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I teach 5th grade and middle school level subjects. I am also a published and produced playwright and co-author of three YA detective novels. (Curtain Call Caper, The Disappearig Dog Dilemma and Bungled Bike Burglaries)

I teach 5th grade and middle school level subjects. I am also a published and produced playwright and co-author of three YA detective novels. (Curtain Call Caper, The Disappearig Dog Dilemma and Bungled Bike Burglaries)
Tower of Bable escape room activity

Tower of Bable escape room activity

You have been locked in a tower dubbed the 21st Century Tower of Babel. All those who enter find themselves at some sort of communication disadvantage. These disadvantages become permanent unless you find the KEY to the tower and exit within one hour. Those who can and will work together despite handicaps will obtain the key and a prize. This free product was created to be used with Breakout EDU boxes but can be adapted to other systems. Includes directions, clues, answer key and reflection questions.
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Christmas drama script bundle

Christmas drama script bundle

This royalty free Christmas drama bundle contains 1 monologue, 2 reader’s theater scripts, 7 one act plays, 2 choral readings and 9 short skits A few of those included are: The Innkeeper’s Wife (3 versions) Characters: 4-5, run time: 5-7 minutes It is eleven years after Jesus is born and the Innkeeper’s wife retells the story of Jesus birth to her three children. One version splits the lines with the husband. Elizabeth - a monologue by the mother of John the Baptist on Christmas Eve. She is doubly blessed with a son (finally) and to be alive at the coming of the Messiah. Run time: 2 minutes Elizabeth and Zechariah - Characters: 2, run time: 2-3 minutes. The couple decides to leave civilization and bring John up in the desert because of Herod’s violent jealousy over a rival king Dateline: Bethlehem - Reactions to Jesus Birth. Characters: 9 M, 3F, 3 either; doubling possible, Run time: 22 minutes Jasmine’s Star - Teenaged Jasmine, granddaughter of one of the Magi, decides she’s going to disguise herself and join the caravan following the star of Bethlehem, dragging childhood companion Meshach into another one of her “hare brained” schemes. Meanwhile King Herod takes extreme measures to protect his throne from a rival king. Characters: 12 M, 3 F, as many extras as desired Run Time: 2 acts, 45 min
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Prefixes bingo

Prefixes bingo

Looking for a fun way to introduce, reinforce, review or informally assess knowledge of prefixes? Try Prefix bingo with 123 clues and 38 colorful and unique bingo cards. You provide the markers. It is easy to add in your own clues or even use worksheets or workbooks for additional clues. Includes un-, dis-, re- and other common prefixes as well as scientific and numerals (circum-, pente- bi-, etc) Laminate on card stock to use dry erase markers and use year after year. Check out other language arts bingos Parts of speech bingo (2 levels) Parts of speech bingo (4 levels) Punctuation bingo Fruit of the Spirit bingo freebie
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Human Organ Systems card game

Human Organ Systems card game

Be the first player to assemble 3 organ systems using cell, tissue and organ cards. But beware of damage cards like “driving & texting” or “high sodium diet” that can damage you. This game helps students understand the concept that cells form tissues and tissues form organs and organs form organ systems that are specialized for particular body functions which work with other organ systems for organisms to carry out life processes, grow and maintain homeostasis. The game consists of 127 unique cards, rules & variations, several brain break/kinesthetic activities that go with the cards plus links to online resources and games. The graphics on each card will help ESL and struggling readers. The game provides an excellent anchor activity for students who finish early or need a challenge. It can be used to differentiate instruction or provide tiering if cards are used as a sort rather than a game for struggling students. Also availabe: Circulatory system card game Digestive system card game Digestive system PPT Germ fighting package (3 card games) Games are motivating and engage students in higher level strategy thinking and promote interaction with others while remaining focused on topic.
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Curtain Call Caper reading comprehension passages

Curtain Call Caper reading comprehension passages

8 reading comprehension passages, questions & answers. A 9th exercise is provided that encompasses all the other passages for more in depth analysis of literature. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6. and 6.3) Questions span the scope of Bloom’s Taxonomy and include: recall, sequencing, explain, describe, comprehend, infer, estimate, predict, facts vs. opinion, compare and contrast, draw/illustrate, pros and cons, and figurative language. Use passages in order. The passages are taken, with permission, from the novel The Curtain Call Caper by Christy Barritt
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Weather and Water Cycle card game

