Staying Centered

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Staying Centered 3rd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 4 - Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 13 - Big Bushy Mustache Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 29 - The Lizard and the Sun Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with
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Staying Centered 4th Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 4 - Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned
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Staying Centered 4th Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 2 - Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are
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Staying Centered 4th Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 7 - Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 17 - Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 2 - Frog & Toad All Year Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with
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Staying Centered 4th Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 6 - On the Banks of Plum Creek Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 11 - Jamaica Louise James Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 24 - Watching in the Wild Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 9 - Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned
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Staying Centered 4th Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 11 Mimicry and Camouflage Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 26 - Where on Earth is My Bagel? Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 6 - Winners Never Quit! Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 7 - Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 8: The Great Ball Game Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the
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Staying Centered 3rd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 2 - The Day Eddie Met the Author Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned
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Staying Centered 2nd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 10 - A Trip to the Fire Station Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned
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Staying Centered 3rd Grade: Harcourt Storytown Lesson 9: Stone Soup Use these high quality, no prep, student-friendly activities in literacy centers all week while you teach small skill groups! These activities are aligned with the week’s
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The three of us have been in education for many years and bring a unique perspective to Staying Centered. Grade level teammates for nearly 20 years, Barbara and Mary Beth understand the need for activities that students can use independently in centers so that teachers are free to provide interventions with small groups of students. Barbara's sister, Beth, is an amazing artist with a friendly, unique style that engages students immediately. Beth enjoys teaching cartooning classes to students of all ages and has her own TPT shop, "NoodlzArt" which is entirely focused on products she created using her original drawings. Be sure to check it out!

MY TEACHING STYLE

We tend to think thematically when it comes to creating classroom activities. Validated by brain research which indicates the value of patterns and themes in learning, we work to create activities which align with current instruction while also reviewing past skills. For example, teachers have found the Harcourt Storytown activities to be valuable because they provide a week's worth of activities which students can complete independently. We believe the activities should involve more than simply writing answers on paper. While we do have those activities, we also provide opportunities for students to be more actively engaged. Students may be asked to manipulate letters to form new words from a larger word, illustrate a new ending for a story, create a vocabulary booklet where they write definitions for the week's words, cut apart and sequence key details from the selection and so on. Relating the activities directly to current classwork provides meaningful, respectful work as well as continuity for students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Arizona School Board's Golden Bell Award, WESD Lamp of Learning recipients, National Board Certified Teacher

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Lewis and Clark College, Arizona State University, University of Phoenix

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