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Check out my "Less Mess" Interactive Notebook Activities for ELA & social studies. LESS MESS = LESS STRESS!
 
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{Fiction Book Report; Fiction Book Project} Inspire creativity and imagination in your students with this delicious fiction book report! Students will be creating their own foods as a vehicle for their book project. The unit includes: 1.
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(Social Studies Interactive Notebook; Social Studies Interactive Activities) My “Less Mess” Social Studies Interactive Notebook Activities allow for two simple steps: cut around the border and glue it in. That’s it! They are perfect for teachers
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(January; New Year; New Year Activities; Winter Break} The first days back from winter break can be rough on kids. Getting back into a routine is not easy…especially when all the students want to do is talk about their break! Why not give them an
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{Map Skills; Map Activities; Five Themes of Geography} This bundle includes four of my resources for your unit on map skills and the five themes of geography at a discounted rate. ★ You may also want to check out my "Less Mess" Map Skills and
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(Text Evidence; Common Core Posters, Evidence from Text) Remind students to prove their answers with these evidence-based terms posters for Common Core on display. Each poster has a term as well as a sample sentence. Included posters are: 1.
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(Figurative Language Interactive Notebook; Figurative Language Interactive Activities) My “Less Mess” Figurative Language Interactive Notebook Activities allow for two simple steps: cut around the border and glue it in. That’s it! They are perfect
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This activity is designed to get students looking through their social studies textbooks when they first receive them. It's a great activity to use when you distribute books. Students must identify such things as: title of book, table of contents,
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(Comic Strips; Creating Comic Strips; Comics) Students LOVE to create their own comic strips and don't consider it "work" (even though they are secretly practicing skills...SHHH!) Eight different comic strip templates are included. Some of the
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{Figurative Language; Figurative Language Activities} This 111 page bundle includes four of my figurative language packs at a discounted price! This bundle is aligned to the Common Core with the standards included for grades 3-6. Included units
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This pack features four word search puzzles focusing on figurative language. Students must use the clues provided to find words in the puzzle involving similes, onomatopoeia, idioms, and alliteration. Answer keys are provided. Please view the
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{Key Words: Geography; Themes of Geography; Five Themes of Geography; Movement; Region; Human Environment Interaction; Location; Place} Sometimes all it takes is something comical, silly, or colorful for students to remember a concept. These
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(Idioms, Idiom Activities; Literal Idioms) Your students will be "on cloud nine" with this literal idiom art activity.The pages included are: 1. Direction sheet 2. Girl Idiom Art Sheet 3. Boy Idiom Art Sheet 4. Two sample pages 5. Idiom List for
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Recognizing abstract nouns is ESSENTIAL for TRUE UNDERSTANDING of nouns. These are the kind that always confuse students! This abstract noun activity provides an opportunity for students to use their creativity and imagination while learning about
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Your students will want to read "OWL" about parts of speech with these colorful posters! Please download the preview to see all eight parts of speech posters included. PLEASE NOTE: These posters are also included in my Owl Theme Reading/Language
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Give your students a chance to delve into the poetry books housed in your classroom (or borrowed from your school library) with this poetry scavenger hunt activity. Students search for poems based on directions given (for example, "Find a poem that
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This activity helps students practice forming compound sentences and using coordinating conjunctions correctly. Pages included are: 1. Direction Sheet 2. Sixteen Compound Cat Task Cards 3. Sentence Sheet (2 sided) for recording answers 4. Answer
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Treat your students like stars with this 42 page Back to School unit with a Hollywood theme. The pages feature back to school activities, but a number of them could be done at any point during the year. This unit is also part of my Back to School
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{Test Prep; ELA Test Prep; Reading Test Prep; Standardized Test Prep} This test prep bundle is a perfect way to help prepare your students for state testing in READING in a FUN way! The bundle includes three of my individual products bundled
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Here are two "no prep" practice pages for your students to test their understanding of primary and secondary sources. Each page contains ten examples. Students must read each example and identify it as a primary or secondary source. Students can
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These posters work well at any point of the school year. They would be great at the beginning of the year as a goal setting activity. Students could set goals that would help them to graduate from the current school year (completing homework,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for many years in both the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas and still love it! Over the course of my career, I have taught several grade levels and have served as a department chairperson at my school. I have also been the newspaper editor and enjoyed every minute of that! I am currently teaching fifth grade and truly enjoy it. I love the sense of humor children have, and I feel so grateful that I can spend every day with them!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that children learn best when they are having fun. Lessons should never be monotonous; they need to be visually appealing, challenging, and motivating. I strive to keep my students engaged! Creativity and a sense of humor are integral parts of my teaching style. I also enjoy incorporating art and music into my lessons when possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Although I have received honors/awards from both my university and school district, my greatest honor is hearing former students (many of whom are now adults) tell me I made a difference in their lives or inspired them. Some have even returned to tell me they want to become (or have become) teachers because of me. I can't think of anything better!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I am constantly learning and growing as an educator. In addition to my own graduate and postgraduate studies, I am always looking for new professional development opportunities.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love sports, movies, music, and dance! I also love spending time with my family (especially camping and/or hiking). I hope you enjoy my products as much as I enjoy creating them for TpT!