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I have a total of 26 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 decided to go up to Middle School, where I have been in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I am currently teaching 7th grade where I seem to have found my niche. I am certified in Elementary Education as well as

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I have a total of 26 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 decided to go up to Middle School, where I have been in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I am currently teaching 7th grade where I seem to have found my niche. I am certified in Elementary Education as well as
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Short Story Unit
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The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Short Story Unit

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The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Short Story Unit. What you need to teach The Necklace: Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions, Cause and Effect, Observing Details, Making Inferences, Dialogue, Word Scramble and Fill-in, Essay Questions. Answer key included. -
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
Genre: Types of Genre PowerPoint
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Genre: Types of Genre PowerPoint

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Genre: Types of Genre PowerPoint. Explains the main forms of literature, types of genres and common genres, the difference between fiction and nonfiction, and descriptions and examples of many common genres, including biography, autobiography, realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, high fantasy, mystery, folktales, fables, legends, myths, and classics. Now also includes Types of Genre Quiz. Thanks!
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
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
Paraphrasing - Steps to Great Paraphrasing PowerPoint UK version
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Paraphrasing - Steps to Great Paraphrasing PowerPoint UK version

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Paraphrasing - Steps to Great Paraphrasing PowerPoint presentation, including what is paraphrasing and why it is important. Stimulate students to think. Strategies to turn what they are reading into written summaries. Helpful when teaching how to research and write notecards and source cards. Students need to know how to paraphrase to avoid plagiarism by putting their research into their own words. Happy writing! - HappyEdugator
Money Management Choices PowerPoint
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Money Management Choices PowerPoint

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Money Management Choices PowerPoint. Managing money is a life skill kids really need! Personal money management and financial planning, including income, saving, using credit, and investing. Explains that interest can work for you or against you, and the wise use of credit. Assignment task on the last slide has students make a detailed financial plan to obtain something they want to acquire. - HappyEdugator
Drama - Introduction to Drama PowerPoint
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Drama - Introduction to Drama PowerPoint

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Drama - Introduction to Drama PowerPoint. PowerPoint presentation with animations, sounds, and graphics that will engage your student when starting a drama unit. Defines drama, drama terms like playwright, stage directions, set, props, script and much more! Includes staging, dramatization, how plays are produced, the role of the audience and theater etiquette. Also, now includes information on Greek theater, Shakespearian theater, and Modern theater. Enjoy! . - HappyEdugator CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.7 Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.7 Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
Dolch Sight Words - Activities Bundle
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Dolch Sight Words - Activities Bundle

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Dolch Sight Words Activities - BUNDLE Weeks 1 - 10. 100 pages - Ten weeks of Dolch sight word activities for the first one hundred words from the Dolch sight words list. Activities include: flash cards/ memory game, color the words, trace the words, match the words, cut and paste the words in alphabetical order, and write the words in letterboxes. Enjoy! Weeks 1 - 10 covers the first 100 Dolch Sight Words. Be ready for the beginning of the year or use for test prep. Good for summer school or homeschool practice, too. - HappyEdugator
Africa Scavenger Hunt
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Africa Scavenger Hunt

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Africa Scavenger Hunt. A geography scavenger hunt of the continent of Africa. Fill-in-the-blank Reflects current geography of the continent. Students will need a map and will have to use their map skills to answer the questions. Key included. - HappyEdugator
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Plot Diagram Activity
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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Plot Diagram Activity

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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Plot Diagram Activity. Based on the book by Deborah and Gregg Lewis. In this sequencing activity, students will cut out the sentences and put them in the correct order by making a large plot diagram and gluing the sentences in place. Print out the sentences, and provide students with a large piece of construction paper, a marker, scissors, and glue. Encourage them to put them in order first, and have you check it before they glue everything in place. :) Good cooperative learning activity. Enjoy!
Biomes of the World PowerPoint
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Biomes of the World PowerPoint

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Biomes of the World PowerPoint. An overview of the different biomes of the world. Includes rain forest, temperate grassland, savanna, tundra, taiga, temperate forest, mountain, desert, and three major aquatic biomes- freshwater, saltwater, and estuaries. Average temperatures, rainfall, and interesting facts about the diversity of life in each. 34 slides. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
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
Christmas Activities Bundle
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Christmas Activities Bundle

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Christmas BUNDLE - Christmas activities for grades 4 - 8. Fun! Includes 26 of my best selling Christmas products in one bundle to save you money. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator Includes these products: Christmas Homophones Handout Christmas Activity - Teaching Vocabulary with Lyrics from Jingle Bells Christmas Analogies PowerPoint Christmas Adjective Clause Worksheet Christmas Coded Words Activity Sheet Christmas Alliterations Activity Christmas Similes Activity Christmas Adverb Clauses Christmas Holiday Sensory Writing Practice Christmas - Holiday Word Scramble Christmas Luminaries Christmas Craft Christmas Pictionary and Charades Game Christmas - Holiday Word Search Christmas Puzzle Christmas Story Starters Christmas Story Starters on Decorative Lined Paper Poinsettias - Christmas Symbol PowerPoint Christmas Writing Activity - Revising the Lyrics of Christmas Songs SMARTBOARD - Figurative Language in Christmas Songs Activity The Gift of the Magi PowerPoint The Gift of the Magi Vocabulary Matching TEST The Christmas Coin Reader's Theater The Velveteen Rabbit PowerPoint Christmas Activities Christmas Activity - Writing Letters From Santa Christmas Activity - Writing Letters to Santa The Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Coupon Sheet Christmas Gift Coupons and Bookmarks Christmas Trivia Sheet Christmas - Bookmarks All of these items are available separately in my TPT store. Just click on the links above, where you can see thumbnails and preview the items. Buy the bundle of my most popular Christmas resources and save! If you bought all of these items separately, you would pay more than $51.00. Buy the bundle and pay only $20.00. Save over half off! - 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
Following Directions TEST - a Tricky Following Directions Lesson
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Following Directions TEST - a Tricky Following Directions Lesson

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Following Directions TEST - A Tricky Following Directions Lesson. 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 standardized tests, too! Enjoy!