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My teaching aids help your students to learn with interest and creativity. Each of my resources has been classroom tested and approved. I hope you and your students enjoy them, too!

My teaching aids help your students to learn with interest and creativity. Each of my resources has been classroom tested and approved. I hope you and your students enjoy them, too!
180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 1
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180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 1

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This collection of 180 picture prompts can be used to help your students develop anything from single sentences to short stories. They are arranged on an Avery 30-label template, so you can stick them to your students' journals, or simply print them on plain paper and glue into the journal. Pictures include scenes, characters, and props. Your students can interpret them any way they want! I have left space to the right of the image for a sight word. In my experience, young authors are more creative when they have both an image and a word for a prompt. For example, you might give your students only the image of a snowman and they will likely give you a story about their last snow day. However when you couple that picture with a sight word like fly, you'll get an entirely new interpretation! Also included in this download are the second and first grade Dolch sight words lists. The Dolch word list is often used to teach reading skills. Additionally, although the Dolch word list was originally devised in the context of teaching English-speaking children to read, it has also subsequently become popular in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Here is one way you can use this download: Print the images and cut them apart. Place them into a fish bowl, basket, or a simple box. Print the sight word list and cut them apart. Put them into a different container. When your students enter the room, have them pick one image and one sight word. They will then pair the two in their journal and begin their morning writing exercise. What fun! Finally, the images are unlocked so you can substitute any images that are specific to your school or area. For example, you might include a picture of your principal, or the local library.
35 weeks of character education bulletin board discussion starters
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35 weeks of character education bulletin board discussion starters

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This collection of 36 discussion starters helps children learn, week by week, about many social and moral dilemmas they face every day. Some examples include: - Bullying - Cheating - Lying - Sportsmanship - Trust - Group relationships - Welcoming a new student - Violence - Overuse of technology - Etc., etc. etc. Full instructions are provided to to help the teacher implement this valuable weekly plan to generate discussion about character education. It uses a dragon theme: Keep the Dragons Out of Our Classroom to help children understand the wrong behavior can be very dangerous.
Homeostasis Day
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Homeostasis Day

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This lesson includes the following: PowerPoint on Homeostasis Story scenario that you can personalize with your students' names Chart of body systems Cause and Effect worksheet Systems chart to see which systems are used most When your students finish this lesson, they will understand the interaction between all the body systems and what they need to do to maintain a homeostasis balance.
Geography of China and Nepal
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Geography of China and Nepal

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This is a brief, but comprehensive overview of the geography of China and its neighbor, Nepal. Topics include: * Green algae blooms * Yellow River * Great Wall of China * Mountains * Lakes * Oasis * Hong Kong * Natural bridges * Plateau * Mt. Everest All are organized by geographic area with photographs. Note: Make sure you play the PowerPoint, rather than simply look at the single slides. You'll see that some pictures and paragraphs disappear on a single slide before the next picture or paragraph appear on the same slide. I did this to create interest!
Are you smarter than a 7th grade science student?
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Are you smarter than a 7th grade science student?

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This is a PowerPoint platform Jeopardy game that can be used as a year-end review. It covers the following general topics: PLANTS ROCKS SCIENTIST DNA FOOD CHAIN BIOLOGY CLASSIFICATION CELLS ORGAN SYSTEMS GENETICS You can, however, change the questions and/or answers to suit your students, as this program is unlocked.
Geography of Korea
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Geography of Korea

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This is a brief, but comprehensive overview of the geography of North and South Korea. Topics covered include: North Korea * Mountains and uplands * Plains * Rivers * Climate South Korea * Rice fields * Rivers * Salt harvesting * Green Tea * Islands All are organized by the geographic region with photographs. NOTE: this is ONLY about the geography, not the politics of the region. Note: Make sure you play the PowerPoint, rather than simply look at the single slides. You'll see that some pictures and paragraphs disappear on a single slide before the next picture or paragraph appear on the same slide. I did this to create interest!
Geography of Russia
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Geography of Russia

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This is a brief, but comprehensive overview of the geography of Japan. Topics covered include: * Archipelago * Volcanoes * Earthquakes * Hiroshima * Lakes * Sandbars * Climate * Tsunami All are organized by geographic region with photographs. Note: Make sure you play the PowerPoint, rather than simply look at the single slides. You'll see that some pictures and paragraphs disappear on a single slide before the next picture or paragraph appear on the same slide. I did this to create interest!
Matter Review - Jeopardy-style game
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Matter Review - Jeopardy-style game

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This interactive program covers these topics on matter: * Measuring * Properties of Matter * Changes of State * Physical and Chemical changes * States of Matter The format allows you to click between the main screen, the question, the incorrect answer screen, and the correct answer screen. When the question is used, the dollar amount changes color.
Newton's Three Laws of Motion - A Lock Box Escape Quest (WITH Math) for STEM Day
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Newton's Three Laws of Motion - A Lock Box Escape Quest (WITH Math) for STEM Day

