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Fish Vocabulary Resources from The Curriculum Corner FREEThis is the fourth set in our series of weekly thematic vocabulary word sets to coincide with science or social studies units of study.   Each set includes materials that can be used to help your students practice and review the words.

Set 4 focuses on fish and includes the following words:  fish, anal fin, caudal fin, cold-blooded, dorsal fin, egg, fins, gills, lateral line, pectoral fin, pelvic fin, scales, school, shark, vertebrate

Large vocab cards  Use these to display words at the front of the classroom or on the door as students enter the classroom.  These are full page cards with one word.

Vocabulary & Definition Matching Cards  Use these to display the words and definitions in the classroom, or print and laminate for students to match during a center or as group work.

Definition Page  This page includes all vocabulary words along with their definitions.  Designed to be added to a vocabulary notebook if needed.

Vocabulary Fill-In  This is a simple sentence fill-in and one way for students to show their comprehension of the vocabulary words.

The following are resources that will stay the same each week:

Vocabulary Word Map  Designed to help students develop a deep understanding of each word.  Students are asked to record the definition, synonyms, a picture and to form their own sentence.

Vocabulary Assessment  Write each word in the box.  Students need to explain the meaning of each word.

Vocabulary Clouds  Designed to be used as a more open-ended assessment.  Write one word on each cloud.  Students should then be instructed to share all they know about the word around and in the cloud.

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Article Review: The Best States to Teach in America

by Jill & Cathy on April 23, 2015

The Best States to Teach in America review by The Curriculum CornerThis is a post sponsored by Southeastern University.  All opinions are our own.

For most teachers, the question isn’t whether or not to teach, but it may likely be WHERE to teach.  Most of us go into education because we feel passionate about children and student learning, but we also have to consider our family, lifestyle and choices.  If where you will teach is, in fact, a choice…then looking at states that provide some better options with regards to salary and cost-of-living can be helpful.

Many of our followers are students who will soon be looking for employment, while others might be getting ready to relocate for a number of reasons.  If you are either of those, you might be interested in an article recently published by Southeastern University in Florida - The Best States to Teach in America.  And even if you aren’t currently entertaining the prospect of a move you might find the information presented in this article informative, if not truly enlightening.  We certainly did.

The article focuses on teacher salaries, tenure protections, cost-of-living and more as it evaluates which states might be worth a look when searching for job opportunities in the field of education.  One of our favorite features of this article is an infographic of the United States where you can hover over each state to see information corresponding to salary, tenure and cost-of-living.  For example here is Indiana (our home state):

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Some other highlights from the article include these:

  • Pennsylvania and Wyoming lead the nation as two of the top states to teach in America.
  • Other states that offer a strong value for teachers include Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan and Ohio. (Cathy and I KNEW we were in Indiana for a good reason, because it sure isn’t the weather!)
  • When looking for a job, if a specific region of the United States appeals to you or your lifestyle, there are comparisons within those regions that may help you to narrow your choice.  You will find some of these comparisons in the article.

And if you’re hoping to move to a state where the weather is a little more appealing year-round, Florida (home of Southeastern University where this article was published) is also very promising for teachers.  In addition to offering competitive salaries in most counties, it rates in the middle of the country for cost-of-living factors and in 2014 was ranked 7th in the nation (by Education Week) for academic achievement and commitment to improving educational practices and policies.

Finally, the article emphasizes two important factors that influence earning potential – advancing your education and adding specializations to your degree.  SEU offers quite a few online education degrees that cover some of the specializations that are currently in demand in the United States and is certainly something to consider in helping to improve salary and mobility prospects.  Take a look below at what they currently offer online and check them out HERE.

  • M.Ed. in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education
  • M.Ed. in Reading Education
  • M.Ed. in TESOL
  • Doctor of Education

Of course we all know that you can’t put a fair price on what we truly do for a living.  It’s so much more than just imparting wisdom and knowledge.  It is an incredibly important and all-encompassing kind of a job.  We are helping to shape tomorrow’s citizens, workers, contributors and leaders.  Most of us do what we do because we love it and believe it is a noble and worthwhile calling, not because of the money.  But it certainly never hurts to weigh options because the truth of the matter is we have to be able to live comfortably, take care of ourselves and our families and attempt to enjoy life.

Take a look at the article to see where your state or region ranks when looking at all of the factors involved in earning a living as a teacher.  It’s so very interesting…and might just make you consider a move in the future!

