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By Brain Waves Instruction
When students analyze and respond to a text they are often required to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support their interpretation of what the text says. That’s why it is essential to teach students not only the skill of selecting the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.5.1, W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c, W.5.1d, W.6.1, W.6.1a, W.6.1b, W.6.1c, W.6.1d...
$4.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This fun resource includes six engaging lessons about Nonfiction Text Features. Each lesson and activity is designed to be hands-on and interactive. Many of the elements that students create in the lessons can serve as a reference for them to use
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Test Prep, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.10...
$10.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
We tell our students to study for tests all the time, but often we forget to teach them HOW to actually study! That’s where this Study Skills resource comes in. It’s designed to give students practical tips and tricks for studying for tests in ELA
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Study Skills, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Study Guides, Activities, Test Prep
$4.99
473
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By Brain Waves Instruction
“What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” - Speech Analysis ****This resource is for an analysis of Martin Luther King's speech, "What is Your Life's Blueprint?" If you would prefer similar resources that are designed to be used in an Interactive Notebook,
Subjects:
Reading, Martin Luther King Day, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Handouts
$4.99
277
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Listening Comprehension Malala Yousafzai Malala Unit Overview This 5-day unit packs a major punch! While studying Malala Yousafzai, students practice critical skills including listening comprehension, sequencing, participating in group
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
$4.49
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Lewis and Clark's Expedition Journal Entries - Close Reading: In this five-day, CCSS-aligned unit, students will examine and interpret the journal entries of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark from their American
Subjects:
Reading, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.7, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.4, RI.6.6, RI.6.7...
$7.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This 5-day unit covers many critical ELA skills as students develop a deep understanding and connection to Martin Luther King, Jr.! While studying about King, students practice critical skills including reading comprehension, identifying nonfiction
Subjects:
Reading, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.10, RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.10, RI.8.1, RI.8.2...
$4.99
144
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re like most teachers, then you’re always on the lookout for fun and creative ways to teach students critical reading comprehension skills. Well, you’re in luck! These Thanksgiving-themed reading comprehension centers or stations are not
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10
$6.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Nonfiction Reading: The articles in this resource are also in this larger NONFICTION TEXT FEATURES INTERACTIVE UNIT. It’s filled with 6 highly engaging lessons that will have students reading informational passages, but also mastering nonfiction
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.4, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.10...
$3.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This mini-research project is designed to be fun and meaningful! Students will research a person, place, animal, or event and display their research in a picture frame. The picture frame will include a picture (either sketched or printed) of their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
L.6.1, L.6.2, L.6.2a, L.6.2b, L.6.3, L.6.3a, L.6.3b, L.6.6, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.2...
$7.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this interactive unit, students will study about the European explorers that voyaged to the Americas in search of the Northwest Passage. Then, they’ll learn about the Dutch colonization of New York. Finally, they’ll investigate how New York
Subjects:
Reading, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$14.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
**** This resource is for Interactive Notebooks or File Folders. If you would prefer more traditional resources, check out the “What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” close reading and analysis unit HERE.**** You and your students will absolutely LOVE
Subjects:
Reading, Martin Luther King Day, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Handouts
$4.99
47
Digital Download PDF (4.78 MB)
By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re like most teachers, then you’re always on the lookout for fun and creative ways to teach students critical reading comprehension skills. Well, you’re in luck! These Thanksgiving-themed reading comprehension centers or stations are not
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
$6.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this learning centers resource students will learn about Albert Einstein while practicing reading comprehension skills. This resource contains five learning centers (reading comprehension and art integration) for students to rotate through in
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.99
44
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Perfect for teaching during Women's History Month!In this engaging mini-unit students will learn about Emily Dickinson and the contributions she made to the world of poetry. Then, they’ll analyze Dickinson’s poem, “A light exists in spring.” In
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Poetry, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$7.49
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This ELA Team Building activity will help students practice reading comprehension skills and figurative language writing while working as a team. During the sequencing activity, students will work together to put a fable about teamwork into the
Subjects:
Reading, Character Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over ten 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 students can 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 --- 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 boys.

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