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I have been in the field of education for 27 years. I love what I do everyday; it is truly a passion and I can not imagine doing anything else! In 2013, I retired as the gifted, special services, and elementary curriculum director for a public school district! I design curricular materials anywhere from Pre-K to 8th grade, and I must say I am partial to classroom/behavior management and English Language Arts.

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I have been in the field of education for 27 years. I love what I do everyday; it is truly a passion and I can not imagine doing anything else! In 2013, I retired as the gifted, special services, and elementary curriculum director for a public school district! I design curricular materials anywhere from Pre-K to 8th grade, and I must say I am partial to classroom/behavior management and English Language Arts.
Short Story Narrative: Christmas in the Barn
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Short Story Narrative: Christmas in the Barn

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This resource is perfect for the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enclosed you will find five pages of a short narrative story that has a certain rhyme and rhythm to it that students will enjoy! It is a story told from a young girl’s point of view about how she wishes for a horse for Christmas. She is reminded in the story that she will still have a great Christmas even if she doesn’t get a horse; however, she is convinced that one secretly hides in the barn for her. Her mom reminds her about many other children whose parents might very well be away for Christmas. This is a very old Christmas story and was published through Scholastic in 1968. Again, the students will love many teaching and learning activities associated with the story! This story lends itself to several teaching and learning endeavors such as: (1) the use of personification; (2) great vocabulary instruction; (3) sequencing; (4) point of view; (5) Descriptive Writing; (6) research and investigation of several different states discussed in the story; (7) the use of similes to make comparisons; and (8) making predictions about what will happen next in the story based on the context clues provided! Have a great time with your students! And… Merry Christmas!
Santa and the North Pole: Converting Celsius and Fahrenheit Temperatures
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Santa and the North Pole: Converting Celsius and Fahrenheit Temperatures

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Your students will certainly enjoy participating in this activity converting temperatures using different rooms in Santa's home at the North Pole as well as additional areas on Santa's property such as the garage and the state-of-the-art toy-making facility. Specifically, the students will utilize pictures from Santa’s home at the North Pole, such as the living area, the kitchen area, the outside of the front of the home, the garage, the kitchen where a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies are in the oven, the toy-making facility, and the study where Santa creates and engineers all of his next wonderful creations for deserving children. While investigating each of the rooms and areas utilized, a scenario is given as to the temperature of the room. It is given in either Celsius or Fahrenheit degrees.Your students are asked to make the conversion, specifically if the temperature is given in Fahrenheit degrees, then they are asked to convert the temperature into a Celsius measurement and vice versa. Students are asked to show their work, justify or explain their answer, and then conclude with their final answer. Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year!
Classroom Management: Executive Function Action Plan Training
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Classroom Management: Executive Function Action Plan Training

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One hall mark of ADHD is trouble with executive function. ADHD kids aren’t the best planners, organizers, or self-regulators. This can get very frustrating very quickly. This training presentation presents ten, simple steps can be followed to boost all seven executive functions and also help your child/student gain more independence. This presentation might be used in a professional learning community for growth in the area of ADHD and executive function, a school-wide focused faculty meeting, or even a district-wide professional development session with general education as well as special services teachers. Executive function has received much attention and research and is worth the investigation in that many, many students have difficulty with this and many times adults think it is instinctive! This might also be a training session implemented with parents who will benefit from the ten simple steps as well!
Opinion ~ Argumentative Writing with Chocolate Candy Bars!
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Opinion ~ Argumentative Writing with Chocolate Candy Bars!

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You will not want to miss this resource! In this packet you will find five different templates for opinion/argumentative writing. The templates are themed with candy bars to include: Snickers, Reeces, Almond Joy, Twix, and Butterfinger. Using the templates, students are able to form their opinion of one of the candy bars. Next, they give the first reason for their opinion. Then, they give an example. Next, they state their second reason for forming their opinion and give another example. Finally, they formulate a third reason for their opinion complete with an example. Then, finally, they are to write a final opinion statement. Students are sure to be completely engaged with such an awesome topic. What child does not like any of these chocolate bars… not to mention what teacher wouldn’t enjoy teaching opinion/argumentative writing with such a scrumptious topic.
Informational Text Article: Energy Drinks: Are They To Die For?
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Informational Text Article: Energy Drinks: Are They To Die For?

