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International educator with over 15 years experience. I love the nuts and bolts of language teaching, but I also like communicative activities and task based learning, including simulations. I hold a Master of Education with specializations in reading and behavior management, as well as graduate degrees in writing and education.

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International educator with over 15 years experience. I love the nuts and bolts of language teaching, but I also like communicative activities and task based learning, including simulations. I hold a Master of Education with specializations in reading and behavior management, as well as graduate degrees in writing and education.
Hatchet ~ Timeline, Story-Grammar, Conflict Analysis + ANSWER KEY *FREE!*
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Hatchet ~ Timeline, Story-Grammar, Conflict Analysis + ANSWER KEY *FREE!*

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Odds and ends for teaching Hatchet. > Timeline - have students keep track of key plot events here > Story-grammar - have students keep track of important people, place, events, and feelings > Conflict Resolution - have students use these graphic organizers to identify conflicts and their resolutions in Hatchet! *Sample answers included* Happy Chopping! *chop* *chop* *chop*
Maths Matching Game ~ Fractions, Decimals, Percentages & Money Values Conversion
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Maths Matching Game ~ Fractions, Decimals, Percentages & Money Values Conversion

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A fun card game, similar to UNO, to help students develop fluency and familiarity with common fractions, percentages, decimals and money. Math Matching Game Instructions: 1. Print and cut out cards. Laminate them if possible. 2. Students may play in groups of 2 – 5. 3. Give students a copy of the equivalents (page 11) if you think they need it. 4. Shuffle cards and deal children five cards each. 5. Turn over one card. 6. Children take turns in laying cards on the pile. 7. Cards must match the latest card on the pile either by image, or value equivalent, e.g. 50% and ½. 8. Attack cards: skip, reverse, and +2 cards must follow suit. Wild cards and +4 cards may be used at any time. 9. The first player to get rid of his/her cards is the winner.
CLIMATE CHANGE & ALTERNATIVE ENERGY WEBQUEST
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CLIMATE CHANGE & ALTERNATIVE ENERGY WEBQUEST

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This 3 page worksheet directs students to research, discover, and record key information about global warming and alternative energy sources. Exercises range from simple and literal fill in the blanks and matching definitions to writing short procedural and argumentative paragraphs explaining energy generation or arguing for and against investing in alternative energies.
A SINGLE SHARD ~ Multiple-choice Quiz - Chapter-by-chapter + Answer Key
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A SINGLE SHARD ~ Multiple-choice Quiz - Chapter-by-chapter + Answer Key

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A multiple-choice quiz for the book, 'A Single Shard' by Linda Sue Park. Each Chapter has about five questions to test students' recall and basic comprehension. This resource is comprised of four parts: 1) The test questions, listed by chapter, with about five questions per chapter, and three possible answers for each (a, b, or c). 2) A student answer sheet (fill in the blanks) 3) A teacher answer key (blanks filled in) 4) A regular teacher answer key The questions and answers are (hopefully!) unambiguous, i.e. no trick questions. You may also wish to divide the test into two parts (Chapters 1 - 7; 8 - 13) if you think it is too much for students to recall in one sitting. You know your students; use your judgement.
Four Fun Reading Comprehension Activities for Any Novel
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Four Fun Reading Comprehension Activities for Any Novel

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- Four game boards containing literal, inferential, & real-world and personal (reader) connection comprehension questions. - Also contain questions on language, literary style, theme, author’s purpose, and other literary elements. - Designed for use in English classrooms, grades 6 – 8. - Game boards may be used in various ways; for journaling, homework, while reading or as consolidation. - Can be adapted for use as individual, partner or group-work, with and without teacher supervision. - Games require decks of playing cards and dice (or computer generations – random.org has playing card generators and dice rollers). - Students enjoy the random and gamified nature of the activities, while reflecting on their reading and analyzing literature through cooperative learning activities. - Questions are recycled across the four game boards.
HOLES - By Louis Sachar ~ Chapter-by-chapter Vocabulary Lists
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HOLES - By Louis Sachar ~ Chapter-by-chapter Vocabulary Lists

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary for the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. Useful for students to look up before reading (Especially ELLs), or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Helps students to decode meaning and facilitates fluent reading. *Over 500 words in total, divided by part of book and chapter *From 5 to 20 words per chapter, averaging about 10 - 15 (The length of the chapters in this book varies)
Chinese New Year Reading Comprehension Activity
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Chinese New Year Reading Comprehension Activity

