Classroom in the Middle

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This is a foldable bookmark with eight sections that students can use to record story elements as they read. By folding the paper in half, and then in half again, student create a bookmark that is always handy when they are ready to write. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.10
FREE
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By Classroom in the Middle
Spring Mix is a sampler of reading comprehension exercises and word puzzles taken from my Spring Reading Comprehension task cards and other resources. This sampler consists of three worksheets, each with a reading comprehension exercise and two
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
FREE
75
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By Classroom in the Middle
This set of task cards is a 12-card sampler. Each card presents a reading passage related to the theme of "mysteries." Some are fiction, and some are non-fiction. Here is what is included:Fiction – 4 Cards - Making Inferences - Identifying
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
FREE
34
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By Classroom in the Middle
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, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10
FREE
41
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By Classroom in the Middle
With this cut-and-paste activity, students organize events from Lois Lowry's novel, Number the Stars, to complete a graphic organizer. First, student organize the basic elements of plot along the lines of the plot diagram, and then they sort the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
32
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By Classroom in the Middle
Winning the Vote is an informational text article with everything needed for a full three readings. In addition to the full-page non-fiction article, there are text dependent questions and additional activities specific to each reading. Here is
Subjects:
Informational Text, Close Reading, Women's History Month
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2
FREE
29
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By Classroom in the Middle
Three free text structure activity sheets with activities based on photos and reading passages. The content of all three worksheets is climate-themed. Four different text structures are addressed.Activity Sheet 1Descriptive text structure - photo
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.5
FREE
11
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By Classroom in the Middle
Media Literacy is a set of free activity sheets that teach students to become informed consumers of the news. The set includes three ready-to-use activity sheets.For each activity, students read a short passage and identify the point of view, or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.W.1
FREE
7
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By Classroom in the Middle
This scrapbook activity, for Kate DiCamillo's novel Because of Winn-Dixie, is a fun way for students to review events and characters from the novel. There are two activity pages. The first page provides images of items from the story, such as a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
9
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By Classroom in the Middle
Bud, Not Buddy - Living in the Great Depression includes two extension activities for this great middle grades novel about a boy on his own during the 1930s. For the first activity, Picturing Life in a Hooverville, students create a six-frame
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
6
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By Classroom in the Middle
Context Clues Medley is a free set of three activity sheets with various types of questions for students to practice the reading skill of using context clues. Students read short passages and then use text-based evidence from the passages to
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
FREE
7
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By Classroom in the Middle
This short PowerPoint presentation introduces imagery with explanations and examples of imagery that appeal to the five senses including descriptive language and figurative language.Two slides with brief student practice exercises are included as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4
FREE
5
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This whole-class card game includes questions about prefixes, suffixes, and roots. It's a fun change-of-pace activity that provides practice or review with these vocabulary skills that kids can always improve on.There are twenty-eight cards in the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4
FREE
6
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By Classroom in the Middle
These two activities include a foldable for prefixes and suffixes and a color coding activity for Latin and Greek roots. The FoldableIn the prefix side of the foldable, students list sample words, identify the prefixes, define the prefixes,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4, CCRA.L.4
FREE
2
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By Classroom in the Middle
This card game is a great way to review idioms. Each question features one idiom used in context. I Have . . .Who Has . . ? is an interactive activity in which every student in the class participates.The game consists of 28 question cards, plus 4
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5
FREE
17
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By Classroom in the Middle
This free resource includes three activity sheets for the winter holiday season. The activities include short reading passages with comprehension questions, vocabulary practice with suffixes and antonyms, and a few riddles. The content is about
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
FREE
6
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Task Cards – Mysteries Digital Resource for Google Slides – this set of task cards is a 6-card sampler. Each card presents a reading passage related to the theme of "mysteries." Some are fiction, and some are non-fiction. Here is what is included:
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
FREE
3
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By Classroom in the Middle
This activity asks students to chart the changes that the character Phillip in the novel, The Cay, undergoes throughout the course of the story. A timeline with specific story points is provided, and students are asked to write and draw to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
8
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By Classroom in the Middle
With this project, for use after reading Jerry Spinelli's novel, CRASH, students create yearbook pictures and captions for Crash, Penn, Mike, Jane, and Abby according to the directions given. To do a good job on the project, students will make use
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
10
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By Classroom in the Middle
This extension activity for Madeleine L'Engle's novel, A Wrinkle in Time, includes two fun activity sheets based on Mrs. Who's quotes. In the novel, Mrs. Who got her points across by reciting quotes. This activity asks students to interpret those
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10
FREE
2
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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. At TPT, I focus on creating Language Arts and Reading resources that are engaging for students and helpful for teachers. I continue to teach 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.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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