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Place a basket of books, short reading selection, poem or content area textbook along with these cards and you have an instant Word Work Center! This center includes FORTY activity cards. Choose to display only cards that are relevant to the
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This is a great back to school activity! Have students follow the glyph key to decorate the letters of their name. Several extension activities are included: Student biography models, Cool Kid Trading Card, Glyph key to hang on a bulletin board with
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24 task cards to reinforce the states of matter. Perfect for individual or buddy practice. Includes student recording sheet, answer key and ideas for use. Download the preview to see each page :)
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Scoot is faced paced, whole group activity. It can be used as a fun review, practice, assessment of prior knowledge or test. Play it once and it will quickly become a classroom favorite! Topics covered include: Counting coins, one and five dollar
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Wordables are my twist on the popular board game Boggle. This pack includes 15 ready to use printable puzzles and one blank board for you to create your own game! I've also included possible solutions for each puzzle. To learn more about how I use
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This activity provides students with practice in the specific area of varied sentence length. Students will work on creating complete sentences with detail which will help eliminate a series of several short, choppy sentences to express an idea. 20
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This bundle contains the Writing Journals and Task Card sets for Back to School, October, November, December, and January in one download at a savings of over 25%. Click the links to learn more about each set or to purchase individually. Back to
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Uh, oh! What's in my Cocoa? That's what students will be asking when they create this adorable and easy to make craftivity. Students choose an object that is "lost" in their cocoa mug. They write clues so other students can guess what the object is!
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36 task cards provide practice understanding and comparing basic elements of standard and metric linear measurement. Also included are a student direction tent, optional student recording sheet and answer key.
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This bundle contains the Writing Journals and Task Card sets for February, March, April, May, and June in one download at a savings of over 25%. Click the links to learn more about each set or to purchase individually.
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Everything you need for hassle free spelling homework for an entire year! Each week students will choose from six engaging activities that address all learning styles and incorporate math, writing, art, and grammar skills. Three sets are included
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This printable journal with 30 seasonal topics is a perfect addition to your writing curriculum or work on writing center. Looking at a big blank piece of paper can be really intimidating to a young writer. These pages are perfectly sized and
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This activity provides choices for students as they work on their understanding of nouns. Great for use at a center or even for earlier finishers to keep at their desk as an enrichment activity.
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This unit complements Last Day Blues by Julie Dannenberg and includes the following activities suitable for 2nd for 4th graders: -Storybook Scrapbook graphic organizer -Innovation writing activity template -Multiple meaning words activity -Cut,
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Tasty Tuesday is a delicious way to give your students a concrete example about which to write. Everything you need is included to implement this program with your class or entire grade level. Check out this blog post to see how Tasty Tuesday can
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Common Core Weekly Word Work consists of 36 weeks of language arts printables designed to introduce, practice and review essential skills. Every one of the 20 weekly questions are directly aligned to Common Core State Standards for fourth grade.
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Share this simple story to help your students remember basic capacity equivalents. It's such a fun and memorable way to reinforce this basic concept. I am always amazed at how well the students remember this trick for converting units of standard
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20 colorful, engaging Smartboard attendance files to welcome your students to school for less than 50 cents per page! Download the preview to see a picture of each one. Themes include: Back to School, Apples, Football, Halloween, Birthday, Western,
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The adorable reindeer craft comes with 8 writing activities to choose from that would each make a perfect winter bulletin board display. Students can either color in a printable reindeer or assemble the pieces that have been printed on colored
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Easily decorate bulletin boards, hallways, or clotheslines with student made creations that are engaging and eye-catching with minimal preparation on your part. These bulletin board banners are meant to be printed on legal sized paper, to allow
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I've been teaching for 21 years. I started out as a 5th grade drop-out prevention teacher and I am currently teaching 2nd grade gifted students. In between, I also taught 3rd and 4th grade, was the Drop-out prevention resource specialist, and taught writing as a special. I value each of my different experiences so much because they have really given me a unique perspective of the needs of so many different teachers and students.


I have found that meeting the needs of struggling students and advanced students really require some of the same things. Hands-on, engaging lessons that motivate and challenge without causing frustration. I think every classroom presents unique challenges and great teachers find ways to bring learning to life in the the way that best meets the needs of their students. For that reason, I consider myself an eclectic; I'll use whatever works!


1995 Knight-Ridder Crystal Apple Teacher of the Year• 2004 National Board Certification (Middle Childhood Generalist)• 2004 NBCT School Based Lead Teacher• 2010 Gator Run Teacher of the Year, Weston, Florida• *5 time Teacher of the Year nominee• Instructional Coach trainer for Broward County, Florida• Certified trainer for Florida Clinical Educator Program• Teacher Consultant/Trainer: National Writing Project, SFWP• Certification in Project CRISS• Certificate of Curriculum and Instruction of a Discipline Center, FIU• Coalition of Essential Schools facilitator • Staff based instructional trainer: writing, high-yield strategies, literacy activities, small group activities, teacher website creation, SMARTboard use & lesson creation, literature circles• You name it, I've probably done it...


BS Elementary Education, 1994 Gifted endorsement ESOL endorsement National Board Certification Master's coursework halfway completed!


Blissfully married to another elementary ed teacher, who also happens to be the technology liaison and computer science teacher. It's really nice living with my own personal Mac genius! :P

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