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I recently retired after thirty years of teaching at the elementary school level. Currently, I teach character education lessons on a volunteer basis and develop resources for people like you.

I recently retired after thirty years of teaching at the elementary school level. Currently, I teach character education lessons on a volunteer basis and develop resources for people like you.
Rhyming Couplets Lesson
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Rhyming Couplets Lesson

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By the end of this colorful, engaging, and interactive presentation, your students will have a clear understanding of rhyming couplets and syllabication and be ready and anxious to create their own. This PowerPoint presentation will function well with any of the following programs or apps: PowerPoint, PowerPoint Online, or Google Slides. Be sure to view the presentation as a slideshow for the animations to work. If you have any difficulties, please contact me.
Active Listening
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Active Listening

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This interactive listening lesson includes: - 14 engaging, colourful slides to encourage discussion and learning - An explanation of the difference between hearing and listening - Details on how passive listening differs from active listening - A clear lesson on how to listen actively - Reasons why you should become an active listener
Thanksgiving Poem and Rhyming Couplet Activities
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Thanksgiving Poem and Rhyming Couplet Activities

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This package includes: - An original thought provoking Thanksgiving poem suitable a discussion on being thankful, for choral reading, or teaching a lesson on rhyming and poetry. - An alternative cloze type fill in the blank version of the poem for students to complete. - A Thanksgiving rhyming couplet writing activity.
Building Respect (PowerPoint Bundle)
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Building Respect (PowerPoint Bundle)

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The presentation begins with questions and discussions designed to help students recognize which qualities, behaviours and attitudes cause us to respect or look up to certain people. The lesson then strives to encourage students to exhibit or develop these characteristics in themselves to acquire greater respect from others and to build stronger feelings of self-respect. This resource includes a fifteen page Lego themed Building Respect Google Slides discussion and lesson, a two page student activity and a teacher's guide.
Monstrous Addition and Subtraction Problem Set (Halloween Suited)
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Monstrous Addition and Subtraction Problem Set (Halloween Suited)

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Suitable for Halloween, or any time of year, these weird and wacky problems are sure to add some fun to your math program! Spread over 4 worksheets, each of these 24 problems is accompanied by a colorful picture of the monster it is about. Careful reading is required as most of the problems have extra numbers which are not used in determining their solution. Keywords appear in boxes at the top of each page which will be helpful to many students. For your convenience, answer keys are provided. Note: This package is also available from my store in the form of problem solving cards. Here is an outline of this package and the skills required: Page 1: Teacher’s Guide (a few short suggestions) Page 2: Monstrous Addition Problems: Contains 6 addition problems. (Skill required: Addition of 2 and 3 digit numbers) Page 3: Spooky Subtraction Problems: A set of 6 subtraction problems. (Skill required: Subtraction of 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers) Page 4: Strange and Silly Subtraction and Addition Problems (A mix of + and -) (Skills required: Addition and Subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers) Page 5: Crazy Creature Addition and Subtraction Problems (A mix of + and -) (Skills required: Addition and Subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers) Pages 6 - 10: Answer keys for each of the preceding pages.
Courage: Confidence and the Super You
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Courage: Confidence and the Super You

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The goal of this lesson is to help students understand the importance of courage and to make them aware of the many times they have already shown it in their lives. This resource consists of a 20 slide PowerPoint or Google Slides lesson, which seeks to engage and involve the students though questions and powerful images, and a two-sided worksheet which reviews the concepts presented and discussed. Here is a more detailed outline of the resources: PowerPoint Lesson: Slide 1: The bear and courage. Slides 2 - 3: What is courage? Slides 4 - 6: Courage on display in adult roles. Slide 7: Courage in you introduction. Slides 8 - 15: Ways you have already shown courage. Slides 16 - 17: Courage and confidence. Slide 18: Courage quotes from Muhammad Ali, Taylor Swift, J.K. Rowling and Michael Jordan Slides 19-20: Using and building courage (summing up) Review Worksheet: Side 1: Defining courage, joining courage quotes, matching quotes, times you showed courage Side 2: Classifying behavior choices as brave or foolish and identifying your courage goals
Animal Addition and Subtraction Problems
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Animal Addition and Subtraction Problems

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This is a free sample, given to you in the hopes that you will be pleased with its quality and usefulness and then check out my Halloween Word Problem Set, Christmas Problem Set or my Addition Word Problem Package. Kids love animals and they’re sure to enjoy this page of addition and subtraction word problems. This page features: Addition and subtraction keywords to help students choose the operation to use. Extra numbers, so the students will learn to read and think carefully. A spot for the equation and for the answer with the correct word. Real animal facts and statistics which make the questions more interesting. Appealing images to make learning a little more fun. For your convenience, an answer key is provided.
Terry Fox Trivia - Assembly Presentation
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Terry Fox Trivia - Assembly Presentation

