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This two page organizer helps guide students when planning a personal narrative. Created around the Lucy Calkin's Rubric for Narrative Writing for Fourth Grade, this organizer first asks students to choose an important "small moment". This important
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This quick and easy morning work assignment will help students return back to the classroom routine while allowing them to reflect upon their winter breaks. In my classroom, students would bring their sheets to the carpet for Morning Meeting and
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Save Marvin! This prompt asks students to persuade Farmer Joe not to eat turkey this Thanksgiving. The packet provides space for students to brainstorm ideas for how to best stop Farmer Joe from eating turkey. I find this portion to be an excellent
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This research packet was created for our third grade biography writing unit with the help of my students. After brainstorming the best way to organize our writing, we worked to create questions that could help guide our research. The packet is
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Place value vocabulary set with 2, 3, and 4 digit examples. Each vocabulary word is accompanied with a definition or picture. Words included: Standard Form Word Form Expanded Form Digit Value Place Value Greater Than Less Than One Ten
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This quick, no-prep activity will help students reconnect after a long winter break while moving throughout the classroom to complete the scavenger hunt. Students write the name of each classmate that fits the description on the line provided. 16
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Fun, easy way for students to share their winter break experience with one another. Students will interview a peer using provided questions as a guide, but it is recommended that they also listen closely to their partner and ask questions based off
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Use these anchor charts and handouts to help students create Feedback Wheels that provide specific feedback to their peers. Included are anchor charts and sentence starters for:- Positive Feedback- Areas for Growth- Questions I Still HaveAfter
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These fun posters/hand outs include a place value chart and word form reference sheet up to the millions place. Included is also a written example of standard form, word form, and expanded form to the millions place. I have used these in the past in
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Each year I use this quick imaginative writing activity to engage my students right away. They walk into the room to find this sheet and a newly sharpened pencil (or two!) on their desks. After a few moments of greeting, the students settle in and a
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Students can demonstrate their understanding of place value and comparing of numbers to 100, 1,000 or 10,000 while playing this game. Using differentiated game boards, two players roll the dice 2, 3 or 4 times in order to create the largest number
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Anchor charts with helpful reminders at each step of the writing process: Prewriting Drafting Revising Editing Evaluating Publishing These charts are helpful when placed in the classroom for easy review. For quick assessment and planning purposes,
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These cards are a great way to conclude a place value unit of study (in lower grades) or to review place value (in upper grades) with the whole class or in a small group setting. As students play the game, their speaking and listening skills will
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Students can work independently or together to practice standard form, word form and expanded form with the option to draw the number using Base Ten as well. This resource can be used in centers, or as a warm up or exit slip. Sheets are
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Fun, differentiated game to practice expressing numbers in different forms. There are cards for 2, 3, and up to 7 digit numbers. Each set contains 25 matches of cards that include number form, word form, expanded form, and base ten. This game will
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This response contains five questions relating to the text, The Ever-Changing Sky from ReadWorks.org. (The site requires a log-in, but is free!) http://www.readworks.org/passages/ever-changing-sky The questions ask students to combine the
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This reference sheet is a reat addition to students' Math Notebooks. I found it very helpful in my classroom when introducing fractions to my students. We created a large class example, and then students worked in pairs/small groups to complete this
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This organizer was helpful when working with students to create both short stories and longer fiction stories. The organizer includes space for students to add information about characters, setting, main events (rising action, climax, resolution),
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Included is a pre-planned Random Acts of Kindness calendar for December, along with all coordinating materials. A blank calendar is also included for those students who might like to create their own calendar, or if you would like to create a
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This quick, no-prep bundle is a great way for students to review opinion based writing after winter break! Students are asked to share their opinion on whether winter or summer break is best. Included in the packet: 1. Pre-planning page that
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

6+ years experience in the private and public sector teaching K, 2nd, and 3rd. Currently taking time off to stay home with my son, and privately tutoring students in grades 2-6.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands-on, student-centered, and play-focused! I also utilized the workshop method when teaching reading, writing, and math.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Finance from Miami University 2008 M.A. in Elementary Education from Northwestern University 2012

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Mom to the most wonderful little man, but always a teacher at heart!

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