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Beasties in the Backyard (ESL Reading Comprehension Grade 3-5)

This is a multi-day class for learners in the upper elementary comprehension reading (fiction and nonfiction) skills, as they read about an animal and dentify and practice their reading comprehension strategies.
Michelle Dragalin, Me.D, E.dS Certified Educator!
24 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

The aim of the camp is to encourage and enable campers to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world, as well as acquire knowledge and conceptual understanding.  The purpose of the reading is to learn the practical application, obtain an overview of the subject, locate specific information, identify the central idea, or theme, and develop a detailed and critical understanding of the material by:
-- asking and answering questions about the five W’s — who, what, when, where, and why — to show both understanding and an ability to find answers in a book’s text or illustrations.
--Identifying the main topic and then naming key details and explaining how those details support the main idea.
--Explaining how specific images — like a diagram of the parts of a flower — contribute information to what they’re reading.
--Describe how a text delivers information in a logical order, such as presenting the problem and then listing the causes or presenting a series of steps in order.

I am a licensed elementary school teacher in the state of Texas. I have a Masters in Curriculum and Ed.S in Educational Technology. I have lived and worked as a teacher in Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota, and Colorado.  In each state, I was a licensed/certified elementary/middle school teacher. In addition to working with the elementary and middle school teacher, I have worked for several years as a special education teacher and online ESL and private teacher. In the public schools, I specialized as a teacher by working with students who had severe physical, mental, and cognitive issues. Also, I worked with students who had severe Autism and who were also diagnosed with High Functional Asperger’s.  Currently, I work online as an English Language teacher, writer, and teacher trainer. My two favorite historical figures are Abraham Lincoln and Malcolm X because each person never allowed failure to stop them from their eventual success as a person.  My passion is to work with students in small groups and individuals who require scaffolding instruction to be successful. In addition, I love to teach a variety of courses and have a variety of interests that I want to share with my students.  I love to teach project-based courses that incorporate reading, writing, math, and technology skills in relation to history and cultural awareness.  
I love learning! I am in graduate school and attend many workshops.  I have completed my Educational Specialist degree in Educational technology, my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, Bachelor of Arts in Specials Education and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  I also have an Associate degree in Early Childhood and a TESOL in English as a Second Language.  I attend many workshops and have received my certifications as a Language teacher (Phonics, English as a Second Language, Language-based Disabilities).
In addition to working for Outschool, I have a business “Michelle’s Innovations” and provide services as an
•	an ESL teacher and am contracted with several Asian companies as either a small group or one on one teacher 
•	 training for other teachers via webinars and in-person workshops.  
•	adjunct professor for an online community college, Aimslee Institute
•	The Dragon’s Liar, a Teacher Pay Teacher’s online education store
•	Customized lessons/tutoring for students who are homeschooled,   
•	Professional Learning for education professionals and proofreader for writers
As a public-school teacher, I received training in multi subjects, science, writing, reading, math, and geography.  As a result, I also taught children from PreK- 8th grade in the above subjects.  My certifications have included these areas, as well as a resource, teach, and ESL.  My favorite subjects have always been science, reading, writing, and geography, so I have been fortunate in that I have been able to teach these subjects to students who are extremely interested in these areas.

My husband is a retired Navy person and we have lived in many different parts of the United States of America. In addition, my own family has lived in Europe where my Dad worked as a teacher.  I love to share and believe that we are a global community that needs to live together.


There will be no homework.
Scissors, Large pieces of paper, Crayons, and Different colored beads. Glue Please download pictures prior to class. Different pictures of the animals (I will send the pictures prior to class)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Participation mainly; informal assessment
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The age requirements are not strict but your child should read at least first-grade level, but please keep in mind that the class is designed for third graders. 
I am using videos that are my own, YouTube, which is also part of my subscription Learn and Smile, Learning Junctions, and Net Geo kids which are YouTube Videos.  They (all video, text powerpoints, and any additional materials) will be screen shared with the students.
We will use scissors, glue, and paper, for each craft.
I will post any additional videos in the announcements, prior to class, but they will all be for a primary audience. (G-rates) In addition, I will use (sometimes) videos I create myself.  The video, powerpoints and all materials will be screen shared with the students during class. 
In addition, I will provide worksheets and coloring sheets that I will create.   All the materials will be related to the session.
Source materials for the lessons will include the national geographic kid's website; Science News; and LIveScience 


Michelle Dragalin, Me.D, E.dS Certified Educator!
Lives in the United States
Love to Learn! Love to teach!
24 total reviews
47 completed classes

About Me

"Teaching is a process of learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where you learn and develop new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies."
"Teaching comes from the heart!"

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