Mining the Middle Years

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By Mining the Middle Years
This Back to School icebreaker game (PPT) allows students to get to know their teacher at the beginning of a new year. It is a lively, entertaining approach to discovering more about their new teacher. Students take a test on the first day of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
61
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By Mining the Middle Years
These are 4 separate math challenge and enrichment products bundled together in one package and they can be used for Distance Education learning. They are designed with the grade 6, 7, 8 and 9 curriculums in mind. Each activity is included
Subjects:
Math, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Games
$5.00
49
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By Mining the Middle Years
This Optical Illusions Project is a critical thinking activity. It can be used for Distance Education learning. This creative thinking project can accompany any Science, Psychology or Language Arts unit. It also acts well as a stand-alone
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.50
18
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By Mining the Middle Years
This package is a guided approach to a Public Speaking Unit. Students are guided through the process of planning a speech, writing a speech and delivering a speech. If you are new to teaching public speaking, this resource provides a step by step
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Minilessons
$5.00
37
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By Mining the Middle Years
Need a Survival Kit for the first weeks of school? Here are 10 fun projects and ideas to get to know your students. Creative and critical thinking are a common thread throughout these projects which include art, writing & design (STEAM). These
Subjects:
Writing, Back to School, Visual Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Printables
$7.99
14
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By Mining the Middle Years
This is a physical geography unit introduces and explores specific geographical terms including landforms and bodies of water. This product can be used for Distance Education learning. Students complete a geography project in which they define and
Subjects:
Geography, Critical Thinking, Visual Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
$4.99
23
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By Mining the Middle Years
Math Puzzles – Problems using Divisibility Rules and Numeracy Skills These Math puzzles are logic number problems for students to solve using their basic numeracy skills, their knowledge of place value and the divisibility rules. This bundle of Math
Subjects:
Math, Word Problems, Other (Math)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards, Activities
$3.50
9
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By Mining the Middle Years
Engage your students in Statistics. Students generate their own statistical question and then collect authentic data to graph, calculate and reflect upon the results. This is a great activity for a Back to School Project! It works well as a
Subjects:
Math, Statistics, Graphing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.50
18
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By Mining the Middle Years
Challenge your students with a Christmas Trivia Game!This Christmas activity is a fun and whimsical game to celebrate the Christmas season. It is a PowerPoint game with fifty questions. This game contains comical and serious questions that will
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.00
29
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By Mining the Middle Years
Are you looking for math puzzles that require critical thinking and problem solving? This activity is an outside-the-box way of thinking about math equations. Letter Equations are well-known phrases or facts where the key words have been replaced
Subjects:
Math, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
17
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By Mining the Middle Years
Thanksgiving Math Project is a real world learning task. This Math activity requires students to read in the content area (local grocery flyers) to plan and decide on the meals for Thanksgiving Day. Student are required to make healthy choices for
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Thanksgiving
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
70
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By Mining the Middle Years
This Year End Activity asks students to write a letter to future students who will be in your class next year. It guides the students to be reflective about the past year. Students are asked to share their thoughts on important classroom routines,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Printables
$3.00
39
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By Mining the Middle Years
Do you want to begin a big buddies/little buddies learning program this year? Here is a bundle of activities that will guide you to get started with a buddy program and will provide many ideas to take you through the year. This learning buddy
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.50
27
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By Mining the Middle Years
This inquiry-based project is a unique way for students to research their history & past from birth to present day and then make predictions and share their dreams for their future. They also learn a little about their ancestors. This project
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (Social Studies - History), Writing-Expository
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Graphic Organizers, Printables
$3.00
23
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By Mining the Middle Years
This engaging and hands on collection of experiments introduces students to Chemistry. This six to eight week long science unit explores the difference between physical and chemical changes in the properties of matter. The six labs included utilize
Subjects:
General Science, Chemistry, Other (Science)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Laboratory
$7.00
19
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By Mining the Middle Years
Memorial Day, Remembrance Day and Veterans Day are special dates in our calendar year. The Reading and Writing activities in this package lend themselves well to inform students about history and to develop an understanding of the significance of
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
13
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By Mining the Middle Years
This engineering design project combines writing, problem solving, art & creative thinking. Students will produce a Rube Goldberg machine challenging them to think about ‘cause & effect’ showcasing their design & creative thinking. This
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Back to School, Engineering
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Printables
$2.50
20
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By Mining the Middle Years
Scientists. What are the different kinds of scientists? What are the different fields of Science? What do scientists do? This unit takes a look at the different branches of Science. This would be a great Back to School Science unit or an End of
Subjects:
General Science, Informational Text, Visual Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Graphic Organizers, Activities
$3.00
24
Digital Download PDF (7.95 MB)
By Mining the Middle Years
Engage your students in a real world Christmas Math Activity!This Christmas Math Project is a project based learning task. This project requires students to read in the content area (local grocery/retail store flyers and/or online advertisements)
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
24
Digital Download PDF (10.84 MB)
By Mining the Middle Years
Drug Education – Through the Eyes of a Recovering AddictThis Drug Education and Awareness package presents the real life story of a recovering addict. Jonas shares his story in a video format in hopes that others will be saved without making his
Subjects:
School Counseling, Character Education, Health
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Video Files
$5.00
7
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Collectively, we have over fifty years teaching experience in the classroom. In addition we have been involved in conducting professional workshops, and participating in curriculum design and review. Our expertise includes current Literacy initiatives (e.g. Smart Learning, Adrienne Gear) and inquiry based projects involving Numeracy. We have also been involved in problem based learning and critical thinking projects. We are adept at integrating technology across the curriculum (interactive white boards, clicker response systems, lab and mobile devices). We have provided school and district leadership for Gifted Education programming.

MY TEACHING STYLE

We are experienced teachers dealing with a wide range of student abilities in our classrooms. We incorporate differentiated instructional ideas and activities in our store products. Our projects are designed with multiple intelligences in mind.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

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ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mining the Middle Years is a collaboration between Catherine Turner and Sherry Olson. We are educators who live and work on sunny Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

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