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 bank Choosing 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...
$3.75
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Story Elements - this package contains both the PowerPoint and the Worksheet Set to introduce and practice the skills needed to understand story elements including characterization, setting, plot, conflict, and theme with a variety of reading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
$6.75
$5.40
76 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This Story Elements Worksheet Set is a collection of 15 well-designed printable activity sheets for working with any story. The topics include characters and characterization, setting, plot and sequence, conflict, theme, and mixed story
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
$3.25
44 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
Cause and Effect PowerPoint presentation - to practice or introduce the text structure of cause and effect - with single cause and a single effect, a sequence of causes and effects, and situations with more than one cause or more than one effect.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.5, RI.7.5, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.5
$3.50
60 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
$3.75
40 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
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
$6.75
26 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This is a set of ten activities including: 1. Using Latin and Greek Roots in Words and Sentences 2. Sorting Words by Their Roots 3. Choose Your Root – Cut and Paste 4. Identifying Latin and Greek Roots 5. Make New Words with Roots and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4
$3.25
22 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
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
33 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
Story Elements introduces and expands on the basic story elements of character and characterization, setting, plot, conflict and resolution, and theme. This PowerPoint presentation explains each concept in a clear and easily understandable way.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
$3.50
38 ratings
3.9
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By Classroom in the Middle
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
23 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
Autumn Reading Comprehension Task Cards is a set of 30 half-page task cards. Each card includes an original reading passage on a topic related to autumn, fall holidays, or fall activities. There are six cards each on the following reading skills -
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Autumn
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10
$3.75
20 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This set of thirty task cards provides students with practice using close reading skills to make inferences in a variety of situations. Students make inferences from paragraphs, quotes, cliches, signs, pictures, and more. They will make inferences
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
$3.75
24 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
Each of these 4 informational text articles has everything needed for a full three readings. In addition to the full-page non-fiction articles, there are text dependent questions and additional activities specific to each reading. Here is what is
Subjects:
Civics, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4
$4.75
17 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This novel study for Pictures of Hollis Woods includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, main idea and details activities, context clue activities, inferencing activities, writing prompts, and a review card game. Questions are text
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
9 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This package includes two summer practice packets - the reading packet, and the writing, grammar, and spelling packet - for students to review their reading comprehension and written language skills over the summer vacation. The reading packet
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Summer
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$6.50
$5.20
12 ratings
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By Classroom in the Middle
Task cards for practicing using context clues to: Choose the best definition Choose among multiple meanings of words Choose and write synonyms Define words Make good word choices Write sentences Solve riddles Draw detailed illustrations This set of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4
$3.75
22 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This is a set of thirty task cards that provide students with various types of practice identifying and understanding the meanings of proverbs or adages. The proverbs, or adages, are presented in sentences or paragraphs to provide context. With
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2
$3.75
11 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This novel study for Because of Winn-Dixie includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, main idea and details activities, context clue activities, inferencing activities, a follow-up activity, and a review card game. Questions are text
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$6.75
10 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This package contains five sets of reading task cards for upper elementary through middle school. Topics include: Characterization, Using Context Clues, Understanding Idioms, Reading Proverbs and Adages, and Making Inferences. Each set includes
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$18.75
$15.00
19 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This set of activity sheets helps students expand their vocabulary by recognizing and using various types of word choices including synonyms, words with different connotations, imagery, and figurative language. The twelve activity sheets
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5
$3.25
7 ratings
3.9
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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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