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By Smart Chick
Bringing families into the STEM learning of students is so important! Assigning these Family STEM Challenges each month is a perfect way to connect home and school learning. Students can do these at any time during the month and bring in their data
Subjects:
Back to School, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
Digital Download PDF (0.53 MB)
By Smart Chick
Who doesn't gigle at underwear? This is a great picture book to read. It is a fun book all about a bear wearing underwear.Can you create a pair of underwear that fits our class teddy bear?UNDERWEAR! ChallengeMaterials Needed: (per classroom)-
Subjects:
Science, Literature, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (2.76 MB)
By Smart Chick
Teaching students how to navigate a non-fiction book is critically important. This unit takes students through a non-fiction text so they can really understand how to read it.The book is a National Geographic Kids book called Alligators and
Subjects:
Reading, Science, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas, Literature Circles
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (1.21 MB)
By Smart Chick
Teaching students how to use the non-fiction text features in order to better read informational texts is so important. We focus on 15 non-fiction text features.They are:-Table of Contents - Headings - Bullets- Photographs - Captions - Diagrams-
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Interactive Notebooks
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.40 MB)
By Smart Chick
This is a set of detailed informational sheets for 10 of the major biomes of our world. There is a colored and black/white version of each 2 page informational sheet. These are a great resource for students, especially when they are doing projects
Subjects:
Science, Environment, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (5.18 MB)
By Smart Chick
Oreo TowerPaper BridgeMarshmallow Shooter
Subjects:
Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities
$6.00
$4.00
Bundle
By Smart Chick
Using picture books in math instruction is such a great way to get kids thinking about math and working together! This pack uses the book Pigs will be Pigs by Amy Axelrod.There is a great key for the money calculations at the end of the book. This
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
1
Digital Download PDF (0.51 MB)
By Smart Chick
We use these as our Problem of the Day each day in our math block. I project the page on the whiteboard in my room as my students come in and they work on the problem in their POD (Problem of the Day) notebook. We use a composition book for our POD
Subjects:
Math, Word Problems, Place Value
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Computation
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (6.24 MB)
By Smart Chick
We use these as our Problem of the Day each day in our math block. I project the page on the whiteboard in my room as my students come in and they work on the problem in their POD (Problem of the Day) notebook. We use a composition book for our POD
Subjects:
Math, Word Problems, Place Value
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Computation
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (4.31 MB)
By Smart Chick
We use these as our Problem of the Day each day in our math block. I project the page on the whiteboard in my room as my students come in and they work on the problem in their POD (Problem of the Day) notebook. We use a composition book for our POD
Subjects:
Math, Word Problems, Place Value
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Computation
$2.00
1
Digital Download PDF (5.01 MB)
By Smart Chick
This project is a great way to teach students about different biomes. Give each student their own biome and let them do the research needed to create a Biome Box!This pack includes the following:- teacher notes- chart for taking notes- blank
Subjects:
Science, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$3.00
1
Digital Download PDF (3.69 MB)
By Smart Chick
Using picture books in math instruction is such a great way to get kids thinking about math and working together! This pack uses the book Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns.There are three pages for students to complete and a page of
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
6
Digital Download PDF (0.63 MB)
By Smart Chick
Can your classroom teams complete these 3 challenges with bean bagss (and some easy to find materials)? Time to get your students up and moving with STEM Gym! These challenges are a great way to get your kids communicating with one another!Warm Up
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (3.28 MB)
By Smart Chick
My students struggle to use their own words in their writing, especially with informational reports and paragraphs. We use these pages as a way to practice this skill each week. There are 12 informational paragraphs included in this pack! There is
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (1.18 MB)
By Smart Chick
This pack includes two versions and an example from a classic novel.Learning about characters as you are reading different books is always an important skill. We talk a lot of the different characters in our classroom. Making these Character Charts
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (0.45 MB)
By Smart Chick
My students struggle to use their own words in their writing, especially with informational reports and paragraphs. We use these pages as a way to practice this skill each week. There are 12 informational paragraphs included in this pack! There is
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$3.00
1
Digital Download PDF (1.24 MB)
By Smart Chick
Do you love doing STEM challenges with unusual holidays throughout the month? I sure do! This pack of five STEM Challenges goes with 5 February holidays!This pack contains these 5 challenges:Make a Ukulele ChallengeMaterials Needed: (per
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$7.00
1
Digital Download PDF (4.72 MB)
By Smart Chick
Are you looking for STEM challenges to do with unsual holidays? National Gumdrop Day is on February 15th!Can your team build the tallest free-standing gumdrop structure?Gumdrop Structure ChallengeMaterials Needed: (per team)- bag of gumdrops- box
Subjects:
Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (1.96 MB)
By Smart Chick
Are you looking for STEM challenges to do with unsual holidays? National Inventors Day is on February 11th!Can you build your own invention to solve a problem using an assortment of materials?Make an Invention ChallengeMaterials Needed: (per
Subjects:
Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (2.03 MB)
By Smart Chick
Are you looking for STEM challenges to do with unsual holidays? National Kite Flying Day is on February 8th!Can you create a heart shaped kite that actually flies?Heart Shaped Kite ChallengeMaterials Needed: (per pair)- kite material (we use mylar
Subjects:
Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (1.95 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught for 23 years in a large, urban, public school district (I have taught in four different schools) and I LOVE it! I taught a self-contained, multi-aged gifted class for seven years. Prior to this assignment, I taught regular ed 4th and 5th grades. I am now in a wonderful STEM school teaching 4th and 5th grade! I love the STEM philosophy and it is really making my students problem solvers and critical thinkers! I am so lucky to have such great students, past and present!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have a progressive and eclectic, a "whatever works" approach to teaching. I always want to keep kids engaged and interested in what we are doing. I do a lot of hands-on, project-based activities in all subject areas. I believe in always teaching at a high level with high expectations for both myself and my students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Received a First Year Teacher Award in 1997 Nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year three times WalMart Teacher of the Year 2006

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor Of Science in Education 1996 Masters of the Art in Education 2004 Gifted/Talented Certification 2005

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Check me out on Facebook: Smart Chick Teaching Resources OR on my recently created blog: http://smartchickteacher.wordpress.com/ http://growingastemclassroom.blogspot.com/ Higher level materials in all subject areas designed to increase student engagement and achievement. I have been a teacher of diverse student groups, like gifted students, for many years and have designed and used these items in my own classroom with much success! I also believe that any child will benefit from highly engaging and interesting activities and projects. It is so important to make learning as authentic as possible for all learners, irregardless of their level. All students have gifts and talents and it is important that we, as teachers, find and recognize these in every child. These materials give students the opportunity to increase skills they will need in the real world, not just skills they will need to do well on tests!

GRADES

PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Archaeology, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Physical Education, Computer Science - Technology, Health, Other (Specialty), Curriculum & Instruction, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Problem Solving, ESL / ELL / EFL, Forensics, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Handwriting, For Administrators, Coaching, Test Preparation, Engineering, Close Reading, Classroom Community

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