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, students 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
378
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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
78
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By Classroom in the Middle
This set of Task Card Mysteries includes ten printable task cards plus a smaller set of digital task cards on Easel. Each card presents a reading passage related to the theme of "mysteries." Some are fiction, and some are non-fiction. Here is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
FREE
41
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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 reading comprehension passage, there are text-dependent questions and additional activities specific to each reading.
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
35
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10
FREE
46
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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, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
CCSS:
CCRA.R.5
FREE
19
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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, Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.W.1
FREE
11
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
13
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
17
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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
10
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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, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4, CCRA.L.4
FREE
4
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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:
Activities, Games, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5
FREE
19
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By Classroom in the Middle
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, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4
FREE
11
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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:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4
FREE
6
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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
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4
FREE
8
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By Classroom in the Middle
Task Cards Mysteries - Digital Resource for Google Slides – Each card presents a reading passage related to the theme of "mysteries." Some are fiction, and some are non-fiction.This resource includes the digital version with a total of six slides
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
FREE
6
Online Resource
Google Drive™ folder
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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
FREE
10
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By Classroom in the Middle
Pronouns Color Code - parts of speech practice using two fun activity sheets. The topics include subject pronouns, object pronouns, relative pronouns, and intensive pronouns. Both a print version and a digital Easel version are included. In the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.1, L.4.1a, L.5.1, L.6.1, L.6.1a, L.6.1b, L.7.1, CCRA.L.1
FREE
1
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By Classroom in the Middle
This after-reading activity for Sharon Creech's novel, Walk Two Moons, includes three fun activity sheets that follow up on some of the writings in the story - Mrs. Partridge's secret notes, Sal's mother's postcards, and the journals that caused
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.10
FREE
5
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By Classroom in the Middle
This vocabulary task card sampler is a set of eight task cards with activities addressing a variety of vocabulary skills. Both print and digital versions are included. The cards introduce essential language objectives that can each be found in more
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, L.4.4, L.4.5, L.5.4, L.5.5, L.6.4, L.6.5, L.7.4...
FREE
2
Online Resource
Google Drive™ folder
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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

See more teaching ideas at my website, Classroom in the Middle.

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