Brain Waves Instruction

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By Brain Waves Instruction
How many times are students asked to identify the main idea in a reading passage? You would think that they would be masters at finding the main the idea by now. However, many students still struggle with identifying the main idea and supporting
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Minilessons, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.10, RL.5.10, RL.6.10, RL.7.10, RL.8.10, RI.4.10, RI.5.10, RI.6.10, RI.7.10, CCRA.R.2
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Teaching students how to summarize can be a daunting task. Often, it’s one of the hardest reading strategies for students to grasp. That’s where this mini-unit comes in. Filled with summarizing reading passages, worksheets, and graphic
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.5.2, RI.5.10, RI.6.2, RI.6.10, RI.7.2, RI.7.10, RI.8.2, RI.8.10, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
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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...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Sequencing is one of the many skills that students need in order to comprehend what they read. That’s why this Sequencing Mini-Unit is the perfect addition to your English Language Arts instruction. Filled with sequencing passages, engaging
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Minilessons, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.5.10, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4
$4.99
672 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Understanding cause and effect relationships is an essential reading comprehension skill that takes lots and lots of practice for students to master.That’s where this 3-Day Cause and Effect Unit comes in. This Cause and Effect mini-unit provides
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.4.10, RI.5.5, RI.5.10, RI.6.10, RI.7.10, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10
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520 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This 3-day mini-unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of finding meaning in context. Students will have a ton of context clues practice with context clues passages, engaging worksheets, and graphic organizers for finding word
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RI.4.4, RI.5.4, RI.6.4, RI.7.4
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Since different reading passages are written for different reasons, it’s essential to help students identify the author’s purpose while reading. In this 3-day mini-unit students will learn about the three main categories of author’s purpose.
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.4.10, RI.5.6, RI.5.10, RI.6.6, RI.6.10, RI.7.6, RI.7.10, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
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529 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Identifying the narrator’s or author’s point of view is an essential reading skill that is often assessed on standardized tests. This 3-day mini-unit is designed to help students understand how to identify an author’s point of view. Filled with
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.4.10, RI.5.8, RI.5.10, RI.6.10, RI.7.10, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Understanding a story’s theme is critical to deciphering the author’s message in a text. This 3-day theme unit is designed to make learning fun while helping students go beyond the surface meaning of text to truly understand the author's message
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Help students practice the skill of using story details to draw conclusions with this detailed 3-day mini-unit. This resource includes drawing conclusion passages, engaging worksheets, and graphic organizers to help students draw conclusions while
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
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515 ratings
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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
457 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for an engaging and interactive way to teach students how to identify an author’s point of view? Then, you’re going to love this learning centers resource!This Point of View Centers resource contains activities and lessons for 6 Point of
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.5
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Help students practice the skill of comparing and contrasting information and texts with this detailed 3-day mini-unit. This unit includes compare and contrast passages, graphic organizers and worksheets to help students practice and master the
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.4.6, RI.4.10, RI.5.5, RI.5.10, RI.6.9, RI.6.10, RI.7.10, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Reading Comprehension SkillsHelp your students master 12 critical reading comprehension skills with this ULTIMATE BUNDLE of Reading Comprehension Mini-Units. Each 3-day mini-unit contains engaging, hands-on learning activities, guided notes, 6+
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.8, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.8...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Listening comprehension is an essential element of ELA instruction. That’s because students do not intuitively know how to take notes, discern what is important in a listening passage, or even know how to reference their notes when answering
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Test Prep, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$6.99
270 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Making predictions while reading is an essential skill for comprehending text. Students do not intuitively know how to make effective predictions based on clues from the passage and their own experiences. That’s where this mini-unit comes in.
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.6.3, RL.6.5, RL.6.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Save with this bundle of reading comprehension skills mini-units --- Making Inferences, Finding the Main Idea, and Making Predictions.Or...save even more with the SUPER BUNDLE (6 Mini-Units) or MEGA BUNDLE (9 Mini-Units) or ULTIMATE BUNDLE (12
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.10, RI.4.1...
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$12.99
249 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Save and prepare your students to succeed on state assessments with this Test Prep Bundle! This bundle includes units on Answering Multiple-Choice Questions, Answering Short Answer Questions, and Tips and Ideas for Motivational Test
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Test Prep, Printables
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.6.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.6, RI.6.10...
$15.97
$13.99
282 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Save BIG with this bundle of reading comprehension skills mini-units --- Making Inferences, Finding the Main Idea, Making Predictions, Context Clues, Sequencing, and Cause and Effect!Or...save even MORE with this MEGA BUNDLE of 9 reading
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.8, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.8...
$29.94
$25.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Understanding the central conflict in literature is essential to grasping a work’s overriding themes. Help students identify the core types of conflicts in literary pieces with this mini-unit. When students can identify a story’s conflict, they
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.5, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.3, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2...
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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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