Mrs Spangler in the Middle

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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
FIVE days of hands-on fun to get your middle school students excited about the new school year and your class! These engaging activities focus on building community, establishing class agreements (rules) and procedures as well as group
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Classroom Forms, Cooperative Learning
$5.99
88 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Help your Middle School students practice identifying claim, opposing claim, and relevant evidence with these task cards! They are based on two original included non-fiction texts about Easter Island.Students read the two texts and then use these
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
W.7.1, W.7.1a, W.7.1b
$3.49
134 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Need some quick and easy ideas to use with your class on the first day of school? Try one or more of these TEN icebreakers and ideas of how to begin the first days of school with "getting to know you activities"!The Ten icebreakers & ideas:1.
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.99
31 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This "A Christmas Carol" resource is based on the play that is found in 7th grade McDougal-Littel Literature books (but can also be found online here).In my class, we read the play scene by scene. We analyze each scene with a discussion, plot
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.7.6, RL.7.7
$6.95
50 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Here's a great way to practice text features! After your students have learned the basic definitions of title, heading, caption, chart, label, boldface, and glossary, then have them put that knowledge to use with task cards, an article to color
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons
$3.99
37 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Even though teachers work hard to make their classrooms a positive place, there are occasions when detention is a necessary consequence for inappropriate behavior. To keep the onus where it belongs (on the student), use these compositions to help
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Classroom Forms
$3.99
29 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Looking for a fun way to preview or review Middle School ELA concepts? This is it! This game has 30 different BINGO boards with 24 answers + 1 free space using the following reading and writing skill
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.25
15 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Teach the organization of text-based informative/explanatory essays with this product! It is laid out in a "chunked" fashion so that you can go through the process step-by-step with examples, Cornell notes and interactive notebook activities
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Scaffolded Notes, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
W.7.2, W.7.2a, W.7.2b, W.7.2f, CCRA.W.2
$7.95
25 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This PowerPoint is an overview of how an expository essay is organized. It states that an expository essay explains something in 5 paragraphs. The introduction has 3 sentences: hook, answer, thesis. The next paragraphs each explain one of the
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Printables
$5.49
21 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This is package of 5 items you can use to teach the fundamentals (basics) of plot diagram. 1. Guided Cornell notes that cover Exposition, Characters, Setting, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution, & Theme with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$4.49
13 ratings
3.6
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Start your year off strong with FIVE DAYS of hands-on fun that will engage your new students right off the bat! Students will have many opportunities to interact with one another which will help you to create a community that will likely last all
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$5.99
20 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
You can review key information from and about Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop as you play Scoot, Scatter, ZAP, or Quiz Show style - that's 4 games in 1! All questions were written using higher level thinking words like deduce, infer,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Games
$5.50
15 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Teach the organization of text-based argumentative essays with this product! It is laid out in a "chunked" fashion so that you can go through the process step-by-step with examples, Cornell notes and interactive notebook activities all along the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Scaffolded Notes, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
W.7.1, W.7.1a, W.7.1b, W.7.1e, CCRA.W.1
$7.95
17 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This product just received a Makeover as of June 15, 2015 This product gives you FOUR reading comprehension questions and answers games to review the 4 story elements of setting, characters, plot and theme for Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry! All
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Novel Study
$5.50
18 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This is a set of FOUR reading comprehension and skills games to review the 4 story elements of setting, characters, plot and theme for Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. All questions were written using higher level thinking words like deduce,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Games
$5.50
11 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Use this Mystery Picture to give your students practice with identifying claims, opposing claims, evidence, logos and pathos - all based on two texts about Easter Island. My 8th graders read the two texts and then practiced with the terms using my
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.00
27 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This is a set of FOUR reading comprehension and skills questions and answers games to review the 4 story elements of setting, characters, plot and theme for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton! All questions were written using higher level thinking words
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Novel Study
$5.50
17 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Engage your middle students right away with a full week of interactive activities to start your year off right! You'll get one full week of middle school plans with TEN activities!These are plans:★ Day 1: Icebreaker game, Stone Soup reading or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Games, Interactive Notebooks
$5.99
32 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This is a set of FOUR reading comprehension and skills games to review the 4 story elements of setting, characters, plot and theme for The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. All questions were written using higher level
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Games
$5.50
14 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Here is a full lesson on what text structures are and how to identify them for your middle school language arts students with a poster, activities, a video, and Pixanotes®!Pixanotes® are structured picture notes. I think of them as a blend of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Scaffolded Notes, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
RI.7.5
$5.25
21 ratings
3.8
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After teaching for 24 years in middle school, I've decided that's the place for me! I taught for ten years in the Orange County (Florida) Public School system at primarily the sixth-grade level. During that time I taught Language Arts, remedial reading, social studies and exceptional student education (aka special education). Then for 6 years, I taught sixth grade Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies to sixth graders in a private, independent school. Now I am back in public school and am teaching Middle School Language Arts to students with and without Special Needs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My style embodies all manners of creativity. I use any medium possible to share information and knowledge in new ways. This includes art, music, role-playing, and anything active. I am also a big fan of the Responsive Classroom and Tribes ways of teaching. These methods draw students into a community and helps them learn the curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment. My colleagues call me the "Kum-by-yah" teacher and I'm ok with that. :)

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was named teacher of the year in 2007.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo. Bachelor of Art in English from SUNY Geneseo. Master of Education from Rollins College.

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Teaching is not a job, it's what I do.

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