Mrs Spangler in the Middle
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Use these task cards to give your students practice with identifying claim, evidence and opposing claim - all based on two original, included texts about Easter Island. Students read the two texts and then use these cards to practice with the
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If you are looking for some ideas of how to begin the first days of school with "getting to know you activities", then you are in the right place! Here are my top 10 favorite ice-breakers that are appropriate for any middle school class. The last
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This is something I created for my special education middle school students to practice with text features after we learned the basic definitions of title, heading, caption, chart, label, boldface, and glossary. This zip file includes: ↠ An
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This is a list of 10 (or so) different things you could do with a class to help end the year. These are things that I have done with various classes generally in Middle School over the past 22 years. Most of the ideas are "grab & go" with
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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
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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
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Get your students with special needs motivated and on track with what they are working for right in front of them in a handy little booklet of cards! This is how it works: 1. Students earn points during class for things like: -completing
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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Mix it, Match It! is an interactive game. The teacher mixes up all the questions and answers that are on separate cards and gives each student one card. Students must then find their match! Directions for students: 1. Read the card. 2. Decide
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According to David Coleman, President of the College Board and architect of the Common Core, the secret to scoring well on standardized tests is in the understanding of academic vocabulary. So I went to my state's (Florida's) website and pulled
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This is a little PowerPoint that comes with FREE BOOKMARKS that show students in grades 5-8 how to effectively highlight information in a textbook (or other book). Usually students at this age use highlighting in such a way that they are really
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Here's a little something you could send home with your students in grades 4-8 to entice them to do a little playing AND thinking over the summer! I hope that my own students do much more reading than watching TV and playing video games. However,
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This file includes a model of organization for an expository essay that is NOT text based and another copy for you (or your students) to cut up for a hands-on activity. The included essay is a basic essay (not a polished one) that I think will be
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Do you teach the ACE method for writing expository paragraphs? Have your students learn what each letter of ACE stands for with these handy, differentiated Pixanotes™! Then use the included writing frame that features the visuals from the
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This is just a little quick and fun Halloween themed way to practice brainstorming vivid verbs. Just use the haunted house door and windows as "lift a flaps" where students generate more vivid verbs for the words given with a partner. Thanks and
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Do you need to review the steps for successful test-taking? Then you have found just what you need! This flipbook has a page for each of the following: ★ Read the Directions and Titles ★ Read the Entire question ★ Determine what is being asked ★
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These study guides are the size of a task card but don't let the size fool you! You'll get the organizational pattern for each type of non-text based essay plus transition, definition, example, anecdote, and objection sentence starters too! There
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Use this flipbook to create an authentic holiday writing experience for your students! First, make the flipbook and discuss the 4 types of questions inside. The questions are about the gift-bringer, foods, customs, and language. Next, have
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Here's a Month of perseverance themed bellringers all based on an original non-fiction text about Walt Disney. Supporting growth mindset, the topic of perseverance is perfect for the beginning of the year! Each week, students are given one
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Use this resource to help your students examine key excerpts and ideas from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech is NOT included as it is copyrighted. There is a link included that will take you to the National
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Help your students review plot diagram with this handy video and matching notes! This video covers: ★ Definition of plot ★ Exposition ★ Characters ★ Setting ★ Conflict - internal and external ★ Rising Action ★ Climax ★ Falling Action ★
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After teaching for 21 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 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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