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I have used this Power Point presentation in whole school assemblies to recognize the greatness of Terry Fox and his journey while inspiring students to run to raise funds to continue his fight against cancer. Here is an outline of the presentation: Slide 1: Title and video link - Show the video first; the answers to the questions that follow can be found in the video. Slide 2: Trivia Contest title slide Slides 3-8: These slides contain a total of 10 trivia questions and answers. Slide 9: How to decrease your chances of getting cancer. Slide 10: Cancer survivors Slide 11: Provides encouragement to continue Terry’s fight.
Seven Sacred Teachings Presentation and Worksheet
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Seven Sacred Teachings Presentation and Worksheet

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This 22 slide PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation includes a retelling of the Legend of the Seven Grandfathers and explains each of the seven sacred teachings. For many generations, the legend and teachings have been shared and spread from coast to coast across North America. Today, they are being used in schools across Canada and the United States to help promote and develop student character. The carefully prepared, engaging presentation serves well as an introduction to the character education theme, a stand alone lesson or a source of reference and review throughout the year. The accompanying worksheet reinforces and reviews the teachings. Here is a slide by slide outline of the presentation’s contents: Slide 1: Title page Slides 2 - 8: A retelling of the legend with dialogue and illustrations or photos. Slides 9 & 10: Wisdom - The Beaver Slides 11 & 12: Respect - The Bison Slides 13 & 14: Humility - The Wolf Slides 15 & 16: Courage - The Bear Slides 17 & 18: Honesty - The Raven Slides 19 & 20: Love - The Eagle Slides 21 & 22: Truth - The Turtle Worksheet: First the students are asked to match each spirit animal to its teaching, then they complete sentences about each lesson by filling blanks with provided words.
Monstrous Word Problem Cards (Halloween Suited)
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Monstrous Word Problem Cards (Halloween Suited)

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Suitable for Halloween, or any time of year, this set of 24 weird and wacky problems is sure to add some fun to your math program! Each card contains an addition or subtraction problem accompanied by a colorful picture of the monster it is about. Careful reading is required as most of the problems have extra numbers which are not used in determining their solution. For your convenience, an answer key is provided. Note: This package is also available in my store in the form of problem solving worksheets. Here is an outline of this package and the skills required: Sheet 1: Monstrous Addition Problems: Contains 6 addition cards ready to cut. (Skill required: Addition of 2 and 3 digit numbers) Sheet 2: Spooky Subtraction Problems: A set of 6 subtraction cards ready to cut. (Skill required: Subtraction of 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers) Sheet 3 3: Strange and Silly Subtraction and Addition Problems (A mix of + and -) ready to cut. (Skills required: Addition and Subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers) Sheet 4: Crazy Creature Addition and Subtraction Problems (A mix of + and -) ready to cut. (Skills required: Addition and Subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers) Sheet 5: An answer key.
Showing Respect - Presentation, Activity Sheet, Crossword Puzzle and Key
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Showing Respect - Presentation, Activity Sheet, Crossword Puzzle and Key

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This resource is designed to fit well into any Grade 4 - 6 character education curriculum and will further develop your students’ understanding of what respect means, its importance and how to show it to people, animals, and things. I am confident that this resource will help you develop a more caring and considerate classroom community. Here is an outline of each component of the resource: The Presentation - 15 slides carefully prepared with questions, clipart and photos designed to involve, engage and educate your students. Here is a slide by slide outline: Slide 1: The Title Slide 2: Respect - Student question: What does it mean? Slide 3: Respect definitions Slide 4: Showing Respect - Question: Who or what should we treat with respect? Slide 5: How to Show Respect for Nature and the Environment Slide 6: Respect Pets and Other Animals - Student Question: How? Slide 7: How to Show Respect for Animals Slide 8: Respect Each Other - Student Question: What behaviors show disrespect? Slide 9: How to Treat All People with Respect - List of human rights Slide 10: Student Question: How do you show respect for people’s property? Slide 11: How to Show Respect for People’s Property Slide 12: How to Show Respect for People’s Privacy Slide 13: Respect Yourself: Student Question - How do you respect yourself? Slide 14: How to Respect Yourself Slide 15: Reviewing Respect Student Activity: A group or individual chart making activity in which students give examples of how to show respect for people, animals, the environment, property, privacy and themselves. Crossword Puzzle: A 20 clue puzzle reviewing the lessons of the presentation. A key is provided.
Addition Word Problems Set (With Keywords and Extra Numbers)
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Addition Word Problems Set (With Keywords and Extra Numbers)

