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Is there a winter storm in your school community's forecast? Do you have a long winter weekend coming up and need an assignment for students? "A Snow Day" is the product for you! This is a no-prep long-weekend packet that students can use to
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Writing, Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Homework, Printables
$1.40
18
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
These task cards contain higher order thinking comprehension questions from Elisa Carbone’s novel, Blood on the River. This novel is one of the best tools I've found for teaching students about Jamestown and the relationship between the Powhatan
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles, Task Cards
$1.50
14
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This set of 24 reading comprehension task cards can be used in literacy groups, centers, or for a whole class game of Scoot. The cards target inferencing skills, main idea, supporting details, author’s purpose, and vocabulary. Conflict,
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Poetry, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning, Task Cards
$1.75
16
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If you need some engaging ways for students to practice guide words and alphabetizing to the second and third letters, this product is for you! Included you’ll find the following:•20 Google Slides™ task cards (paperless, no prep)•20 PDF task cards
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA)
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
L.2.2e, L.3.2g, L.4.4c
$3.50
8
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This is a no-prep packet that students can use to learn about grizzly bear safety while practicing their literacy skills. This activity covers vocabulary, author’s purpose, functional text, and text features. Included is a summarizing activity where
Subjects:
General Science, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Homework, Printables
$1.50
13
Digital Download PDF (5.19 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Whether you're working on a digital poetry unit OR you want to up-level your poetry instruction in your brick and mortar classroom, then this big bundle of resources is for YOU! This product contains multiple digital resources to support your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.4, RL.3.10, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.10, RL.5.4, RL.5.10, RL.6.4, RL.6.10, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10...
$10.00
$9.00
5
Bundle
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Fliphunts are a fun way to engage students in virtual classrooms using the video discussion app Flipgrid. This product contains six Fliphunts for fiction books and five for non-fiction. Students will film themselves answering questions about theme,
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning, Internet Activities
$2.00
9
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This bundle contains my sets of Writing Fliphunts and Non-fiction and Fiction Reading Fliphunts.Description of Writing FliphuntsAre you using the Flipgrid™ video discussion app by Microsoft™ in your virtual or in-person classroom? If so, then this
Subjects:
Literature, Creative Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning, Activities
$4.00
$3.60
3
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Need an independent activity to accompany science unit on sea life while you work with small groups? Hoping to expand students’ knowledge of animal adaptations? Looking for some engaging long-weekend homework? Trying to plan ahead and make an
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$1.50
7
Digital Download PDF (4.46 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
ELA test prep is an ongoing process, particularly in the spring. This fun themed beagle packet will give your students opportunities to practice reading comprehension in a fun way. Skills include main ideas/details, problems/solutions,
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Test Prep, Printables
$6.00
4
Digital Download PDF (7.04 MB)
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These task cards contain multiple quotes from Christopher Paul Curtis’s novel, Bud, Not Buddy. Many of the twenty task cards in this set focus on comparing and contrasting two pieces of text. Additionally, students have numerous opportunities to
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles, Task Cards
$2.50
8
Digital Download PDF (10.25 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
If you're planning your unit on figurative language in poetry, these activities will help up-level your distance learning, virtual classroom, or brick-and-mortar classroom lessons. These experiences will help students hone in on figurative language
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.4, RL.3.10, RL.4.4, RL.4.10, RL.5.4, RL.5.10, RL.6.4, RL.6.10, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.L.3...
$3.50
4
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
If you're planning your unit on sensory language in poetry, these activities will help up-level your distance learning, virtual classroom, or brick-and-mortar classroom lessons. These experiences will help students hone in on sensory language by
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.4.10, RL.5.10, RL.6.4, RL.6.10, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5
$3.50
2
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Research tells us that young readers, particularly those who struggle, need time to build fluency. We also know that “Round Robin Reading” does not work. Readers’ Theater plays like this one are a great way to help blend history and reading fluency
Subjects:
Black History Month, Women's History Month, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Activities, Scripts
$3.50
2
Digital Download PDF (4.20 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Looking to support your students as they learn about figurative and sensory language in poetry, narrative non-fiction, and fiction? This bundle of sorts, task cards, and quizzes from two of my favorite digital products will help you out! Sensory
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.4, RL.3.10, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.10, RL.5.4, RL.5.10, RL.6.4, RL.6.10, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10...
$7.00
$6.30
3
Bundle
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
These task cards and writing activities will help you gauge your students' understanding of Judy Blume's hilarious novel. These cards can be used as a "Scoot" game once the novel is finished or as a literacy center. The writing cards can be used
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literature Circles, Task Cards, Activities
$1.50
8
Digital Download PDF (4.76 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Fliphunts are a fun way to engage families, friends, kids, and communities in a virtual video scavenger hunt using the video discussion app Flipgrid. This product contains twelve Fliphunts for families, friends, kids, family reunions, and community
Subjects:
Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.25
8
Digital Download PDF (4.98 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Love That Dog This set of 24 reading comprehension task cards can be used in literacy groups, centers, or for a whole class game of Scoot. The cards target inferencing skills, main idea, supporting details, author’s purpose, and vocabulary.
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Poetry, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Novel Study
$3.50
$3.00
5
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
These task cards contain comprehension questions from Sheila Turnage’s novel, Three Times Lucky. Many of the twenty task cards in the first set focus on higher order thinking. There is a recording sheet and answer key included. The next set of 28
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Poetry
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles, Activities
$2.00
7
Digital Download PDF (10.81 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This product contains 30 task cards to check students’ comprehension of the novel. Each of these cards is labeled by chapter. I've placed the cards for the chapter we've covered on my doc camera and had students complete them as exit tickets. I’ve
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
$2.50
2
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have worked in multiple capacities in the elementary and middle school classroom for over twenty years. I have taught inclusion classes, co-taught classes, self-contained elementary general education classes in grades 2-4, and worked as a reading and writing interventionist in middle school for grades 6-8. Currently I teach reading, writing, and grammar to fourth graders in a departmentalized setting.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students learn best when they are excited, engaged, and active. I create manipulative literacy and vocabulary activities to accompany the high-interest texts I share with my students. I believe activities should connect with all other aspects of the curriculum so that our work is relevant. In my class, we play games, move, and love literacy. Come join in the fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2014 I represented my division as the Teacher of the Year. In 2015, I represented Virginia's Region III as Teacher of the Year. I was selected to attend ECET2 in Seattle in 2015, and I participated in the Inaugural Academy for Envisioning Tomorrow's Schools with VDOE, Virginia Tech, and Moseley Architects in 2016. I first became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2005, and I just renewed my certification in 2015.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have my BA in English and Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary--I graduated in 1995. I received my M.Ed. in Reading from the University of Virginia in 2008. I am now a certified reading specialist.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am happily married, have four kids, and love spending time outdoors. I also blog at https://meaningfulconnections.me.

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