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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 puppets made from food, 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 concepts presented in our video conference programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science facts!

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!

    Creative writing, folktales and art together! Anansi is an important trickster folktale character from West Africa and the Caribbean. Students participate in Anansi stories using tangrams, drawing, paper-cutting or sign language storytelling...

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Art and Creative Writing Methods for Science, Social Studies, Literature

         Are your students reluctant writers when it comes to non-fiction topics? Use these unique, yet easy and fun writing and art methods of cutting paper objects, draw and folding, or creating tangram objects to get them writing!  Your...

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Butterfly Action Science: Cut Out A Butterfly, Then Do Gravity, Incline, Push/Pull!

    A little bit of art, math, a short folktale and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a riddle story about flowers and butterflies! Then, students retell this story and cut out their own paper flower, which turns into a butterfly...

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

     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, food...

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Earth Day Action Science: Learn How Long Litter Lives, then 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! Discover how long common items take to decompose. Learn the signs for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and put them in a song. Create a ...

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

     Some of the world's best loved folktales, "Stone Soup," "The Gingerbread Man," "Goldilocks", "The Magic Porridge Pot," and "Anansi's Hot Bean Soup" are about food!  Combine these folktales with the creative writing methods of sign language...

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Gravity Action Science: Sir Isaac Newton and the Apple Tree!

     How are gravity and school bullies related? Find out when we use tangrams and paper apples to learn about Isaac Newton's childhood, his interest in science, and how he dealt with a school bully. Students engage in interactive experiments...

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Hearts Action Science: Cut Out A Valentine Story, Then Apply It to Push/Pull, Incline and Gravity!

     This program is a little bit of art, math, storytelling, and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a folktale story about Valentine's Day! Then, students retell this story and create their own paper heart. Next up is physics! Students...

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Las Posadas, an Hispanic Mexican Christmas Tradition with Sign Language and Stories!

     Your students will love learning and retelling the stories of Las Posadas, the important Mexican holiday that is celebrated in the United States, Mexico, Latin American, Cuba, and other Hispanic countries!  What makes this holiday so...

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

     Combine art, storytelling and math for this Action Science program! Students solve a folktale story about butterflies and flowers. Then they' fly' their paper butterfly around to 'exchange pollen' with the 'flowers'. Learn how to do a...

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Shamrock Action Science: Cut & Tell a Good Luck Story, Then Apply It to Push/Pull, Gravity, Incline

      A  little bit of art, math, storytelling and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a fiction story about shamrocks! Then, students retell this story and use their art skills to cut out their own paper shamrock. Next up is the...

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Snakes Action Science: Snakes Rattle! Snakes Molt! Now You Try It!

    This program combines art, math, storytelling and science! Your students enjoy a fiction story "How Rattlesnake Got His Rattle". With an envelope, and a handful of paper clips, your students use their art skills to create their own Rattlesnake...

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Snowflakes Action Science: Cut & Tell A Snowflake Story, Apply It to Push/Pull, Incline, Gravity!

     Art, storytelling and science! First, Valerie shares a fun story about snowflakes ! Then, students retell the story with Valerie and use their art skills to create their own symmetrical paper snowflake. Next up is science! Using their...

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Spiders Action Science: Cut out Trickster Anansi. Then Do Push, Pull, Gravity, Incline!

     A little bit of art, a short trickster folktale and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a folktale trickster story about Anansi the Spider. Then students use their art skills to create Anansi's hat  as they retell the story along...

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Storytelling and Writing: Empowering Children to Write and Tell Stories

    If your students are "reluctant writers," build excitement to write by using the unique writing methods of paper-cutting, drawing or tangrams! Students write their own stories or Personal Narrative using these fun and easy techniques.

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Turkey Action Science: Cut Out A Turkey Story! Act Out Push, Pull, Gravity, Incline!

      A little bit of art, math, literature and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a funny story about a turkey who looses his feathers. Then, students use their art skills for their turkey as they retell the story along with Valerie...

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Turkey Stories! Cut, Draw and Use Sign Language with These Turkey Stories!

    Your students will love listening and retelling funny turkey stories with author Valerie Marsh.! They will enjoy stories using the easy methods of paper-cutting, draw and fold, and sign language. Then your students use their art and math...

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

    Creative writing, literacy, art, and math work together in this program.. Learn about the history of Tangrams! Then write a personal narrative or your own fiction or nonfiction story using these ancient Chinese geometry puzzle pieces. Students...

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

    A little bit of art, math, a short story, and a whole lot of science! Students use their art skills to draw and retell our "No Water" story. Students 'become molecules' and act out water's three forms, We explore ways to conserve water and...

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Women Who Rescued: Learn Their Stories, Then Cut, Draw, Sign or Use Tangrams to Write Your Own Story

       Celebrate Women's History by learning what Elizabeth Blackwell, Princess Diana, Ida Lewis, and Mother Teresa all had in common!  These women were ordinary individuals but they each had an extraordinary desire to help others. Your students...

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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:

Problem Based Learning
Program Development
International
Religion
Social Studies/History
Fine Arts
Language Arts/English
Performing Arts
Sciences
Special Education
Character Education
Literacy
Writing
Reading
Problem Solving
Title I
Gifted & Talented
Special Needs
Curriculum
Storytelling

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

     "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.   
      "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, 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." Monica, 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 Prine, 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, MI