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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, Reading, U.S. History
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles, Task Cards
$1.50
9 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
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:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning, Task Cards
$1.75
13 ratings
4.0
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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:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Homework, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
10 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
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:
Reading, Basic Operations, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Homework, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.40
9 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This is a no-prep packet that students can use to learn about grizzly bears while practicing their literacy skills. This activity covers vocabulary, summarizing, main ideas, and problem solving. Included is a summarizing activity where students have
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Homework, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.60
9 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
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:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles, Task Cards
$2.50
7 ratings
3.7
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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:
Vocabulary, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$1.50
4 ratings
4.0
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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:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literature Circles, Task Cards
$1.50
5 ratings
4.0
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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:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$3.50
$3.00
5 ratings
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Tasha and Tio are fun-loving twins who have just found out that their home is in the path of a hurricane. This activity describes the supply list they make with their mother to stay safe in the storm. Teaching students about safety and preparedness
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Earth Sciences
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Homework, Printables
$0.99
7 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This set of 28 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, poetic devices, author’s purpose, and vocabulary. Conflict, summarizing, and
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$1.75
3 ratings
3.8
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This set of math task cards can be used in guided math groups, centers, or for a whole class game of Scoot. The cards will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of simple addition, subtraction, and multiplication. The accompanying
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Math Test Prep, Word Problems
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Computation, Math Centers, Task Cards
$1.60
3 ratings
4.0
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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 ‚ÄúRound Robin Reading‚ÄĚ does not work. Readers‚Äô Theater plays like this one are a great way to help blend history and reading fluency
Subjects:
Reading, Black History Month, Women's History Month
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Scripts, Cultural Activities
$3.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Observing the world around them is an important skill for our youngest students. They are fascinated with nature and so excited to explore the outdoors. These adventures make great opportunities for both teachers and parents to make literacy
Subjects:
Other (Science), Writing, Earth Day
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, For Parents
$3.99
2 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Tasha and Tio are twins who learn that a hurricane is heading their way. Together with their mom, the family plans what they will need to purchase to be prepared to shelter-in-place for the storm. Evacuation is discussed as well, because safety is
Subjects:
Reading, Earth Sciences, Drama
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Scripts, Literature Circles
$3.75
$3.50
1 rating
4.0
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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:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$6.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This product connects the questioning portion of reading comprehension instruction to social studies and history by incorporating information about Pocahontas. These activities may be used whole group, but they are designed for small guided reading
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Women's History Month
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning, Cultural Activities
$3.20
1 rating
4.0
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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:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles
$2.00
5 ratings
3.5
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Tasha and Tio are back with a set of Readers Theater scripts about natural resources conservation. These lovable twins always have cross curricular lessons to share! We teachers fill our science units with experiments, projects, and all sorts of
Subjects:
Reading, Drama, Autumn
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Scripts, Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$3.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Need a quick, no-prep packet for students to use for a long weekend assignment or for independent work? Are the weather reports hinting at an extended "snowcation?" This resource is for you! This product allows your students to improve their
Subjects:
Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (3.24 MB)
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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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