Advisory Board and appeared on ABC's "Good Morning, America", to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Weekly Reader. Working with the other state representatives and Weekly Reader's editorial, graphic arts and marketing departments, was an incredible experience! For ten years, I was a NASA/Lockheed Martin Mission Systems "Student Signatures in Space" teacher. My students, Board of Ed, staff and others signed NASA posters that accompanied astronauts during space missions aboard the space shuttles. We also participated in NASA's/Lockheed Mission System's "Space Day" held at the Mall, in Washington, D.C. where my students had the amazing opportunity to speak with space experts, like John Glenn, Homer Hickum and others.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Learning must be a personal and exciting experience for students. I have fun teaching and believe that humor is an essential part of the classroom. I'm a firm believer of Howard Gardner's "Multiple Intelligences" theory that all children have different strengths and learning styles. To accommodate my students, I always try to integrate art, music and hands on activities in my lessons whenever possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yes, I've received awards and have been honored for various accomplishments over the years, but personally, the greatest honor is to teach and encourage children to "reach for the stars" in order for them to recognize their talents and potential.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S., Western Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, two Masters Degrees

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

For four years, I was a guest presenter at the NELMS (New England League of Middle Schools) convention in Providence, Rhode Island. I shared several of my innovative projects with K-12 educators, from New England, Canada and other countries. I'm an avid writer and have written and edited a variety of educational articles, including a 250 page manuscript that will be printed in France next spring. I was retained by NASA as an author, in 2009, and write articles about various space topics for K-12 levels based on the National Science Standards. The articles are published by NASA and sent to teachers and students around the world. My current project is researching and writing a historical fiction novel about the Great Depression for kids, ages 9 - 14. It's a pleasure to be able to share my original lesson plans with with other educators.