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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
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.
Past Verb Tenses PowerPoint
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Past Verb Tenses PowerPoint

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Past verb tenses PowerPoint. More than 30 slides on the four past tenses students often get confused: the past, the past progressive, the past perfect, and the past perfect progressive. Grammar rules are given for each tense, with plenty of examples for positive statements, negative statements and questions. Sound and animation added to keep it lively. Best used in chunks.
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
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
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. -
Community Helpers Game - What's My Job
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Community Helpers Game - What's My Job

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Your students will love this fun and interactive community helpers game. This is a PowerPoint game of Who Am I. Students get three clues to guess the job of the community helper. There are 14 different workers represented. Students have to figure out who it is from clues about where they work, what they wear, what vehicles they drive, and what tools they use. Fun for review or assessment. Project on your whiteboard or Smartboard, or use it at a computer center. No prep. Easy to use. This is a fun way to increase your students' vocabulary. To play: Put in slide show mode, and click on the slide to reveal the clues. Students make guesses after each clue. After the three clues have been revealed, click again for the answer to check. ©2017 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.
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
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
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
Blank Headstone Template for Writing Character Epitaphs
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Blank Headstone Template for Writing Character Epitaphs

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Blank Headstone Template for Writing Character Epitaphs. Grave fun for Halloween or anytime. Make a graveyard of epitaphs. Use this headstone or gravestone template to have students write a character epitaph or summary of a book in which a main character dies. Students can focus on character traits and what makes a character memorable. For instance, it can be used with the Diary of Anne Frank, or The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Goes well with Where the Red Fern Grows and Maniac Magee, and great for a bulletin board on dead words. - HappyEdugator
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
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
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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
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.