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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.
7 New Wonders of the World PowerPoint UK Version
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7 New Wonders of the World PowerPoint UK Version

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Learn all about the 7 New Wonders of the World with this 21 slide PowerPoint presentation. Gives background information about the amazing structures built around the world that were voted to be the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Includes slides on the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, the Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, and Petra. Also includes slides of some of the finalists in the competition, such as the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Easter Island, Stonehenge, Red Square and the Kremlin, the Acropolis, Angkor Wat, and the Sydney Opera House. Great for cultural literacy. ©2017 HappyEdugator.
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury PowerPoint
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All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury PowerPoint

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All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury is a science fiction short story that is rich in figurative language and theme. This PowerPoint with animated graphics introduces three common types of figurative language- similes, metaphors, personification- in before reading activities. Then, during reading, students can look for these types of figurative language and write them down in the chart shown on the screen. (Also available separately as a printable) After reading activities include discussion questions and writing activities. The last slide has links to the online video, and students can make a Venn diagram to compare the movie to the short story
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
Idioms Search - Find the Idioms in the Story
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Idioms Search - Find the Idioms in the Story

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Idioms Search - Find the Idioms in the Story. This handout is a short story filled with 20 idioms. Students must first answer questions about idioms and figurative language, and then use a highlighter or colored pencils to find the idioms embedded in the story. The story is about a man at a job interview. Excellent for an end of the year activity. Includes a glossary and a quiz. Key included. Common Core Standard L4.5: Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs Common Core Standard L 5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. Common Core Standards L 5.5 Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs. - HappyEdugator
7 Wonders of the Ancient World PowerPoint UK Version
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7 Wonders of the Ancient World PowerPoint UK Version

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Learn all about the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World with this 19 slide PowerPoint presentation. Gives background information about the amazing structures built by early civilisations around the Mediterranean Sea. Includes slides on The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Also includes links to short video clips on the Great Pyramid and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. (Not YouTube). ©2017 HappyEdugator.
Literary Terms for Fiction TEST
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Literary Terms for Fiction TEST

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Literary Terms for Fiction TEST. Elements of Literature multiple choice test on 33 critical literature terms or story elements of literature that are important to student understanding of fiction texts, such as plot, theme, conflict, setting, etc. 10 pages, including key. It is based on my literary terms for fiction handout which is also available to use as a study guide. - HappyEdugator
Literary Terms in Context PowerPoint
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Literary Terms in Context PowerPoint

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Literary Terms in Context PowerPoint. This interactive PowerPoint has 30 questions about literary terms in context. May be used individually, with a whole group, or with teams. Students must read the quote and answer the question, then click to check. Includes terms for poetry and literature, including figurative language, rhyme scheme, story elements and point of view. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Commas PowerPoint
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Commas PowerPoint

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Punctuation Using Commas PowerPoint. Supports Common Core! PowerPoint presentation on comma rules and using comma punctuation correctly in writing elements and sentence structure. The presentation covers using commas with lists, dates, addresses, titles, joining independent and subordinate clauses in compound and complex sentences, nonessential clauses, phrases and words, introductory clauses, and separating adjectives. Animated clips. There is a short 10 question multiple choice quiz at the end, with questions similar to what students would see on a standardized test. Recently revised and updated. - HappyEdugator Common Core Language Standards L 4.2b, L4.2c,,L.5.2c
The Great Kapok Tree Rainforest Unit and Resources
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The Great Kapok Tree Rainforest Unit and Resources

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The Great Kapok Tree Rainforest Unit and Resources. Rainforest activities go with the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. 24 pages includes features of the rainforest, useful websites, art projects, vocabulary, main idea and summarizing activity and graphic organizer, fun facts about the kapok tree, rainforest animals, how can I save the rainforest sheet, chocalate cocoa recipe, math activity, science activity making a terrarium, geography sheet, layers of the rainforest, why rainforests are important and why they are being destroyed, along with a rainforest word search puzzle. Good for Earth Day, too. Cover page includes a bookmark "Reading About the Rainforest." - HappyEdugator
Poetry: Ways to Read Poetry PowerPoint
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Poetry: Ways to Read Poetry PowerPoint

