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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
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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,
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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
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*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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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2 Little Books, 7 math and writing activities, and 2 tests will make your school days incredibly fun and rigorous! {The Preview shows all 64 pages in large photos} This curriculum was designed for the start of first grade. Activities are engaging
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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
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American Symbols is 50% off during the relaunch of the fully updated unit! The sale ends April 4th. The original American Symbols unit has been retired! Never fear! If you already own "American Symbols the Bundle" you can now download every update
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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
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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 .
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This unit on double digit addition will have your students engaged and begging to do math. This is a 10 day extravaganza! Each day kids are practicing double digit addition with and without regrouping. The adventure culminates in a Monster Truck
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This unit is perfect for teaching or reviewing vowels in CVC words. It meets the new Common Core Reading Foundation Skills criteria. The Smart Art and FUN vowels search pages will help your students rock the the Common Core! Included Are: 3
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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
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This unit teaches your students about the life cycle of the pumpkin while allowing them to practice their reading skills. Students will engage using these materials because they are rigorous and fun! You will love this packet because your students
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Students crave art and the joy it brings to their school day. There is no reason the art can’t be academic. Plus, “Smart Art” decorates your classroom with rigorous learning. People enter your room and are in awe of cute it is, and as they look
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Yes! It's true! ABC order activities for the entire year of holidays and themes! But is ABC order a standard under the Common Core? You bet it is! These activities meet the demands of the Common Core. Reasoning and making sense is a major focus
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These little leprechauns will delight and engage your students while decorating your classroom with academic art (Smart Art). Place Value is a very challenging concept, but this unit makes the "hard work" fun! The Smart Art: You will get the
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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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