Here is another direct link to the article: The Best States to Teach in America

 

 

 

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Using Family Game Nights as a Homework Alternative

April 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are ours alone. #GameNightIn #CollectiveBias This time of year comes with lots of standardized tests, district-wide assessments and kids who are antsy and ready for a summer break.  We think this gives us as teachers the perfect opportunity to turn homework into […]

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Weekly Themed Vocabulary Words & Activities – Set 3 (Reptiles)

April 16, 2015

This is the third set in our series of weekly thematic vocabulary word sets to coincide with science or social studies units of study.   Each set includes materials that can be used to help your students practice and review the words. Set 3 focuses on reptiles and includes the following words:  reptile, turtle, tortoise, terrapin, […]

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Beach-Themed Write, Read & Draw

April 15, 2015

This set of Write, Read, Draw pages is designed with a beach theme because I was actually being a bum on the beach last week while Cathy worked!  I had to do something to redeem myself, but use the inspiration I got while being lazy! Students cut out and read the words at the bottom […]

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Math Videos by Common Core 4 Kids (get a free subscription!)

April 15, 2015

This is a post sponsored by Common Core 4 Kids.  All opinions are our own.   How often do you spend time searching for the perfect video to accompany your math lesson?  We love adding a video option to our lessons – we think it can often be helpful for students to have new information […]

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Newspapers Part 3: Writing Captions

April 14, 2015

This is the third in a series of posts in helping your students become journalists in your classroom.  This post focuses on having students add captions to their pictures. What are Captions?  Before you begin having students write their own captions, we think that it is a good idea to have students bring in newspaper pictures […]

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Beach-Themed Fluency Sentences

April 13, 2015

So while Cathy was working hard last week to get you all some new resources, I was literally being a bum…a beach bum.  My family and I went to Florida for spring break and enjoyed the sand, the sun and the surf!  So I have been inspired to create some beach-themed fluency sentence resources!  (And […]

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Newspapers Part 2: Conducting Interviews

April 8, 2015

This is the second in a series of posts in helping your students become journalists in your classroom.  Our first post can be found here:  Introduction to Newspapers.  The focus of this post is on conducting interviews.  A part of creating a newspaper is interviewing experts to help in the writing of articles.  The resources […]

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Coin ID Sorting Cards

April 6, 2015

These coin identification cards are ideal for your children learning to identify coins.  Students can match like amounts along with the pictures of the coins. Coin ID Cards Thanks to Zip-A-Dee-Do0-Dah Designs & Poppydreamz Digital Art for the clip art! To save you some time on your search… CCSS does not include standards for coin […]

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Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Show Inspiration: For Home AND Your Classroom!

April 4, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are ours alone.  #CollectiveBias #KidsChoiceDrink Not gonna lie.  Nickelodeon is on quite a bit in our two houses these days. With four boys ranging in age from eight to twelve it’s safe to say we are very familiar with LOTS of […]

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Mentoring Minds: Critical Thinking Resources for Educators

April 2, 2015

This post is sponsored by Mentoring Minds.  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Recently we were introduced to the educational resource company Mentoring Minds.  The company has math and reading materials available for addressing Common Core State Standards.  However, our favorite resource is their Critical Thinking Wheel.  Check it out here: https://www.mentoringminds.com/products/categories/critical-thinking/critical-thinking-wheel.html.  Check it […]

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Newspapers: Part 1 Exploring the Paper

April 1, 2015

This is the first in a series of posts on creating newspapers in the classroom.  The purpose of the following materials is to help children explore and become familiar with the paper.  You will need to have multiple papers available in the classroom for students to use during this immersion process. Scavenger Hunt  This scavenger […]

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Weekly Themed Vocabulary Words & Activities – Set 2 (Newspapers)

March 31, 2015

This is the second set in our series of weekly thematic vocabulary word sets to coincide with science or social studies units of study.   Each set includes materials that can be used to help your students practice and review the words. Set 2 focuses on newspapers and includes the following words:  newspaper, headline, photo, caption, […]

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SNICKERS® for Teachers: Top Ten Reasons Teachers Know It’s Time for Summer Break

March 31, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are ours alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias It’s that time of year, right?  Spring break will help, but this stretch to the end of the year can be a tough one. Kids with spring fever, standardized testing, determining if student and professional goals […]

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