Turtle-y Nuts About Learning

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This is a three part novel study for the short story by Roald Dahl. Answer key included! Part I is answering questions from the text. There are some fill in the blanks, short answer, and opinion questions involved, asking students to refer back to
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This is a classroom poster you can display for student reference. Some of my students have trouble with thinking about perimeter with shapes that are not perfect polygons. This will remind your students to break up the shapes to make it more
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I used this product for my gifted third grade students. It was a review of what they know about area. This includes two pages. The first page is a basic find the areas below activity. The second page is asking students to create shapes with a
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This is a handout that can be used with most social studies books or booklets. It asks students to identify a state's capital, abbreviation, nickname, flower, bird, date of statehood, and an interesting fact. You could do each state in order or you
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I typed up the main headings of the Focus Wall for my fourth grade Journeys reading series. I printed them, pasted them to large paper, and laminated them. For each week, I use dry erase marker to update the skills, focus, vocabulary words, etc.
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This is a fun activity you can use with students of many ages. It is a nice review for topics you may have covered in writing (organization is a key element for this project) and reading (genres, parts of a story, etc.) This could be extended into
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This is a short writing prompt for lesson 14 of the 4th grade Journeys reading series. It is to be used after the second story of the week, The Dove and the Ant, has been read and discussed. It can be as hands on or hands off as you would like it
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a fourth grade teacher in the south Chicago suburbs. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with my degree in Elementary Education. The program included three semesters of student teaching after we were accepted into the program. I have had experience teaching kindergarten as well as grades 2-5. When I was in college, I worked at a cultural museum on campus. This experience expanded my love for new cultures, people, traditions, and outlooks. I try to bring this interest into my classroom and share it with students to create well-rounded individuals. I also planned and directed a summer camp at that museum. In my younger years, I coached a volleyball team for my hometown's summer league.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I utilize group work, independent practice, and whole-group instruction. I am passionate about reading, so I create novel studies for books I want my students to investigate. As much as possible, I try to include some kind of option for differentiation in my materials, whether that is modified assignment or strategies for the teacher.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from the University of Illinois with my degree in Elementary Education. I am also endorsed to teach middle school science, social studies, and language arts. However, my heart is with the tiny humans in the primary grades (did you get that Grey's Anatomy reference?) Currently, I am pursuing my master's for a degree in Differentiation.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love, love, love animals! I try to befriend every single one I meet, even if they're a wild animal. I love to travel, explore, and try new things, especially new food! I almost went to culinary school instead of getting my degree in education. I know I made the right choice :-)

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