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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.
100  Book Projects Kids Enjoy! US Version
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100 Book Projects Kids Enjoy! US Version

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100 Book Projects and Activities you can have your students do to accompany the books they have read and to foster a love of reading. A list of ideas to get you started on having a fun year sharing about fiction and nonfiction books.
Harriet Tubman PowerPoint
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Harriet Tubman PowerPoint

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Harriet Tubman - PowerPoint explains the history behind the American Heroine, and how she led slaves to freedom, fought against slavery, served in the Civil War, worked for women's rights and suffrage, and served her community with humanitarian efforts to help the needy and the elderly. Slide topics include - Who was Harriet Tubman? Early Life Suffered Cruelty as a Slave Marriage Determined to Be Free Escape The Fugitive Slave Act Rescuing the Family Rescue Missions Close Calls Tough Love Religious Faith Rescuing Her Parents John Brown Harper's Ferry Civil War After the War Harriet Remarries Later Years Queen Victoria Final Years Listening to Her Inner Voice Honors - Statues, Stamps, and $20 bill Legacy
Brain Teaser Sheet - Critical Thinking
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Brain Teaser Sheet - Critical Thinking

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Brain Teaser Sheet - Critical Thinking. Fun Brain Workout. Letter equations. May be challenging, but students will love trying to figure them out! A letter equation is a common combination of letters and numbers that are abbreviated. The trick is to figure out what the abbreviation means. For example, 7 d. in a w. is 7 days in a week. 22 brain teaser equations and key included. Good activity to get minds working for test prep. Exercise for the brain. Enjoy! - 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
Homophones PowerPoint
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Homophones PowerPoint

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Homophones to Remember PowerPoint. Animated slides of homophones and example sentences to show meaning. Fun graphics and sounds will engage students. Homophones are frequently confused words that sound alike but are spelled differently and mean different things. Often confused, and often found on standardized tests, they should be memorized. These words and sentences are appropriate for almost any age. Writing activity on the last slide. Note: Do you know the difference between a homophone and a homonym? The difference between a homophone and a homonym is that a homophone sounds the same and is spelled differently, and has different meaning. (to,too, two) A homonym is both spelled the same and sounds the same, but has different meaning. (chair - like you sit in, and chair - department head) Last slide is a writing activity. Supports common core standards. 38 slides. - HappyEdugator
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes PowerPoint
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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes PowerPoint

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The narrative poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes is a classic ghost story romance that students love. Middle school and high school students enjoy reading "The Highwayman" especially around Halloween. Includes slides on plot, characters, vocabulary, and literary elements. The poem is presented in verses, slide by slide. Students can take turns reading it. After reading, there is a writing response and a link to a ten minute video of this ballad poem set to music. 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
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
Canada - All About Canada PowerPoint Presentation
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Canada - All About Canada PowerPoint Presentation

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Canada - All About Canada PowerPoint Presentation. Includes information on Canada's geography, environmental issues, trade, the Canadian Shield, Government, Provinces and Territories, and History, Lots of information to use to supplement your unit on Canada. Also has information on Canada Day! 36 slides. - HappyEdugator Updated March 2015.
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
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.
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 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
Award Certificates
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Award Certificates

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Award certificates for your classroom or school needs. A pack of 8 awards...type in the name of student, subject, dates or other information, print, sign, and award! Includes a most improved award, a certificate of achievement, student of the month, attendance award, essay contest award, certificate for excellence, award for excellence, and certificate of merit. Enjoy! - 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.
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
Independent Clauses and Subordinate Clauses
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Independent Clauses and Subordinate Clauses

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Independent Clauses and Subordinate Clauses. Worksheet or Quiz. Sentence structure practice, review, or assessment. Students will identify whether the underlined clauses are either independent clauses or dependent clauses (subordinate). Ten sentences with key. Supports common core. . - HappyEdugator CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1.a Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
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. -
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