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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.
Rebus Puzzles
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Rebus Puzzles

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Rebus Puzzles - a fun critical thinking activity. Figure out the word puzzles. Great to do with partners, or use as a warm up. Print and go, Works especially well for gifted and talented students who enjoy challenges, but will work with other student populations as well. Enjoy! - Happyedugator
Sentence Structure: All About Sentences PowerPoint
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Sentence Structure: All About Sentences PowerPoint

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Sentences; All About Sentences PowerPoint. Animated. Sentence types and sentence structure. Interactive. Describes kinds of sentences (such as declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative), subjects and predicates (simple and compound), fragments and run-ons, simple, compound, and complex sentences, and adverb and adjective clauses. Great test prep! Has everything students need to know about sentences and sentence structure and gives short practice exercises which can immediately be checked. Teaches common core standards. Students can also copy notes on each lesson, and a list of subordinating conjunctions, and more. Each of the thirteen sections with practice and feedback can be a separate minilesson! - 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
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
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
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.
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!
Reading Fluency Handout
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Reading Fluency Handout

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Reading Fluency - How to Assess and Develop Handout. Informational handout on reading fluency, how it is defined, measured, and developed. Includes a table of recommended reading rates and norms, and a list or websites and resources to get you started in helping your struggling readers. 4 pages. - 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
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.
Poetry Terms Crossword
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Poetry Terms Crossword

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Poetry Terms Crossword Puzzle. Terms include alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, imagery, rhyme, rhythm, tone, mood, metaphor and simile...18 terms and clues. Key included. Fun review! - HappyEdugator
Poetry Terms
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Poetry Terms

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Poetry Terms Study Guide. Twenty poetry terms listed for students to define on the line provided. Answer key is provided for self check. This can also be used in reverse. The answer key can be given as notes, and the study guide can be used as a test. This comes out as two pages...one without answers and one with the answers. I have added an assessment piece...students need to identify the poetry term that best describes the example given. 10 questions...two sheets to a page to save paper, and answer key. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Give Me Five Classroom Management Posters
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Give Me Five Classroom Management Posters

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Give Me Five! is a simple way for students to remember what to do when you want their attention. Teach this highly effective strategy at the beginning of the year when you go back to school. You get a set of four posters that are ready to use for " Give Me 5 " classroom management strategy. Print out the design you prefer, sizing to 8x8 or 12x12. I recommend using card stock and laminating for continuous use and durability. Display in the front of your room when you go back to school where it is highly visible and demonstrate what you want students to do when you say, "Give me Five!" Practice often during the year. My students also all respond with "Yes, Ma'am!" or "Yes, Sir!" and raise their hand. The posters remind students to do these five things: 1. Eyes on me. 2. Mouth is silent. 3. Ears are listening. 4. Hands are empty. 5. Body is still. Finally, they must Do it Fast! ©HappyEdugator.
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
Finding the Main Idea When Reading Nonfiction PowerPoint
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Finding the Main Idea When Reading Nonfiction PowerPoint

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Finding the Main Idea When Reading Non-Fiction PowerPoint. Interactive questions with immediate feedback and animated graphics. Explains main idea and how to find it when reading informational text. Common core requires more nonfiction reading! Students need to have a good understanding of what they read, and this is a key skill they need for success. Good for test prep! - HappyEdugator
Confusing Words - Beat the Clock Game
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Confusing Words - Beat the Clock Game

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Confusing Words Beat the Clock PowerPoint game. A fun interactive way to practice identifying commonly confused words. (there, their, they're) Students are given two sentences and have thirty seconds each to identify the correct confusing words that go in each sentence. They can work with a partner and use wipe-off white boards or write the answers down on paper. After time is up, the answers will disappear. (Timer is built in) Click again to check answers. Advance slide with another click to start with a new set of sentences. Grades 4 and up. Supports common core for frequently confused words! 36 sentences in all. - HappyEdugator
Fun Math Terms Word Search
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Fun Math Terms Word Search

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Fun Math Terms Word Search. Math terms are hidden in this word search puzzle made for upper elementary and middle grades. Have fun trying to find them all 21! Terms are hidden forwards, backwards, up and down, across, and diagonally. Key included. Also includes a bonus list of the terms with their definitions which you can use as a study guide for state testing or test prep. - HappyEdugator
Back to School Rules for Student Planner
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Back to School Rules for Student Planner

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Back to School - Rules for Student Planner. An abbreviated summary and student friendly copy of (editable) school rules that students can tape into the back of their planner to serve as a reminder of classroom and school expectations. Created with secondary school in mind. Give it to them on the first day of school. Editable! Can be adapted for year group or to reflect your school policies. Four copies per page on MS Word format. Thank you for looking. Enjoy! While you are here, please check out my shop!

-Happy Edugator