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
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
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
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
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 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
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
19 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
Video & Supporting Document
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Use these task cards to help your middle school students practice the structure of a text-based essay! The students will work in groups, review what they know about the parts of an essay and even write an essay with this resource.How it works:1.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, Cooperative Learning, Task Cards
$5.99
18 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
You can review key information from and about The Giver by Lois Lowry as you play Scoot, Scatter, ZAP, or Quiz Show style - that's 4 games in 1! Most questions were written using higher level thinking words like deduce, infer, outline, judge and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Novel Study
$5.50
11 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 View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg. You can play Scoot, Scatter, ZAP, or Quiz Show style - that's 4 games
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study
$5.50
9 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
You read the student IEPs, know what the accommodations are, but now what? You want to know specific things you can do to help your students LEARN and you need the research from the first pages of this flipbook to back you up at IEP meetings or
Subjects:
Special Education, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$5.25
15 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Review SEVEN Middle School Reading Skills with this PowerPoint, Mini-book, Passages and Questions Set!The Standards are:Cite Evidence - CCR 1 / LAFS.6-8.RI.RL.1.1Theme and Central Idea - CCR.2 / LAFS.6-8.RI.RL.1.2Interactions - CCR.3 /
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Scaffolded Notes, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9
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$5.99
17 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
This PowerPoint explains what plagiarism is using Kaavya Viswanathan as an example. You might remember that she is the former Harvard student who plagiarized Megan McCarthy's novel and was very publicly "busted". After showing a real-life example
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Homework, Classroom Forms
$5.49
10 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs Spangler in the Middle
Middle School students will learn how text-based essays are organized with these organization centers. This resource provides four centers/stations of scaffolded practice activities. It includes:★ Center #1: Text-based Vocabulary with interactive
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$7.99
12 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After teaching for 25 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.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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

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