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This is a fun reading activity comparing the similar though distinct celebrations of Lunar New Year in four countries: China, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. Students read about these celebrations in small groups before returning to their "home-groups" to consolidate information, and then finally coming together as a class check their findings. Resource contains: 1. Four reading comprehension passages (each a brief overview of the way LNY is celebrated in Mongolia, Vietnam, China, and Tibet - information is sourced from Wikipedia, then edited and adapted to fit one A4 page and be comprehensible to students). 2. A “jigsaw” worksheet where students can record their answers. 3. A list of key vocabulary used in the passages – may be used for games (e.g. password) or spelling or vocab tests (ONE VOCAB WORKSHEET INCLUDED) 4. A PowerPoint presentation displaying sample answers to the information required in the jigsaw reading worksheet (in ppt, pptx and pdf formats) 5. Detailed instructions
1984 by George Orwell - Chapter Vocabulary Lists
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1984 by George Orwell - Chapter Vocabulary Lists

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary for the novel 1984 by George Orwell. Useful for students to look up before reading (Especially ELLs), or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Helps students to decode meaning and facilitates fluent reading. *Words listed as parts of speech *From 5 to 100 words per chapter, averaging about 40 (The length of the chapters in this book varies)
1984 - By George Orwell ~ Room 101 Activity
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1984 - By George Orwell ~ Room 101 Activity

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This lesson could be used as part of a novel study on 1984 by George Orwell, or independently to discuss themes of totalitarianism or just to talk about likes/ dislikes in a fun/interesting way. Students discuss their knowledge of some of the major themes, learn key terms that originated in the novel, then watch a short video about Room 101 (optional). Finally students discuss what they would like to send to Room 101. **Please note: The concept of Room 101 discussed in this lesson departs from the original portrayal in the novel. Rather than a torture device using a person's worst fears, the concept of Room 101 is a place in which to cast your greatest fears or annoyances into oblivion. Whilst not being 100% true to the novel, it is still tangentially related and a fun way to see Orwell's influence on popular culture and our modern lexicon**
The Giver - Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Lists
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The Giver - Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Lists

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary for the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry. Useful for students (particularly ESL students) to look up before reading, or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Helps students to decode meaning and facilitate fluent reading. Word-count ranges from 20 - 50 words per chapter, averaging 30.
The Fault in Our Stars - Vocabulary Lists ~ Chapter-by-chapter
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The Fault in Our Stars - Vocabulary Lists ~ Chapter-by-chapter

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Essential vocabulary, listed chapter-by-chapter, for the novel, 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. Great for pre-reading; helps remove barriers to fluency and allows students to decode meaning. Alternatively, can be used by the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. *Between 5 and 50 words per chapter, depending on chapter length.
ANIMAL FARM GEORGE ORWELL VOCABULARY LISTS CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER
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ANIMAL FARM GEORGE ORWELL VOCABULARY LISTS CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter, vocabulary for the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. Useful for students to look up before reading, or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Pre-teaching vocabulary helps students decode meaning and increases fluency and engagement. 20 ~ 50 words per chapter.
Hatchet - Vocabulary Lists ~ Chapter-by-chapter
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Hatchet - Vocabulary Lists ~ Chapter-by-chapter

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter, vocabulary for the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Useful for students to look up before reading, or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Pre-teaching vocabulary helps students decode meaning and increases fluency and engagement.
CONNECTIVES WORKSHEET AND PRESENTATION *SPAG*
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CONNECTIVES WORKSHEET AND PRESENTATION *SPAG*

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This is a short workshop to introduce or re-introduce students to transition words (connectives) as a writing tool. The worksheet contains definitions, usage, and examples. There is also a cloze (fill in the blanks) exercise for students to apply their knowledge immediately. Students can keep the worksheet for use as a reference tool when writing. ***The presentation is saved as .ppt, and pptx AND pdf.*** SAMPLE PROCEDURE 1. Show Ss the presentation and elicit their ideas for the function of the transitions shown on screen (e.g. "comparing"). The function (heading) will fly in after prompting. 2. Repeat this for each function. 3. Have students fill in the blanks of their cloze exercise. 4. Reveal sample answers on screen, and discuss possible alternatives. *****PLEASE NOTE! THIS LESSON IS AVAILABLE AS PART OF THIS RESOURCE: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/sentence-and-paragraph-workshop-11095633
A SINGLE SHARD - LINDA SUE PARK ~ CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER VOCABULARY
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A SINGLE SHARD - LINDA SUE PARK ~ CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER VOCABULARY

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter, vocabulary for the novel A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Useful for students to look up before reading, or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Pre-teaching vocabulary helps students decode meaning and increases fluency and engagement. - 30 ~ 50 words per chapter - includes author's notes - words listed as parts of speech
Brave New World Vocabulary Lists
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Brave New World Vocabulary Lists

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary for the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Useful for students (particularly ESL students) to look up before reading, or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Helps students to decode meaning and facilitate fluent reading. Word-count ranges from roughly 10 - 50 words per chapter, depending on chapter length.