Brain Waves Instruction

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By Brain Waves Instruction
Studying figurative language makes students better readers and writers! In this unit students will define, interpret, write, read, and analyze six types of figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.4.5, L.5.4, L.5.5, L.6.4, L.6.5, L.7.4, L.7.5
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Take book reports and book projects to a whole new level with this super fun Doodle Book Review! First, students complete a step-by-step planning guide. They’ll reflect on the book’s characters, plot, setting, and theme. In addition, they’ll rate
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
$3.29
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Common Core aligned Book Report Project enables students to creatively respond to their reading. Over the course of the book project, students will create a unique file folder covered in plot details, character analysis, setting description, a
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Projects, Activities
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.C.6, K.MD.A.1, K.MD.B.3, 1.MD.C.4, 2.MD.A.2
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Learning how to identify the main idea in a passage is absolutely essential. That’s why this mini-unit on finding the main idea is a hit! It combines doodle notes (where students sketch notes about how to find the main idea) and actual learning
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
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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...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This end of the year activity is all about reflection and fun! Students will be creating a doodle suitcase filled with memories and lessons from their school year. First, they’ll complete a guided reflection. They’ll write about highlights,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.25
187 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re looking for engaging and educational activities that will help your students deepen their understanding of the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, then you’re in luck! This lesson and activity packet is filled with chapter-by-chapter plans and
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.6, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.6, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.6, RL.7.1, RL.7.2...
$8.99
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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...
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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...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This extremely detailed five-day unit is a close reading of "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. It is designed to help students analyze what the poem says explicitly as well as draw inferences from the text. Students will determine the poem’s theme
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.7.2, RL.8.4
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Great news! There's a BUNDLE with 6 SETS of the This or That Daily ELA Warm Ups! Find 120 engaging bell ringers HERE. Starting each class with a warm up has been a huge success in my classroom...and my students love these This or That Warm Up
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Spelling
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Google Apps
$17.97
$15.99
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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...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Independent Reading Program has been developed specifically for middle and high school students to meet one of the greatest challenges of independent reading programs --- getting students to keep reading. During this Independent Reading
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$10.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This is SET TWO of the very popular This or That Daily Warm Ups. (Includes PDF and Google-Classroom compatible resources.)Great news! There's a BUNDLE with 6 SETS of the This or That Daily ELA Warm Ups! Find 120 engaging bell ringers HERE.Starting
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
L.5.1, L.5.2, L.5.6, L.6.1, L.6.1a, L.6.2a, L.6.2b, L.6.6, L.7.1, L.7.2, L.8.1...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle and Do resource is designed to help students understand and develop critical skills for close reading. First, students will “DOODLE” as they complete engaging doodle notes all about close reading. They’ll learn what close reading is,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.5, RI.6.6, RI.6.10
$5.25
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This end of the year activity is all about reflection and fun! Students will be creating a doodle locker filled with memories and lessons from their school year. First, they’ll complete a guided reflection. They’ll write about highlights,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.25
67 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle Vocabulary resource will introduce your students to 50 words associated with geography. Students will not only learn the new vocabulary words associated with the 5 Themes of Geography, they’ll also showcase their learning with
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
A great writing curriculum allows students to write and learn in a variety of ways. That’s why this Writing Essentials Bundle combines critical writing units, daily writing prompts, targeted writing mini-lessons, and creative writing activities.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1...
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$51.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Central to the Common Core State Standards is the need for students to analyze and interpret text. This Quote Analysis Guide helps students do just that. With this guide, students will learn how to enhance their analysis with introductory tags
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RI.4.1...
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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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