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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.
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.
Figurative Language in a Christmas Carol Worksheet
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Figurative Language in a Christmas Carol Worksheet

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Figurative Language in A Christmas Carol Worksheet. Using quotes from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, students have to identify types of figurative language such as metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, and allusion. Also includes a handout on types of figurative language. No prep. Print and go. Key included. - HappyEdugator Standards RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, CCRA.L.5
Reading - Book Project for Independent Reading
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Reading - Book Project for Independent Reading

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Reading - Book Project for Independent Reading. This book project assignment is an alternative to a traditional book report. It gives students nine options for creating a project to demonstrate their independent reading. Better than a book report because students have to be able to convince their teacher that they have actually read the book, or be required to stand before a jury of their peers and prove it in five minutes!! Customizable for your needs. Also availale is an optional rubric for this assignment that you may wish to use: Book Project Rubric.
ICE The Freezing Water Experiment
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ICE The Freezing Water Experiment

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ICE The Freezing Water Experiment. Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? Does temperature affect how quickly water freezes? Includes What Do I Know About Ice sheet, Problem/Hypothesis sheet, Temperature Recording Sheet, Experiment Procudure and Materials Handout, Results discussion sheet with informaton on the Mpemba Effect. Experiment can be done as a whole class activity, or sent home as a homework assignment. Fun homeschool activity! - HappyEdugator
Strong Verb List
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Strong Verb List

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Strong Verb List. Use strong verbs to enhance writing. A great revision strategy is to look for ways to make verbs more descriptive. This list of strong action verbs is a handy reference to use when a better word is needed. Students can keep these sheets in their writer's journal or notebook. These words can also make a great word wall. - HappyEdugator
Latin America - All About Latin America PowerPoint
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Latin America - All About Latin America PowerPoint

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Latin America - All About Latin America PowerPoint. Teach Spanish or Social Studies? Latin America: the land, the people, the history and the culture. Packed with information! Animated slides. Can be used as an introduction to Spanish in a foreign language class, or in a Social Studies class. Engaging and entertaining, with interesting facts, and lots of photographs, this presentation is a good way to supplement a unit of study with an overview of population, politics, manufacturing, products,and agriculture. All countries in Latin America are included. 25 slides.
Independent Clauses and Dependent Clauses Handout
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Independent Clauses and Dependent Clauses Handout

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ndependent Clauses and Dependent Clauses handout will help your students understand sentence structure and how to make compound sentences, complex sentences, and compound-complex sentences. Explains how to form compound sentence using independent clauses with commas and conjunctions or semicolons,and also with semicolons and transitional words. Explains how to make a complex sentence with subordinating or relative pronouns, and how to use a dependent clause at the beginning followed by a comma. Also notes how to make a compound-complex sentence by combining a compound sentence with a dependent clause. Lists coordinating conjunctions (in FANBOYS order), common subordinating conjunctions and relative pronouns. Concise, handy reference for developing writing skills. - HappyEdugator
Children's Book Writing Project Rubric
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Children's Book Writing Project Rubric

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Children's Book Writing Project Rubric. Story Writing. Have your students write a children's book with PowerPoint, using this rubric as their guide. Help them incorporate literary elements, and make it easy for yourself to grade! This rubric considers the writing process, introduction, organization, problem/conflict, characters, solution/resolution, setting, spelling and punctuation, and specific requirements. - HappyEdugator
Correlative Conjunctions Practice Worksheet
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Correlative Conjunctions Practice Worksheet

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Correlative Conjunctions Practice Worksheet. Worksheet on correlative conjunctions. Definition, Examples, and practice identifying the conjunctions in a sentence and what they connect. Writing practice using correlative conjunctions in sentences. Key inlcuded. Supports common core. - HappyEdugator CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1e Use correlative conjunctions (e.g., either/or, neither/nor).
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
Poetry Test
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Poetry Test

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Poetry Test - Poetry Terms, Poetic Devices, Figurative Language and Form. This 30 question test on Poetry assesses students on their understanding of poetry terms, their ablility to identify different types of figurative language such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, alliteration, and personification. Also, students must read several poems and identify their form, such as free verse, haiku, narrative, concrete, or limerick. - HappyEdugator
Sentence Structure PowerPoint
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Sentence Structure PowerPoint

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Sentence Structure PowerPoint for a FlipBook. Help your students learn sentence structure (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex) and the importance of varying sentences in writing. How to create a flip book. Notes, explanations, and example sentences of these sentence structures: simple, simple with compound parts, compound joined by comma and conjunction, compound joined by a semicolon, complex with adverb clauses, complex with adjective clauses, and compound-complex sentence structures that are important to know and recognize. Develop a deeper understanding of English mechanics and grammar. Review activity at the end where students have to identify the sentence structure of five different sentences. FLIP BOOK ACTIVITY - My students made a flip book by taking 4 sheets of white paper staggered so that about one inch of paper from each sheet overlapped, and then folded in half and stapled to make a total of eight flaps. Students then used the first flap as a title, and listed each of the seven different sentence structures on the other flaps and put their notes and examples underneath. It was a useful study guide for them. - HappyEdugator Common Core Standards L.7.1b
Myths, Legends, Fables and Folktales
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Myths, Legends, Fables and Folktales

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Myths, Legends, Fables, and Folktales - Oral Tradition - Four Forms of Traditional Tales Handout. This handout will help your students understand myths, legends, fables and folktales by clearly defining them in a colorful graphic organizer, and then giving examples of each. A useful introduction to a unit on folktales, fairytales, or oral tradition stories. You may wish to project on a screen and have students take notes. Includes a note-taking page and a short quiz with key. Revised July 2014 - HappyEdugator
Learning Checklist
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Learning Checklist

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Leaning Checklist - self evaluation sheets for daily learning for the classroom, homeschool, or summer school. Lots of uses. Can be used in cooperative groups, centers, or as exit ticket for whole group instruction. Great learning tool for interactive notebooks. Students can use the checklist to monitor their own progress. Includes a checklist for Monday - Saturday. Each checklist has a box for - I read, I wrote about, I investigated, I discovered , I created, I practiced, I completed, My favorite activity, and My overall effort. A large box at the bottom of each page allows for drawing, additional writing, notes, or comments. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator.
Suffixes for Parts of Speech Posters
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Suffixes for Parts of Speech Posters

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Suffixes for Parts of Speech Posters. These are posters ( or you may project overhead) that can be used to teach suffixes that are associated with parts of speech. In order to build a better vocabulary, students should have some sort of sense that a word that ends in MENT is a noun, whereas a word that ends IZE is a verb. Learning these suffixes will greatly expand a student's understanding of how words work in context and aid in reading comprehension as well. Includes full color version and color on white background to save ink. Enjoy! - 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
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.
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
Complex Sentences Worksheet and Handout
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Complex Sentences Worksheet and Handout

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Sentences - Complex Sentence Worksheet and Handout. The first page of this document is a handout that explains sentence structure, and how to distinguish between simple, compound, and complex sentences by identifying independent and dependent clauses and the use of subordinating conjunctions. The second page lists some common subordinating conjunctions and has fifteen practice sentences to be completed by students to make their own complex sentences. Black and white ink saver and color version included. Also included a key with possible answers for discussion. Print and go. No prep. Supports common core state standards. - HappyEdugator
Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem - Thankful.
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Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem - Thankful.

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Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem - Thankful. For Thanksgiving, students can use this festive template to write an acrostic poem using the letters in the word thankful. Lower grades can write one word answers, upper level students can write phrases or sentences. Adjustable for your grade level. Enjoy! Thank you for looking. While you are here, please check out my store. Happy Thanksgiving!