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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire literary essay unit by downloading the preview. Do your students struggle to write a literary essay? This is a complete writing unit in an easy-to-use scaffolded guide. Scaffolding information successfully supports all learners. It is
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Mini-Course, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9
$9.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire scaffolded autobiography unit by downloading the preview. This autobiography was featured in the TpT newsletter. Additionally, my students consistently vote this their most favorite writing unit of the year. This is a complete
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Critical Thinking, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Mini-Course, Printables, Scaffolded Notes
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5
$10.95
43 ratings
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire diversity mini-course by downloading the preview. Are you looking for WOW activities that encourage students to understand and appreciate diversity? THE BIG ORANGE SPLOT is a funny story about a man named Mr. Plumbean. Mr. Plumbean
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.W.3
$8.95
24 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire myth mini-course and book study by downloading the preview. Myth is the often ignored genre. Yet, kids love exploring myths. This book study is perfect for guided reading, whole group instruction, and book clubs too. It easily allows
Subjects:
Graphic Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Mini-Course, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.10
$6.95
26 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire letter/time capsule by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a new idea that asks students to begin the year thinking about the future? This activity is academically important, personally meaningful, and loads of fun. It's a
Subjects:
Graphic Arts, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5
$6.95
22 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire conservation mini-course by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a fun, yet super academic way to study conservation or the importance of Earth Day/Arbor Day? This item engages students in reading, writing, conservation, art,
Subjects:
Economics , Writing-Essays, Earth Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Mini-Course, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4
$7.95
25 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire text features scavenger hunt, anchor chart, and student notebook chart by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a fun way to engage students in the study of informational text features? The Text Features Scavenger Hunt pairs
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
RI.3.5, RI.3.7, RI.4.7, RI.5.7, RI.6.7
$6.95
28 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire Molly's Pilgrim lesson/project by downloading the preview. This item is also part of a Holiday Celebration Bundle.Click HereStudents love this project and it's not just for Thanksgiving. Read aloud and discuss the story Molly's
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Thanksgiving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.10
$8.95
23 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the bibliography anchor charts and lesson by downloading the preview. This item isolates and simplifies the skill of writing a bibliography. It can be taught separately (grab a pile of books on a topic and have kids practice writing entries) or
Subjects:
Library Skills, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Bibliographies, Nonfiction Book Study
$6.95
11 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire nonfiction mini-course by downloading the preview. This book study is a mini-course in reading and understanding nonfiction text. It includes:An anchor chart.An optional cover for student materials.Topic.Nonfiction genres.Publication
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Mini-Course, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
$6.95
15 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire historical fiction book study/report by downloading the preview. This book study teaches students about the historical fiction genre while asking them to define important story elements. This book study includes:An anchor chart "What
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Graphic Arts, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Mini-Course, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
$6.95
15 ratings
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire K-2 behavior plan by downloading the preview. A purple (violet) heart symbolizes a sensitive, understanding and compassionate love. It honors duty and good judgment. Most of the Classroom Manners materials intentionally showcase this
Subjects:
Life Skills, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Assessment, Printables, For Principals & Administrators
$7.95
9 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the capitalization and punctuation rules anchor charts and student notebook charts by downloading the preview. The charts clearly define the rules of capitalization and punctuation with easy to understand examples. Easy peasy. Just click to
Subjects:
Writing, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Handouts, Mini-Course, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.2
$5.95
7 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire fractured fairy tale book study/report mini-course by downloading the preview. Grab a pile of fractured fairy tales. Students love "The Three Little Wolves And The Big Bad Pig" or "Goldilocks And One Bear." This book study teaches
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Mini-Course, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.10
$6.95
8 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the volunteer thank you certificates by downloading the preview. These certificates allow you to thank volunteers in a sincere and meaningful way. The certificates provide a quote, a poem, a thank you, and cute graphics. There are nine colors to
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, End of Year
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, For Parents
$5.95
12 ratings
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire memoir writing unit by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a comprehensive way to guide students through writing a memoir? This is a complete scaffolded unit.Scaffolding information supports all learners. It is the sequencing
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Mini-Course, Printables, Scaffolded Notes
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5
$10.95
7 ratings
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the text features charts by downloading the preview. These charts name and define 18 text features. They are perfect for both reading and writing workshop. A classroom anchor chart and student notebook chart are included. Just click to follow
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Reading Strategies, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.W.2
$3.95
4 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire Public Issues And Constitutional Beliefs persuasive essay unit by downloading the preview. This item was featured in the TpT newsletter! Who knew that writing a persuasive essay and studying a public issue could be so much fun? This
Subjects:
Civics, Critical Thinking, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Research, Printables, Scaffolded Notes
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.10
$11.95
9 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the reading goals teaching poster and worksheets by downloading the preview.Do you need a way for students to quickly and accurately identify and self-select important reading goals? Reading goals are listed under comprehension, accuracy,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10
$4.95
5 ratings
4.0
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the entire menu math lesson by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a fun real-world application of math? This item provides students with a menu, a $40.00 budget, and a challenge to feed their entire family. A list of special
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Word Problems, Problem Solving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Computation, Mini-Course
CCSS:
2.MD.C.8, 4.MD.A.2
$4.95
11 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught all grades K-8. Most of my experience is in grades 3 and 4. I've served on a variety of district committees, but I especially enjoy working on projects that involve behavior and classroom management. I've mentored new teachers within my district and had the pleasure of working with many student teachers. I've also worked with teachers who are in the process of improving classroom management per their evaluation.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is structured and driven by procedure. Within this framework, children are given a great deal of responsibility for problem-solving and encouraged to take risks. We do our personal best every day but with the understanding that we are not perfect. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. And, we laugh. A sense of humor goes a long way towards building healthy teacher/student relationships. I am an advocate of differentiation and scaffolding. My products allow each child to approach learning from his/her level of academic sophistication.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Proudest moments: My school district asked if I'd be willing to in-service teachers on classroom management and mentor struggling teachers. Professors of education encouraged me to start offering my work to others. I've successfully mentored many student students.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies along with many additional graduate level credit hours. My educational focus has been behavior, understanding the brain, and classroom management.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I worked in a struggling school for many years - forcing me to find ways to reach ALL children. I then taught in an A+ school. I've experienced both extremes. TpT is a hobby! Logo credit: mycutegraphics.com

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