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By Thinking Challenges
This figurative language Proverb Puzzles PowerPoint is perfect to use as a bell ringer or activity for your fast finishers. It contains 20 proverbs for students to decipher and is able to be adapted for use with Easel.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Problem Solving
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas, English (UK)
$4.00
Digital Download PPTX (7.22 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Keep your students engaged and having fun with the periodic table of elements by practicing their knowledge using these printable activities as an introduction or review. All answers are included. See product previews for individual content
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Problem Solving
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Science Centers
$8.50
$7.65
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By Thinking Challenges
Your students will have fun competing with each other to identify the capital cities of 26 countries and solve a final challenge with the Toponym Escape Room. Who will be the first group to escape the room today?
Subjects:
Geography, Back to School, End of Year
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (4.59 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
This science escape room activity for middle school and high school promotes team work and critical thinking that reinforces teaching of the Periodic Table of Elements. It is a fun way for your students to test their knowledge and understanding of
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Critical Thinking
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Science Centers
$6.00
Digital Download PDF (4.89 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Looking for no-prep, short, original mystery texts for upper primary/elementary students to solve? These mysteries will engage your students in reading for clues in the text and provide them with challenge. Plenty to keep your fluent readers on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$18.00
$15.00
Bundle
By Thinking Challenges
Do you need a reading comprehension activity to challenge your students? The Curious Coin Mystery is a NO PREP, original, short fiction Reading 4 clues text that provides reading fun for your fifth and sixth grade students who will pit their wits
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.50
Digital Download PDF (2.87 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Do you need a reading comprehension activity to challenge your students? Mysterious Math is a NO PREP, original, short fiction Reading 4 clues text that provides reading fun for your fifth and sixth grade students who will pit their wits against
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.50
Digital Download PDF (2.40 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
A St Patrick's day mystery for your students to solve using alphabet codes. Ideal for you literacy center, group work, homework, and homeschool. A great challenge for Upper primary and middle school students. All answers are included.
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, St. Patrick's Day
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (3.23 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Target 40 is addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, order of operations and fraction practice in a game format for upper primary and middle school students. Students toss a dice then answer questions to be the first to reach 40 and win the
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Fractions
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Games, Math Centers
$6.00
Digital Download PDF (5.07 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Valentine for Alice is an original, no prep, fun Victorian era mystery challenge for your literacy center. It is perfect for whole class, small groups or independent work, just in time for Valentine's Day. The clues can be solved in any order but
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Valentine's Day
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (2.40 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Keep your students engaged and on task during the Christmas season. They will be practicing their skills with addition and division with these 12 no prep hit the target worksheets. Ideal for Grades 5,6,7
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Math Centers
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (8.56 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
These no prep Christmas scavenger hunts are sure to keep your kids engaged and interested this Christmas season. Christmas fun for Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8.Related Products• 12 Days of Christmas for the classroom.• 12 days of Christmas Ideas for
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (5.69 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Are you looking for something no prep, fun, original, fun and different for your Christmas math activity? Cup racing fever has reached the North Pole and Santa’s reindeer are keen to participate in the first annual North Pole Racing Cup. Solve the
Subjects:
Math, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, End of Year
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (5.13 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Start your students thinking about the kitchen science processes involved in making cookies. Students will come up with their own investigations of the properties of ingredients using questions raised in the sample 'What do you think?' posters.
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Science Centers
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (3.66 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Do you need a reading comprehension activity to challenge your students? The Broken Arm Incident is a NO PREP, original, short fiction Reading 4 clues text that provides reading fun for your fifth and sixth grade students who will pit their wits
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.50
Digital Download PDF (2.61 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
This NO PREP, original, short fiction text provides reading fun for your fifth and sixth grade students who will pit their wits against C.B. (the story’s student detective), to determine who is telling the truth and solve the mystery. Students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.50
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Digital Download PDF (2.76 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Are you looking for ways to challenge your middle school students with ways to build vocabulary? This Crossword Challenge bundle focuses on words that start and end with the same letter. Each puzzle has 18 clues for the student and all the answers
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Back to School
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.75
$2.50
Bundle
By Thinking Challenges
Are you looking for a crossword worksheet activity for your students? This fun, no prep challenge will engage them in finding words that start and end with the same letter of the alphabet in a familiar crossword format. Great for supporting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.25
Digital Download PDF (0.77 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Are you looking for a crossword worksheet activity for your students? This fun, no prep challenge will engage them in finding words that start and end with the same letter of the alphabet in a familiar crossword format. Great for supporting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.25
Digital Download PDF (0.80 MB)
By Thinking Challenges
Are you looking for a crossword worksheet activity for your students? This fun, no prep challenge will engage them in finding words that start and end with the same letter of the alphabet in a familiar crossword format. Great for supporting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.25
Digital Download PDF (0.76 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

General classroom teacher. All levels to 10th grade. Associate principal in large urban primary school. National Education Adviser : Experienced Professional Development presenter. Presented at a number of International conferences Published author

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a New Zealand trained teacher with a special interest in thinking across the curriculum. My teaching is eclectic in style. I love literacy, maths, science and the arts. I like to create resources that can be used in a range of areas and with different levels to challenge students to think. My blog is MADE2share.blogspot.co.nz

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Education) Winston Churchill Fellow

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Massey University Degree University of New South Wales Post graduate (Gifted Education)

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Hobbies include photography, writing and illustrating children's books, and journaling.

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