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We send these S.T.E.M. Home Challenges home with all of the students in our school building once a month. I created them with easy to find items in order to encourage the highest amount of family participation. We display each of the projects
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A great partner activity to use in math! Students must work with a partner in order to answer the following question: What is the largest area and longest perimeter your group can make using only one roll of toilet paper? The packet includes all
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Let me start by saying that we use the design cycle on a daily basis in all content areas. I made these and they hang up in our classroom. We use post-it notes to show our thinking and where we are in the cycle/process at any given moment! Students
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Can your students engineer some Greek Mythology? Try these five STEM Engineering Challenges to find out! The Five Challenges Included in this Set: - Column Construction Challenge - Cardboard Marble Maze Challenge - Broken Pottery Challenge -
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Can your students engineer topics related to the Planets and Space? Try these five STEM Engineering Challenges to find out! The Five Challenges Included in this Set: - Solar System Model Challenge - Mars Airbag Landing Challenge - Lunar Lander
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A great partner activity to use in math! Students must work with a partner in order to answer the following question: What is the longest paper chain you can make using one 12 x 18 sheet of construction paper? The packet includes all of the
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Can your students build like an Egyptian? Try these five STEM Engineering Challenges to find out! The Five Challenges Included in this Set: - Mummy Construction Challenge - Sugar Cube Pyramid Challenge - Kid-Sized Mummy Model Challenge - Paper
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This is an ENORMOUS collection of all 9 of my STEM Engineering Challenge Ten Packs (a total of 90 challenges)! The Engineering Challenges that are included in this file are: TEN PACK #1 Geodesic Domes Bird Nests Straw Rockets House of
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Can your students engineer topics related to the Weather by building a working Weather Station? Try these six STEM Engineering Challenges to find out! The Six Challenges Included in this Set: Build a Thermometer Challenge Anemometer Model
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Math Mats are what I use for my Friday review in math. I copy the two pages side by side on a sheet of 11 x 17 paper. Each week, I use a different food or candy item (in small quantities) and the students do mixed fact practice while enjoying the
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Can your students engineer topics related to the sinking of the Titanic? Try these five STEM Engineering Challenges to find out! The Five Challenges Included in this Set: Life Vest Design Challenge Life Boat Design Challenge Make an Iceberg
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A fun, hands-on math activity that uses the six shapes in a set of pattern blocks in order to find out which of those shapes tessellate. The pages can be combined to create an engaging packet for students to use in math class! There are questions
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These math task cards are based on facts about the Titanic. They are sure to engaging and challenging for your students! This is a great way for students to learn about historical events, like the Titanic, while practicing their math skills. The
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Math Mats are what I use for my Friday review in math. I copy the two pages side by side on a sheet of 11 x 17 paper. Each week, I use a different food or candy item (in small quantities) and the students do mixed fact practice while enjoying the
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A 7 page set of activities to do with the book, "Chasing Vermeer", by Blue Balliett based on the set of pentominoes Calder used frequesntly in the story. It includes: Set of pentominoes to copy on cardstock and print off for each
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This is a collection of five STEM Engineering challenges using play dough and a few other items. Can your students complete these challenges and engineer some play dough fun of their own? The Five Challenges Included in this Set: Play Dough
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A set of 5 pages pf math labs to do with a Hershey's Candy Bar. They are: Hershey's Conversions (fractions, decimals, percents), Label Analysis, Bar Analysis, Math Challenge, and Equivalent Fractions. Can be used separately or together.
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This is a great back to school activity for kids to evaluate their first and last names based on the letter values on the letter tiles provided. Students then construct line plots and find data landmarks, which is something we always need to
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A set of 6 hands-on math activities using Skittles candy. The activities are: an advertising analysis, double bar graph, mystery bag, probability, sample size, and circle graphing. You will need several snack size bags per individual or group, a
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An 18 page Persuasive Writing Pack for students to use for the prompt: What is the most useful mathematical symbol? There are a few resource sheets for the teacher to use as well as multiple writing sheets for the students to use! Included in the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught for 20 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

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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!

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