VandyPenguins

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By VandyPenguins
I use these cards at the beginning of the year and sporadically throughout the year to build community. Students love playing this game in Morning Meeting or in transition times. In addition, this fosters literacy interaction in students and greatly
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Classroom Management
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
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By VandyPenguins
**I created this to use with our research on PebbleGo.com, but a subscription to that website is not necessary to use this as a graphic organizer. I created this graphic organizer to go along with our study of Holidays, Traditions, and Cultures.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Holidays/Seasonal, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Internet Activities, Graphic Organizers, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.2.1
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By VandyPenguins
This is a project for students to complete at home to better learn about each other, our world, and themselves. In class, each child will present about what his/her family does to celebrate a holiday. During the presentation, the students will share
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics
$3.00
13 ratings
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of maps. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password to
Subjects:
Reading, Geography, Instructional Technology
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Webquests
$1.50
15 ratings
4.0
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Painted Lady Butterflies. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and
Subjects:
Reading, Science, Instructional Technology
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Webquests
$1.50
16 ratings
4.0
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By VandyPenguins
Use this problem solving rubric to easily assess students' understanding of math skills, as well as to assess their ability to explain their thinking. Assesses students in the area of Understanding, Solution, Models, Explanation, &
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
$1.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Martin Luther King Day, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Webquests, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5
$1.50
10 ratings
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By VandyPenguins
Our school district purchases science kits to use with the Carolina materials. We observe the life cycle of Painted Lady butterflies, as they grow from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. I have created this journal to span the 3-4 weeks you
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Science, Other (Science)
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Other, Activities, Assessment
$3.00
8 ratings
3.9
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Ruby Bridges and Civil Rights. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Martin Luther King Day, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Webquests, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5
$1.50
12 ratings
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By VandyPenguins
This is a Powerpoint presentation to introduce students to the Civil War. This is their first exposure to this event in our nation's history. It has a focus on North Carolina's role in the war, to specifically connect with North Carolina history
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (ELA)
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Video Files
$2.00
14 ratings
4.0
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Use this Reading Interest Inventory to get to know your readers at the beginning of the year! Students fill out the inventory (on their own or with help), and then you can use this informal assessment during early reading conferences to discuss
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.K.10, RL.1.10, RL.2.10, RI.K.10, RI.1.10, RI.2.10
$2.00
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of the Moon and Sun, Stars, the Planets, the Solar System, and Space. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5
$1.50
7 ratings
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of plants, flowers, gardens, and living things. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include
Subjects:
Science, Environment, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5
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6 ratings
3.9
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to help learn about respect and responsibility. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Character Education, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5, RI.3.1
$2.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Stars, the Planets, the Solar System, and Space. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5
$1.50
4 ratings
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By VandyPenguins
This lesson includes a lesson plan for a writing activity for use after reading Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Students will create a new version of Stellaluna by changing the characters Stellaluna interacts with in the text.Students will rewrite
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Rubrics
$3.00
6 ratings
3.9
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By VandyPenguins
Single-Point rubrics are great to use to assess student writing! Instead of having multiple levels of expectation, the single-point rubric simplifies the way to communicate expectations by only having a single column of expectations. This rubric can
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
L.2.2, L.2.3, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.5
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of holidays and cultures. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Thanksgiving, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
$1.50
6 ratings
4.0
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of government, democracy, elections, and voting. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have
Subjects:
Elections - Voting, Instructional Technology, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5
$1.50
6 ratings
4.0
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By VandyPenguins
**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Economics. For the younger grades, this includes goods and services, needs and wants, consumers and producers, and money. The
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Economics , Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.5
$1.50
5 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught 2nd grade for 5 years in Nashville. We moved to North Carolina, where I taught 4th grade in Wake County in North Carolina. I switched schools, and teach 2nd grade again in Durham. I love it! I teach all subject areas- reading, writing, language, math, science, and social studies. I have taught with the Common Core State Standards for over 5 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love penguins, which I use to my advantage in my classroom (nicknamed "The Rookery"). I highly value a team approach, and my students read EVERY day! I have been inspired by Donalyn Miller's book, "The Book Whisperer," and I also love Choice Literacy's weekly blog. Writer's Workshop is a daily occurrence in my classroom as well. In math, I love helping the students deconstruct their thinking to go deeper to truly understand numbers and mathematical concepts. We say it every day, "Explain your thinking!" I am a huge proponent of technology use appropriately in the classroom. We must prepare children to use devices wisely and efficiently, as their futures will greatly depend on their ability to think critically using technologies that have not been invented yet. Technology should not be used to "baby-sit," rather as a way to learn, as well as to extend and express learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected to Metro. Nashville Public Schools' Teacher Leadership Institute

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. Vanderbilt University (2008) in Elementary Education, Child Studies, and Reading/Literacy Studies M.Ed Vanderbilt University (2009) in English Language Learners I grew up in Arlington, TX, where I had plenty of wonderful teachers at Wood Elementary, Boles Jr. High, and Martin High School.

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