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By the think tank
Want students to learn firsthand about measuring in centimeters and meters? This Common Core aligned resource does just that! Students use the meter stick printable to make an actual meter stick and use it to measure objects around the classroom.
Subjects:
Math, Measurement
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
2.MD.A.1, 2.MD.A.3
$2.75
53 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
This Common Core aligned activity is an engaging way for students to practice counting money by figuring out how much money their names are worth. After they figure out how much their names are worth, students often ask for extra handouts to figure
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Math Centers
CCSS:
2.MD.C.8
$2.50
39 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
Use this reading passage to learn why ants are so amazing and to build students’ reading comprehension skills. This Common Core aligned resource includes: Handouts: -an all about ants reading passage -KWL chart -vocabulary foldable (2
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
2.OA.A.1, MP4, MP5, RI.2.1, RI.2.4, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, RI.3.1, RI.3.7, W.2.2, W.3.2...
$3.00
37 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
This Common Core aligned activity is an engaging way to teach or review the concept of doubles facts to primary learners. It allows students to be creative while reinforcing a strategy that helps build number sense and fact fluency. Reading
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
1.OA.C.6, 1.OA.D.7, 2.OA.B.2
$2.50
30 ratings
3.9
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By the think tank
This mouth-watering opinion writing assignment provides students with a hands-on activity (eating Oreo cookies) to practice sequencing using a comic strip as a graphic organizer. It reinforces how to write a strong paragraph using details that give
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
W.1.1, W.1.7, W.2.1, W.2.5, W.3.5, W.3.1d, W.3.2a, W.3.2b, W.3.2d, W.3.3c, W.3.3d
$2.75
30 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
Studying fossils and dinosaurs help us to learn about the past. It gives students the understanding that Earth really has existed for millions of years! This activity is very hands-on for students and requires a little time and effort to set-up
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.00
25 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
These Common Core aligned printables allow students to have hands-on measuring experiences while learning about inches, feet and yards. First, they will use card stock strips and the make-a-yard stick handout to make a yard stick. Last, they use the
Subjects:
Math, Measurement
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
2.MD.A.1, 2.MD.A.3
$2.75
15 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year for students to reflect on being thankful. They will utilize the writing process to write a well-organized paragraph about people, things and moments that they are thankful for. Students will also use
Subjects:
Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
W.2.2, W.2.5, W.3.2, W.3.5, W.3.1d, W.3.2a, W.3.2d, W.3.3d
$2.75
13 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
This is an awesome in-class or take home project that will keep students engaged in learning and demonstrating what they know about simple fractions. Fraction Sundaes align with Common Core Math Standards in that it allows students to make a real
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Fractions
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
$2.50
21 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
I originally created this activity packet to correspond with the 2nd grade Social Studies book by Scott Foresman (Unit 1 - Where We Live). However, I have also used parts of it at the beginning of the school year to reinforce classroom management
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$2.00
13 ratings
4.0
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This STEAM project will keep students engaged in learning and demonstrating their knowledge of the parts of a plant. By having students use recycled materials from home, they use flexible thinking and creative problem solving skills in science to
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Earth Day
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$2.75
16 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
This plane shapes scavenger hunt allows students to use mathematical practices to recognize that geometry is all around. They just have to open their “eyes” to see that lots of everyday objects are made up of plane shapes. A tissue box can be made
Subjects:
Math, Geometry
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Math Centers
CCSS:
1.G.A.1, 2.G.A.1
$1.50
15 ratings
3.9
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This is a collection of activities to engage students in learning about the Pilgrims and Native Americans (Wampanoag) during the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Students also make connections between the first Thanksgiving and how Thanksgiving is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Thanksgiving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.3, RI.3.9, W.2.2, W.3.2, W.3.1a, W.3.1b
$2.75
10 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
MLK Day and African American History Month are wonderful times during the year to help students reflect on their dreams, ideas and goals. This Common Core aligned writing assignment is also a way for students to use the writing process to create
Subjects:
Writing-Essays, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.2a, W.5.4, W.6.2, W.7.2, W.8.2
$3.00
6 ratings
4.0
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This Common Core aligned writing activity allows students to use the writing process to write their own fables. This makes a great whole class writing project and can be completed in small group stations. Everything is included for students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.2.3, W.2.5
$3.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
This activity is an engaging way to teach or review the concept of doubles facts to primary learners. It allows students to be creative while reinforcing a strategy that helps build number sense and fact fluency. Reading Connection: “Snowballs” by
Subjects:
Math, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
1.OA.C.6, 1.OA.D.7, 2.OA.B.2
$2.50
15 ratings
3.9
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By the think tank
This scavenger hunt activity allows students to use mathematical practices to recognize that geometry is all around. While searching for everyday classroom or home objects students will be able to solidify their understanding of geometric solids.
Subjects:
Math, Geometry
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Math Centers
$2.00
11 ratings
3.8
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This activity is an entertaining and creative way for students to practice counting money while reinforcing vocabulary! Simply have students write their spelling words, then use the alphabet chart to figure how much each word is worth. This activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling, Math
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Math Centers
$2.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
This activity is a fun holiday way to teach or review the concept of doubles facts to primary learners. It allows students to be creative while reinforcing a strategy that helps build number sense and fact fluency. Reading Connection A Wish to Be
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Math Centers
CCSS:
1.OA.C.6, 1.OA.D.7, 2.OA.B.2
$2.50
13 ratings
4.0
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By the think tank
Foldables are a great way for students to have an interactive learning experience and when complete, have a handy study or reference guide. This activity provides students with an engaging way to learn about food chains and how plants and animals
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, Environment
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Cooperative Learning
$3.00
12 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (6.55 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for eleven years. I love helping to shape the thinking and learning of my 2nd graders!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Students should learn in an environment that encourages creative thinking, collaboration and perseverance. As a result, I try to facilitate learning not dictate learning. I expect students to do their best and don't accept anything less.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Over the last few years, I have supported efforts build student and staff awareness around environmental issues and slowly transform our school into a green school. Recently, I was awarded a grant to create a garden and an outside classroom.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

In the beginning, I dreamed of being an artist but soon realized that I also had a passion for the history of art. As a result, I earned a B.A. in Art History at the University of Maryland. After graduating, I interned at AVAM (American Visionary Arts Museum) and realized that I loved teaching kids in a creative way and exposing them to art. I decided to become a teacher. I also have a M.A. in Education from Grand Canyon University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Math is one of my favorite subjects to teach. Most students come into math with preconceived notions about their ability. I quickly dispel myths by teaching from an exploration approach where everyone has a voice and an opinion. By the end of the year, most students love math.

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