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Helal's TPT Store
Today’s post features a teacher from Ontario, Canada. Helal has taught third grade for three years, before taking maternity leave. Now she is staying home to spend some time with her toddler.

What Helal likes best about teaching is the impact she can make on her students. She loves seeing the students’ eyes light up when they finally get a new concept as well as building their character and being a positive memory to look back on in the future.

Helal describes her classroom as structured and organized. She finds that students really benefit from clear guidelines and communication; so, she makes sure that her schedules are up-to-date, that co-constructed criteria are displayed clearly and that students can always look at the walls to find examples and models of excellence.

In her spare time, Helal loves to write. In fact, she has written and published two children's books entitled: Nightly News with Safa and Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud. She also loves crafting; hence, the name of her Teachers Pay Teachers Store – Crafting Creatives. Her store currently contains 31 resources, most of which are reading resources, with five of them free. Her products range in subject matter from science, to math, to language, etc. to resource types (e.g. units, labels, etc.). Her overall goal with her resources is to help teachers inspire creativity in the classroom.

Free Resource
Her free item is a Bullying Poster. Its main objective is to help prevent bullying in your classroom and your school. The free file contains two versions/sizes of the same poster. One is 8.5” x 11” and the other is 17” x 22”.

Only $1.99
Her paid item is a fun cross-curricular activity that combines fractions and writing in one confidence boosting activity! First, students list four equal parts of themselves and then label them within a circle (being held by a superhero - they then design the superhero to look just like themselves)! Then, they use the story planner to tell the tale of how a villain tries to steal one of their superhero traits! This package includes a lined portion for the final story, a student re-visionary checklist and a rubric for teachers. Also included are superhero clip art images to help you decorate a bulletin board to show off student work, or create extra resources.

Helal also has a blog entitled My Everyday Classroom. If you visit her blog, you can get a free book study guide for the book she wrote called Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud. Her blog is not only professional, but it contains many interesting and relevant posts that I think you will find worth reading. Why not check it out?

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