Teacher to the Core

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Over a month of reading, writing, and art await your eager students! The American Symbols Included are: The White House, Bald Eagle, Mount Rushmore, American Flag, Liberty Bell, and the Statue of Liberty. UPDATE added The Washington Monument
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Presidents' Day, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6
$8.00
3,029
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By Teacher to the Core
Do you ever scramble to type a quick note to remind parents about X,Y, and Z? This pack will save you from all that drama. These notes are provided in full and quarter sheet formats so that you can choose the number copies you want to run! Simply
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, For Principals & Administrators
$5.00
4,223
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By Teacher to the Core
Like Mammals of the Woods and American Symbols this unit falls into the category of “Common Core: Informational Reading and More”. I have provided 14 differentiated fluency passages on America's most beloved heroes. Included are tests, art projects,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Mini-Course
$8.00
1,749
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By Teacher to the Core
*Comprehension 101 is a top selling TpT item, was featured in the newsletter highlighting reading strategies. Comprehension 101 has sold nearly 2,000 copies. It's the real deal, and will help you get results, raise test scores, and includes games
Subjects:
Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Mini-Course
$8.00
1,253
Digital Download ZIP (27.60 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
49 weeks and over 1,000 pages! This year-long unit contains weekly thematic informational reading, fluency passages, fluency charts, full writing units, and art to match! The passages were carefully written and are research based! Preview Literacy
Subjects:
Reading, Social Studies - History, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Homework
CCSS:
RI.1.2, W.1.2, W.1.7
$149.00
$79.99
237
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By Teacher to the Core
This unit is going to be fabulous and fun for your students. Their brains are going explode with joyfully RIGOROUS learning. My students have loved this unit for 5 years running. {preview shows every page in large format} What's Inside? For every
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Science, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Homeschool Curricula, Original Textbooks
CCSS:
RI.1.7
$5.00
834
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By Teacher to the Core
Over a month of reading, writing, and art await your eager students! The American Symbols Included are: The White House, Bald Eagle, Mount Rushmore, American Flag, Liberty Bell, and the Statue of Liberty. UPDATE added The Washington Monument
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$8.00
400
Digital Download ZIP (32.74 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
This is a classroom management life saver! Stop nagging and start bragging. Perfect for use in place of or alongside a clip chart or flip chart! These are positive rewards / awards that take mere seconds to fill out and are easy to award at the end
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables
$5.00
1,483
Digital Download PDF (68.61 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
Martin Luther King Jr. These differentiated passages are perfect for fluency, comprehension, and close reading. I have included a full writing unit to help your students write the "perfect paragraph" including that tricky sense of closure! The
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Printables
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.4, RI.1.10, RI.2.1, RI.2.10, RF.1.4, RF.1.4a, RF.1.4b, W.1.1, W.1.2...
$3.00
379
Digital Download PDF (21.92 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
“Mammals of the Woods” is a Common Core aligned MEGA-pack of differentiated fluency passages, math and language fun, writing, 5 science assessments, and 5 smart art projects. One art project is provided for each mammal covered. Please visit my
Subjects:
Science, Arts, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans
$5.00
605
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By Teacher to the Core
The 35 comprehension builders start with simple sentence reading and grow gradually over a 2 month period of time. Each activity asks students to add details to a picture. Thus, they are "creating" and building mental images and deepening their
Subjects:
Short Stories, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RF.1.4
$4.00
659
Digital Download PDF (12.70 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
I like my adopted curriculum, but there are always gaps. I find that I need to review the concept of "digit" and basic place value all over again before starting 2 digit addition. That is exactly where this curriculum starts! I have mapped out 7 key
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Arts
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Homework, Printables
$5.00
363
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By Teacher to the Core
These passages are perfect for fluency, comprehension, and close reading. The writing lessons and smart art make each unit well rounded, rigorous, and darling! See All 12 Units in the Preview You get 12 of each *12 Fluency/ Comprehension passages
Subjects:
Reading, Arts, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Printables
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.9, RI.1.10, W.1.1, W.1.2, W.1.5, W.1.6, W.1.7, L.1.1a, L.1.1b...
$36.00
$30.00
321
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By Teacher to the Core
Do you want your students to learn to read and write like a scientist/ historian? This exemplary unit by Katie Knight contains everything you need to accomplish and address: The Common Core Informational Reading Standards and all 3 Text Types of
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.1.2, RI.1.10, W.1.1, W.1.2, W.1.7
$48.00
$30.00
198
Digital Download PDF (41.57 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
I love teaching about Chinese New Year. My students ADORE learning about the Science and Social Studies aspects of this fun holiday. We also have a great time reviewing the Common Core Standards in this unit. And what teacher does not love a full
Subjects:
Science, Social Studies - History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$5.00
367
Digital Download PDF (14.24 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
Your students will learn to read and write like a scientist and a historian during this outstanding Common Core Made Easy unit. I have also written Winter and Spring Units, so your whole year is DONE! This download contains everything you need to
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Autumn, Informational Text
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.7, RI.1.1, RI.1.2, W.1.1, W.1.2, W.1.3
$48.00
$30.00
200
Digital Download PDF (55.02 MB)
By Teacher to the Core
If you are looking to build critical thinking skills, stronger reading comprehension, and experience your students begging to read and write about bugs, then this unit is for you! Passages and activities have been differentiated so that there are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Visual Arts
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Printables, Video Files
$8.00
233
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By Teacher to the Core
This unit helps to break down the idea of ecology and make it fun. This unit will get you reading results as well as help students understand the topics of reduce, reuse, recycle , and also discuss the topics of conservation and protection .
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Science, Earth Day
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Mini-Course
$5.00
358
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By Teacher to the Core
Sink or float? Kids are naturally curious about their world!. This easy sink or float STEM activity is amazing! My students were engaged, learning, and having meaningful buddy/collaborative conversations about why they think an object will sink or
Subjects:
Science, Informational Text
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Rubrics, Science Centers
$2.00
307
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By Teacher to the Core
Is your classroom filled with Little Patriots? My classroom is! My students were in awe to hear that soldiers protect them every day. We discuss Memorial Day/ Remembrance Day with a light touch and learn 3 ways we can honor the fallen. They are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Arts, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$3.00
109
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Classroom Teacher:
I am energetic 1st grade teacher. I have been teaching 1st and 2nd grade since the year 2000. I get more excited each year about creating new curriculum and student engagement.