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After your initial preparation, the beauty of this activity is that it is entirely student-driven! They will know whether they got the correct answer to the clue because there is a self-correcting code to crack. Everyone participates, because when one group finishes before the others, the rules of the quest include the instruction to split up and help another group finish. The instructions below are for 6 groups of students. If you have fewer groups, follow the directions in parentheses. Materials needed: Construction paper: Yellow, Red, and Blue 18 business-size envelopes (15 for 5 groups, 12 for 4 groups) 3 small boxes (shoe boxes are perfect) Copy paper 3 markers Adhesive tape Assorted prizes Preparation: 1. Print three lock images. It’s okay if you don’t have a color printer – simply print in black and white and attach to the colored construction paper. 2. Designate each box as Newton’s First Law (blue), Second Law (yellow), and Third Law (red). Attach the prepared lock images to each box. 3. Cut eighteen 3” x 5” rectangles from the yellow, red, and blue construction paper. Attach to the envelopes: 6 yellow, 6 red, and 6 blue. (15 for 5 groups, 12 for 4 groups) 4. Print the Clue Sheet for each combination. Insert it in the designated color envelope. 5. Before the students enter the room, hide the envelopes. 6. Show the PowerPoint. 7. At the BEGIN slide, let the students search for the envelopes. Remind them that only one person from a group may be up and searching. Each time they look for an envelope, a different group member searches for a different color. 8. When the students get their combination number, one person will enter it on the box locks. This activity has self-correcting answers! If they don’t get a number as an answer, they will know that it is incorrect! If you have fewer than six groups, simply place a random number in the spaces you don’t use. 9. When one group finishes with three different color envelopes, they are to split up and help other groups. 10. When all the groups have finished, go over all the examples for each of Newton’s Laws of Motion. Either let the students present their findings, or you can show the finished products to the class, elaborating on each. 11. Show the reward slides on the PowerPoint. Some examples of rewards include homework passes, extra points on tests, dollar store goodies, stickers, etc. 12. When the activity is over, post the examples of each law next to the locks so everyone can see each other’s examples every day for a while!
Crazy Blanks Skit Starters - Camping Theme
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Crazy Blanks Skit Starters - Camping Theme

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This Mad-Libs© style resource includes 8 skit starters for camping (or classroom) fun: New Kid at the Camp Bunkhouse Blues A New Craft The Obstacle Course They Served What for Dinner? What I Bought at the Camp Store Campfire Tales Lost in the Woods To use this resource: Print enough directions sheets for each group. Print the individual Skit Starters on the reverse of these sheets. This resource can be used in many ways. You can give the same topic to each group and see how they are different when given different words to fill in the blanks. Or you can give each group a different topic for a variety of presentations. These can also be individual story starters for journal entries and assignments. Whichever way you use them, the children will enjoy creating their own stories and skits.
12 Guides for speech and action when dealing with young children
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12 Guides for speech and action when dealing with young children

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This program covers twelve ways that teachers can earn a child's cooperation through what they say and do: 1. Positive suggestions 2. Guided choices 3. Confident tone of voice 4. Name-calling 5. Comparisons 6. Redirection 7. Timely suggestions 8. Art models 9. Independence 10. Reinforcement 11. Prevention 12. Limits This program is also appropriate for child development classes and babysitting courses. Even parents of your students will profit from the suggestions in this valuable PowerPoint presentation!
180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 3
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180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 3

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This collection of 180 picture prompts can be used to help your students develop anything from single sentences to short stories. They are arranged on an Avery 30-label template, so you can stick them to your students' journals, or simply print them on plain paper and glue into the journal. Pictures include scenes, characters, and props. Your students can interpret them any way they want! I have left space to the right of the image for a sight word. In my experience, young authors are more creative when they have both an image and a word for a prompt. For example, you might give your students only the image of a snowman and they will likely give you a story about their last snow day. However when you couple that picture with a sight word like sing, you'll get an entirely new interpretation! Also included in this download are the first, second, and third grade Dolch sight words lists. The Dolch word list is often used to teach reading skills. Additionally, although the Dolch word list was originally devised in the context of teaching English-speaking children to read, it has also subsequently become popular in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Here is one way you can use this download: Print the images and cut them apart. Place them into a fish bowl, basket, or a simple box. Print the sight word list(s) and cut them apart. Put them into a different container. When your students enter the room, have them pick one image and one sight word. They will then pair the two in their journal and begin their morning writing exercise. What fun! Finally, the images are unlocked so you can substitute any images that are specific to your school or area. For example, you might include a picture of your principal, or the local library.
Summer STEM Travel Fun
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Summer STEM Travel Fun