Weather and Water Cycle card game

With much to cover and limited time, this water cycle and weather card helps teachers use time efficiently and assists student’s absorption of content, cause and effect relationships and builds vocabulary. Students will build water cycles and collect sets of weather instruments, clouds, weather maps and symbols, severe weather and an optional layers of the atmosphere. Over 120 unique graphics enhanced cards are included as .PDFs in a ZIP folder. Complete rules and links to online games in addition to the colorful cards. The game provides an excellent anchor activity for students who finish early or need a challenge. The pictures and diagrams help struggling readers and ESL students match words and concepts. This is part of the Earth and space science bundle. This game can be used to differentiate instruction or provide tiering if cards are used as a sort rather than a game for struggling students. The preview contains the complete rules plus sample cards and online game links. Games are motivating and engage students in higher level strategy thinking and promote interaction with others while remaining focused on topic. Additional card games – digestion, the circulatory system and Germ Warfare (featuring air and food borne illnesses) can be purchased on TeachersPayTeachers. For a peek at these cards check out the photos and slide shows in articles at http://www.examiner.com/online-learning-in-virginia-beach/kathy-applebee Check out other weather related products Cloud & weather gallery walk Cloud & storm PPT Freebie Cloud reader's theater (Get sorted at Cloudwarts) Weather bingo Weather scripts (4 total reader's theaters) Weather jumbo pack (4 reader’s theater scripts, 2 PPT, this card game, bingo and gallery walk)
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Cell Cycle Mitosis card game

Cell Cycle Mitosis card game

Mitosis and the cell cycle can be difficult to teach and learn. The Cell Cycle card game can increase interest in the subject and help students see how the phases fit together, what disrupts the cycle and what prevents mutations. This colorful card game is aligned with the Next Generation Science standards and the Virginia SOLs. (.PDFs in a ZIP folder) The game consists of 55 unique cards, diagrams, rules and variations, links to online review games, kinesthetic brain break games with 8”x11” .PDFs to play them or to use on bulletin boards plus an assignment for creative students. The graphics on each card will help ESL and struggling readers. The game provides an excellent anchor activity for students who finish early or need a challenge. This game can be used to differentiate instruction or provide tiering if cards are used as a sort rather than a game for struggling students. Check out other cell related products Super cell megapack Get the bundle and save big (bingo, card games, reader's theater and more) Cell bingo Cell organelle & process card game
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Cell Organelle and Process card game

Cell Organelle and Process card game

Cell organelles, processes and functions are often difficult concepts to grasp but the Organelle card game will increase interest in the subject and help students see how they all fit together. This colorful card game is aligned with the Next Generation Science standards and the Virginia SOLs. The game consists of 82 unique cards, cell diagrams, rules, a “cheat sheet” chart and two variations on the rules to include viruses and chemical formulas for cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Run off on card stock and laminate for years of use. The graphics on each card will help ESL and struggling readers. The game provides an excellent anchor activity for students who finish early or need a challenge. A number of online games and resource links are included. This game can be used to differentiate instruction or provide tiering if cards are used as a sort rather than a game for struggling students. Part of the Life science bundle Check out other cell related products Super cell megapack Get the bundle and save big Cell cycle card game (mitosis) Cell bingo Games are motivating and engage students in higher level strategy thinking and promote interaction with others while remaining focused on topic. Check out other science card games including weather, water cycle, digestion, the circulatory system and Germ Warfare.
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Light and Sound bingo

