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A Go Figure Debut for a Teacher from Idaho Who Is New

This is Karissa's 8th year of teaching. She has a Reading Specialist certification as well as a Master's Degree in teaching. Her experience in the classroom ranges from 1st-4th grade while recently teaching 1st-3rd grade reading at a STEM school!

Karissa describes her classroom as a fun, slightly silly, very engaging place. Her students know they are loved and are given a lot of responsibility since she believes they work best as a team.

What literally makes her day is seeing her students get excited about learning something new. She especially likes read aloud time! Seeing the kids enter new worlds and experience new things as they read makes her so happy and content. Furthermore, she likes it when her students go home excited to tell their parents about all they have learned at school.

In her free time, Karissa loves reading and taking photos, especially travel photography. She enjoys traveling the world and has already seen seven countries. In addition, she likes doing pottery, although she struggles to actually create something bigger than a bowl.

Karissa has 275 products in her store, Talented in Third; 38 of those are free. Her content is across the subjects, with a focus on Third Grade Content and ELA products for K-3. Her focus is on tasks that are engaging, while making sure everything is standards based. Many of her products center on things like novel studies, performance tasks, Math Spiral Review and BOOM Cards.

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Her featured FREE item is entitled Cute Cupcake Corner. These Math Performance Task sample questions are taken from her full Cupcake Multiplication Performance Task based on SBAC performance tasks and focuses on multiplication, division, time, subtraction and more. It has a cupcake theme in which students are asked to run a bakery. It is a fun way to have students think critically about the skills they have learned.

Karissa's paid item is a bundle called 
Year Long Performance Task Bundle
. It includes eight different math performance tasks that focus on the third grade math skills of:
      • Fractions
      • Time
      • Shapes
      • Addition
      • Subtraction
      • Area
      • Multiplication
      • Division
      • Measurement
      • Line Plots
      • Bar Graphs
      • Rounding
Karissa also has a blog that has the same name as her Teachers Pay Teachers store. Her latest blog post is entitled Book Report Ideas and Alternatives. She talks about Lap Books and Flip Books and even provides a video to show you exactly how to make them. I especially like her introduction to Book Creator which is a new way to publish student writing. You can create up to 40 books free with a teacher account, and it’s SO easy to set up! Why not take some time to check it out?

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