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Katie Crystal
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How to Build Meaningful Student-Led Discussion
Creepy crawly spiders! Heights! The dark! These are some common top fears to name a few, and if you're anything like me, heck, you're not too fond of any of those three. But do you know what the number one fear is? The one that outweighs all others? Glossop...

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The Starfish Story--Show a Teacher Some Love
As we celebrate all educators out there today for Teacher Appreciation Week, I am reminded of my favorite story that reenergizes me on one of THOSE DAYS . You know what I am talking about. The type of day where Murphy's law is just a little too on point--an...

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Teacher Appreciation Sale
That's right folks, it's teacher appreciation week! My building kicked off the morning with a scrumptious homemade pancake breakfast. Plus, surprise! Teachers get to wear jeans ALL WEEK long! It's all about the small stuff, am I right? I can't wait to throw...

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Reading Flipables
Today as I was walking down the hallway on my way back from the copy room, I heard giggles and laughter coming from a third grade classroom. Intrigued, I had to peek in and see what all the commotion was about. I peered in. Did I see indoor recess in the wo...

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Everyday Heroes: An Opinion Writing Unit
"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" Launching spider webs from your fingertips to scale a skyscraper in seconds, divi...

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Teachers are Heroes Sale!
What's your super power??? TPT tomorrow is holding a jumbo sale to celebrate teachers and their daily acts of heroism! Everything at my store will be 20% off, and if you type in the promo code HEROES, save 28%. If there is anything on your wish list, tomorr...

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My Animal Research Project
Sometimes as a teacher, it can be overwhelming to plan a research-based writing project. We know that gathering research, taking notes, and then organizing those notes in categories are skills that need to be explicitly taught to our students on top of the ...

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Vintage Jewelry DIY Magnets
Happy 2015! How did you ring in the new year? Recently, I have been spending my days doing things I love outside of teaching like reading, crafting, cooking, and spending lots of time with the fam while on my winter break from school. Which leads me to my p...

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CYBER Monday Sale!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and spent time with loved ones! We are getting our Christmas tree today and officially putting up decorations--I love this time of year! Tomorrow, December 1st, is back to school for me and Cyber Monday across the ...

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Magic Tree House Books #1-10 Study Guides MEGA Value Pack
It's official--I have read all of Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House Books #1-10 and completed the accompanying study guides! I can see why students of all ages can't put these books down! Each study guide sells for $2.50 in my TPT store, but today, I bun...
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