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By Brain Waves Instruction
During this project, students will first learn about growth mindset by reading an informational article about Carol Dweck’s work. Then, they’ll select a famous person in history with a growth mindset. They’ll choose from 14 famous leaders and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.7, RI.5.10...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Distinguishing between facts and opinions is an essential reading comprehension skill. This Fact and Opinion unit is designed to help students determine and identify facts and opinions in their reading. Filled with fact and opinion passages,
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.5.3, RI.5.5, RI.5.10, RI.6.3, RI.6.5, RI.6.10, RI.7.3, RI.7.10, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10
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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...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Emergency Substitute Plan: We’ve all been there...when real life events get in the way of being able to teach our classes on a particular day. The most challenging part of preparing for a substitute and an absence is when it is unplanned. There’s
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4
$4.25
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Learning about Nonfiction Text Structures has never been more fun! With this set of 5 Doodle and Do mini-units, students will complete fun and engaging DOODLE notes on each text structure. Then, they’ll showcase their understanding of each
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.5, RI.5.8, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.4, RI.6.5, RI.6.6, RI.6.10...
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$21.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This unit is hands-down one of the most motivating and engaging Persuasive Writing units! That's because students get to design a roller coaster and then create a persuasive advertisement for their ride. They learn all about the elements of
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$9.99
277 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This bundle of 3 separate emergency substitute lesson plans will put your substitute planning worries to rest! That’s because in this bundle you’ll find 3 sets of sub lessons that are not only educational and fun, but require absolutely no extra
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
$13.25
$10.99
218 ratings
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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 Doodle and Do mini-unit comes in! This resource includes summarizing graphic organizers, reading
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.4.2, RL.5.2, RL.6.2, RL.7.2, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
$4.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This “Doodle and Do” resource includes DOODLE NOTES to help students develop understanding of the Problem-Solution Nonfiction Text Structure AND six activities that students can DO to help them showcase their learning. Since the doodle notes (or
Subjects:
Reading, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.5, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.5, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.5...
$4.99
193 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Ready to get students excited about identifying facts and opinions in texts? Then, you and your students are going to love this Doodle and Do mini-unit! With this set of fact and opinion lesson plans, students will learn how facts and opinions
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.4.10, RL.5.10, RL.6.10, RL.7.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10
$4.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Meet Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, listening, and speaking with this 10 day Speech Unit. In this unit, students learn about the nonfiction genre of speeches, analyze four historic speeches, develop skills in writing short answer
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Unit Plans, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.6, RI.5.8, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.6, RI.6.8...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for a fun and engaging way to teach the Cause and Effect Nonfiction Text Structure? Well, then you AND your students are going to love this Doodle and Do resource. First students “DOODLE” as they complete sketch notes about the cause and
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RI.5.5, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.9, RI.6.10, RI.7.5, RI.7.10, RI.8.1, RI.8.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.10
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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
160 ratings
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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...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle and Do resource is designed to help students learn about 12 nonfiction text features. First, they’ll “DOODLE” as they complete engaging doodle notes about each text feature. Then, they’ll practice identifying, creating, reading, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.4.4, RI.4.10, RI.5.4, RI.5.10, RI.6.4, RI.6.10, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.6
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle Vocabulary resource will introduce your students to 39 words associated with nonfiction. Students will learn about types of nonfiction, kinds of nonfiction writing, nonfiction text features, nonfiction text structures and additional
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.6.5, RI.6.10, L.4.4, L.4.4c, L.4.6, L.5.4, L.5.4c, L.5.6, L.6.4, L.6.4a, L.6.4c...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Help students learn about Maya Angelou and analyze her poem, “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me,” with this incredibly engaging “Doodle and Do” resource. Perfect to teach during Women's History Month! Designed with doodling, interaction, and creativity in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.5...
$4.99
114 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Help students understand how authors may organize their writing in chronological order with this fun “Doodle and Do” resource. With this resource, students will listen to, read, and write expository texts as they learn how nonfiction passages can
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.5, RI.7.5, RI.8.5
$4.99
109 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This “Doodle and Do” resource includes “DOODLE” notes to help students develop understanding of the Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text Structure AND six activities that students can “DO” to help them showcase their learning. Since the doodle or
Subjects:
Reading, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.5, RI.7.5, RI.8.5
$4.99
94 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
FYI: This resource is also included in the Valentine's Day Creative Writing Lessons and Activities Resource. It includes 5 extremely engaging and motivating writing activities. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can check it out
Subjects:
Grammar, Valentine's Day, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.99
72 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.15 MB)
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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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