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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.
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
Science Fair Project
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Science Fair Project

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Science Fair Project Student Guide. Includes 100 science project ideas, directions for creating a science fair project, how to graph and record data, and how to make a display board with dimensions and helpfu hints for success. I have also added information on how to create a logbook with rubric, parent letter, parent tips, a list of helpful websites, and a volunteer form. 19 pages. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Introduction to Research PowerPoint
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Introduction to Research PowerPoint

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Introduction to Research PowerPoint Presentation. Introduce students to writing a research project. Starts with an activating strategy where students have to guess and check. The next slides relate to where students can find information about their topic. Interactive activities such as a 2 Minute Brainstorm. General information on how to choose a topic and not plagiarize. This is a PowerPoint used to introduce writing a research paper only. Details of writing one are not included. Summarizing strategy is a 3-2-1. Three things to know about research, 2 purposes of research, 1 possible topic to research. Last slide accelerates the idea of plagiarism and crediting your sources. 16 slides. - HappyEdugator
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
Parts of Speech Quiz
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Parts of Speech Quiz

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Parts of Speech: The Eight Parts of Speech quiz. Three different parts. Part A - This is a short fill in the blank quiz on the eight parts of speech. Students have to write the part of speech that matches the definition. Part B - Students have to identify nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences. Part C - Students have to identify pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections in sentences. Use one, or all three. Simple and easy to grade. - HappyEdugator
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).
Ice Breaker Back to School
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Ice Breaker Back to School

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Icebreaker - Back to School People Search Handout. Use this at the beginning of the year as an icebreaker and getting to know you activity. Find someone who...Give this to the students, and give them time to find people on the grid and have them sign the box when they do. It's fun, and a good way for students to get to know each other. Afterwards, they will do a writing activity about the experience. You will end up not only getting to know your students, but you will have a work sample as well. Teacher directions included. - HappyEdugator
Poetry Anthology Anchor Activity and Rubric
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Poetry Anthology Anchor Activity and Rubric

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Poetry Anthology Anchor Activity and Rubric. Students create a poetry anthology or poetry portfolio. Handout is the complete assignment for a poetry anthology for a poetry unit, including rubric. Give this handout and rubric to your students if you wish them to work on a poetry anthology project, which can also be used as an anchor activity to work on when other work is complete. - HappyEdugator
Literature Terms PowerPoint
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Literature Terms PowerPoint

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Literature Terms and Strategies Authors Use to Engage the Reader PowerPoint. Elements of fiction. Literary terms and elements of fictional literature that can be used as an introduction or review of literary devices and commonly used literature terms on state tests. Slides are in alphabetical order with colorful pictures to keep your students engaged. Terms included: allegory, alliteration, allusion, analogy, characterization, conflict, diction, foreshadowing, figurative language, hyperbole, imagery, irony, metaphor, metonymy, motif, mood, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, paradox, pastiche, personification, point of view, satire, setting, simile, stream of consciousness, symbolism, theme, tone, vernacular. 34 slides. - HappyEdugator
Multiple Intelligence Book Review
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Multiple Intelligence Book Review

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Multiple Intelligences Book Review. Multiple intelligence assignment menu for reviewing a book or story. Great differentiation. Students choose 5 boxes from the assignment menu and are also required to complete one reading response. Students may choose from verbal-linguistic, visual-spatial, musical-rhythmic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, or naturalistic intelligences. - HappyEdugator
Classroom Area Signs for PreK
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Classroom Area Signs for PreK

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Classroom Area Signs for Pre-K. Use these activity center signs for your Pre-K classroom. Great for HighScope preschool centers. Includes signs for Art Area, Block Area, Writing Area, Reading Area, Music and Movement Area, Sand and Water Play Area, Dramatic Play Area, Woodworking Area, House Area, Toy Area, Outdoor Area, Computer Area, Math and Science Area, Lost and Found, Circle Time, and Table Toys. - HappyEdugator
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
Back to School Classroom Expectations PowerPoint
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Back to School Classroom Expectations PowerPoint

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Back to School Classroom Expectations PowerPoint. Just what you need at the beginning of the year. Use at Open House, Back to School Night, or Parent Night. A basic slideshow template of classroom expectations for students at the beginning of the year. Fill in your own specifics. Back to school expectations include behavior, routines, etc. Project it on your SmartBoard for the first day of school. Editable. Revise for yourself as necessary. I also play it continuously looping at Open House at individual student computers, set up like kiosks. - 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
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
Appositives and Appositive Phrases Handout and Practice
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Appositives and Appositive Phrases Handout and Practice

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Appositives and Appositive Phrases Handout and Practice. This includes a two page handout with clear graphics detailing what an appositive and an appositive phrase is, providing examples and the rules for correct punctuation of them. It can be copied front and back to save paper. The third page is a worksheet for practice, and the last page is the answer key. - HappyEdugator
Common Prefixes and Suffixes PowerPoint
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Common Prefixes and Suffixes PowerPoint

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Common Prefixes and Suffixes PowerPoint. Learn what are prefixes and suffixes, why they are important to know, and the most common prefixes and suffixes that are used in English. 25 slide PowerPoint presentation has animated graphics, common prefixes and suffixes, and interactive practice slides with answer keys.
Forms of Energy PowerPoint
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Forms of Energy PowerPoint

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Forms of Energy PowerPoint. 7 basic forms of energy. Defines what energy is, and explains the different types of energy including Mechanical energy, Thermal energy, Chemical Energy,Electrical Energy, Electromagnetic or Radiant Energy, Sound Energy, and Nuclear Energy. Animated clips make it fun! 24 slides. - 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.
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.