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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.
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
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
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
Writing a Persuasive Essay Handout
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Writing a Persuasive Essay Handout

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Writing a Persuasive Essay Handout. How to write a good argument: starting with how to write a good thesis statement, supporting claims in body paragraphs, and making a conclusion that will persuade the reader agree with you! 2 pages. This is useful for students to use as a reference when they begin to write an argument to persuade an audience. Supports common core state standards. - HappyEdugator CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1a Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1b Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1d Establish and maintain a formal style. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument presented. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1a Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1b Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1d Establish and maintain a formal style. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1a Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1b Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1d Establish and maintain a formal style. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
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
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
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!
Complex Sentences Worksheet and Handout
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Complex Sentences Worksheet and Handout

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Sentences - Complex Sentence Worksheet and Handout. The first page of this document is a handout that explains sentence structure, and how to distinguish between simple, compound, and complex sentences by identifying independent and dependent clauses and the use of subordinating conjunctions. The second page lists some common subordinating conjunctions and has fifteen practice sentences to be completed by students to make their own complex sentences. Black and white ink saver and color version included. Also included a key with possible answers for discussion. Print and go. No prep. Supports common core state standards. - HappyEdugator
Giraffes  Fun Facts about Giraffes PowerPoint
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Giraffes Fun Facts about Giraffes PowerPoint

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Giraffes - Fun Facts About Giraffes PowerPoint. Learn about giraffes! This giraffe PowerPoint has interesting and fun facts about the life of a giraffe. Informational text can be used to introduce or supplement a jungle theme unit or a unit about the zoo, giraffes, or African animals. Engage students and grab their attention, or build background knowledge for reading books with giraffes, like "Giraffes Can't Dance." It can even be a fun supplement to the book "The White Giraffe." - Happyedugator
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
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.
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
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
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
Sentence Structure Activity
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Sentence Structure Activity

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Sentence Structure Activity - Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex. Includes Simple and Compound Sentences Acquisition Lesson and Extending and Refining Activity for Complex and Compound-Complex Sentences. Fun and engaging way to get students to learn the difference between simple sentences and compound sentences using Oreo cookies and Vanilla wafers! Students love grammar when it is hands-on. Yum! They get to eat them when the work is done! Includes essential question, activating strategy, teaching and writing practice, and summarizing strategy. Extend the lesson to include complex sentences and compound-complex sentences. Includes a plot diagram graphic organizer, a KWL chart, a story writing paper, and printables to go with the activity. Supports common core. L.7.1a, L.7.1b - Happyedugator
There, Their, and They're Worksheet
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There, Their, and They're Worksheet

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There, Their, and They're Worksheet. Students have to use the correct homophones there, their, and they're to complete the sentences. Ten multiple choice questions with answer key. - Happyedugator
Haiku Tanka and Renga Poetry
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Haiku Tanka and Renga Poetry

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Haiku Tanka and Renga Poetry. How to write Haiku, Tanka, and Renga poetry. Includes slides on the history of haiku, famous Japanese poets, descriptions, rules, and examples of each type of poetry, graphic organizers for students to write their own poems, and nature word lists that include 1 syllable nouns, 2 syllable nouns, and 3 syllable nouns to give students ideas for completing the graphic organizers. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Quarantine Activity for The Diary of Anne Frank
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Quarantine Activity for The Diary of Anne Frank

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Quarantine Activity for The Diary of Anne Frank. This activity has students imagine they have been in contact with a highly contagious diesease and they have to be quarantined. The students will write about how they would feel if they were placed in quarantine or isolation for two months. In a situation similar to the Franks, they would not have human contact. Even though they would not be in hiding like the Franks, they would be forced to think about how they would feel to be isolated. Then the students can write a diary for a week, and finally, reflect on the difference between their life and Anne's. - HappyEdugator
Acrostic Poem - Thankful.
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Acrostic Poem - Thankful.

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Acrostic Poem - Thankful. Autumn Harvest themed, students can use this festive template to write an acrostic poem using the letters in the word thankful. Lower grades can write one word answers, upper level students can write phrases or sentences. Adjustable for your grade level. Enjoy! Thank you for looking. While you are here, please check out my store.
First Day of School
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First Day of School

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First Day of School Activity - What if Poem. Read the poem by Judith Viorst "The First Day of School" and then have students write their own "What if..." poem. Includes a page of writing ideas and a rubric for poetry.