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This informational text selection is a must have for your reading and/or language arts classes! This timely and relevant article is about the dangers of energy drinks and is designed to make your students think before they drink. The article has several illustrations complete with captions to aid in rich discussion. It is perfect for sixth through eighth grades depending on varying reading levels. There is a formative quiz attached with DOK 1, 2, and 3 questions. This 1000 word article is sure to be a hit with your classes!
Discipline Strategies for ADHD Children
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Discipline Strategies for ADHD Children

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In this packet/presentation, there are twenty-five discipline strategies to consider as a parent and/or a teacher when working with an ADHD child/student. These strategies are only a sampling of what is additionally available from ADDitude’s Experts a journal published monthly. Use this power-point for a “Parent University” training session for parents of children with ADHD. As well, these slides can be used in a professional development training session, focused faculty meeting, or professional learning community.
Differentiated Instruction: Training Support and Materials
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Differentiated Instruction: Training Support and Materials

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This is an awesome 66 slide training resource for ALL educators! The training ranges from a definition of differentiation, cartoons of differentiation for icebreakers, aspects of instruction that can be differentiated to strategies of differentiating, examples of menus, choice boards, menus, planners, and tic-tac-toe choice boards! These slides can be utilized at a focused faculty meeting, professional development session, and/or a PLC.
Informational Text: Batman vs. Superman -- Who is the Ultimate Superhero?
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Informational Text: Batman vs. Superman -- Who is the Ultimate Superhero?

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With the recent release of the new Batman versus Superman movie, what better time to take a stand as to who really is the best superhero. As a way to reinforce argumentative/persuasive writing, utilize this resource to engage your students! This resource contains the following: (1) graphic organizer to frame one's thinking for forming an opinion or an argument (2) sample of five pages of a plain writing template for drafting and editing (3) sample of five pages of those who prefer "Batman" writing paper for drafting and editing (4) sample of five pages of those who prefer "Superman" writing paper for drafting and editing (5) 4-5 research articles on Batman (6) 4-5 research articles on Superman Allow students to conduct their research and form his/her opinion based on evidence from their research. Students will love this as you are teaching so many important standards!
Informational Text for Close Reading: Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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Informational Text for Close Reading: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Universal Studios is at it again... Your students are going to absolutely love this selection. Use this informational text article to “hook them and hold them” for absolute sure! What a better way to practice metacognitive strategies for close reading. This article can be utilized to practice all of the many close-reading strategies that you have worked all year on with your students, which we all know, are life-long reading skills! The selection includes nonfiction information in regards to the new park opening on April 7, 2016, at Universal Studios, in Hollywood. The selection is approximately 750 words long and proves to provide the rigor needed for the complexity that is required of students’ text! At the conclusion of the article, there is a formative assessment (12 questions) that you might use for a teaching opportunity to go over specific skills and how the answer is derived (implicitly or explicitly stated for example) or of course it might be used independently as a comprehension check. There are many, many ways to utilize this selection to suit the needs of your classroom! I hope your students enjoy!
Homework and Study Shortcuts and Strategies for Students!
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Homework and Study Shortcuts and Strategies for Students!

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This is a powerpoint for training and instructional purposes. You will find fourteen slides. Ten of these slides explain homework and study shortcuts that have been proven to be beneficial to upper elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. As well, these strategies have been found to be very helpful with students and adults diagnosed with ADHD. These slides can be used in a focused faculty session, professional development session, or a professional learning community session in working to develop these strategies among teachers to teach students. As well, these slides can be used in working to equip students with these strategies. Finally, these slides can be used in a "Parent University" atmosphere to provide parents with training on the strategies as well.
Opinion Writing: Should We Purchase an Artificial or a Real Tree this Christmas?
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Opinion Writing: Should We Purchase an Artificial or a Real Tree this Christmas?

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This is an awesome packet to utilize to teach opinion writing in grades, three, four, and five. This packet contains seven different sources which all have critical information in trying to formulate an opinion in whether one should buy an artificial tree or a real tree during this Christmas season. Five of the sources are articles from the web and include the following titles: (1) Real of Plastic: Many Consumers Will Be Asking Themselves That Question This Season; (2) It’s Environmentally and Traditionally Wrong to Buy and Use Plastic Products to Celebrate Christmas… Here’s Why?; (3) Dear Earth Talk: What’s Better for the Environment, a Fake or Real Christmas Tree?; (4) Buy a Real Christmas Tree and Support Our Economy?; and (5) Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Which is Better for the Environment? Next, there are two other sources which are graphs/charts and include: (1) China Tops in Fake Christmas Trees and (2) Tree Purchases (in millions). Students can critically read each of these sources to help them formulate an opinion. Upon much discussion and examination of each of the seven sources, students then can complete one of the two graphic organizers provided to frame their opinion writing. Both organizers allow the students to provide an opinion based on what they have read. Additionally, they are asked to give reasons and evidence for their opinion. These organizers pave the way for the writing of the opinion piece asked for in CCSS: (W.3.a,b,c,d) (W.4.a,b,c,d) and (W.5.a,b,c,d).
January Word Bank for Writing Essays and Poetry!
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January Word Bank for Writing Essays and Poetry!

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This is an awesome list of one hundred fifty January words to use as a springboard for writing in January. These words will aid in narrative, informative, and argumentative writing as well as poetry! This sheet can be given to each student to place in his/her Writer’s Notebook! This is a tool that is sure to improve literacy skills of students! Have fun!
November Word Bank for Successful Writing, Poetry, and Writer's Notebook!
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November Word Bank for Successful Writing, Poetry, and Writer's Notebook!

