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I am a licensed teacher with the NYC Board of Ed for 16 years. I have taught 5th and 6th grades for my entire career. I have extensive experience in ELA as that has been my primary grade taught for the past 9 years. I have 5 years experience with Math, SS, and Science. I also incorporate technology into many of my lessons. All of my products are Common Core aligned.

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I am a licensed teacher with the NYC Board of Ed for 16 years. I have taught 5th and 6th grades for my entire career. I have extensive experience in ELA as that has been my primary grade taught for the past 9 years. I have 5 years experience with Math, SS, and Science. I also incorporate technology into many of my lessons. All of my products are Common Core aligned.
Introduction to Greek Myths and Gods
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Introduction to Greek Myths and Gods

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This product is a great way to introduce Greek myths, gods, goddesses, monsters and heroes to your class. These can be a stand alone unit or be the intro for a study of Greek myths, any books in the Rick Riordan series, or other books based on Greek mythology. There are activities to focus on the Greek idea of the creation of the world, the 14 major gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon, and popular Greek creatures, monsters, and heroes. The product can be done in its entirety or taken apart and used in pieces as it fits your needs. The unit would take approximately 2 months to complete if all of it were done in class. Included: * Greek Creation Myth articles, questions and activity * 14 major Greek gods and goddesses chart and quiz (Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Dionysus, Hermes, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Ares) * 12 popular Greek monsters and creatures chart and quiz (Centaur, Cerberus, Chimera, Cyclops, Griffon, Harpy, Hydra, Medusa, Minotaur, Pegasus, Satyr, Sphinx) * 7 popular Greek heroes chart and quiz (Achilles, Amazons, Heracles, Jason, Odysseus, Perseus, Theseus) * Create your own God/Goddess, Monster/Creature, and Hero/Heroine Activity * Create your own myth activity *Rubrics and answer keys for all activities and quizzes
Expository/Informative 5 Paragraph Essay Writing Guide
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Expository/Informative 5 Paragraph Essay Writing Guide

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This is a complete step by step guide to help students write a 5 paragraph expository/informative essay. You will receive: 1. A file with the student writing guide 2. A file with the teacher's how to and pacing calendar 3. A PowerPoint to introduce the persuasive genre to your class The student guide includes: 1. Outline of what's expected 2. Helping Hands for the intro and conclusion 3. Writing Reminders 4. Fact/Supporting Details List 5. Graphic Organizers for each of the 5 paragraphs 6. Rough Draft section 7. Bibliography section 8. 3 Writer's Checklists for Wonderful Writing, Revising, and Editing and Proofreading The teacher's guide includes: 1. Suggested Pacing Calendar 2. Page by page overview of how to use the student guide The PowerPoint includes: 1. Introduction to the genre 2. Fact and Supporting Details explanation 3. Review of essay parts 4.. Explanation of what to include in each section of an expository/informative essay
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor Discussion Questions and Answers
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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka. There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each chapter. Most chapters are further broken down into several sections to make reading the text easier for your kids. The questions could be placed on the board or handed out to different groups of students. *Analyze characters *Identify major plot elements *Explain cause and effect relationships *Draw inferences *Determine central ideas and details *Determine theme *Describe plot *Identify conflict and resolution
Formal vs. Informal Language
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Formal vs. Informal Language

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I've always had a lot of difficulty with my students using slang and text or informal language in their ELA work. I devised this handy worksheet to help students understand the difference and when it is appropriate to use each type of language. In the worksheet, there are a set of scenarios with an intended audience for each. The students have to decide if the language is formal or informal and then if it matches the intended audience. An extension activity for homework is also included.
Rebus Puzzles
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Rebus Puzzles

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Rebus puzzles are a great way to get your students thinking outside of the box. These puzzles are made up of pictures that when pieced together form a phrase. This resource includes 10 rebus puzzles and answers. There is also a sample puzzle to introduce students to the idea of how to solve a rebus puzzle. The puzzles form the following phrases: Intro - School is fun. 1. Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. 2. Do the best you can until you know better, then do better. 3. You'll always pass failure on your way to success. 4. No one is perfect, that's why pencils have erasers. 5. Why fit in when you were born to stand out? 6. Mistakes are proof that you are trying. 7. Life is tough my darling but so are you. 8. There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs. 9. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 10. If you think someone could use a friend, be one.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Novel Study
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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Novel Study

