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During my teaching career, I taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade and then had the opportunity to coach teachers for four years. Teaching and learning is what I love – whether it’s coaching a teacher or helping a student. I still love to see those “lightbulb moments” when a student truly gets it! My hope is that my content and resources will help you experience those magical moments with your students too!

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Engaging & rigorous resources that you and your students will love!

Character Traits Close Reading Pack

Your 3rd graders will love reading Jared’s Giant and how his character traits, motivations, and feelings contribute to the sequence of events in this story! Includes text-dependent questions, graphic organizers, anchor charts, and a vocabulary activity!

Growth Mindset Activity Bundle Pack – Print & Digital

This engaging way to teach your students about Growth Mindset is perfect for anytime during the school year. Examples of growth mindset in these 10 biographies will inspire your students!

2 & 3 Digit Subtraction Error Analysis

Using error analysis to help students master new and difficult math concepts is my favorite activity! They love the challenge of finding the errors and I love how this resource requires them to explain their thinking in writing!
Regions of the United States Digital

I utilized it for Social Studies, so broke it into sections and used it across multiple weeks. The time saved on prep work and research was extremely helpful, and having it set up as Slides made the partitioning very simple. - Jessica T.
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2021-02-18T23:46:32+00:00
Regions of the United States Digital I utilized it for Social Studies, so broke it into sections and used it across multiple weeks. The time saved on prep work and research was extremely helpful, and having it set up as Slides made the partitioning very simple. - Jessica T.
Place Value Task Cards Error Analysis

This is a unique way to evaluate learning. I feel like it challenges the students and allows me, as their teacher, a clearer picture of whether or not they grasp a skill. Very well done! -Ashley A
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2021-02-25T17:53:21+00:00
Place Value Task Cards Error Analysis This is a unique way to evaluate learning. I feel like it challenges the students and allows me, as their teacher, a clearer picture of whether or not they grasp a skill. Very well done! -Ashley A
Character Traits Close Reading for 3rd Grade

I was looking for something to help my third graders with this standard, and this resource did the trick! I love it uses the same language as the standard! -Kellie T
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2021-02-25T17:55:03+00:00
Character Traits Close Reading for 3rd Grade I was looking for something to help my third graders with this standard, and this resource did the trick! I love it uses the same language as the standard! -Kellie T
2 & 3 Digit Subtraction Task Cards Error Analysis

I used this resource to teach my students the importance of checking over their work. What can be a boring skill to learn, turned into a super fun/exciting activity for my students! I told the students that these cards were "my work" and that they were now the teachers grading me. They loved it and even asked to do this again! -Autumn F.
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2021-02-25T17:55:39+00:00
2 & 3 Digit Subtraction Task Cards Error Analysis I used this resource to teach my students the importance of checking over their work. What can be a boring skill to learn, turned into a super fun/exciting activity for my students! I told the students that these cards were "my work" and that they were now the teachers grading me. They loved it and even asked to do this again! -Autumn F.
Growth Mindset Activity Bundle Pack

I used this resource with both in-person and distance learners. Growth Mindset is a huge concept that we talk about at the beginning of the year and continue to weave in throughout the rest of the year. This resource helped provide more structure, activities, & ideas on how to do that. -Sara M.
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2021-02-25T17:56:11+00:00
Growth Mindset Activity Bundle Pack I used this resource with both in-person and distance learners. Growth Mindset is a huge concept that we talk about at the beginning of the year and continue to weave in throughout the rest of the year. This resource helped provide more structure, activities, & ideas on how to do that. -Sara M.
Wonders 3rd Grade Units 1-6 Year Long Bundle

I love these resources for the Wonders curriculum. Who wants to recreate the wheel in these stressful times? This has saved me so much time. I use the digital resources, but they are also able to be printed. I especially love that there are resources that go along with the shared read and the anthology story. The resource reinforces vocabulary, comprehension and the skill or strategy. -Tracy F.
Teaching in the Heart of Florida
2021-02-25T17:56:53+00:00
Wonders 3rd Grade Units 1-6 Year Long Bundle I love these resources for the Wonders curriculum. Who wants to recreate the wheel in these stressful times? This has saved me so much time. I use the digital resources, but they are also able to be printed. I especially love that there are resources that go along with the shared read and the anthology story. The resource reinforces vocabulary, comprehension and the skill or strategy. -Tracy F.
Math Anchor Charts – Printable and Digital

I use these all the time! I love the layout of them and my students find them easy to follow/understand. -Shannon S.
Teaching in the Heart of Florida
2021-02-25T17:57:22+00:00
Math Anchor Charts – Printable and Digital I use these all the time! I love the layout of them and my students find them easy to follow/understand. -Shannon S.
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