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I have a total of 27 years teaching experience . After I received my M.Ed. from the University of Florida (hence the name "HappyEdugator"), I began teaching in elementary school, where I taught pull-out remedial classes for grades 2-5 and a section of K-1. Then I taught Pre-K for 5 years, before I went up to Middle School, where I have been in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Last year, I went back to 1st grade in a private setting. I have traveled worldwide and am also fluent in Spanish.

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I have a total of 27 years teaching experience . After I received my M.Ed. from the University of Florida (hence the name "HappyEdugator"), I began teaching in elementary school, where I taught pull-out remedial classes for grades 2-5 and a section of K-1. Then I taught Pre-K for 5 years, before I went up to Middle School, where I have been in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Last year, I went back to 1st grade in a private setting. I have traveled worldwide and am also fluent in Spanish.
Haiku Tanka and Renga Poetry
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Haiku Tanka and Renga Poetry

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Haiku Tanka and Renga Poetry. How to write Haiku, Tanka, and Renga poetry. Includes slides on the history of haiku, famous Japanese poets, descriptions, rules, and examples of each type of poetry, graphic organizers for students to write their own poems, and nature word lists that include 1 syllable nouns, 2 syllable nouns, and 3 syllable nouns to give students ideas for completing the graphic organizers. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Character Project and Adjectives List
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Character Project and Adjectives List

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Character Project and Adjectives List. Students create a fiction character for a new story. They must use 10+ adjectives from the provided list to create traits and an interesting personality for their character, and write detailed sentences to describe. Students will also make a drawing to describe what their character looks like. Included is the project handout with directions, an adjective list, and a writing checklist. The adjective list and writing checklist are also useful for any creative writing activity. Great to help students develop a character which they later introduce in a narrative. Supports common core! - HappyEdugator
Context Clues Powerpoint
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Context Clues Powerpoint

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Analyzing Context Clues PowerPoint. Strategies help students figure out unknown words in text. Build vocabulary and reading comprehension by teaching common context clues. This PowerPoint has explains five different context clues: definition, synonym, antonym, example, and inference. Practice activity at the end with answers. 15 slides. Good for test prep! - HappyEdugator
Tone in Writing PowerPoint
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Tone in Writing PowerPoint

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Analyzing tone and understanding the difference between tone and mood is an important skill. Use this Tone in Writing PowerPoint to help your students get a better understanding of an author's tone, the ways an author can create tone, and words that describe an author's tone. - HappyEdugator ©2016 HappyEdugator.
Writing Memoir Leads PowerPoint
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Writing Memoir Leads PowerPoint

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Writing hooks that engage the reader is a great writing skill.This PowerPoint lesson focuses on writing strategies to hook the reader when writing a personal memoir. Provides students with a variety of leads and professional examples. Eight different writing strategies to engage the reader and create great beginnings for a memoir which will help students get started writing. Helpful in preparing for state writing tests. Includes a writing practice assignment to put the strategies learned to good use. For use in a standards-based writing program which supports common core. ©2017 HappyEdugator.
All Summer in a Day - Literary Analysis Wall Walk
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All Summer in a Day - Literary Analysis Wall Walk

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All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury PowerPoint. Slides are set up for an after reading cooperative learning activity or learning centers for small groups. May also be used instead on a projector as 9 different assignments for the short story. Common core standards based activities for the following skills: identify prepositional phrases, figurative language, context clues, vivid verbs, sentence structure, sensory language, implicit and explicit details and inferences, characterization and setting. Directions for group activity: Print out and laminate the following slides to use as posters. Place each poster on a wall above a sheet of chart paper. Divide class into small groups. (There are 9 stations to visit, so groups of three will work well with a class of 27 students.) Each group gets a different colored marker to use. Allow groups to rotate through the charts. You may wish to set a timer and have them change at regular intervals. Provide additional chart paper if needed. Summarize the activity when finished by discussing the student answers with the whole group. - HappyEdugator
Public Speaking PowerPoint
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Public Speaking PowerPoint

