Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher

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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This product contains 10 quick writes to use while reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate with your class. The prompts can be used as quick writes after a read aloud or during small group literature circles as a reflection/assessment
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.4.1, RL.5.1, RL.6.1
$2.00
58 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
Rapid automatic naming speed is a strong indicator of future reading abilities in the area of fluency. This product contains 11 rapid automatic naming practice sheets including 2 with all capital letters, 3 with a mix of capital and lower case
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
34 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This bundle contains two products: Rapid Automatic Naming Drills and Tracking Sheets and Rapid Automatic Naming Sound Cards and Activities. Together you will get 25 rapid automatic naming sheets including letters, numbers, colors, objects, sounds
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.00
$6.95
24 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This bundle is an activity companion for the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. I have temporarily removed "growing bundle" from the title. There will be more updates to this product, but unfortunately this won't be edited until later this school
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.50
17 ratings
3.9
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This about me page is perfect for the first week of school. Students can create a custom "tee" by drawing, coloring, and writing on it. This activity allows students to show the teacher and class their favorite things. This would be a great activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.00
15 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This COMPLETELY editable testing evaluation template works for the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition (KTEA-3.) These templates has made writing assessments so much easier for me! This product contains two versions of the same
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (Specialty), School Psychology
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Assessment, Professional Documents
$3.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This product contains two versions of a character map for Ivan, one with lines and one without. The map has areas for students to take notes on Ivan's problem, character traits, things he says, actions, solution, and how Ivan changes. This map can
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
$1.00
12 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
For students, interviewing can be an overwhelming task. This handout shows students the right types of questions to ask when interviewing. Rather than questions that require a simple, one word answer, students are provided with four types of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Posters
$1.50
12 ratings
3.9
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This student self-evaluation sheet can be used with as a reflection sheet for MCAS alternative portfolio assignments. This product asks students to rate their performance on an activity, allows for growth through goal setting, and asks students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Special Education
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Printables
$0.95
3 ratings
3.8
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This game reinforces the endings learned in the Lindamood Bell ending grid. This game plays like the popular game Crazy Eights! In Crazy Endings! students must identify the ending of the words on their cards and match it with the ending on the card
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Phonics
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.50
9 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This game is meant to reinforce the endings learned from the Lindamood Bell (LiPS) Ending Grid. This game focuses on the endings in the row i says /ee/: -ia, -ian, -ion, -ious, -ient, -ial, and -ience. Students race a timer and an opponent to find
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Phonics
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.3.3, RF.3.3c, RF.4.3, RF.5.3
$2.25
7 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This activity is designed as a pre-reading activity to engage students in The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and create poems based on the chapter titles. Titles are on strips and
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1
$1.50
9 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
Two interactive journal pages are included with this product. Students have the opportunity to explore how to multiply using base 10 blocks and multiples of 10 and 100. Each page has an example that the class can do together and two examples for
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations
Grades:
4th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
4.NBT.B.5
$1.25
12 ratings
3.9
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This game includes two differentiated games (easier and difficult) for students to demonstrate an understanding of division using the area model. Two game boards, two sets of game cards, two answer keys, and answer sheets are included. Students show
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Other (Math)
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Games, Math Centers
$3.75
4 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This product contains four heading cards (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and 26 vocabulary word cards. It also includes blank vocabulary cards for a customized activity. This product can be used at any grade level. Use the
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Special Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
$1.25
3 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
Rapid automatic naming speed is a strong indicator of future reading abilities in the area of fluency. This product contains 14 rapid automatic naming sound cards including: 2 with all short vowels, 2 with long vowels (1 with vowel teams and 1 with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Phonics
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This Connect 4 is a review of endings beginning with -ti. Endings include –tion, -tian, -tia, -tious, -tial, -tient, and -tience. It can be used to reinforce the endings learned from the Lindamood Bell (LiPS) ending grid. This game can also be used
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Phonics
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.25
8 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
In small groups or centers, students can search for vowel team words with ee, ea, and -ey. Students need a two minute timer. Bonus points are received for words found with 5 or more letters. A recording sheet is included. Thank you for downloading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Phonics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This product includes categorizing and main idea activities to help students build their skills. Categorizing is a skill essential for understanding of the main idea of a paragraph or passage. Students have the opportunity to practice categorizing,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Fijal - Tales of a Teacher
This game is meant to reinforce the endings learned from the Lindamood Bell (LiPS) Ending Grid. This game focuses on the first three endings from the vowel says /u/ row: -a, -on, -an. Students must pronounce a word correctly before advancing in the
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Phonics
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.3.3, RF.3.3c, RF.4.3, RF.5.3
$2.25
5 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.46 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for nine years as both a special education and regular education teacher. I am currently a grade three classroom teacher. I have spent many of my teaching years in the upper elementary grades 4-6 as well.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I am certified in both special education and elementary education (1-6). After receiving my special education certification and degree I went back to school for my reading specialist license. Through this I discovered that my passion is teaching students reading skills. I enjoy providing interventions to struggling readers so they can build their skills and become more successful and confident as learners.

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Outside of my life as a teacher, I love traveling, spending time with family and reading.

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