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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the literary essay unit by downloading the preview. This is a complete writing unit in an easy to use scaffolded guide. Scaffolding information supports all learners: general education, SPED, and ELL. It is the sequencing of content, materials,
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Essays, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5...
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the word search puzzles by downloading the preview. These word search puzzles are academically sophisticated and designed to specifically reinforce ELA word study in grades 4-7. They can be used to introduce vocabulary, to review vocabulary, or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.6
$7.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the bibliography anchor charts, lesson, and word search 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
Subjects:
Library Skills, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study, Bibliographies, Research
CCSS:
CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9
$6.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the friendly letter and time capsule lesson by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a new idea that asks students to begin the school year thinking about the future? This activity is academically important, personally meaningful, and
Subjects:
Writing, Back to School, Graphic Arts
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5
$6.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the realistic fiction writing unit by downloading the preview. This scaffolded guide gives students the necessary skills to write incredible realistic fiction stories. Scaffolding supports general education, SPED, and ELL. It is the sequencing
Subjects:
Short Stories, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10
$9.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the winter fictional narrative writing by downloading the preview. No book captures the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than this Caldecott Award winner, The Snowy Day. (Note: Any other snow themed book - fiction or
Subjects:
Science, Creative Writing, Winter
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.10
$8.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See The Lorax conservation mini course by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a fun, yet academic way to study conservation or the importance of Earth Day or Arbor Day? This item engages students in reading, writing, conservation, art, and
Subjects:
Economics , Writing-Essays, Earth Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4
$7.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the 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 of
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Expository
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5
$10.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the Christmas fictional narrative writing lesson, "If I Were an Ornament" by downloading the preview. This item is also part of a Holiday Celebration Bundle.Click HereThe student writing is beautiful and emotionally moving. You will understand
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Graphic Arts
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
$7.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the 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 lives on
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Visual Arts
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.L.6
$8.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the autobiography unit by downloading the preview. This autobiography was featured in the TpT newsletter! And students consistently vote this their favorite writing unit of the year! This is a complete nonfiction writing unit in an easy to use
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing-Expository, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5
$10.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the scaffolded researching and writing a biography unit by downloading the preview. Scaffolding supports general education, SPED, and ELL. It is the sequencing of content, materials, and tasks. All terms are defined. Simply move through the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing-Expository, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study, Bibliographies, Research
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
$10.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the mystery book report and project-based learning by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a fun way to engage students in a comprehensive study of the mystery genre? This item encourages students to select a mystery book at their own
Subjects:
Writing, Reading, Graphic Arts
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Printables, Study Guides
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.SL.4
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the historical fiction book report and genre study by downloading the preview. This book report teaches students about the historical fiction genre while asking them to define important story elements. This book study includes:An anchor chart,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Reading Strategies, Graphic Arts
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literature Circles, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the Journalism mini course by downloading the preview. Are you looking for a new way to engage students in writing nonfiction text? Encourage them to explore a variety of news publications and then challenge them to write their own stories.This
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, For All Subjects, Graphic Arts
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Research, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.10
$7.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the word search puzzles by downloading the preview. These word search puzzles are academically sophisticated and designed to specifically reinforce word study. They can be used to introduce vocabulary, to review vocabulary, or as an activity for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Vocabulary
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the conference letter by downloading the preview. Often parents ask questions during a conference only their child can adequately answer. This conference letter gives students a safe way to self-evaluate and respond to important questions. The
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Problem Solving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
For Parents, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.10
$3.49
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the free verse color poetry lesson by downloading the preview. The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments written by Arnold Lobel tells the story of a wizard who lived a long time ago. There were no colors in the world. Everything in the world
Subjects:
Writing, Poetry, Arts
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the social justice book report and genre study by downloading the preview. This scaffolded book report asks students to respond to common story elements. However, it also asks students to think like citizens with Constitutional rights,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Civics
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
$6.95
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By Smarter Teaching K-8
See the Engineering a City project-based math activity by downloading the preview. Students engineer a city. They debate opinions forcing participants to think more critically. This activity can also be assigned to students individually or in
Subjects:
Geography, Geometry, Graphic Arts
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
K.MD.A.1, K.G.A.1, MP4
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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 successfully 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 am currently working as ELL teacher. TpT is a purposeful hobby.

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