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I am on my 26th year of teaching. I am so excited to share my creative student centered experiences with others! I love to rock out the classroom! I have taught everything from Geography, Free Enterprise, English, History and Athletic Coaching. I'm devoted to Teaching Like A Pirate: Bold, Daring, Risk Taking and adventurous! My teaching style is all about building relationships with my students. Students will do anything for you if they know you care about them.

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I am on my 26th year of teaching. I am so excited to share my creative student centered experiences with others! I love to rock out the classroom! I have taught everything from Geography, Free Enterprise, English, History and Athletic Coaching. I'm devoted to Teaching Like A Pirate: Bold, Daring, Risk Taking and adventurous! My teaching style is all about building relationships with my students. Students will do anything for you if they know you care about them.
The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets
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The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets

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Description: "The War That Made America" brings to life a vastly important—but often misunderstood—period of American history, a period that set in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. Narrated and hosted by Graham Greene, the Academy-Award nominated actor for "Dances With Wolves" and an Oneida Indian whose ancestors fought in this war, "The War That Made America" combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling filmed portrayal of the dangerous world of the 18th-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, then a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military, whose blunders actually trigger the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has long been distorted or forgotten, is the critical military importance and strategic diplomacy of Native Americans in the conflict between the English and French for the expansion of their colonial empires. It was a war the British won, but the fruit of their victory contained the seeds of the Revolutionary War. This file comes with 5 printable's for 5 segments of the PBS movie.
Learning Morse Code
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Learning Morse Code

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This cute little activity makes learning and practicing Morse Code a simple and fun activity. Will easily supplement your own unit. Great for learning stations/centers. Students will decipher a part of John Adams letter to Abigail to conclude this learning activity.
Articles of Confederation Surgery Activity
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Articles of Confederation Surgery Activity

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Make the Teaching of the Articles of Confederation an EXPERIENCE for your students. Turn your classroom into an operating room and let your students perform surgery on the AOC. With this beautiful GOOGLE slideshow to guide your students through the process, it will be a breeze. This slideshow contains everything students need to perform surgery. They have clear instructions, the history/background, and allergies of patient Art O. Confederation. Students will essentially correct the weaknesses of the confederation in “surgery.” Groups will trace an outline of one group member’s body onto butcher paper to represent your patient. (This step can be skipped if your class is short on time.) Or you can do this ahead of time to prep for surgery. Finally, students will be making a diagnosis and prescription/treatment plan for the AOC. All of this is clearly defined on each slide so students know exactly what to accomplish. Put on your scrubs and lab coat and get your students ready for a great learning experience! What is included in the purchase: A beautiful instruction GOOGLE slide show Clear step by step instructions for students A video INTRO so students get background information on their patient. Works spaces in the slide show for diagnoses Prescription pad for a treatment plan Teacher suggestions for creating the BEST experience for students. Teacher Key
Boston Massacre Crime Scene Investigation
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Boston Massacre Crime Scene Investigation

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This unit comes with everything you need for your CSI on the Boston Massacre. Included are all primary sources and the student investigation journal. I explain how to set up your classroom ambiance and crime scene. Included is a link to the perfect background music with music videos for you to project on your screen. Welcome note to display on screen is also in this material. Where to purchase decorations (VERY CHEAPLY) for this theme is provided in a link as well.
Thomas "Two Faced" Jefferson
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Thomas "Two Faced" Jefferson

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The Student Challenge: 1. Draw five pictures of Jefferson’s theories and beliefs on issues before he became president in 1800. 2. Draw five pictures on the opposite side of how he reversed his thinking on his theories and beliefs after assuming the presidency. A sample is included in the first box. A Editable grade rubric is also attached.
Exploration PokemonGo Game
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Exploration PokemonGo Game

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This fun PokemonGo inspired game gets kids motivated to learn about the motives of Early Exploration. Students will start by doing a gallery walk and record answers in their own POKEDEX. They will then find the matching answer and scan a QR Code to catch all the Pokemon along the way. **You can even edit my documents to create a game with any content if you choose.
Jay's and Pinckney's Treaty Readers Theatre
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Jay's and Pinckney's Treaty Readers Theatre

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This ORIGINAL and engaging readers theater will bring this typically boring material to life. Students become excited and enthusiastic about reading when they are presented with the opportunity to participate in Readers Theater. The ideal way to use this play is to put students in groups of 4 so they all have a part to read. Print copies for each students or read off of your website/google drive. A Student Reflections sheet keeps students engaged and accountable for what they are learning.
Apartheid Summary
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Apartheid Summary

