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    This fun ELA bundle is designed to raise the spirits of your Middle School class and build a happy, collaborative classroom community. Whether on-line or in the classroom, a class that laughs together will learn together more effectively.
    80 fun, educational ELA games and activities are crammed into the vibrant pages of this Middle School resource. Your Classroom Community will be enriched and class spirit will thrive! There are games for individuals, team games, mini writing activities, silly speeches and riddles to solve. The preview provides peeks into most of the sections.

    All games have an answer key! Many involve speed; the first person, duo or team to finish is the winner. Here are just a sampling of some of the 80 games.

    Non-rude parts of the body that have three letters.

    Words of 4 letters out of the word ‘holiday’

    Names of countries that can be made into other words



    Vowel-less words

    9 words that can be made from Washington

    The longest list of 11 letter words that begin with ‘e’.

    The longest list of sports

    Book titles and matching humorous author names

    The longest word

    Memory test

    Anagrams of jobs and professions

    10 alternatives to ‘big’

    25 alternatives to ‘said’

    Top 10 lists, such as biggest countries in the world, the fastest animal in the world, most popular food and drinks, etc.

    The Mystery of the Stolen Laptop (Readers' Theater)
    This Middle School Readers’ Theater brainteaser mystery script will give students practice in reading, comprehension and writing, while having lots of fun. The Mystery of the Stolen Laptop readers’ theater script will entertain your students and require them to perform inference tasks to solve clues. The script is intended for 8 readers but the number of readers can be contracted or expanded depending on how many groups you wish to have. This funny and engaging story is about the theft of a laptop at school and the detective work two characters use to track it down. The main characters range in age from 10-14.

    To track down the missing laptop students will unscramble anagrams. They will also work out clues using a numbers-to-alphabet code. After finishing, students have to discuss and write on six questions, complete a journal entry, and design a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ style drawing for a fellow student. Question sheets and answers are included.

    Brain teaser Mini-Mysteries

    Mini-mystery stories are entertaining brain teasers that practice inferential skills. This fun package has been especially formatted for distance learning. There are 15 brain teaser mini-mysteries in this resource, but for maximum flexibility they have been split into two packages of mysteries and two packages of answers. As the solutions are separate from the stories, you can hand out the initial paper packages confidently, without fearing students will sneak a look at the answers! Alternatively, you can post the stories on a password protected school homework website and then post the answers a few days later. In addition to the brainteaser mysteries there are writing exercises - students have to write mysteries of two different types - and two puzzle tasks.

    These stories have been deliberately written as high-interest, fun reading experiences. A few stories are ‘one offs,’ but some characters, like Mr and Mrs Orange and their twins, Pip and Peel, appear in more than one tale. The stories here are the same as in Mini Mysteries grades 5-8 which is formatted for whole classes to enjoy on a classroom screen together. It does not include the enrichment detective activities (jokes and scrambled words) that this resource contains.

    Included in the resource:

    15 vividly illustrated mini-mysteries split into two packages.

    two packages of answers

    An optional tips page, explaining the most common mystery/ riddle clue types.

    Optional working pages, so students can write down their guesses, and keep a tally of how many mysteries they got right.

    A mini-mystery writing advice sheet, to guide students in writing their own.

    A simple teacher rubric to mark the students’ own mini-mysteries.
    A mix and match detective jokes puzzle page and answers.
    A scrambled words page and answers.

    Letters of Appreciation

    This assignment will help your middle school home students to reach out not only to members of their classroom community, but also to teachers and family members that they can't meet in person. Email the PDF, send it home in a homework packet, or put it on Google Classroom and have your students answer through the TpT Digital Activities tool. For the time allotted to six classes, students will write three letters to earn both gratitude and marks. They will send three letters of appreciation by email or mail: one to a classmate, one to a teacher, and one to a family member, or friend.

    In order to impress both the recipients and their marker, students have to write using the techniques outlined. These techniques are described in detail, and examples are provided. A teacher rubric is included.

    In the letter to a fellow class member (assigned by the teacher to ensure each student receives one) writers will concentrate on using vivid words and specific details.

    In the letter to a teacher of their choice, writers will use the four main types of writing:

    expository, descriptive, persuasive and narrative. Each of the styles is clearly explained and examples are provided.

    In the letter to a family member or friend, writers will create poems and sentences using poetic devices. All of the devices are explained, with examples.

    Happiness Activities
    These fun activities are designed to raise students’ spirits! All of the activities, from jokes, to riddles, to writing on happy events past, present and future, will put a smile on students’ faces. They will write a dice roll story that ends happily, pen a limerick, and send a greeting card to someone special. All of the vocabulary activities - the word search, the word cloud, the word scramble - focus on feel-good words. This no-prep package is designed to be completed without adult assistance and so is ideal not only for the classroom, but also for homework, early finishers, and sub plans. Answers are supplied for the jokes mix and match pages (questions are separated from the jokes' punchlines), the word search and the word scramble. A simple rubric is supplied should you wish to use this resource for marks. This Happiness Activities packet has been especially formatted to make it easy for distance learning. The answers are in a separate document in the zip file. This means that you can post the activities resource to a password protected homework site, such as Google Classroom, and then post the answers several days later, so that students can check their answers themselves.

    Table of contents

    Jokes (mix and match) #1



    Greetings card

    Dice roll story

    Word search

    Past happiness

    Present happiness

    Future happiness

    Word cloud

    What happiness looks like

    Word scramble

    Jokes #2

    More Brilliantly Lit fun can be found in
    Brain teaser mystery fun inferential skills practice

    Any Book Hogwarts Sorting Hat

    For writing and sketching fun, take a peek at

    Setting Activities for ANY Book

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    Total Pages
    175 pages
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    Teaching Duration
    1 month
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