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This sixteen page award winning lesson plan has been a hit with teachers of many subject areas, particularly reading and language arts. It includes: a brief background and definition of "comics" and "graphic novels"; arguments for their use in a
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Students assume the role of special agents to explore the components of mysteries before creating their own mini mysteries. They visit the FBI website and create special agent IDs before reading, mapping and solving short mysteries in print and on
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This lesson consists of a set of graphic organizers complete with instructions and examples will assist your students in developing higher level thinking skills. The templates easy to print off on one sheet of paper. The lesson plan details how to
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This award winning lesson is sure to engage students with activities away from as well as at the computer. Through the use of two classroom interactions, students learn the value of Boolean Operators in a way that even elementary students will
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Students assume the roles of natural disaster experts, researching disasters occurring in nature in order to create a survival guide on one. Survival guides will be in brochure format and contain information, background and pictures on the chosen
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Overview and Objectives: Students will embark on a webquest in teams. As archaeologists, they will dig deep to find out more about the cultures of the Aztec, Maya, and Anasazi. Students embark on a webquest in teams in order to learn more about
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The Digital Scavenger Hunt provides a unique way for students to work in teams and develop higher level thinking skills. Students are provided rules for the timed hunt before they take digital photos of listed items which have several
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Students will learn how proper nutrition, exercise and rest are important to good health by setting up a classroom restaurant. The sixteen sessions in this unit contain lessons on different types of advertising, food safety rules, how to take your
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Summer Camp in the Classroom is a simulation in which you transform your classroom into a campground. It has many computer related and non-computer related activities. Students will work with team mates to select a campsite and map a route. They
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This 13 page tutorial contains everything you need to get started podcasting with your students. The cross platform methods have been tested in mainstreamed classes of fifth and sixth graders and proven successful. Included are: specific
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Family involvement is a key component in this multicultural unit of study for elementary children. Included are thirteen pages of original ideas for ongoing and cluminating activities to help children learn about their own heritage and those of
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Wanted: Research Assistants- a WebQuest- includes a time line as well as detailed lesson plans, assessment suggestions, related websites, sharing methods and outcomes. Students receive a letter inviting them to work for a research company. After a
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This eight page, single spaced article is fully packed with original ideas, suggested books, websites and writing prompts to make a day at school smoother for a substitute or seasoned teacher. It is chock full of classroom tested tips on how to
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Cross-curricular unit of 14 original lesson plans teaching the value of good nutrition. Students use oral and written communication skills and work in large and small groups to complete riddles, charting, graphing, ads, interviews, skits and
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The purpose of this 10 page unit is to integrate math, reading and language skills in such a way that they simulate real-world situations. Such situations will improve student's abilities to examine store ads and receipts, to compare products and
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Classroom tested, this cross-curricular, year-long nutrition unit contains a wealth of ideas for the primary teacher: book titles, activities, recipes, templates, websites, original rap for students to complete, printables, student journal page and
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The purpose of this simulation or webquest is to learn about cave life, types of caves, karst systems and the value of preserving these. Included are four separate projects and specific directions for each. Each contains pertinent websites and
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Classroom tested lesson complete with multiple activities appropriate for elementary students to compare early communication methods and to learn more about inventors like Alexander Graham Bell, Louis Braille, and Samuel Morse. Detailed suggestions
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Directions, complete with illustrations, are included in these lesson plans enabling students to create four unique projects that reinforce positive traits and goals. Thirteen pages of tips for ease of creation make these perfect for students as
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Get your students involved in an activity that exercises their brains and their bodies! Working with a team, they will use a compass, basic map skills, and riddle solving to discover the location of a hidden cache. An additional quest is provided
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

VaReane has taught grades kindergarten through eight over the last thirty years. She has been on many district and building committees and scores local fluency and writing assessments. In addition, VaReane has served as a facilitator at the Educational Service Unit and trained teachers in technology instruction since 1996. She presents at the Nebraska Educational Technology Convention each year and has developed many lessons integrating technology which she uses with students during the school year and summer classes. In addition, VaReane has published many ideas and articles with education magazines and websites.

MY TEACHING STYLE

VaReane employs a hands-on approach to learning and believes in involving students throughout the process. Structure and mutual respect keep everyone on task and bring out the best in students and teacher.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

VaReane has written and implemented over fifteen grants to assist in purchasing materials to enhance classroom projects. She is the winner of two Nebraska Educational Technology Association Lesson Plan Awards and two more NETA Technology Implemention Grants, five NDE Nutrition in Education Grants, one Allianz/BlueZone Grant, Meatrix Sustainable Table Grant and many district and local organization grants. VaReane was awarded the 2001 Peter Kiewit Excellence In Education Award. However, her truly shining moments are when her students are engaged excitedly in a class project.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduate of College of St. Mary, Omaha, NE; Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College, Crete, NE. Many graduate hours in technology instruction and curriculum from Peru State College, Nebraska. Countless hours of training and instruction at Educational Service Unit #3, Omaha, NE.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

VaReane and her husband, Terry, enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren, and ornery... but loveable lab, Lexi.