Monday, November 30, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!



This is a HUGE thank you to all the dedicated teachers 

who encourage their students 

to reach for the stars! 




Click on the sale sign to visit my store. 

photo of Teachers Pay Teachers Sale, Ruth S. ELA, Reading, Writing, Teaching Resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

Kids' Favorites!

If you have already downloaded this, please download it again. The packet has been updated! It's FREE!

Your students will have fun filling out this sheet of their favorites.  

It's a great activity for the beginning of a new school year. 

Save them and hand the sheets back to your students at the end of the year.

You'll be surprised when they tell you their favorites have changed!

favorite activities primary education

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Below is the cover of  my newest resource. I LOVE Polar bears! Who doesn't? :)

There is an informational, two page article, about the lives of polar bears in the Arctic regions and how they survive the harsh conditions. There are questions with answers and many creative, fun polar bear activities! 

I was my state's representative on the Weekly Reader National Teacher Advisory Board, for 12 years, I worked with other state representatives to discuss and develop nonfiction science and social studies articles. My students had the opportunity to read and critique articles before they were published in the student magazine! They were very excited to be part of the process!

That's when I fell in love with nonfiction, informational text and decided to develop my 
own line of nonfiction resources. 

When you're in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, look for the first packet I created about the cheetah. It's FREE!! 

If you'd l like to be notified about when I post more, follow me on TpT! :)
Click on the cover to see more. 

How can a teacher possibly teach a historical story without providing students with background information? When I first started reading Number the Stars with my students,  I had no idea how little they knew about World War II. 
I wrote an informational article about the War and included questions with answers for the packet of activities. This 78 page packet has everything you need and more! 

Also included are maps of Europe and Denmark with questions and answers. 

To see more click on the cover and view the preview of this very popular resource. 

photo of Number the Stars, PDF, Teachers Pay, Ruth S.

Have a GREAT new school year! 


Our two dachshunds are getting ready for football season! Jeffrey already made a touchdown!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Langston Hughes "DREAMS"

This packet has been revised. If you already have it, please download it again!
Langston Hughes' poem "Dreams" seems like a simple poem, but it teaches powerful lessons about life. 
This packet can be used to Celebrate Black History Month and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday! 
It can also be used to encourage your students to "follow their dreams" as they write about and design a Dream tee shirt! 

photo of Langston Hughes "Dream", poetry, English Language Arts, Ruth S. TeachersPayTeachers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


It's that time of year again. 
TeachersPayTeachers is having a sale, today

February 25, 2015

I love the name of the sale


Just think about it. Teachers really ARE heroes 

We devote our lives to our students 
We motivate them to reach for the stars  
We inspire them to be the best they can be 
We encourage them to make a difference 
We help them when they don't understand 
We praise them and applaud their accomplishments 
We're sad, when they're sad 
We cry inside when they're hurting 
We encourage them to think creatively 
We applaud their talents 
We listen to them 
We smile and laugh with them 
We cheer when "they get it" 
We set the bar high and are consistent with our expectations 
Our profession is admirable but 
we don't often stop to think about the impact 
we have on our students 

Everything in my store is on sale for you 
who make a difference 
in students' 

Give yourself a pat on the back, every morning.

Thanks for stopping by!

photo of TeachersPayTeachers Teachers are Heroes sale, Ruth S.,
Click on the image to see my sale. 
Use the promo code HEROES at check out, to receive
another discount!

Monday, February 23, 2015

TeachersPayTeachers Site Wide Sale!

TeachersPayTeachers is having a site wide sale!

Starts February 25th!
We collaborated to share our valuable teaching resources with you.
Below, you'll see everyone who was involved in this project.

Make up your wish lists with all the awesome resources 
the Super Secondary teachers have to offer. 

Some of us, like myself, offer grades 4 -12 teaching resources. 

Don't forget to use the promo code HEROES when you check out to get more discounts! 

Click on the image below to see all of our stores! I'm listed as Ruth S. 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Snowball Antonyms

After Hurricane Sandy roared up the coast causing a path of unthinkable destruction in our area, and a short time later, a Nor'Easter blizzard blasted us with Arctic winds and dumped nine inches of snow on us, I decided to create an activity packet called "Snowball Antonyms". 

This is a hands on activity, and what's really cool is your students don't have to wear mittens or gloves to do it! All that's needed are scissors, glue sticks, the activity sheets and dictionaries. 

Download this free activity to help increase your students' 
vocabulary so they will become better readers and writers! 
Have wintry fun!


photo of Snowball Antonyms, Free PDF, Teacher Park

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thank A Million Teachers!

Happy New Year Everyone! 

A New Year's day tradition in our family is to always watch the Rose Parade. Colorful floats, marching high school bands, veterans, prancing horses, cheering crowds! It's two hours of nice relaxing, quality family time, which is rare these days because of schedules being so different.
What's next???

As the Farmers' Insurance float came around the bend, I noticed a sign that said, "Thank A Million Teachers".  The camera panned all around the float, then zoomed in on a man and woman sitting next to each other. It was actor Jack Black and his middle school drama teacher!! 

When the parade was over, I just had to do a Google search for the float and Jack Black who has always been one of my favorite actors. 

I was elated when I pulled up the following site! Farmers Insurance gave away 1 million dollars in grants to teachers in 2014 ! 

Watch the inspiring video of Jack Black and his former middle school drama teacher, Debbie Devine, by clicking on the image. Information is also given about the 2014 winners and a place where YOU can thank a teacher ! 

How often I've thought about teachers who made a real difference in my life. One, in particular, was John White, my high school English teacher, who reviewed parts of speech, grammar and writing techniques, using lyrics of popular songs and rock bands. He was one of the most memorable teachers I ever had. His soft spoken manner and fairness was a model of how I would interact with my students when I became a teacher. Dear Mr. White, thank you for making my dream come true !

And how could I ever forget my high school biology teacher, Joe Natale, who was a second year teacher at that time. His enthusiasm and great sense of humor inspired me to become a teacher, but not specifically a biology teacher. I opted for a certification that would allow me to teach all subject areas. So Dear Mr. Natale, even though I didn't get a degree in biology, you also inspired me to follow my dream !

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