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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!
What Does an Engineer Do?
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What Does an Engineer Do?

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Instead of the age old joke, How many ( ) does it take to screw in a light bulb, ask your students, "How many engineers does it take to make your favorite toy?" Their answers will surprise you! This PowerPoint program shows your students that at least five, and probably more, engineers were involved in the making of a toy truck. The last slide offers students the opportunity to think about all the engineers who were involved in making their own favorite toy!
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.
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.
180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 2
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180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 2

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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 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(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.
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.
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.
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.
Geography of India
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Geography of India

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This PowerPoint presents the eight geographic areas of India with a brief description, location, and representative pictures. The Himalayas North East Gangetic plain Thar Desert Central Highlands Deccan Plateau Eastern Ghats and Coast Western Ghats and Coast Bordering seas and islands
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 Russia. Topics covered include: Steppes Volcanoes Mines Tundras Seaports Glacial lakes Caves Rock formations All are organized by the geographic region with photographs.
Geography of Japan
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Geography of Japan

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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.
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!
Social Distancing Games for Classroom or Remote Learning
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Social Distancing Games for Classroom or Remote Learning

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In this collection of games, I have helped you put the FUN in your day so you have some games that encourage social distancing among your students. They will be learning new ways to play traditional games and will learn some new games they can transfer to their home town playground, helping to keep them stay safe from infection there, too. Most of these games are for grades 4-8 but can be modified for older and younger students. Many of the games include a curricular component. Others encourage movement during the sedentary day. All involve FUN! Here is the list of titles for the games: Outdoor Games Tail tag Human Bingo Statues (with a twist) Kicker Golf March Mathness Indoor Games Clap Point clap Human Sudoku Rock, Paper, Scissors (with a twist) Word Wobble Where Did it Go? Let’s Draw a Picture The Masked Speaker (A game for masked players)8 BattleWord Design a Game Indoors or Outdoors Follow the Leader (with a twist) Common Ground Stop! Who is My Friend? (A game for masked players) Virtual Games 21 and Done Math Madness Wheel of Misfortune Silly Stories Four Corners – Distance Learning Style Virtual Scattergories
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
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!
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 Japan
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Geography of Japan

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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!
Visual and Verbal Story Starters
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Visual and Verbal Story Starters

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This set of 40 story starters will keep your young authors busy all year long with a variety of topics to explore and develop. Either play the PowerPoint and project a different image each day, or print out a page from the .pdf for individual students or groups. Each picture caries a minimal question so your students can use their imaginations to develop their stories. Suggestions for writing the stories appear in the beginning. Post this on Monday and collect wonderful stories on Friday. I have included a variety of images to attract every 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!
Do your students have Comma Sense?
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Do your students have Comma Sense?

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Do your students forget to use commas in their written assignments? This PowerPoint presentation will give your students a fun look at the life of a comma. Each slide covers a different comma personality: * The Marching Comma * The Independent Comma * The Welcome Mat Comma * The Comma Twins * How-Does-It-Happen Comma * The Gossip Comma * The Contrary Comma * The Time and Place Comma * The Name Comma * The Weighty Comma Your students will love this new way to understand the use of commas in their creative writing!
Rainbow Ranger PowerPoint - learn all about rainbows
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Rainbow Ranger PowerPoint - learn all about rainbows

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Many rainbows children find on the Internet are incorrect - they are portrayed in the wrong order, backwards, or with non-rainbow colors like pink. The Rainbow Ranger in this PowerPoint WebQuest will teach very young learners the correct order of rainbow colors as they learn to use the computer to access information and solve puzzles. Additionally, your students will learn how to spell the colors of the rainbow and they will learn a song that will help them remember the order of colors. This activity is perfect for a March theme on rainbows. Add it to a literacy unit that uses Rainbow Fish to add character education to your science unit. 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!