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This “Quick Hitter” GOOGLE DOC worksheet teaches Apartheid using abbreviated reading material as a TIME SAVER. This is a great INTRODUCTION or as a station activity to add to your material. Fantastic for a sub day. Students will answer eight questions and finish up with an EXIT TICKET. Topics Include: What was apartheid? How did it start? Living Under Apartheid African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela Soweto Uprising International Pressure Ending Apartheid
American Revolution Battle Simulation
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American Revolution Battle Simulation

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Awesome Battle Simulation that students love. They take the role of either the British or American leadership and make decisions on either side of the military conflict. Their choices will reflect different point values as you the teacher lead them through. You will have the teacher guide/answers that you will reveal to students. COMPETITIVE and lively!
President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds
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President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds

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James Polk | 60-Second Presidents PBS Video Collection TIME SAVER! Fun, energetic, and entertaining video. You will be surprised about how much information can be packed into this 60 second video. James Polk accomplished a lot more in one term than many presidents accomplish in two. Find out how he delivered on his promise of westward expansion. Includes: 1. Teacher Answer Key 2. Student worksheet with 10 questions (all on 1 piece of paper)
Parent Thank You letters
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Parent Thank You letters

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This purchase includes 4 letters or posters. This thank you letter is written in a unique poster style. Give your parents gratitude at the end of your school year with this colorful and thoughtful gift. **FOUR different styles to choose from! Each in PDFand EDITABLE word documents.
Andrew Jackson by Schmoop
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Andrew Jackson by Schmoop

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION If you have not watched and used Shmoop videos for your history class, now is your chance. Shmoop creates hilarious and sarcastic videos to teach many subjects. Video Description: Believe it or not, the Battle of Orleans wasn't the time Drew Brees and the Saints finally won their Super Bowl. It was an actual battle, with an actual general at the helm—Andrew Jackson. He was a military hero and more… and he threw very few interceptions to boot. This worksheet is perfect for: 1. Learning Stations 2. Flipped Classroom 3. In class independent work 4. Fits perfectly into what you already do in the classroom.
Andrew Jackson Critical Thinking Exercise
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Andrew Jackson Critical Thinking Exercise

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What are Metaphors & Analogies? Metaphors and analogies are comparisons between unlike things that have some particular things in common. Why should we use them in class? Good teachers use metaphors and analogies to make new and unfamiliar concepts more meaningful to students by connecting what they already know to what they are learning. 1. Good readers know how to use analogies and metaphors to get at the meaning of a passage. 2. When students create their own analogies for new concepts, the analogy can provide a way to assess their understanding of the new concepts. 3. Metaphors and analogies add "sparkle" to student writing. These Andrew Metaphors are a great critical thinking exercise to help assess understanding of this topic. Kids love these!
American Revolution Sports Movie Connections
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American Revolution Sports Movie Connections

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The American Revolution is every sports movie ever. Students will consider that the the American Revolution( OR ANY WAR)to be lot like a classic sports movie. The plots are essentially identical. All sports movies start out with a group of less-than-stellar athletes. Then SUDDENLY- there is a wonderful music montage where they train to some really upbeat music and a stunning matter of 2-3 minutes become the best team ever! Then by the end of the movie they’ve won the state championship! Wow! Spectacular! Listed in this activity are different “sports movie” scenes and characters. It is your job to relate those scenes and characters to actual events and people of the American Revolution. SUPER FUN! Students LOVE This!
Articles of Confederation Field Trip
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Articles of Confederation Field Trip

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This interactive introduces students to the problems Congress faced about the Articles of Confederation. Students will take a Colonial Williamsburg field trip as congressman and make decisions about what they would have done in the time period. FUN and ENGAGING. This worksheet packet holds students accountable by having them write down answers to questions each step of the way. It allows students to process the material as they progress through the simulation.
Operation Next Year/Back To School
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Operation Next Year/Back To School

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This adorable bundle includes: 1. Operation: End of School Year Student Advise sheet for NEXT years students. 2. Operation: Back to school Student Questionnaire Questions connected to Game parts are: 1. Tell me about what is near and dear to your heart. (What do you love?) 2. WRITE about your GOALS this school year. 3. What is your WISH for this class? 4. What are FUN things you do in your spare time? 5. How do you like to learn? How can I help you learn?
Abraham Lincoln in  2 1/2 Minutes
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Abraham Lincoln in 2 1/2 Minutes

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Time Saver! Description: Honest Abe—what a nickname. Abraham Lincoln was the president who led the country through the Civil War and abolished slavery. And he rocked that black top hat. Let's all give him a pat on the back. This short, fun, entertaining video by Shmoop covers how Abe overcame his depression to become President. This fill in the blank worksheet will keep student accountable but will not take too much time to complete.