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I have been a public school elementary school teacher for over 37 years! I continue to create an integrated curriculum for grades 1-7 that will engage a diverse group of students. Global education is my passion. I have been to all of the countries I teach about to learn and impart a depth of knowledge to my students.

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I have been a public school elementary school teacher for over 37 years! I continue to create an integrated curriculum for grades 1-7 that will engage a diverse group of students. Global education is my passion. I have been to all of the countries I teach about to learn and impart a depth of knowledge to my students.
Under the Ramadan Moon
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Under the Ramadan Moon

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Now, more than ever, students need to learn about the various cultures of the world in order to promote a peaceful future, filled with knowledge and understanding. Under the Ramadan Moon helps students understand the month long observance of Ramadan by their fellow classmates. While promoting a global awareness, students will also learn about verbs and repetitive lines in poems, in addition to answering comprehension questions. As a culmination, students will write their own poem to portray the month long Muslim observance of Ramadan by a modern family.
The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind - Guided Reading
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The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind - Guided Reading

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This is a true story how William Kamkwamba brought light and water to his village in Malawi by building a windmill. People thought William’s dreams were crazy, but William did not give up and at fourteen years old, brought light to a dark village. Later, another windmill he built brought food to a ravaged land where drought nearly starved its people. The teacher will read this book to the students and pause while students answer questions in this packet. This packet includes vocabulary development, parts of speech, visual images, recall questions, making inferences, and critical thinking. There is a TedTalk included where students can hear William as an adult. There is a writing assignment at the end.
Azzi in Between - A Refugee's Story
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Azzi in Between - A Refugee's Story

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Azzi in Between is a phenomenal graphic novel that explains the plight of refugees in a way that all children can understand. “There was a country at war, and that is where this story begins…” There is no mention of the country at war. There doesn’t need to be. Unfortunately, war is a fact of life in the world. This is a realistic story about a family who escapes a war-torn country and finds a host country. The main character, a little girl named Azzi, explains the hardships of her family’s escape and life in a new country. The pictures are rich with detail, adding the anxieties and hopes that all refugees have in common. Amnesty International endorsed this book. I created a “Guided Reading” packet to use with students in grades 3-6.
The Water Princess - Guided Reading
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The Water Princess - Guided Reading

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There are many “Water Princesses” who have to walk for miles in different countries in Africa with water jugs on their heads in order to get water. Water often needs to be boiled in order for it to be safe for drinking. This is the story of Princess Gie Gie who used to walk miles with her mom to get water. The whole day was spent on this journey. As an adult, Georgie Badiel founded the Georgie Badiel Foundation in order to help people who live in villages in Burkina Faso get water in the villages. Students will learn about Princess Gie Gie’s life with her mom on their daily journey for water.
The Arrival - An Immigration Graphic Novel
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The Arrival - An Immigration Graphic Novel

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The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, is an amazing immigrant story! It is a graphic novel, without any words, appealing to all students. The dragon’s tail surrounding the old country is a symbol of any reason one might want to leave their country for another…war, racism, lack of freedom, genocide…It is surreal. The land of opportunity looks nothing like any place anyone has ever seen before! This wonderful graphic novel should be read after students know about European immigration – people leaving their countries for various reasons, and passing through Ellis Island to find a land of opportunity, or not. While students read The Arrival, they will easily find “text-to-world” connections. Students will also visually SEE how difficult it is to adjust and maneuver in a new country with a family waiting back in the old country. This book has six parts. I have prepared a PowerPoint to do Visual Thinking Strategies with students before they read each part in order for them to look closely at the pictures and interpret them, figuring out the difficult parts of the narrative more easily. Before partners read each part, there is a packet of questions they need to think about pre-reading, during reading, and after reading. In tandem, I have given students books to read about immigration from various countries around the world, both in the past and present, to acquaint students with global understanding. Students will choose responses to write as they read. They will also keep track of the “parts” of a narrative, to prepare them to write their own. To integrate writing into reading and history, when students have completed The Arrival as a class, and have read their immigrant novels, they have a choice to write their own five-page immigration narrative. Included in my unit are a variety of graphic organizers to help students. Scholars can choose a family immigration story to write about, or retell the story about the character they just read about during independent reading. Once the written narrative is complete, students will transfer the information and story to write a graphic novel. *If you are interested in an Immigration Unit to teach before reading The Arrival, here are two of my TpT products:
Six Dots, A Story of Young Louis Braille - Guided Reading
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Six Dots, A Story of Young Louis Braille - Guided Reading

