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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.
7 New Wonders of the World PowerPoint US Version
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7 New Wonders of the World PowerPoint US Version

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Learn all about the 7 New Wonders of the World with this 21 slide PowerPoint presentation. Gives background information about the amazing structures built around the world that were voted to be the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Includes slides on the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, the Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, and Petra. Also includes slides of some of the finalists in the competition, such as the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Easter Island, Stonehenge, Red Square and the Kremlin, the Acropolis, Angkor Wat, and the Sydney Opera House. Great for cultural literacy. ©2017 HappyEdugator.
A Persuasive Writing Recipe PowerPoint US Version
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A Persuasive Writing Recipe PowerPoint US Version

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Persuasive Writing Recipe PowerPoint. We use recipes for many things, why not persuasive writing? This powerpoint gives students a “recipe” to follow when writing a persuasive essay, and gives them the basic framework for a persuasive writing piece, starting with an introductory paragraph that ends with a thesis statement, at least three well-supported paragraphs that have a topic sentence related to the thesis statement, and a conclusion that restates the thesis and calls the reader to agree and take action. Reminds students to be prepared for counter arguments, and to write with strong ideas, voice, fluency, organization, presentation, and conventions. Revised and updated 2013 with added information on the writing process, animations and graphics. - HappyEdugator Supports Common Core ELA Writing Standards 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.
A. A. Milne Biography Activity and Constructed Response  - US Version
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A. A. Milne Biography Activity and Constructed Response - US Version

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A. A. Milne Biography Activity and Constructed Response. A short nonfiction text for students to read, with questions about the selection and a constructed response question. Learn how Winnie the Pooh came into being. Supports common core standards that require more intensive reading of nonfiction text and more writing about the reading, citing text evidence. - HappyEdugator
A. A. Milne Biography Activity and Constructed Response - UK Version
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A. A. Milne Biography Activity and Constructed Response - UK Version

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A. A. Milne Biography Activity and Constructed Response. A short nonfiction text for students to read, with questions about the selection and a constructed response question. Learn how Winnie the Pooh came into being. Supports more intensive reading of nonfiction text and more writing about the reading, citing text evidence. - HappyEdugator
A Successful Teacher Poster - FREE - UK Version
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A Successful Teacher Poster - FREE - UK Version

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FREE Poster for Successful Teachers. The “That Man is a Success” by Robert Louis Stevenson adapted for teachers… made into a poster or you can print out as a card for teacher inspiration, motivation, and appreciation. Great to use as a gift tag for new teachers or retiring teachers, or frame it and make it a gift in itself.
A Geologic Time Scale PowerPoint US version
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A Geologic Time Scale PowerPoint US version

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A Geologic Time Scale PowerPoint. A summary of the eras in Earth’s geologic history. Includes slides on Azoic, Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenzoic, and Neozoic eras. Slides cover from the origin of the planet to the rise of humans. Timeline included. Quiz included with key at the end. - HappyEdugator
2D Shapes US Version
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2D Shapes US Version

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2D Shapes - 2D Shape Match Game. Fun Math Center or Game! Also useful for homeschool or summer review. Teacher Directions: Print out all the shape cards and shape name cards. Cut out all the cards. Laminate if desired for durability. Store in a large plastic zipper bag or manila envelope. Cover can be used as a center sign. Games may be played individually or in pairs. For differentiation, there are two ways to play: 1. Place matching stickers (not included) of the back of cards that match. Players lay cards right side up in a 4 x 4 pattern. Then they must match the shapes to the shape words and take turns making matches. They can self check by looking on the back of the cards and seeing if the stickers match. If they are correct they keep the matching cards and go again. Player with the most matches when all the cards are matched wins. 2. Do not put stickers on the back of the cards, or remove them if they were used previously. Players lay the cards face down in a 4 x 4 pattern and take turns making matches. This will now be a memory game. They must match shapes to shape words. If they are correct they keep the matching cards and go again. Player with the most matches when all the cards are matched wins. Enjoy!
A Christmas Carol - Bundle of Activities US Version
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A Christmas Carol - Bundle of Activities US Version

