Classroom in the Middle

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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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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:
Activities, Games, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5
FREE
14 ratings
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.10
FREE
325 ratings
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
7 ratings
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The 5Ws of Thanksgiving includes two Thanksgiving themed activity sheets which provide students with practice using the reading and writing skill of identifying the 5Ws - who, what, when, where, and why.The first activity is about things that we are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
FREE
8 ratings
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
20 ratings
4.0
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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
25 ratings
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
9 ratings
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By Classroom in the Middle
This is a sampler of eight writing prompts, including these three types of writing - narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion/argument. The prompts are presented on a PowerPoint, one prompt per slide so there is no need to make copies, with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.4.2, W.4.3, W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.3, W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.3, W.7.1, W.7.2...
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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 -
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
FREE
21 ratings
4.0
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Introduce, or reintroduce, students to the idea of close reading with this short PowerPoint presentation which compares close reading to digging for artifacts on an archaeological site. Motivate students to take their time to read and re-read by
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4
FREE
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Thanksgiving Similes includes two pages of simile activities with a Thanksgiving theme to practice identifying, explaining, and writing similes.The first page, So Much to Be Thankful For, presents Thanksgiving similes and asks students to identify
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Thanksgiving
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5
FREE
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By Classroom in the Middle
This is a figurative language activity to use after reading Gordon Korman's novel, SCHOOLED, which has an abundance of interesting metaphors that the kids will relate to. It is a one-page activity sheet that gives examples and then asks students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5
FREE
3 ratings
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This is a set of six one-page posters about story elements. Post the set in your classroom for a quick reference throughout the year. The six posters include:Story ElementsCharacterization SettingThemeConflictPlotOther resources for reading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables, Posters
FREE
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
5 ratings
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Peaceful Transition of Power includes a magazine-style reading page, close reading questions, and an analyze and respond activity sheet.The reading page is designed like a page in a magazine or textbook with four short articles, several images, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
FREE
2 ratings
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This scrapbook activity for Patricia Reilly Giff's novel, Pictures of Hollis Woods, is a fun way for students to review events and study the character of Hollis. Students draw the scene described in each of the "picture" sections of the novel, add
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
3 ratings
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
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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
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Analogies by the Season is a set of four ready to use activity sheets, one for each season, about solving and writing analogies. Each sheet includes six seasonal analogies for students to solve and also introduces one specific type of word
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5
FREE
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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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