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This is a complete Common Core aligned novel study for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. You will find everything you need to completely teach and review the plot, characters, setting, themes, etc. with your class. Included in the Novel Study: *Introduction to the Book *Suggested Pacing Calendar *Author Information with links to videos about the book and author *Puzzles and Solutions section with suggested rebus, pictogram and anagram puzzles with solutions *Alliteration Summary and Examples to help introduce the idea. Also included is an Alliteration Prezi and graphic organizers for kids to record examples in the story *2 sets of Vocabulary Words in a test format with answers *Character List *Discussion Questions and Answers broken down by chapter *4 Wrap Up Activities with rubrics *2 Essay Tasks with rubrics
100 Cupboards Discussion and HW Questions
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100 Cupboards Discussion and HW Questions

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This is a thorough overview of 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson. There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each chapter. Most chapters are further broken down into several sections to make reading the text easier for your kids. The questions could be placed on the board or handed out to different groups of students. *Analyze characters *Identify major plot elements *Explain cause and effect relationships *Draw inferences *Determine central ideas and details *Determine theme *Describe plot *Identify conflict and resolution
Dragon Slayers Academy Class Trip to the Cave of Doom Discussion Questions
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Dragon Slayers Academy Class Trip to the Cave of Doom Discussion Questions

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This is a great resource based on one of the books in the Dragon Slayers Academy series. The discussion and homework questions are broken up by chapter, Many of the chapters are also broken down to made reading them easier. The questions can be presented on the board or printed out for reading groups. Students will: *Draw inferences *Determine theme *Describe plot *Determine central ideas and details *Analyze development of key ideas *Analyze word choice *Analyze text structure *Analyze character *Identify conflict and resolution *Explain cause and effect relationships
Diary of A Wimpy Kid (First Book) Discussion Questions
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Diary of A Wimpy Kid (First Book) Discussion Questions

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (the first book in the series) by Jeff Kinney There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each section. Most sections are further broken down into smaller assignments to make reading the text easier for your kids. The questions could be placed on the board or handed out to different groups of students. These are questions only - there is no answer key. The questions ask the kids to: *Analyze characters *Identify major plot elements *Explain cause and effect relationships *Draw inferences *Determine central ideas and details *Determine theme *Describe plot *Identify conflict and resolution
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics Discussion Questions and Answers
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Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein. There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each chapter. The questions could be placed on the board or handed out to different groups of students. All of the questions have complete answers provided in the answer key. The questions ask the students to: *Analyze characters *Identify major plot elements *Explain cause and effect relationships *Draw inferences *Determine central ideas and details *Determine theme *Describe plot *Identify conflict and resolution *Assess author's purpose *Make inference *Identify and explain figurative language
Persuasive Writing Guide with a Counterclaim
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Persuasive Writing Guide with a Counterclaim

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This is a complete step by step guide to help students write a 5 paragraph persuasive essay with a counterclaim. You will receive: 1. A file with the student writing guide 2. A file with the teacher's how to and pacing calendar 3. A PowerPoint to introduce the persuasive genre to your class The student guide includes: 1. Outline of what's expected 2. Helping Hands for the intro and conclusion 3. Writing Reminders 4. Pro/Con List 5. Graphic Organizers for each of the 5 paragraphs 6. Rough Draft section 7. Bibliography section 8. 3 Writer's Checklists for Wonderful Writing, Revising, and Editing and Proofreading The teacher's guide includes: 1. Suggested Pacing Calendar 2. Page by page overview of how to use the student guide The PowerPoint includes: 1. Introduction to the genre 2. Argument explanation 3. Pro and con explanation 4. Counterclaim explanation 5. Review of essay parts 6. Explanation of what to include in each section of a persuasive essay
The Hidden Oracle Discussion Questions and Answers
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The Hidden Oracle Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough overview of The Hidden Oracle Book One of The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each chapter. The questions could be placed on the board or handed out to different groups of students. All of the questions have complete answers provided in the answer key. The following questions types and skills are used: Analyzing characters Identifying major plot elements Explaining cause and effect relationships Drawing inferences Determining central ideas and details Determining theme Describing plot Identifying conflict and resolution Assessing author’s purpose Inferencing*
Peak Novel Study
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Peak Novel Study

