Brain Waves Instruction

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By Brain Waves Instruction
You never get a second chance to make a first impression...especially in the classroom. This resource is filled with activities to get your school year off to the best possible start. With a student survey, teacher interview activity, writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.10
$3.99
646 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
$4.99
611 ratings
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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
543 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
During this Christmas around the World research project students will research a country and its Christmas traditions. Students can select a country from a set of 12 pre-determined countries or they can choose any country that they would like to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
CCSS:
RI.6.4, RI.6.10, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.10
$5.99
399 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
$4.99
239 ratings
4.0
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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
This bundle includes three 3-day mini-units on Theme, Conflict, and Characterization. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Theme Mini-Unit Understanding a story’s theme is
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$16.47
$14.99
138 ratings
4.0
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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
124 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle and Do resource is all about commas! Students will learn 10 different comma rules. They’ll complete guided notes for each rule, doodle in response to an example of the comma rule, and complete practice tasks to master the rule. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Other (ELA)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
L.5.1, L.5.2, L.5.2a, L.5.2b, L.5.2c, L.6.1, L.6.2a, L.7.1, L.7.2, L.7.2a, CCRA.L.1...
$4.99
118 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
"Lob's Girl" Literature Study UnitIn this 8-day unit students will develop a deep understanding of Joan Aiken’s short story “Lob’s Girl” . Its tale of loyalty and friendship combined with mystery and suspense make it an incredibly engaging read.
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Unit Plans
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5...
$7.99
110 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a meaningful and engaging way! This resource will help students learn about the history of Valentine’s Day, traditions for the holiday around the world, and stats about the day. Students will collect facts during a fun
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Valentine's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
113 ratings
4.0
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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
Learning Take Out Finding the Main Idea Learning Take Out is a HUGE hit in my classroom, and I have a feeling your students will love it too! With Learning Take Out students are super engaged while practicing and targeting specific ELA skills. It
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.59
130 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
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Meet Common Core State Standards in Reading Literature, Writing, AND Speaking and Listening, with this 5-day unit for "The People Could Fly."In this unit, students creatively build background on Virginia Hamilton, slavery, and “The People Could Fly”
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.7, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.7, RL.7.1, RL.7.2...
$7.99
70 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Shiloh is a Newberry Medal-winning novel about a boy who falls in love with a mistreated dog and will stop at nothing to save the dog and make it his own. It’s an incredibly engaging novel that warrants lessons and activities that make analyzing,
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.5, RL.4.6, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.5, RL.5.6...
$8.75
58 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This resource includes 5 different nonfiction reading passages. Each passage includes 3 versions with varying degrees of difficultly (15 total passages). The multi-level passages make it easy to differentiate instruction. Not only are the passages
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Homework
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.6, RI.6.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
$4.99
33 ratings
4.0
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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
52 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for substitute plans that take absolutely NO preparation? Well, then these are the plans for you! This is a set of Emergency Sub Plans that require no copies. That’s right, students will be able to do all the work on lined paper and a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3
$4.50
58 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Student Teaching Toolkit Calling all student teachers and supervising teachers...this resource is made especially for YOU! The Student Teaching Toolkit is filled with everything a student teacher needs to have a successful student teaching
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$10.99
59 ratings
3.9
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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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