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Public Speaking PowerPoint - How to write and present a speech. Presentation explains purpose ( Persuade, Inform, and Entertain), points to consider such as subject, audience, personality, and occasion. Discusses the process of planning a speech, including the body, the introduction, and the conclusion, writing an outline, and preparing the delivery. 25 slides.
Coordinating Conjunctions and Subordinating Conjunctions SMARTBOARD
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Coordinating Conjunctions and Subordinating Conjunctions SMARTBOARD

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Conjunctions: Coordinating Conjunctions - Subordinating Conjunctions SMARTBOARD. An interactive Smartboard lesson and activities on coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and how they are used in sentence structure. Two slides present the acronym FANBOYS for remembering coordinating conjunctions, and another has a hands-on activity where students make compound sentences with them. Two slides present subordinating conjuntions and how they make subordinate clauses, and another slide has a hands-on activity for making complex sentences. Solutions to the activities included. Students will also use commas and periods to punctuate their sentences correctly. On the last slide, students must sort the conjunctions into the correct vortex. Engaging and interactive lesson on the Smartboard, where students can touch and move the sentences and punctuation around. EDITABLE for your classroom use. You may wish to divide the sentences into chunks. - HappyEdugator
The Cay PowerPoint Introduction
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The Cay PowerPoint Introduction

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The Cay PowerPoint Introduction is an engaging and interactive slide show for previewing the book The Cay by Theodore Taylor. 24 slides with animated clips. If you are planning to read The Cay in class, this PowerPoint will introduce your students to the setting, characters, plot, theme and vocabulary, and build background knowledge that they will need to comprehend the book. Great book for hurricane season. Students can discuss with partners how they would survive on a desert island, or you could have them write about this and share with each other. Then discuss how difficult it would be to do it blind! No spoiler at the end...they will have to read to find out if Phillip and Timothy survive the oncoming storm. - Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
How to Write a Research Report
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How to Write a Research Report

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How to Write a Research Report - 6 Steps to Writing a Research Report Poster and Handout. Desribes the basic steps of how to write a research paper. This handout introduces students to writing a research report, and is a useful reference sheet for writing notebooks. The poster can be printed out and hung in your writing center as a reminder of the writing process. The six steps to writing a research report are explained in simple terms, from prewriting to publishing. Students can apply this writing process information to writing their own research report. Also includes step by step report drafting pages, a research paper rubric, a peer review sheet, and a sample research paper for students to see how one is written. Research is a key skill in the common core state standards. Students can keep this handy in their notebooks for a quick reference. Note - some of these items may be difficult for 3 grade, but there are still some useful items in the packet which may be helpful for that level - HappyEdugator
Tornadoes PowerPoint
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Tornadoes PowerPoint

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All about tornadoes! Fully animated PowerPoint with information on how tornadoes develop. Learn about tornado structure, their effects, and how they are measured with the Enhanced Fujita scale. Great addition to your weather unit. Includes facts and details about the following topics: What is a tornado? Where and when do tornadoes form? What are the effects tornadoes? How are tornadoes classified? What is the tornado strength scale? Preparation, Duck and Cover Watches and Warnings Forecasting and tracking Also includes a link to a video clip of students in a tornado drill. Ten question interactive review at the end with answers to self check. ©2017 HappyEdugator.
Diary of Anne Frank - Play by Goodrich PowerPoint
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Diary of Anne Frank - Play by Goodrich PowerPoint

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Diary of Anne Frank PowerPoint for teaching play by Goodrich. 23 slide presentation walks through the play The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett scene by scene with essential questions, activities, vocabulary and check tests. Editable for your classroom use. - HappyEdugator
Sentence Structure Beat the Clock
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Sentence Structure Beat the Clock

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Sentence structure PowerPoint game. A fun interactive way to practice identifying sentence structure. Students are given two sentences and have thirty seconds to decide their sentence structure...simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex. They can work with a partner and use wipe-off white boards or write the answers down on paper. After time is up, the answers will disappear. (Timer is built in) Click again to check answers. Advance slide and click to start with a new set of sentences. Can also be used for team play. 36 sentences in all. Supports common core state standards. - HappyEdugator CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1b Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening PowerPoint
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Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening PowerPoint