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This is a complete novel study for Peak by Roland Smith. You will find everything you need to completely teach and review the plot, characters, setting, themes, etc. with your class. Included in the Novel Study: *Introduction to the Book *Suggested Pacing Calendar *Author Information with links to videos about the book and author *Mount Everest Trivia Sheet with link to an age appropriate website *Map it Out Activity for kids to map camps on Everest *3 sets of Vocabulary Words in a test format with answers; Climbing Terms, Place Names, and Buddhist Terms *Figurative Language Extra Credit Assignment *Discussion Questions and Answers broken down by chapter *4 Wrap Up Activities with rubrics *2 Essay Tasks with rubrics
ELA Prezi Bonanza
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ELA Prezi Bonanza

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This is a bundle of my most popular Common Core aligned Prezi presentations. You'll receive my Alliteration, Endangered Animal Vocabulary, Genres, Poetry Terms, Story Elements and Writing an Essay Prezis.
Differentiated Close Reading of Tigers (Endangered Animals) Article
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Differentiated Close Reading of Tigers (Endangered Animals) Article

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This is a handy Common Core aligned guide to help you complete a close reading activity with your students. I have included an article about tigers and all of the materials needed to conduct a close reading lesson. Included in this resource: 1. Introduction of how to complete a close reading lesson. 2. The Main Plan printable to help you and your students go through the close reading steps. 3. Tag it Up printable to help your students understand how to annotate the text. 4. 3 versions of the Terrific Tigers article for differentiation. (4th, 5th, and 6th grade levels) Lexile Levels and Word Counts can be found on each version. 5. Text Dependent Questions broken down for use after each reading, with a bonus extension writing activity and answer keys. 6. Graphic organizers for note taking, main idea, and context clues to be used with or in stead of the text questions.
Conflict and Resolution Graphic Organizers
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Conflict and Resolution Graphic Organizers

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This is a great Common Core aligned resource for general conflict and resolution work in middle school. There is a PowerPoint to introduce the terms, 7 types of Character vs. _______ conflicts and internal and external conflicts. There are also several graphic organizers that can be used with any book. In the PowerPoint: * Intro to the words conflict and resolution * Character vs. Character * Character vs. Fate/Gods * Character vs. Nature * Character vs. Self * Character vs. Society * Character vs. Supernatural * Character vs. Technology * Internal Conflict *External Conflict There are graphic organizers for: * Identifying types of conflict (3 levels for differentiation) * Listing all conflicts in a story * Weighing arguments to see which characters' is stronger * C.O.R.E./C.A.R.E. ( Conflict Obstacles Resolution Extend and Conflict Actions Resolution Explain) * Seeing how small problems lead to the major conflict
Printable Reading Quotes Classroom Posters
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Printable Reading Quotes Classroom Posters

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Need to make your classroom a little brighter and interactive? These Reading Quote Posters are just the thing! There are 12 posters with quotes from author's like Oscar Wilde, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, etc.. The posters come in color and black and white. Print, laminate and hang them up for an instant face lift for your classroom. Great for bulletin boards, libraries, reading/writing centers and wall decorations!
Endangered Animal Vocabulary Prezi
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Endangered Animal Vocabulary Prezi

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Need to introduce key terms for an endangered animal unit? Don't do the work, I've already done it for you! This Prezi includes 10 key terms that will help your students understand a study of endangered animals. Each term is accompanied by a photo to help students master the idea. I use these terms with my study of chimps and Jane Goodall. Terms include: Alpha male Extinct Endangered Captivity Communicate Gombe Habitat Habits Primate Zoologist There are also slides for Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey.
Knights of the Kitchen Table Discussion and HW Questions
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Knights of the Kitchen Table Discussion and HW Questions

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This is a thorough set of class discussion and homework questions. The class questions can be used for the whole class or for reading groups. They are separated by chapter and can be placed on the board or given to the reading groups. Students will *Analyze characters *Identify major plot elements *Explain cause and effect relationships *Draw inferences *Determine central ideas and details *Determine theme *Describe plot *Identify conflict and resolution
Synonyms and Burying Overused Words
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Synonyms and Burying Overused Words

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So many times kids use the same low level words over and over. This is a cute activity to help kids bury those old familiar words and start using more sophisticated language. Kids bury old words on tombstones and raise up new words on ghosts. Great for a back to school or Halloween activity and for Interactive notebooks or writing centers.