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This is a set of 6 pages of addition word problems with 6 problems per page. Each of the pages has a different problem theme and public domain clip art designed to help engage the students. Although all the problems involve only addition, careful reading is required as many of them contain extra numbers which are not needed to find the solution. Here is the basic outline of the package: Teacher’s Guide: Offers suggestions as to how to use the pages. Worksheet 1: School Addition Problems Worksheet 2: Picnic Addition Problems Worksheet 3: Collection Addition Problems Worksheet 4: Ranching and Farming Addition Problems Worksheet 5: Fall Addition Problems Worksheet 6: Big Number Addition Problems There is also a answer key page for each set of problems.
Christmas Word Problem Fun (Add, Subtract or Multiply)
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Christmas Word Problem Fun (Add, Subtract or Multiply)

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For a free preview of the type and quality of word problem to expect in this resource, please download the free Animal Word Problems worksheet available in my store, right here on Tes. This set includes a total of 24 fun, funny, engaging, educational and effective Christmas-themed problems. These word problems are spread over 4 worksheet pages and are designed for third or fourth grade students (although they’d probably be fine for Grade 5’s as well). Your students will require the ability to add and subtract 3 digit numbers and to perform simple single digit multiplication (6 x 4) to solve them. A variety of problem types are included on each page and unnecessary numbers are in many of the problems, so students will really have to read and think about each situation. Each worksheet page contains the following: Christmas themed story problems involving Santa, elves, reindeer or children. A mix of addition problems, subtraction and single digit multiplication problems. Cute clipart related to the problems. If you choose to purchase this product, please submit a review. Thank you, and have a wonderful Christmas!
Air Pollution - Lesson, Review Assignment, Puzzle and Project
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Air Pollution - Lesson, Review Assignment, Puzzle and Project

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This engaging, interactive, thirty-one slide PowerPoint lesson leads students through an examination of air pollution beginning with its causes and effects. The lesson concludes with examples of air pollution solutions, leading the students into an optional alternative energy internet research project (links to selected internet sites, teacher and student project guides and an evaluation rubric are all provided). A review sheet and crossword puzzle are also included to reinforce student learning and retention. Detailed Package Contents: - A 31 slide interactive lesson - A review question sheet - Air Pollution Crossword Puzzle and key - Alternative Energy Internet Research Presentation Project teacher’s guide - Alternative Energy Internet Research Presentation Project student guide - Alternative Energy Internet Research Presentation Project evaluation rubric
Super Quotation Punctuation Set
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Super Quotation Punctuation Set

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Designed to work well either with or without my Power of Quotation Marks PowerPoint lesson, this package contains quotation punctuation skill building worksheets with an engaging overall theme of the amazing, unusual and even heroic qualities and achievements of animals and people. The learning begins with a worksheet designed to introduce and develop an understanding of the purpose of quotation marks. Over the next series of worksheets the students learn how to punctuate quotations with the tag at the beginning. The following group of worksheets develops the students’ skills in the punctuation of quotations with the tag at the end. Finally, students learn how to punctuate quotations with the tag in the middle. In the final, two page assignment students are required to write dialogue with tags in each of the beginning, middle and end positions. Worksheet Outline: Worksheet 1: Introduces quotation marks and require students to add only opening and closing quotation marks to dialogue Worksheet 2: Super Humans - Students add quotation marks to quotations, with the tag at the beginning, about human achievements Worksheet 3: Amazing Animals - Students punctuate dialogue with opening tags Worksheet 4: Unusual Insects - Students punctuate dialogue with opening tags Worksheet 5: Famous Dogs - Closing tags are introduced and students are required to add tag separators to dialogue Worksheet 6: Wild World Records - Students punctuate dialogue with closing tags Worksheet 7: Selecting Super Powers - Students punctuate dialogue with closing tags Worksheet 8: Paragraphing and Quotations - Reviews paragraphing when writing dialogue. Students use a paragraphing symbol to show where new paragraphs should begin as the speaker changes in dialogue. Worksheet 9: Real Superheros - Students punctuate a conversation with closing tags Worksheet 10: Superhero Conversations - Students create and punctuate superhero interview responses Worksheet 11: Dashrath Manji - An Amazing Human: Students punctuate a conversation with tags in the middle Worksheet 12: Amazing Humans - Students punctuate more dialogue with tags in the middle Worksheet Pages 13 and 14 - Quotations and Tags Review - This two sided page reviews the rules for punctuating dialogue with the tag in the beginning, at the end or in the middle. Students create and punctuate quotations with the tag in each of the previously mentioned areas.