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What’s in this packet? Lemonade Stand lesson plan pp. 3-4--This lesson plan links in with an online resource. As many or as few of the forms below can be incorporated. Lemonade Stand Calculation Sheet p. 5--Students can track their progress in
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These graphic organizers for narrative writing are CCSS aligned for third and fourth grade They provide a quick and practical structure for students to think about their writing for narrative stories. Students and teachers could use as many or as
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Get to know how your students learned to read, strategies they use, their favorite books, and who inspires them as a reader. There are two different mini posters to use, too, to get to know your students at various times during the year. This
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Use reading bingo to encourage your students to read from a variety of genres and to read a variety of lengths of materials. You can give one of these forms to the students per quarter (or shorter/longer depending on the needs of your students) and
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Graphic organizers to scaffold opinion writing in the intermediate grades. What’s in this packet? Writing Map for Opinion Writing--Outline your topic, main point of view, counter view, and three supporting opinions/reasons/points for your
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Get students to talk to you about their problems at at appropriate time with this classroom form. Students fill out their request for a meeting with the teacher and put it in the teacher's designated area. This reproducible form saves class
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Help your students get to know people at their school with this student-created book. A cover page, intermediate level, and primary level (less text/ELL version) pages are included. Ask students to interview various staff members (and students, too)
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About these resources These graphic organizers for informative/explanatory writing were designed with a few ideas in mind. First, they align with Common Core Standards in writing for grades 3-5, containing pieces that address each part of
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Use this reading log either in class or as homework for a simple way to track students' reading. Includes sections for easy, just right, or challenging book evaluations by students, as well as a place to indicate the genre. "Genre codes" can be
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Use this 4-day reading log to help students go deeper into their reading outside of class. Each day features a different reading skill and different format (e.g. summarizing, making connections, expanding vocabulary, picture/graphic organizer
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Use this diagram to help students resolve their problems step by step. Each student is only allowed to complete the sentences when it is their turn. Use a talking "stick" or other tool to identify whose turn it is to speak. If you would like an 11 x
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Help students to become independent problem solvers by following the steps on this poster. This version is made for regular paper (8.5"x11"), but can be made larger. Contact me, Holly Smucker, at smuckerh@gmail.com for a larger version.
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This is a form that has 6 spots to use the cooperative learning strategy of clock buddies. Read about how to use this strategy here: http://www.readingquest.org/strat/clock_buddies.html An A4 version of this form is also available from me on
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This is a form that has 6 spots to use the cooperative learning strategy of clock buddies. Read about how to use this strategy here: http://www.readingquest.org/strat/clock_buddies.html E-mail me, Holly Smucker, at smuckerh@gmail.com if you have
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K-8 teacher at Taiwanese IB international school; 3rd grade teacher at American international school; 5th grade teacher at private Christian school in the U.S; kindergarten, third grade, and fifth grade teacher at public school in the U.S.; graduate-level instructor for Oregon State University and Western Oregon University, specializing in English for Speakers of Other Languages. Instructional coach for Title I elementary

MY TEACHING STYLE

Practical, hands-on learning that is meaningful for students

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ESOL and reading endorsements; ENVoY Classroom Coach

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in early childhood/elementary education with emphases in language arts and math; ESOL endorsement for Oregon licensure; M.Ed. with emphasis in reading; reading endorsement for licensure

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I love creating practical teaching resources that fit easily into tight teaching budgets and provide real-world connections for students. My highly varied teaching experience (pubic/private, U.S./international, K-12/university level, classroom teaching/instructional coaching) will give you a great wealth of resources.

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