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A Christmas Carol. Support Materials bundle. Included is a worksheet on figurative language, a subject and predicate grammar worksheet, an author biography and summary, vocabulary definitions and study strips, vocabulary test with key, stage directions practice, Adapting "A Christmas Carol" Writing Activity, and "A Christmas Carol Christmas Card" assignment and rubric, SMARTboard activities and PowerPoint game on figurative language. Supplemental resource for the book by Charles Dickens or can be used with the adapted play version as well. - HappyEdugator
A Christmas Carol - Bundle of Activities UK Version
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A Christmas Carol - Bundle of Activities UK Version

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A Christmas Carol. Support Materials bundle. Included is a worksheet on figurative language, a subject and predicate grammar worksheet, an author biography and summary, vocabulary definitions and study strips, vocabulary test with key, stage directions practice, Adapting “A Christmas Carol” Writing Activity, and “A Christmas Carol Christmas Card” assignment and rubric, SMARTboard activities and PowerPoint game on figurative language. Supplemental resource for the book by Charles Dickens or can be used with the adapted play version as well. - HappyEdugator
A Christmas Carol Subject and Predicate Worksheet UK Version
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A Christmas Carol Subject and Predicate Worksheet UK Version

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A Christmas Carol Subject and Predicate Worksheet. Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, this worksheet explains simple and complete predicates and subjects, and then students have to identify them in ten sentences that give facts about the story. No prep. Print and go. Key included.
A Christmas Carol Subject and Predicate Worksheet US Version
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A Christmas Carol Subject and Predicate Worksheet US Version

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A Christmas Carol Subject and Predicate Worksheet. Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, this worksheet explains simple and complete predicates and subjects, and then students have to identify them in ten sentences that give facts about the story. No prep. Print and go. Key included.
A Christmas Truce PowerPoint US Version
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A Christmas Truce PowerPoint US Version

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A Christmas Truce PowerPoint - A Reader’s Theater. 44 slides. You can use this in the classroom or make it into a production for Christmas. This is about the miraculous and spontaneous truce in the trenches during WWI where the British and German soldiers stopped fighting. Listen to the song Christmas in the Trenches, and use it as an introduction. We also connect this to Snoopy and the Red Baron’s Christmas Truce. Play slideshow while students are reading printed cards as a production for parents or visitors. We performed this for parents and invited the VFW to come visit. Includes details on the performance and how to do your own, ideas for backdrop, costumes, suggested music, links, and how to make Snoopy luminaries out of old gallon milk jugs! We ended our performance with everyone singing Snoopy’s Christmas. We did this several years in a row. It turned out to be a great success. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Shades of Meaning Cards - Walk
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Shades of Meaning Cards - Walk

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Shades of Meaning Verb Cards - WALK. Cut out and laminate these 16 different cards illustrating different synonyms of the verb "WALK." Helps students understand connotation. With guidance and support from adults, students acquire new vocabulary by defining word relationships and nuances in word meanings, sorting words into categories, choosing and acting out the different meanings. Aligns to Common Core Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5b Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered). Additionally, words can be used for spelling practice, writing practice, and word walls. Includes definitions for the teacher. - HappyEdugator
Shades of Meaning Cards - RUN
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Shades of Meaning Cards - RUN

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Shades of Meaning Verb Cards - RUN. Cut out and laminate these 16 different cards illustrating different synonyms of the verb "run." Helps students understand connotation. With guidance and support from adults, students acquire new vocabulary by defining word relationships and nuances in word meanings, sorting words into categories, choosing and acting out the different meanings. Aligns to Common Core Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5b Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered). Additionally, words can be used for spelling practice, writing practice, and word walls. Includes definitions for the teacher. - HappyEdugator
Business Letter Writing
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Business Letter Writing

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Business Letter Writing. How to Write a Business Letter Handout. This technical writing handout is a handy guide on how to write a business letter. Shows how a business letter is formatted, and the six main parts of a business letter: heading, inside address, salutation, body, closing, signature. Includes a blank template, a handout on writing strategies, a persuasive map, and rubric.
Shamrocks Clip Art
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Shamrocks Clip Art

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Shamrocks Clip Art. 21 different colored shamrocks for your creations. Commercial use and personal use. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator
Building Brick Games
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Building Brick Games

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Ten activities to do with building brick blocks. Use the games individually on separate occasions, or make stations with them and have an event. Print out the cards and use to mark each station. Students go from station to station to complete the activities on the card. You can also break them into teams and see which team completes the activities first. Enjoy! - HappyEdugator