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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
Generic Discussion Questions for Any Novel
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Generic Discussion Questions for Any Novel

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These discussion questions are generic and work well with any novel. If you need questions that children in different groups can answer simultaneously or if you want students to choose their own discussion questions, these questions will work well for you. There are 65 different questions in 8 different categories: Characters – 19 questions Setting – 5 questions Connections – 14 questions Conflict – 4 questions Evaluation – 5 questions Visualizing – 9 questions Plot – 7 questions Questioning – 2 questions The questions combine various skills and mediums. They can be done with paper and pencil or on the computer.
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.
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
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
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
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
The Girl in the Well is Me Discussion Questions and Answers
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The Girl in the Well is Me Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers. 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
Joey Pigza Loses Control Discussion Questions
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Joey Pigza Loses Control Discussion Questions

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos. 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
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!
Fictional or Personal Narrative Writing Guide
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Fictional or Personal Narrative Writing Guide

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This is a comprehensive guide to writing a fictional or personal narrative. You get a teacher guide, student guide and a PowerPoint to introduce the writing genre. 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 narrative 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. Brainstorming Matrix 5. Character Matrix 6. Timeline of Events 7. Graphic Organizers for each of the 5 paragraphs 8. Rough Draft section 9. 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. Brainstorming Matrix explanation 3. Character Matrix explanation 4. Timeline explanation 5. Review of essay parts 6. Explanation of what to include in each section of an narrative
Story Elements or Parts of a Plot Match Game
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Story Elements or Parts of a Plot Match Game

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Need to introduce or review Common Core aligned story elements with your kids? Here's the perfect way to do it! There are 8 key terms: Characters Climax Conflict Mood Plot Resolution Setting Trait Each term has a matching definition and example. Kids need to match the term with the correct definition and example. Each one is a different color so kids know when they have a set! Great for group work or individual reinforcement. Also included: a term, definition, example set for each word for use on bulletin boards or word walls and a sheet of all terms, definitions, and examples to be placed in student notebooks.
Cinder Discussion Questions and Answers
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Cinder Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each of the 4 books. The questions are furthered aligned to chapters within the books. 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
The Lost Hero Discussion Questions and Answers
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The Lost Hero Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of The Lost Hero 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
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Digital Novel Study
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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Digital Novel Study

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Common Core aligned digital resources! This is a complete digital 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. There are also pre and post reading activities that will introduce/review concepts in the story. All materials can be uploaded to a variety of online platforms including: Google Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Schoology, Edmodo, Notability, Seesaw, Padlet, Nearpod, Canvas, Evernote and Blackboard. There is a Student Edition, Teacher Edition, Essay Tasks, Vocabulary Quizzes and a tutorial on how to upload the files to various online platforms. Included in the Novel Study: * Introduction to the Book * Suggested Pacing Calendar * Author Study * Rebus Puzzles * Alliteration Activity * Vocabulary words and quiz * Discussion Questions and Answers broken down by chapter * 4 End of Book Projects * 2 Essay Tasks * Answer Keys or Rubrics included for all questions, quizzes and activities
Middle School the Worst Years of My Life Discussion Questions and Answers
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Middle School the Worst Years of My Life Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Middle School the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. 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: *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 *Inferencing
Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows Discussion Questions and Answers
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Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro. There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each chapter. There are three different levels of questions so you can differentiate with your students. 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. After the discussion questions there is a list of many examples of figurative language found in the book. The following questions types and skills are used: *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
Under the Egg Discussion Questions and Answers
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Under the Egg Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Under the Egg by by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. 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: *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 *Inferencing
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.