Light and Sound bingo

Save time, increase student interest and review related vocabulary with this bingo game. Full version includes multiple clues for each concept and 25 total bingo cards. No two bingo cards are alike. Each card contains a statement, definition, example, graphic or fill-in-the-blank which corresponds to a clue. Includes transverse and compression waves, telescopes, microscopes, refraction, reflection, opaque, transparent, translucent, ultrasound, sonar, electromagnetic spectrum, amplitude, wavelength, frequency, concave/convex lenses and more. Markers include graphics which help students visualize concepts. To make long lasting cards, run on card stock and laminate. It is easy to add in your own clues or even use student generated clues, worksheets or workbooks for additional clues. Teacher can choose which cards and clues for specific topics or use all the cards for review or introducing a unit to assess student background knowledge. DIFFERENTIATION NOTE: Card titles vary slightly so the teacher can differentiate instruction by level of difficulty. See directions for a full explanation. Teaching suggestion: Have students silently or with a partner read over their cards before beginning and allow them to ask questions before starting. Teacher reads the marker chip and students must find their corresponding marker and place it on the appropriate spot. Allow students to mark any square/spot/answer that fits the marker. Some cards contain pictures which might fit multiple concepts. Base your acceptance on their rationale. (The pictures match is not a good rationale.) When a student has 4 in a row and calls bingo, they must read aloud the marker and square chosen. If they are correct, they win. Clear cards, trade cards (teacher's choice) and play again. If they are incorrect, the first student who raises their hand and corrects the mistake gets to cover any square of their choice as a bonus (promotes listening). Game continues.
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Plant bingo

Plant bingo

Save time and energy while challenging your students with this plant bingo game. Provides three levels of play with headers color coded for easy differentiation or tiered lessons. Graphics help students visualize. Part of the Life science bundle Contains plant parts (leaves, sepals, roots, sigma, pistil, xylem, phloem), processes (photosynthesis, transpiration), plant adaptations (water lily, cactus, evergreens, deciduous, etc.), classification (angiosperm, gymnosperm, (non) and vascular) and other plant related vocabulary. Full version contains 51 unique cards, directions with links to free games and other internet resources, hard and medium/easy cues and markers to run off (and laminate for long lasting fun). No two bingo cards are alike. Most markers container color graphics. .PDF files in a ZIP folder.
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Weather bingo

Weather bingo

Save time and energy while challenging your students with this weather game. Provides three levels of play. Contains cloud types, weather instruments, weather map info, layers of atmosphere and more. Full version contains 41 unique cards and markers to run off (and laminate for long lasting fun). No two bingo cards are alike. Most markers container color graphics. Blank bingo card is included if you or the students wish to make your own card. Cards are in .PDF format with JPEG markers. Check out other weather related products Cloud & weather gallery walk Cloud & storm PPT Freebie Cloud reader's theater (Get sorted at Cloudwarts) Weather scripts (4 reader's theaters) Weather & water cycle card game Weather jumbo pack (4 reader’s theater scripts, 2 PPT, card game, this bingo and gallery walk)
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Circulatory System card game

Circulatory System card game

The circulatory system card game contains 64 cards (24 body part, 18 problems, 19 fixes and blanks) to teach human anatomy and a healthy lifestyle while appealing to students who like collectable card games, bright colors and competitive interaction. Players compete to be the first to bring an oxygen molecule through the mouth or nose to a muscle cell. Options for more advanced play are included. Package include .PDFs with cards and rules in a ZIP folder. The cards will last longer if run on card stock and laminated. Also available: Human organ system card game Digestive system card game Digestive system PPT Big Mack Germ fighting package (3 card games) Games build knowledge and skills like decision making while enhancing communication, social interaction and critical thinking skills. Educators can simulate real life scenarios without the real life consequences while providing richly immersive learning activities.
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Punctuation bingo

Punctuation bingo

Want to liven up teaching punctuation? Try punctuation bingo. Played like regular bingo with 30 unique cards. You provide the markers. It is easy to have students make up new clues or even use worksheets, websites or workbooks for additional clues. Includes period, comma, colon, semicolon, brackets, parenthesis, ellipsis, exclamation point, quotation marks, question mark, parenthesis, slash, dash, hyphen and apostrophe. To make long lasting cards, run on card stock and laminate. Part of the Bingo bundle for English language arts. Check out other language arts bingos Parts of speech bingo (2 levels) Parts of speech bingo (4 levels) Prefixes bingo Fruit of the Spirit bingo freebie
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Germ Warfare card game

