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By Brain Waves Instruction
This 3-day Making Inferences Mini-Unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of inferring. Through creative activities like Inference Charades, Top Secret Tips Puzzle, “Inside the Principal’s Files,” and Whose Locker is This?,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.10, RI.7.1, RI.7.10, RI.8.1, RI.8.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this detailed, CCSS-aligned, 10-day unit, students will learn about narrative writing and actively participate in the writing process. Students will write personal narratives about an interesting experience that taught them a lesson. In their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.6, W.5.10, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.6, W.6.10, W.7.3, W.7.3a, W.7.3b...
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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
Get your students writing by tapping into their natural inclination to share about their lives. This extremely detailed and engaging Memoir Writing Unit first immerses students in the memoir genre. Then, using their understanding of the mentor
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1...
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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
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
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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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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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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
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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By Brain Waves Instruction
These 20 Daily ELA Warm-Ups are a great way to start each class! Use them as bell ringers, morning work, or even put them together into a bell ringer journal! Not only are they Common Core aligned, they're also incredibly engaging and motivating
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.4, 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
This Poetry Writing Unit provides students with a deep understanding of the poetry genre as they read and write poetry. In the eleven-day unit, students write ten different types of poetry. (That means that there are plenty of opportunities to
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.10, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5...
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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
Expository / Informative Writing: In this 10-day, Common Core - aligned Expository Writing Unit, students will demonstrate a deep understanding of the features, critical elements, and purpose of expository or informative writing. During the unit,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.6, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.4.9, W.4.10, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.5...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this eight day, CCSS-aligned Myth Writing Unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of the myth genre as they write their own myths. The unit begins with a review of the characteristics of myths and student analysis of a sample myth. Then,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.7.1, RL.7.2...
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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
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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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