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Author Valerie Marsh

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     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Puppet Tales, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language, She offers workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

2021-2022

Honorable Mention

2020-2021

2019-2020

2018-2019

2016-2017

2014-2015

Honorable Mention

2012-2013

2011-2012

Honorable Mention

2010-2011

Honorable Mention

2009-2010

Honorable Mention

 

Programs by Author Valerie Marsh

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Anansi: Spider Folktale Trickster - Participate in Anansi Stories, Create Your Own Story!

    Combine creative writing, folktales and art! Anansi is an important trickster folktale character from West Africa and the Caribbean. Participate in Anansi stories using drawing, paper-cutting or sign language storytelling. Then create your own...

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December Holidays Around the World: Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas!

     Your students will love learning and retelling stories about these winter holidays that are celebrated around the world: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, and Christmas. Discover that all these celebrations have a special story, number...

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Earth Day Everyday Action Science: Dissect a Happy Meal! Make a Trash Troll!

     Ever wonder about the trash that just one Happy Meal creates?  Dissect a real Happy Meal with us and find out!  Learn sign language for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle along with other signs to celebrate Earth Day everyday!  Discover everyday actions...

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Fall into Gravity with Isaac Newton and his Apple Tree!

How are gravity and apples related? Find out when your students use paper apples to learn about Isaac Newton's  Law of Gravity!  Students engage in interactive experiments about Gravity, Matter, Mass, Distance, Orbit and Center of Gravity...

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Folktales & Food: Enjoy These Yummy Stories, Then Write Your Own Story About Food!

  Many of the world's best loved folktales, "Stone Soup," "The Magic Porridge Pot," and "Anansi's Hot Bean Soup" are about food Combine these folktales with the creative writing methods of paper-cutting, sign language, draw and tell, or tangrams...

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Las Posadas, an Hispanic Christmas Holiday with Stories, Songs, and Signs!

    Your students will love learning and retelling the story of Las Posadas, an important holiday that is celebrated across the world. Discover the special story, foods, parades, pinatas, and traditions! Draw, sign and sing! Active learning...

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Pollinators Action Science: Butterflies & Bees Pollinate & Waggle Dance! Now You Do It!

    Combine science, literacy and sign language in this Action Science program! Your students solve a folktale riddle story about butterflies and flowers. Then they 'fly' their paper butterfly around to 'exchange pollen' with the 'flowers...

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Rabbit Adaptations Life Science: Hearing, Hopping, Hoping - That They Don't Get Eaten

   Rabbits! Explore how their adaptations help them survive! How do their special ears help them hear predators? How do their amazing feet help them escape? How do their unique teeth help them stay safe? Use sign language and participate in a...

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Rabbit Physics: Use Your 'Rabbit Ears' to do Action Science - Gravity, Incline, Pull, Push!

     Combine literature, science and sign language! Enjoy a funny folktale about a rabbit with big feet and even bigger ears. Then hop into physics fun! Use your rabbit ears to explore the science of push, pull, incline and gravity! Hands-on...

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Shamrock Physics: Enjoy A Good Luck Folktale, Do Action Science - Push, Pull, Gravity, Incline

      A  little bit of literature, sign language and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a fun folktale about shamrocks!  Next up is the science! Using their shamrock, students explore the math and physics concepts of line of...

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Snakes Action Science: Tell a Story, Learn Signs, Make a Puppet, Slither, Rattle, Molt!

    Watch your students become snakes and shed their skins! We combine literature, science and sign language! Enjoy a fiction story about "How Rattlesnake Got His Rattle" and then create Rattlesnake puppets! Explore cool science and math facts...

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Snow Much to Know: Cut and Tell A Funny Snow Story! Do Snowflake Action Science

    Science, art, storytelling! Your students create their own paper snowflake to tell a fun story with a surprise ending. Then they use it to explore the fascinating science of snow crystals and how they form!  We 'predict' that your students...

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Snowflakes Physics: Cut & Tell A Snowflake Story. Do Action Science - Push, Pull, Incline, Gravity!

     Science, sign language and literature! Enjoy a funny story about snowflakes! Create your own paper snowflake and use it to explore the concepts of push, pull, gravity and incline. Apply these concepts to real life snow situations! We...

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Spiders! Participate in A Folktale Using Sign Language! Do Action Science - Webs, Food, Body Parts

Use sign language and participate in a folktale story about spiders and their webs! Then become an arachnologist (spider scientist) and learn some fun spider facts. with Miss Liz the Science Wiz. Your students will simulate real spider behavior...

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Storytelling and Writing: Empowering Children to Write and Tell Stories

   Here are two fun and easy ways to write using art!  If your students are "reluctant writers," create excitement by using the unique writing methods of paper-cutting, and draw and tell. Students then create their own fiction, non-fiction or...

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Turkey Tales! Cut, Draw and Use Sign Language with These Turkey Folktales!