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This is an awesome list of November words to use as a springboard for writing in November. These words will aid in narrative, informative, and argumentative writing as well as poetry! This word bank is comprehensive of the many words that come to mind during the month of November and are sure to get your students' creative juices flowing! There are approximately 50-55 words that spur your students' brains for all kinds of writing-- narrative, expository, argumentative, etc. Use this November word bank for writing, ABC order, poetry, etc. It's uses are only limited by your imagination!This sheet can be given to each student to place in his/her Writer’s Notebook!
Professional Development: Gung-Ho! Leadership Book Study or Field Guide
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Professional Development: Gung-Ho! Leadership Book Study or Field Guide

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Educators, from novice to veteran, will all reap benefits from participating in this book study/field guide experience in an on-going professional development activity. This resource can be utilized and implemented in many different facets and scenarios. The following are a few examples of its implementation: (1) An independent professional development completed by oneself to improve his/her leadership skills; (2) A small group, possibly a PLC, of colleagues who work together either in a grade level or department/content area who want to improve leadership skills; (3) A group of novice administrators looking to improve his/her leadership skills; (4) A superintendent with a group of school site administrators who want to collectively improve leadership skills; and (5) A literacy coach who is coaching to improve the leadership skills of a cadre of teacher leaders. The following can be found in this resource of 50 pages: (1) A summary of the three fables; (2) An introduction of the entirety of the story/fable for the reader; (3) A character’s list for the reader; (4) Charts to complete that correspond to specified pages and activities; (5) Approximately 130 discussion questions to complete as the fables are read and discussed in small group; (6) Fill-in-the-Blank statements that correspond to specified pages within the story; Activities to Complete Include the Following: (1) Activity 1: “Worthwhile Work” (2) Activity 2: “Meaningless Jobs” (3) Activity 3: “Commitment and Buy-In” (4) Activity 4: “Values vs. Goals” (5) Activity 5: “Hold or Roll” (6) Activity 6: “What’s Our Why?” (7) Activity 7: “What’s Your Mantra?” Additionally, there are 10 mini-posters to illustrate each of the three fables and utilize, when needed, for small group discussion. Gung-Ho! as you all work through this professional development activity regarding improving your leadership skills! Related Products Include: (1) Professional Development Book Study: The Energy Bus Leadership Guide and Workbook (2) Professional Development Book Study: Are You Educating a Fish in a Tree? (3) Professional Development Book Study: Our Iceberg is Melting!
Time Management Strategy for All Super Teachers!
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Time Management Strategy for All Super Teachers!

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We are all so completely busy! And... I am not sure if you have the same type of problems as myself; however, I am a procrastinator! In saying this, this resource is a printable that includes a strategy for managing your time. In this resource, the "Einstein Urgent Important Principle" is utilized and will prove to be a huge asset! Try it! Specifically, it allows you to prioritize your "to-do" list into four different categories which include: (1) Important and Urgent-- do it now; (2) Important, But Not Urgent-- Plan It; (3) Not Important, But Urgent -- Delegate it; and then (4) Not Important and Not Urgent -- Dump It! Try this printable-- hope you enjoy!
Literary Elements of a Story Mini-Posters
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Literary Elements of a Story Mini-Posters

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This is a set of ten mini-posters each referencing a literary element. The set includes: plot, setting, protagonist, antagonist, narrator, narrative method, dialogue, conflict, mood, and theme. These are great mini-posters for referencing these important parts of a story. They can be used as a bulletin board all year long to serve as an easy reference or placed above the white board for easy reference as well.
The Author's Purpose: It's As Easy As Pie!
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The Author's Purpose: It's As Easy As Pie!

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In this packet of mini-posters, you will find a set of three posters that serve as reference tools for students in aiding in trying to determine the author’s purpose of a specific text! These posters are a perfect fit for a bulletin board and/or right above your whiteboard! You can’t go wrong in displaying these mini-posters in that throughout the year, students are asked to identify and justify the author’s point of view!
The Fruit Group: Mini-Posters for Teaching!
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The Fruit Group: Mini-Posters for Teaching!

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In this packet, you will find a colorful set of mini-posters to illustrate twenty popular fruits. As young children are learning each fruit, use these mini-posters to illustrate to students what the fruit looks like. This is a great set of mini-posters to post in the classroom above the whiteboard!
The Vegetable Group: Mini-Posters for Teaching!
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The Vegetable Group: Mini-Posters for Teaching!

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In this packet, you will find approximately twenty posters each illustrating a different vegetable. These posters are perfect for posting above the whiteboard while teaching a science and/or health unit on vegetables! Each mini-poster is very colorful and is labeled.
*FREEBIE* Poetry With Abraham Lincoln
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*FREEBIE* Poetry With Abraham Lincoln

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Your students are sure to love this resource as they complete a study on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Students are asked to take Abraham Lincoln's name and construct an acrostic with each letter of his name. As well, at the bottom of the printable, students are to create a Haiku and are reminded of the pattern for this type of poetry! Students will delight in decorating their "top hats" and publishing their acrostics and haiku's for President's Day!