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This is the story about the child, Louis Braille. It is written in the first person, making Louis feel closer to his readers. The book is rich with language. I have created a student packet that includes reading comprehension strategies, critical thinking, and writing activities. As a post reading activity, students will try writing Braille messages to classmates about Louis Braille.
Japanese Gardens
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Japanese Gardens

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This PowerPoint explains the elements of a variety of Japanese Gardens, while allowing young students to compare/contrast elements of U.S. gardens with those of Japanese gardens. With strong visuals that young students see, students are prepared to choose one style of Japanese garden to make, using colored paper, pebbles, twigs, tissue paper, etc. This PowerPoint captures the beauty of Japanese gardens and provides students with the basic cultural understanding of the importance of nature to the Japanese people, in the past, and in the present.
Lessons in Leadership
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Lessons in Leadership

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I chose to call this unit “Lessons in Leadership” because students need to understand what qualities make a leader. Martin Luther King Jr. was ONE historical leader in the United States Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. is my “model” of other historical Civil Rights’ leaders who students in my class learn about. There are other age-appropriate leaders students can read about in flexible reading groups, (leveled groups, heterogeneous groups), or teachers can read about these leaders aloud to pupils.(Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks…) Martin Luther King Jr. has a plethora of books available to engage young students and teach them how to be “upstanders” to inequality and unfairness. This bundled unit aligns with the rigor of the Common Core Standards. Students will sequence events, use the best of reading comprehension strategies by “interacting” and “connecting” with a variety of good books, and think critically about what makes a good leader – in the world and in a classroom. Since students need to connect to their own lives, this unit will begin by students “interviewing” leaders in their school to build community. They will also interview a member in the family to find out what fair “rules” families have for their children and the “purpose” of those rules. Students will then venture out into their neighborhoods to find out who are the leaders in their communities. Lastly, students will learn about the leaders in the world.
Polar Bear - Guided Reading
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Polar Bear - Guided Reading

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This is one of the most comprehensive, engaging, and interesting “informative” books about polar bears. A little girl who loves to read reads a book about polar bears. My student-oriented packet includes the best of comprehension reading strategies. There are post reading choices for students to synthesize their knowledge.
Hokusai - Japanese Culture Mini Unit
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Hokusai - Japanese Culture Mini Unit

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This mini-unit explores how students can respond to a fascinating biography about Hokusai and informational texts about Mt. Fuji with an “inner voice,” and leave tracks of their thinking, using the very best of reading comprehension strategies using a read aloud about Hokusai, informational texts via books and the internet, and a short film about Mt. Fuji. If you are teaching a unit on Japan, learning about Hokusai, a famous painter who lived during the Edo period, is an engaging piece of Japan’s art and culture. Learning about Mt. Fuji, Hokusai’s focus of many of his paintings, helps students learn about an important landmark in Japan, and use their research skills to write their own “informative text” in their own words. The Common Core Standards enable teachers to be creative to produce more rigorous, comprehensive instruction using books, the internet, and digital media. This mini-unit about Hokusai and Mt. Fuji will help teachers craft opportunities for students to “undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature.”
Interactive Read Alouds - Critical Thinking
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Interactive Read Alouds - Critical Thinking

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It is important to read to students every day, introduce new genres, engage students, and elicit their responses before, during, and after reading. This is a script, written with the rigor of the Common Core Standards, to elicit students' critical thinking during read aloud time.
Save Me a Seat - Fifth Grade Reading Group Unit
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Save Me a Seat - Fifth Grade Reading Group Unit

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Joe’s friends moved away. He makes daily visits to a resource room to help him learn how to focus on tasks when he is distracted by noises and events occurring in the classroom. Joe has an auditory disorder. He has just started fifth grade. Ravi is the one of the brightest students in his Indian school. His family just moved to America, (New Jersey), and he is in the same class as Joe and Dillon, the class bully. Ravi does not recognize yet that Dillon is a bully. He thinks he is a friend. Joe knows better. He has been the object of Dillon’s abusive behavior in fourth grade, and now during the first week of fifth grade. This is the story of how two young people learn to cope with a bully and accept how they are each different, with dignity. This packet is a perfect reading book to use with a group at the beginning of fifth grade! Readers will draw visual images, state their reactions, give reasons for their reactions, use evidence from the chapter or book to match a trait that was chosen by the reader, and answer critical thinking questions along the way. Included are “integrated” writing assignments that will help students write persuasive pieces and narratives, two different writing experiences fifth graders need to learn and improve upon. Included in this packet are differentiated post-reading activities.
Fractions in Disguise - Finding Equivalent Fractions and Simplifying Fractions
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Fractions in Disguise - Finding Equivalent Fractions and Simplifying Fractions