Enjoy a funny paper-cutting story about a turkey who loses all her feathers. How does the turkey get her feathers back? Create your own ending to this story! Next, draw and tell a story with a surprise ending to retell at home! Finally, use sign...

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Use Chinese Tangrams to Write Your Own Personal Narrative or Folktale!

     Creative writing, art, and ancient Chinese puzzle pieces work together. Your students enjoy both non-fiction and fiction stories using tangrams and explore student created tangram pictures. Then they create their own tangram objects to...

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Valentine Physics: Enjoy A Valentine Folktale. Do Action Science - Push, Pull, Incline and Gravity

     This program is a little bit of sign language, literature, and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a fun folktale story about Valentine's Day! Next up is physics! Students use their paper heart to explore push, pull, gravity and...

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Water Action Science: Water Takes 3 Forms, Goes in A Cycle - Now You Do It!

    We challenge your students to melt an ice cube! This program combines literature, sign language and science! Students 'become molecules' and act out water's three forms while doing the signs for solid, liquid, gas, and water!  Together we draw...

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Women Who Rescued: Hear Their Stories, Then Cut, Draw, or Use Sign Language!

       Celebrate Women's History Month by learning how Elizabeth Blackwell, Ida Lewis, Mother Teresa, Margaret Brown, Tantoo Cardinal and others rescued! Your students enjoy and then write their own heroine stories using unique writing methods of...

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Independent Provider of Content

Contact

Author Valerie Marsh   valeriemarsh@juno.com
4314 Hope Plantation Drive
Johns Island SC 29455
317 441 0158
United States

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Author Valerie Marsh cover:

Fine Arts
International
Language Arts/English
Literacy
Performing Arts
Problem Based Learning
Problem Solving
Professional Development
Reading
Religion
Sciences
Social and Emotional Learning( SEL)
Social Studies/History
STEM
Writing
Storytelling

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

   "My students had an opportunity to use their creativity to express themselves, which is something we have not focused on this year since we
are driven by standards and the gaps left from the pandemic." Erin, third grade teacher, New
York"  
   "Valerie provided a strategy to help students come up with different ideas for their writing. It was fun and helpful, the students were very engaged!" Lise, Media Specialist, British Columbia.;   
   "My students were all showing their parents the sign language for the story at parent pick up!" ; Here is what one expert writes: "Sign language improves vocabulary, spelling proficiency, self-esteem and a child's confidence in expressing emotion.," from Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy by Marilyn Daniels, Ph. D.
     "My students had an opportunity to use their creativity to express themselves, which is something we have not focused on this year since we are driven by standards and the gaps left from the pandemic." Erin, New York
      "I loved the way the presenters used fiction and non-fiction together. This has inspired me to do more interactive stories with the students. One first grade standard is to be able to retell a story and recall key details from the story. These interactive stories are perfect for students to practice this skill." Monica, at Ridge Crest Elementary
      "We loved that all of the skills incorporated into the program were developmentally appropriate for our preschoolers and Kindergarten classes." Keisha, Shoreline Schools, Portland, OR.
         "Valerie and Liz did an excellent job communicating prior to the program. This was a great science topic that was educational and fun! My students were engaged and thinking about it the rest of the day," Lisa, Birchwood Elementary, WI.
       "This lesson was top-notch. The kids enjoyed it and were actively engaged throughout the lesson." MaryAnne, Seattle, WA
       "She walked the students through things to do when they get stuck while writing and also taught the essential elements of storytelling which was good information for us as well." Anna, Sandy Searles Miller Academy.
     "Ms. Marsh does a great job with teachers and students. She shared several great ideas for using video conference as a collaborative tool." Kathy P, at Tagnipahoa CM Fagan Schools, LA
     "Valerie showed me how to dovetail writing lessons into the fun of storytelling. My students love creating their own paper-cutting stories and then writing them down. And I get my writing standards covered!" Susan P., Cassopolis, MI
     "The tangrams were just what my students needed to get them thinking creatively about their writing." Bryan B, 6th grade language arts teacher, Auburn, IN
     "I appreciated the 'actual' activities used and will definitely use them again. In fact, many of my kids are going to extend Valerie's activities as part of our Writer's Workshop." Beth L, fifth grade teacher, Carmel, IN.
     "I would recommend this program because it encourages children to write, draw, and otherwise communicate their creativity . Storytelling and writing is something teachers should always find time to do." Dave W, fourth grade teacher, Indianapolis, IN
    "The presenter uses tangrams to spark students' ideas for writing and retelling of stories. It's something new to my students and therefore held their attention. It's also great for those students who are creative and love art. It gives them the chance to create their own artwork connected to what we are studying in class. The presenter also gave other ideas for how to use the tangrams across the curriculum." Jennifer, fourth grade teacher, Wayne-Westland Schools, MI
    "Students were given the time to be creative and share their creations with the presenter. It deepened their connection to the character study unit we had been working on." Jenny, fourth grade teacher, Ann Arbor, MI