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By Brain Waves Instruction
Are you looking for a fun way to help students learn about critical nonfiction text features? Well, these posters are designed to do just that! In this resource you’ll find 12 nonfiction text features posters that can be displayed in your
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Add a little fun to your spelling instruction with these five games that will help students learn and practice their spelling words. Each game includes an overview, a list of materials needed, and detailed instructions for playing the game. Your
Subjects:
Spelling
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Writing Limericks --- Free St. Patrick's Day ActivityA teacher like you is so clever.Why make poems a rough endeavor?Just go to TpT.Get this lesson for free.You're the smartest teacher ever!Perfect in celebration of St. Patrick's Day or as a poetry
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry, St. Patrick's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
W.4.10, W.5.10, W.6.10, W.7.10, W.8.10
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Central to the Common Core State Standards is the need for students to analyze and interpret text. This Quote Analysis Guide helps students do just that. With this guide, students will learn how to enhance their analysis with introductory tags
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RI.4.1...
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
End of Year Freebie Personal Journey Reflection Your students will love this fun, interactive, and reflective End of the Year activity! It's perfect for the last day of school or during the days leading up to the end of the school year.Foster
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
59 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, a lesson ends a little bit early leaving the opportunity for unstructured classroom chaos. That’s where these 12 Lesson Extender activity cards come in handy. Each game and activity is fast, simple,
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Back to School, Mental Math
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Book talks are a wonderful way for students to demonstrate their understanding of books they read while practicing their writing and speaking skills. The resources in this product are designed to help students create the most engaging and
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Your students will love this fun and engaging Halloween writing activity that will have them rolling story element dice (setting, character, obstacle, and a story starter) to create a random set of story components. Once students have their story
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
W.4.10, W.5.10, W.6.10, W.7.10, W.8.10
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for a fun and educational way to celebrate Halloween in your classroom? Then, you’ll love the activities in this resource that give your students a trick AND treat.In this resource you’ll find a “Halloween Fun” activity. This one is the
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading, Halloween
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
217 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
End of Year Activity - Reflection and InfographicAs the calendar year draws to a close, engage your students with this fun and creative Personal Reflection and Infographic Activity. First, students will complete a personal reflection about their
Subjects:
Writing, Winter, End of Year
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in your classroom with this fun creative writing activity. First, students will learn about the key components of rebus messages. Then, they’ll brainstorm letters, pictures, and symbols to represent words and phrases.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Valentine's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you're looking for a fast, fun, and FUNCTIONAL valentine idea to hand out to your students this Valentine's Day, then you'll LOVE adding these valentine tags to school supplies. Each tag has a classroom supply theme that you can easily add to a
Subjects:
Valentine's Day, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for an interactive and engaging Close Reading Unit? Then, check out this resource --- Close Reading Unit. It’s filled with 3 complex texts, 9 close reading activities, and fun, interactive resources. Check it out HERE. AND...be sure to
Subjects:
Reading, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
One of my favorite ways to celebrate spring and poetry is to combine the two. It's super easy to do...especially with this kid-tested, teacher-approved Spring Poetry Writing Lesson and Craftivity! In this lesson students will review different
Subjects:
Writing, Poetry, Spring
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.1, L.5.2, L.6.3, L.7.6, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.10
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This resource is all about setting up a classroom and students for success in any situation. I don’t know about you, but there have been many times when one of my well-meaning lessons went completely off the rails. Whether it’s a fire drill in the
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
42 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this FREE Halloween Lesson students will analyze the Halloween-themed poem “Mr. Macklin’s Jack O’Lantern” by David McCord. Then, they’ll record their understanding and analysis of the poem in an interactive flip book. The lesson encourages
Subjects:
Poetry, Halloween, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Team Building Activity Sequencing and Figurative Language Integrated Unit (optional) This ELA Team Building activity will help students practice reading comprehension skills and figurative language writing while working as a team. During the
Subjects:
Reading, Character Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for a hands-on and fun end-of-the-year activity? Well, look no further! This end of the year lesson will not only help students practice the critical skill of reflecting, they’ll also create an interactive accordion book to showcase their
Subjects:
Writing, Summer, End of Year
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This resource is designed to help students set goals for their school year. Their goals will be combined to make a back to school bulletin board. The bulletin board will have a poster in the center that says, “Take our word for it, it’s going to
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
22 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Check out this set of virtual lesson plans for the month of September! It’s filled with ideas for lessons and unit plans that you can teach for the month of September! The month of lesson plans are designed to address a variety of skills and meet
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Back to School
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over 10 years of teaching experience at the middle school level. I’ve spent my career enthusiastically teaching English Language Arts, Reading and Writing Lab, Creative Writing, British Literature, and Social Studies. I have had the opportunity to teach internationally in Belize, England, and Africa. Leadership opportunities have allowed me to train and mentor teachers implementing programming and instruction. I’m passionate about instruction. In fact, I’ve had the opportunity to originate a Step Ahead Summer Program, an elective Creating Writing course, interdisciplanary curriculum for the Regional Summer School Program, and I even proposed, created, and implemented a Reading and Writing Lab course that was adopted school-wide to address students’ academic needs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching philosophy is all about creating engaging learning environments and differentiated instruction to maximize student achievement and learning. I believe in creating challenging and rigorous lesson plans that can be delivered in positive and fun ways so that middle schoolers find joy in learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

--- Co-authored “Assessment Motivation Program” published in the April 2012 issue of “Middle Ground” --- Presenter on 21st Century Leadership at an Educational - Partnership Principal Retreat --- Asset Award Winner --- Disney Teacher of the Year nominee

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

--- B.S. Ed. Elementary Education with Middle School Extension in English Language Arts --- M.S. Ed. Elementary Education --- Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I'm not busy dreaming up new curriculum, I love hanging out with my husband and our two fun (and pretty rowdy) boys.

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