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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Story Elements/ Parts of the Plot Prezi
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Story Elements/ Parts of the Plot Prezi

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Need to explain what story elements are to your class? This handy Prezi will help explain the 5 parts of fiction stories. There are pictures to help describe each part as well. Story Elements Explained: Introduction or Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action 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
Lawn Boy Discussion Questions
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Lawn Boy Discussion Questions

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This is an in depth Common Core aligned set of questions to use with the story Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. 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. The questions focus on: *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
Garvey's Choice Discussion Questions and Answers
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Garvey's Choice Discussion Questions and Answers

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This is a thorough Common Core aligned overview of Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes. 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 The figurative language elements addressed are: *Alliteration *Imagery *Metaphor *Onomatopoeia *Personification *Simile
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 Non Fiction No Prep Close Reading
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Endangered Animal Non Fiction No Prep Close Reading

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This is a complete Common Core aligned Close Reading Unit focusing on endangered animals. It will take about a month to complete the entire unit. There is no prep required and all are Common Core aligned. There are 10 articles, each with 3 levels of differentiation (grades 4, 5, and 6). Each article has a set of Key Ideas and Details Questions, Craft And Structure Questions, Integration of Ideas and Knowledge Questions and an extension question. There are 3 graphic organizers as well: Note Taking, Main Idea, and Context Clues. Included: 1. The Main Plan - how to use the articles in your classroom 2. Tag it Up - how to annotate texts 3. 10 articles with 3 levels of differentiation for each 4. All articles are based on endangered animals (tigers, elephants, polar bears, mountain gorillas, narwhals, axolotls, quokkas, komodo dragons, green sea turtles and macaws) 5. Key Ideas and Details Questions for each article 6. Craft and Structure Questions for each article 7. Integration of Ideas and Knowledge Questions for each article 8. Extension Question for each article 9. Note Taking graphic organizer 10. Main Idea graphic organizer 11. Context Clues graphic organizer 12. Answer Key for each article
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
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
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.
Figurative Language /Poetry Terms Match Game
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Figurative Language /Poetry Terms Match Game

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Need to introduce or review story elements with your kids? Here's the perfect way to do it! There are 8 key terms: Alliteration Hyperbole Imagery Metaphor Personification Onomatopoeia Simile Symbolism 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.
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
My Rotten Life Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie Discussion and HW Questions
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My Rotten Life Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie Discussion and HW Questions

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This is a thorough overview of My Rotten Life Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie by David Lubar. 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 *Determine author's purpose *Make text to self connections
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.