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Get ready for summer travel fun and STEM education in the same boredom buster! * 68 pages of travel fun for everyone * Everyone can participate and cooperate! More than a simple Find-it Bingo game, this booklet encourages the entire family to find items along the way and then: •​​Describe it in sensory words (develops literacy skills) •Hypothesize the answers to two STEM questions (develops Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills) •Draw a picture of what was observed (develops memory skills) This is an instant download so you can print and take it with you TODAY!
FUNtastic Family STEM Activities
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FUNtastic Family STEM Activities

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This mini-guide to STEM activities includes the following topics: Projects: Magic Rainbow Pop­Up Card - a service-learning project Create Rain From Ice Cubes Design a Bucky Ball Model Cooking Up A STEM Lesson: Egg Candling Creative Connections Game STEM Birthday Celebrations Go Figure Game Articles for adults: STEM Education Influences Future Career Plans Build Your Child's Library Continue Your FUNtastic Family STEM Adventures
My Peaceful Place  - A collection of pictures and images to comfort and heal
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My Peaceful Place - A collection of pictures and images to comfort and heal

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This 144-page book contains nine original short stories and many more images to comfort and heal the tired teacher's soul. It is the perfect go-to escape after a long day. Envision yourself in the many places I have depicted in images and words. Or, keep this book in your desk drawer for a ten-minute trip to a different environment. You might even share these stories with your students. See if they can develop a different story for the pictures, or a different ending for the story I have written. My Peaceful Place is also perfect as a gift for a hospitalized friend or a grandparent in a nursing home... anyone who is unable to get out into the world and enjoy all that nature has to offer. ​Research shows that the healing effects of natural scenes are increasingly being understood as helpful in stressful environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, and even remote military sites. Simply seeing nature is important to people and is an effective means of relieving stress and improving well-being. Apparently, it is not necessary to actually experience nature, simply looking at it even remotely, provides a calming effect. Go to My Peaceful Place and I'm sure it will become YOUR PEACEFUL PLACE, too! Go to my primary website, www.reneeheissart.com for a sample story!
The Kinetic Classroom - Activities that get your students moving and learning
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The Kinetic Classroom - Activities that get your students moving and learning

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Has your supervisor asked you to get your students moving while they learn? Have you noticed that children who participate actively in a lesson learn easier? There’s a reason for this phenomenon: When children move, they increase the rate that oxygen circulates throughout their bodies, including their brains. Each activity in this 77-page book includes a time stamp to show you whether you need to plan a few extra minutes to prepare for the activity. You get the materials needed and in some cases, a sample finished product. However, since each classroom is different, each way of approaching the activities will be different. These activities can be used for any grade level and any subject.
Compound Word Sudoku - Easy
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Compound Word Sudoku - Easy

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These puzzles operate the same way as numbered Sudoku puzzles except there are spaces filled with letters that spell a compound word. There are 15 compound word puzzles in a 9x9 grid for you students to solve and then guess the word. The first letter of the word is highlighted for them. An answer key at the end of the packet shows your students if they got their Sudoku correct. This is great for students who are done with their assigned work early!
Room-to-Breathe Face Mask PATTERN
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Room-to-Breathe Face Mask PATTERN

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This mask PATTERN is unique in that it includes a dart on each side of a center seam to allow for easier breathing and less feeling of suffocation while wearing the mask. Detailed instructions are easy to follow with images for each step. Materials needed to complete this pattern are: • Two pieces of cotton fabric approximately 8” x 20” • Optional: If you want a three-layered mask, use a layer of interfacing and sew just like the top and bottom fabrics. • 4” piece of a pipe cleaner (for the nose pincher) • 26” of ¼” elastic, cut in half • OR 48” of ¼” ribbon, cut in half
FUN writing prompts - Fiction
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FUN writing prompts - Fiction

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Watch how eagerly your students investigate options for their creative writing assignments as they click on interactive images to find fun and interesting topics. The six basic categories are: Farm Prompts Fantasy Prompts School Prompts Neighborhood Prompts Vacation Prompts Time Travel Prompts Within each category are subcategories that link to ideas to explore. Colorful pictures encourage your students to creatively develop new stories. No longer do you need to read the same lost puppy story!
Color and Shape Sudoku - Easy
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Color and Shape Sudoku - Easy

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You only need erasable colored pencils to have fun with these Sudoku puzzles. They operate the same way as numbered Sudoku puzzles except there are spaces filled with colors and shapes instead of numbers. These are great for your dyslexic students who have a difficult time with numbers. The shape puzzles add an additional degree of difficulty in that you have both colors and shapes that need to be placed in the appropriate squares. An answer key at the end of the packet shows your students if they got their Sudoku correct. There are 10 color Sudoku puzzle, 8 that use shapes, and 2 that have punctuation marks for a total of 20 puzzles. They are on a 9x9 grid. This is great for students who are done with their assigned work early!