Germ Warfare card game

GERM WARFARE card game teaches students how common and historically significant diseases spread and impacted the human race. (polio, tetanus, malaria, hepatitis B, MRSA, smallpox, athlete’s foot and ringworm) It will appeal to students who like collectable card games, bright colors and competitive interaction. It provides an interesting, immersive alternative for teaching health and science concepts such as getting vaccines, how the immune system works, locker room and sports safety, the importance of vaccines and how disease spreads. Great for differentiated instruction or as an anchor activity for early finishers. Package includes rules and 48 playing cards that can be run off on card stock (laminate for longer use). Games build knowledge and skills like decision making while enhancing communication, social interaction and critical thinking skills. Educators can simulate real life scenarios without the real life consequences while providing richly immersive learning activities. (The downside is that they can be time consuming to develop)
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Force, Motion, Energy & Work bingo

Force, Motion, Energy & Work bingo

Force, energy, motion and work bingo contains directions, markers, 3 levels of clues and cards. (65 total unique cards) Card sets are color coded for the teacher to make it easier to differentiate instruction. Additional variation makes it less obvious to students.
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Simple Machine card game, bulletin board and graphic organizers

Simple Machine card game, bulletin board and graphic organizers

Simple machines made simple! Full-color graphics make these cards appealing and their versatility makes them useful over and over again. (.PDFs in a ZIP folder) Included • Set of 52 playing cards • Set of six 8”x11” posters for bulletin board and/or vocabulary gallery walk • Set of eight 8”x11” science writing prompts (RAFT writing) • Rules for card game This colorful card game is aligned with the Next Generation Life Science standards and the Virginia SOLs pkus includes Marzano strategy for vocabulary development. . The graphics on each card will help ESL and struggling readers. These card games provide an excellent anchor activity for students who finish early or need a challenge and additional materials such as links to online games, energy burst games and writing prompts based on research based strategies to improve student learning are included. These games can be used to differentiate instruction or provide tiering (cards can also be used as a sort rather than a game for struggling students.) Games are motivating and engage students in higher level strategy thinking and promote interaction with others while remaining focused on topic. Check out other science card games including weather, water cycle, food chains and adaptations, mitosis, digestion, the circulatory system and Germ Warfare.
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Halloween Periodic Table unscramble

Halloween Periodic Table unscramble

Easy and fun way to teach or review the Periodic Table. Students learn atomic number, mass, calculation of neutrons, groups and periods while discovering holiday themed words and phrases. Includes directions and samples to scaffold students to group or independent work, Contains: *21 sets of clues for 21 Halloween words with separate answer key. Can be used as enrichment, bell ringers or exit tickets (.PDF) *BONUS 9 other holiday clues (3 each) for review later on (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter) Ideas for using this product: 1. Place one per day as a warm up, exit ticket, homework or anchor activity. 2. Place students in teams of 2-3 to complete the worksheet, deliberately pairing a student familiar with the Periodic Table with one who may be linguistically inclined. If you are awarding points, give 1 point for being the first person or team done, 1 point for each correct symbol and 1-2 points for unscrambling the word(s). 4. Eliminate hints such as number of words for an extra challenge.
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Airborne Illness card game

Airborne Illness card game

GERM WARFARE (airborne illness version) card game will appeal to students who like collectable card games, bright colors and competitive interaction. It provides an interesting, immersive alternative for teaching health concepts such as covering coughs and sneezes, the importance of vaccines and how disease spreads. Great for differentiated instruction when combined with Power Point and online resources, stations or when students need an engaging anchor activity. Package includes rules, a Power Point with background information on airborne illnesses, vaccines, pandemics, epidemics, etc. and 37 playing cards that can be run off on card stock (laminate for longer use). Games build knowledge and skills like decision making while enhancing communication, social interaction and critical thinking skills. Educators can simulate real life scenarios without the real life consequences while providing richly immersive learning activities. (The downside is that they can be time consuming to develop)
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Foodborne Illness card game

Foodborne Illness card game

Germ Warfare (foodborne illness version) will appeal to students who like collectable card games, bright colors and competitive interaction. It provides an interesting, immersive alternative for teaching health concepts like hand washing, the importance of vaccines and how disease spreads. Package includes a .PDF with background information on foodborne illnesses, vaccines, hand washing, etc. and 32 playing cards that can be run off on card stock (laminate for longer use).
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