If you walk through my door:
I care deeply for the students and student teachers that come through my classroom door! It is my personal mission that the people who come through my door know 3 things.
✔ #1 You are loved and gifted! We need what you bring to school.
✔ #2 Your brain is beautiful and with effort we can grow and build that brain muscle.
✔ # 3. You don't have to be silent in this room, unless I am talking, but you need to be on task and trying hard.
Because this is my philosophy students feel safe to try hard, persist with grit, to engage each other in their learning.

Conference Speaker and Professional Development:
I travel the West Coast, as often as my family can spare me, providing professional development on the following topics:
✔ literacy
✔ fluency skills and strategies
✔ comprehension
✔ collaborative learning and engaging lessons
✔ classroom management.

Research-based Teaching
I am an avid reader on all of the topics listed above. I read pedagogy books so that I can teach using best practices, and so that I can share that learning through professional development sessions at conferences. Also I work hard to create rigorous and research based products, so I do the research. My products are time-tested, data proved, and research-based.

Blog Authoress I am the author of the award winning blog Teacher to the Core! You can find me there at www.teachertothecore.com What will you find if you go to Teacher to the Core?
✔ A real and relaxed environment where I share best practices and best attempts for teaching 1st and 2nd grade. I say attempts because sometimes I am going to share my epic failures and ensuing fixes.
✔ Easy to implement ideas
✔ Free resources
✔ Pictures from a Southern California classroom
✔ A place where you can laugh and get refreshed

MY TEACHING STYLE

Walking into my room you will see:
✔ Desks in groups of 4 with a HUGE meeting space in the center of the room.
✔ Kids working with me and working with each other
✔ a beautiful and student-centered classroom filled with resources for them, and very few decorations for me
✔ a classroom library that would rival any found in a big city because I absolutely love books. They are "portable magic"!

Walking into my room you will hear:
✔ students engaging with each other as much as possible
✔ If I am teaching you will hear me teach for less than 5 minutes before having students try it out. We share the stage and the students and I teach in a back and forth method. I hope to empower them to be the resident expert.
✔ You often hear me say, "__________ how did you solve...?" "Who wants to show us how they... ______________?"

Walking into my room you will feel:
✔ welcomed
✔ at home
✔ inspired to try new things and participate in highly engaging lessons
✔ You will also feel that I respect my students and that I am both to be respected and respected.

If I can make learning a game, joyful, or fun then my students will be happy to learn and I will be happy while teaching!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

PTA Creative Idea Award
2X Keynote Presenter at the Southern California TK-1st Conference
Ideas featured in Scholastic Magazine
Buzz Feeds 35 Teacher Hacks to Stay Organized

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelors and Masters from California Baptist University
Certificate to Teach the Gifted and Talented from Cal State Fullerton

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Teaching can be tough. I hear you! I have been there. But let me tell you, having curriculum you are excited about, and that directly supports the Common Core, can really make teaching joyful!
I look to TpT to find quality resources to make my life easier as I enrich my classroom and teach with skill and rigor. I write curriculum for TpT because I know that's what you are looking for too!

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