Making Middle Work

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RECENTLY UPDATED!!! This has been hugely popular with buyers, but I have received several requests for adjustments, which have been addressed in the update: There are now three versions of the point sheet AND three versions of the rewards sheets
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*Includes 7 front and back student hand outs, counting the final project, which is a student choice of 2 unique and different writing projects!* This text is rated as a Lexile 1230 book, or a Guided Reading Level X. Recommendations for this text
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This is a set of 4 separate student comprehension packs for the book "The River" by Gary Paulson. Each question is numbered based on the chapter that the question comes from. For example, question 12 comes from chapter 12, question 14/15 comes from
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Here are some higher level thinking skills questions that I developed for my lower level 4th/ 5th grade readers who wanted to read "The Littles Go Exploring (Lexile 440). It makes for excellent comprehension practice using a variety of strategies
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One of the coolest ways that I have been able to get my kids to identify the main idea and details within a book if to have them create a movie poster! Kiddos will read their book and then they will: -identify the most important details within the
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This is an assessment regarding converting units of capacity in the US Customary system. The assessment is two pages, contains a scoring sheet, and has an answer key included (5 pages total). Common Core link is 5.MD.A.1 but could be accessible
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CCSS aligned to 4th and 5th grade fraction standards. Large print for less stimulation and fewer problems per page. Suggestion: Use Fraction Assessment A (this document) as a pre-test, and Fraction Assessment B ($1 in my TPT Store) as a post test.
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Students will differentiate between prime numbers and composite numbers using this fun maze style puzzle. Have students begin at "start" and end at "finish" by coloring in or highlighting the prime numbers and leaving those composite numbers white.
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Fill-In-The-Blank Note Taking Guide and Practice Problems for Operations in Scientific Notation Outline becomes a HOW-TO guide for multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting numbers written in scientific notation. Includes the exponent and
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Book Leveling This text is rated as a Guided Reading Level S or DRA 40 level book. Recommendations for this text range from mid 3rd to mid 5th grade depen-ding on the students’ instructional reading level and language development. This book is
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The design of this packet is done with the needs of all in mind, and so the stimulation on the student pages has been limited, the space for answers is significant, and the work is divided in such a way that “packets” are not given. Each student
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CCSS aligned to 4th and 5th grade fraction assessments. Follow up to my FREEBIE fraction assessment. Extra problems that are more challenging!Large print for less stimulation and fewer problems per page. Use Fraction assessment A as a pre-test,
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The design of this packet is done with the needs of all in mind, and so the stimulation on the student pages has been limited, the space for answers is significant, and the work is divided in such a way that “packets” are not given. Each
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Here are 12 questions to assess literal and inferential comprehension of informational text using "The Story of the White House" by Kate Waters, which is a 30+ page book containing illustrations, maps, and diagrams. This book is an awesome
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Book Leveling This text is rated as a Lexile 610 book, or a Guided Reading Level V and DRA 50. Due to the book’s reading level, recommendations for this text range from 4th to 5th grade, though I used it with 6th grade due to the ***high occurrence
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This written historical text is rated as a Lexile 760 book, or a Guided Reading Level W and DRA 60; the high interest and low readability level of this book allow weaker readers to access higher level thinking, reasoning, and real world
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Science Fiction (sci-fi) is seriously under-emphasized in the world of classroom instruction. Kids have shown interest time and time again in books that cross into the unreal, and my 6th graders were glued to this book: Supernaturalist by Eion
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5 two-sided student hand outs and a final project choice across 3 genres! Plus, you get an answer key! Book Leveling This text is a Lexile 720 book, or a Guided Reading Level U. Recommendations for this text range from 4th-6th grade depending on
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Number Worlds is a CCSS aligned math curriculum, but when assessing multiple kiddos to find out which level they should be placed at, data recording can be tricky! This is the sheet I made for myself to track the level's that I'd tried kids out at,
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All of the 5th grade Common Core standards listed in one place to be used by teachers to document progress towards meeting grade level expectations. Print off one page per student to be stored in their file or in your data binder!
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught grade levels ranging from 1st through 6th and have loved it all. Currently, I am a Resource Room teacher for 5th and 6th graders, and I couldn't love what I do any more than I do after this most recent year. I have been teaching for 4 1/2 years and am FINALLY feeling like I am confident in all that I am doing. I have done a lot of trial and error and I am only planning on posting TPT items that are successful for their purpose.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am in favor of the Student Driven/ SCPBL classroom. I teach is a CCSS state (Maine) and so the vast majority of what I use is geared towards the Core. My "style" is that of a teacher who fosters inquiry and exploration. I want my kids to be challenged by their own goals and aspirations (even if I do sometimes have to make my ideas seem like their ideas... haha). I do not want to push robots out of my room; I want to push the next generations of thinkers and doers out of my room.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Maine at Farmington. I was selected by my district to become a trainer in the area of Higher Level Thinking Skills. My professional portfolio was also selected to be a district/ state exemplar.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I went to school in Southern Maine, and was lucky enough to stay in one district all the way from K-12, eventually graduating 25th in a class of 326 (darn gym class...). I didn't know for sure that I wanted to become an educator until I became a TA for a special education classroom in 10th grade. I loved it, and I knew it was the right career for me, even if the lifestyle (and pay) was not the most appealing thing in the world. I went to UMF and majored in Special Education K-12, and returned to my district to pay back all they'd done for me as a student. I feel like I am doing what I am supposed to now, and am honored to be in the lives of the next generation!

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married to my best friend, and high school sweet heart, and recently built a lovely home by the lake in Southern Maine. We kayak, and I bury my nose in books to stay sane- this summer I am in 3 book clubs (one for fun, and two excellent professional development clubs). I have no kids, no pets, and no immediate care in the world except for being a good wife, and a fantastic role model for my munchkins in my room!

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