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Robert Frost - Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening PowerPoint. Poetry analysis for a close read of the poem and writing activity. Includes slides about the author, setting, characters, figurative language, alliteration, metaphor, end rhyme, internal rhyme, structure, meter, different interpretations (including a Christmas one), and a writing activity based on common core standards that requires citing text evidence. 27 slides. Enjoy
Lions - Fun Facts About Lions PowerPoint
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Lions - Fun Facts About Lions PowerPoint

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Lions - Fun Facts About Lions PowerPoint. Learn about lions! 18 slides of fun facts about lions, which can be used to introduce a animal theme unit of study. Informational text for reading practice. Lots of animated graphics. Learn the differences between African lions and Asian lions. What do lions eat? Where do lions live? Fun for March, which comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Engage students and grab their attention, or build background knowledge for reading books with lions, like Born Free (nonfiction), Lion Boy (fiction), or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (fiction).
Brain Teaser Bingo Sheet
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Brain Teaser Bingo Sheet

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Brain Teaser Bingo Sheet. This fun activity will get them thinking! 16 Language-based brain puzzles are on a bingo grid. Students can choose to solve any four in a row, or be challenged to do them all! Teacher can also assign different combinations, and first student to solve them all can win the BINGO. Each square has a different type of activity, and students must use critical thinking, logical reasoning, and word knowledge to solve- such as synonyms, homonyms, palindromes, and compound words. Challenging. Great for gifted students. This can be used as a time filler around testing also. The second page is a key with answers to all the puzzles. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Storms - Hurricanes vs. Tornadoes
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Storms - Hurricanes vs. Tornadoes

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Storms - Hurricanes vs. Tornadoes. Paired nonfiction reading with a Venn Diagram- and compare tornadoes and hurricanes. Students read about tornadoes and hurricanes, then compare and contrast the characteristics of hurricanes and tornadoes on this basic Venn diagram activity sheet. Add to your weather unit and have students research facts about storms. Also a good supplemental resource to use when reading books that have hurricanes or tornadoes in them, such as The Cay by Theodore Taylor or Tornado Alert by Franklyn M. Branley. - HappyEdugator
Punctuation - Punctuating Dialogue PowerPoint
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Punctuation - Punctuating Dialogue PowerPoint

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Punctuation - Punctuating Dialogue PowerPoint FREE! Improve writing by using quotation marks! Punctuation is important! Show students how to use quotation marks in dialogue correctly. 10 slides explain the correct way to punctuate dialogue. Explains split quotations, capitalization, commas, question marks, exclamation points, and periods. Helpful for understanding where to place punctuation. Good for reviewing for state tests. Supports Common Core! CCSS L 3.2c - using commas and quotation marks in dialogue. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.2b Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text. A great activity to do with this PowerPoint is to have the kids write their own dialogues. I cut out of magazines some interesting pictures of all kinds of different people interacting. I glued them on cardstock, with the words Who? What? Where? When? and Why? written on each card, and laminated them. I passed the cards out, and students had to imagine what the people were saying to each other in the pictures, and then write the dialogue, using correct punctuation. They also had to later incorporate the dialogue into a short story that answered the five W questions/ The kids enjoyed this activity and got very creative with their stories! Enjoy! :) HappyEdugator
FREE Valentine's Day Activity
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FREE Valentine's Day Activity

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Valentine Quiz...a free Valentine's Day Activity for choosing the right word. Multiple choice questions about Valentine's Day. Help children with word choice. Students have to choose the best choice of three words to fill in the blank. Grammar usage that is often tested on standardized tests. Great for building an understanding of how words are used correctly. Especially good for ELL, ESL and ESOL students, who may need extra help in identifying subtle differences in word choice and easily confused words. - HappyEdugator
FREE Following Directions Test - A Tricky Following Directions Lesson
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FREE Following Directions Test - A Tricky Following Directions Lesson

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Following Directions TEST - A Tricky Following Directions Lesson. FREE Fun for April Fool's Day, too! Give this following directions test to your students, and try not to laugh too much when they are taking it. If they don't read the directions first and do what the directions say, they will be shocked at the end to find out they only had to do number one...write their name! Great test preparation activity to get kids ready for exams too! Enjoy! - HappyEdugator