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Poetry: Ways to Read Poetry PowerPoint. Presentation guides students in how to approach reading poetry with a plan so they can reach their goal of understanding what a poem means. Teaches close reading of poetry. Before, during and after reading strategies including paraphrasing, journaling, and "two per line" will help students become more active and responsive readers. Supports common core standards. 17 slide PowerPoint. - HappyEdugator
Adjectives Search - Find the Adjectives in the Story
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Adjectives Search - Find the Adjectives in the Story

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This activity will help your students identify adjectives in text. They will search for adjectives in the story, and try to find them all. My students like to use highlighters to find them, but you can have them circle or underline them if you desire. Also includes a reference sheet and key. Great activity to do after studying adjectives with my All About Adjectives PowerPoint. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Alliterative Superlative Adjectives - Fun With Parts of Speech and Poetry
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Alliterative Superlative Adjectives - Fun With Parts of Speech and Poetry

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Alliterative Superlative Adjectives. This is a fun activity where students not only practice making superlative adjectives, but they can play with words to make alliterations as well. Promotes critical thinking. A quick activity that complements a lesson on comparative and superlative adjectives or alliterations in poetry. © HappyEdugator.
Earth Day Word Search Puzzle
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Earth Day Word Search Puzzle

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Earth Day Word Search Puzzle. Earth Day Word Search has 19 vocabulary words, including earth, April, conservation, biodegradable, ecology, environment, reduce, reuse, and recycle, and more. A fun spring activity and a useful time filler for use after state testing. - HappyEdugator
Poetry - Five Senses Poem
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Poetry - Five Senses Poem

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Poetry - Five Senses Poem. Handout, brainstorming pages, and final poem publishing page. Help students get started using sensory language and begin writing poetry using vivid imagery. Guides students with a format for writing a poem using their senses. Examples will get them thinking. You will be amazed at some of the original and creative poems you can get students to write using this format. - HappyEdugator
Reading Club or Book Club Activities for the Entire School Year
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Reading Club or Book Club Activities for the Entire School Year

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Reading Club or Book Club Activities for the Entire School Year. When you go back to school, are you planning to have a reading club or a book club start at the beginning of the year? Either in your classroom, or school-wide? This 34 page packet is what you need to start a successful reading club. This is a year's worth of activities for a Reading Club. The topics are planned for September through June. Everyone starts with a membership card, and to stay an active member, each student reads books on the theme of the month. The printables included here are: a student letter with membership card, a parent letter explaining the requirements, letters home with signature lines for books read for each theme, badges for monthly bulletin boards, and certificates of achievement for each month. There is also a super student award for the end of the year and a tic-tac-toe board for students to complete that will encourage them to read books from a variety of genres. Start your club anytime and enjoy the reading! 34 pages. - HappyEdugator
PowerPoint Game Templates BUNDLE
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PowerPoint Game Templates BUNDLE

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PowerPoint Game Templates BUNDLE. Make your own PowerPoint games kids will love! All six of my PowerPoint Game Templates! Buy the bundle and save! Includes: Danger PowerPoint Game Template 59 pages Wheel of Wealth PowerPoint Game Template 24 pages Race to the Finish PowerPoint Game Template 35 pages The Strongest Link PowerPoint Game Template 24 pages Squares PowerPoint Game Template 22 pages Who Wants to Be Rich PowerPoint Game Template 35 pages ©2014 HappyEdugator.
Christmas Pictionary and Charades Game
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Christmas Pictionary and Charades Game

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Christmas Pictionary and Charades Game. A fun Christmas game of Pictionary or Charades - where all words are related to Christmas, Winter, or December, and even include Christmas songs and Christmas movies. 99 Different Cards! Print out Cards. Cut out and Laminate. You can then use the cards to play the game Pictionary or Charades. Just team up. Either game is for four or more players. The more, the merrier! The object of the game is to have fun! Fun party game at school or at home! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! - 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
Punctuation - Punctuating Dialogue PowerPoint UK version
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Punctuation - Punctuating Dialogue PowerPoint UK version

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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 marks, and periods. Helpful for understanding where to place punctuation.
BusinessLetterFormat
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BusinessLetterFormat

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Business Letter Format. This business letter format shows that there are 6 parts to a business letter: heading, inside address, salutation, body, closing, and signature. Give the handout to your students as a model, and then let them compose their own business letter. Supports common core standards. - HappyEdugator