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When a valuable fraction goes missing, George Cornelius Factor (a.k.a. GCF) vows to track it down. Knowing that the villainous Dr. Brok likes to disguise his ill-begotten fractions, GCF invents a Reducer—a tool that strips away the disguise, reducing the fraction and revealing its true form. Equal parts of action and humor add up to a wholly entertaining introduction to simplifying fractions. While the teacher reads and pauses, students can fill out this interactive packet on a clipboard to practice finding equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. *Every third grader enjoyed and understood how fractions can be “disguised” and “simplified.”
On a Beam of Light - Albert Einstein - Guided Reading
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On a Beam of Light - Albert Einstein - Guided Reading

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Albert Einstein was a GENIOUS! Students begin to understand that curiosity and asking questions helps you become a great student. Students focus on Albert’s questions, his discoveries, and think about their own questions throughout this story. This would be a great story to use with students at the beginning of the year to foster the kinds of traits you, as a teacher, want your students to have. This can lead to your students traits that they value in themselves. At the end of this packet, students can choose an activity to show their understanding and appreciation of Albert Einstein.
Mapping Unit for the First 25 Days of Teaching First or Second Grade
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Mapping Unit for the First 25 Days of Teaching First or Second Grade

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This is a comprehensive MAPPING UNIT geared for first or second graders. Students learn how to zoom in and zoom out when looking at maps or drawing them. This is an important skill! Students will learn to identify basic components of maps – cardinal directions, compass rose, keys - in order to fully tell “stories” of various maps. Google Earth is an invaluable resource for teachers to use as well as an age-appropriate mapping bibliography. Making a variety of maps will synthesize students’ knowledge and increase their understanding of neighborhood/community. Teachers may collect all of the students’ maps to make individual books to show how their geography knowledge progresses. A final exhibition is included.
Charles Darwin's Around the World Adventure - Guided Reading
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Charles Darwin's Around the World Adventure - Guided Reading

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This is a wonderful biography about Charles Darwin’s journey to South America and the Galapagos Islands. In an age-appropriate language that children in grades 2,3,4 and 5 will understand, students will learn the places where Charles Darwin observed so many interesting organisms. Students will learn the questions Charles Darwin had. They will learn about Charles Darwin’s discoveries that led him to become a famous scientist!!!! This packet includes map skills of the beautiful maps included in this book, guided reading comprehension strategies, and research of chosen organisms Charles Darwin saw and studied. (I provided internet sites that are age-appropriate for students to use when researching). For Post-Reading Activities, students are provided with a Bio-Poem template about C.D. or an Acrostic Poem or more research.
When the Sea Turned to Silver - Guided Reading
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When the Sea Turned to Silver - Guided Reading

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This novel, When the Sea Turned to Silver, is another one of Grace Lin’s wonderful fantasies!!!!! In the packet I prepared, students will draw visual images, depicting the descriptive words of the author. Students will give characters traits, and give evidence from the story why they chose specific traits. Students will try and unravel the mysteries as the story progresses. They will react, make predictions, and make inferences. Students will use their critical thinking skills to interpret the legends, the stories within the stories, after they summarize the legends in no more than eight sentences. Students will also do some research to find out why the Great Wall was built in China and learn about the Forbidden City, both referenced in this book. This is a fine piece of literature fifth and sixth grade students will love!!!!!
Math About Me
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Math About Me

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This is a great first grade math activity for the first day of school! Teachers can set up stations with various manipulatives, (a walk-on number line, counters, interlocking blocks), and students can figure out how old they are now, in one year, two years ago, ten years from now, etc.
The Moon - A Metaphor Lesson
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The Moon - A Metaphor Lesson

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Li Bai is a famous Chinese poet. He revered the moon. This is a fairly simple poem about the moon, perfect to teach what a “metaphor” is to young students. Students will read “The Moon” by Li Bai, discuss the metaphor in his poem, and challenge themselves to write a poem in Li Bai’s style about the moon or something else, applying their knowledge of metaphors.