Classroom in the Middle

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This set of thirty task cards helps students to really understand the meaning of characterization and use close reading to identify character traits. The activities include: Choosing character traits from a word bankChoosing character traits –
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.3, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.3, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.10, CCRA.R.1...
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This vocabulary resource about word relationships includes both the Activity Sheet Set and the PowerPoint Presentation about connotations, denotations, synonyms, and antonyms.Both focus on the vocabulary skills of identifying connotative meanings,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5
$5.75
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By Classroom in the Middle
This novel study for The Cay includes questions for each chapter, a before reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, two inferencing activities, and a review card game. Questions are text dependent and written
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$6.75
44 ratings
3.9
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By Classroom in the Middle
This set of 30 task cards is all about solving and understanding analogies. The tasks include completing a group of analogies, choosing the correct type of analogy from multiple-choice answers, identifying the correct type of analogy without
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5
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4.0
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Thirty half-page task cards for practicing capitalization and punctuation - includes basic rules plus punctuating quotes and capitalization when writing a letter. Also included - capitalization and punctuation posters.Capitalization Rules - Seven
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.4.2, L.5.2, L.6.2, L.7.2
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42 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This set of 30 half-page proofreading, or editing, task cards gives students practice correcting common types of errors. The topics include punctuation, capitalization, grammar, run-on sentences, homophones, and spelling.Each of these cards
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
W.4.5, W.5.5, W.6.5, W.7.5
$3.75
61 ratings
4.0
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This resource includes both a Story Elements Activity Sheets Set and the Story Elements PowerPoint Presentation. The Story Elements Activity Sheet Set is a collection of 15 activity sheets for working with any story. The topics include characters
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
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47 ratings
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This Cause and Effect Package includes two resources for teaching the text structure of cause and effect - the set of Cause and Effects Task Cards, and a Cause and Effects Slide Presentation.Both resources address these cause and effect
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.5, RI.7.5, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.5
$6.25
62 ratings
4.0
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Spring Reading Comprehension Task Cards is a set of 30 half-page task cards. Each card includes an original, non-fiction reading passage on a topic related to spring, Easter, or various springtime activities. There are six cards each on the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4
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44 ratings
4.0
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This story elements activity is a whole class game for reviewing story elements.The terms in this card game include: characters, setting, plot, theme, conflict, character traits, exposition, rising action, climax, static character, dynamic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10
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The thirty half-page task cards include three cards each about nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and conjunctions, and one card about interjections. In addition, there are eight cards that are each about several or all of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.4.1, L.5.1, L.6.1, L.7.1
$3.75
31 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
Includes questions for each chapter, a before reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, two inferencing activities, and a review card game. Questions are text dependent and written specifically for this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$6.75
28 ratings
4.0
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This Writing Process resource contains three PowerPoint presentations, one for each of the three steps of the writing process that seem to require the most instruction in the middle grades - Prewriting, Revising, and Proofreading (or Editing).The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
CCSS:
W.4.5, W.5.5, W.6.5, W.7.5
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41 ratings
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This novel study for CRASH includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, two inferencing activities, and a review card game. Questions are text dependent and written
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
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31 ratings
4.0
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This End of Year Packet includes activities for the last days or weeks of school including a student booklet, four puzzle pages, journal prompts, an "I Have . . . .Who Has . . . ?" game, and an autograph activity. The student booklet includes pages
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
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31 ratings
4.0
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This novel study for Schooled includes text based chapter questions, two before-reading activities, three key idea and detail activities, two context clues activities, four inferencing activities, and a review card game. All of the questions and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$6.75
27 ratings
4.0
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Latin and Greek Roots Activities with Slide Presentation - this resource includes a big PowerPoint presentation that introduces each root and includes student activities plus a set of 21 printable activities.The slide presentation includes lots of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4
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27 ratings
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Persuasive Techniques includes a set of activities and a PowerPoint presentation for for teaching students to identify and evaluate eleven specific persuasive techniques. The eleven techniques presented are:TestimonialBargains and BriberyPlain
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.6, RI.6.1, RI.6.6, RI.7.1, RI.7.6, RI.8.1, RI.8.6
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27 ratings
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Fictional and informational passages on 30 large task cards with topics including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Chinese New Year, and winter. The reading skills include: making inferences, identifying settings, identifying cause and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4
$3.75
37 ratings
4.0
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This resource includes both an Analogy Worksheet Set and the Analogies PowerPoint to introduce analogies and provide examples and practice with sixteen specific types of these word relationships. These sixteen types of analogies are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5
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23 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My experience includes about twenty-eight years of teaching, mainly in middle school. For most of that time, I taught English and Reading, as well as a variety of other subjects in inclusion and self-contained classes. Currently, with my TPT store, I focus on creating teaching resources that are engaging for students and helpful for teachers, and I also stay in touch with teaching by volunteering in a literacy tutoring program.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My style is all about the middle grades, mainly grades 4 through 7. My goal is to create teaching resources that appeal to the active learning style of middle grade kids by using original written passages, colorful designs, and age-appropriate graphics.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My favorite reward from teaching is watching kids get really engaged in classroom activities. Hearing that other teachers find my resources useful and reading comments about how their kids enjoy the activities is very rewarding, too.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

My bachelor's degree is in secondary education with a major in English, and my master's degree is in special education.

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