Ms LB

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United States - Illinois - Batavia
Ms LB
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"The person who can make hard things easy is the educator" - Ralph Waldo Emerson".
 
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A NEW 100 POINTS PROJECT! My students enjoy having choices in their assignments. When doing a book project I like to give them just that. The 100 points project allows atudents to select activites from different point ctaegories in order to earn
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Assessment
$2.00
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By Ms LB
Take your pick allows students to select which activites they complete about the book they selected. It is recommended that students work on the different activities or take notes as they read. Students have different activities to pick from in the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$3.00
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As part of teaching research skills as well as a way to incorporate news events that we do not get out of our book, I created the Birthday Project. Students work with their own birthday to find and research people born on the same day (not always
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Library Skills, Social Studies - History
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Research, PowerPoint Presentations
$2.00
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By Ms LB
Looking for a way to assess if students know they 8 Parts of speech and how to locate them in their own writing? Use any writing they are doing and have them label the different parts of speech with this simple assessment format and grading rubric
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Printables
$1.00
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By Ms LB
This is a project for use after a classroom works with Lois Lowry's, The Giver. Students will work together to create a quilt sharing information about the novel as well as writing a section of memory to be shared with Jonas during his training.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$3.00
13
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By Ms LB
During students study of biography they will create a timeline that not only show thier subjects important events but also show their own history as well as important United States or global events that occured during thie life of thier subject. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Music
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Handouts, Research
$2.00
13
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By Ms LB
Poetry Boot Camp is a fun way to go over some of the basic terms you use during a Poetry Unit. It is a basic note taking session, but the teacher acts as the drill master in order to make it fun and not just a copying session. I wrote basic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$1.50
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By Ms LB
Great for informational reading skills as well as Speaking and Listening Common Core Standards. - This projects has students research and present an informational and entertaining presentation as a Tour Guide. Students will select and research
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Geography, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Rubrics, Handouts
$3.00
1
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By Ms LB
Students will create a poster about a novel they have read. This project requires stduents to create at least 9 squares that cover different parts of the novel. Plot, character, setting, conflict and theme squares are required and students pick
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Assessment
$2.00
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By Ms LB
Looking for a simple way to change up your book reports? Try having your students create the movie for the book. Students will still work with writing a summary and determining what is impotant from the text. They will also explain the setting and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$2.00
11
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By Ms LB
This is a short(14 question) introduction to the life and works of William Shakespeare. The answers can all be found on the websites listed on the sheet. This is a simple way to introduce The Bard to middle school audiences. I use this activity in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Drama
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Workbooks, Internet Activities
$1.00
3
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By Ms LB
For this book report students put the basic elements of their novels (plot, setting, static & dynamic characters, conflict etc.) on a Magic Book. A Magic Book is made with construction paper. You create squares using a weaving process and the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Assessment
$2.40
3
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By Ms LB
For this project students rewrite a story using poetry. After students have learned about Poetry and different forms of it I discuss how many writers are writing books using verse to tell their stories now. I have students use a Children's book
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$2.00
5
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By Ms LB
This mini-book project/activity asks students to use quotes and information from the novel or story to draw a character from the story. Teaching the different way authors create characters allows students to better picture them in thier head. Works
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$1.00
11
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By Ms LB
Have your students grade the book they just read. For the report card students give the author a grade on: characters, plot, setting, themes, and overall story. The worksheet is set up as a chart with a space for comments or explanations as to why
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables
$1.00
8
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By Ms LB
As an assessment for the different parts of the novel including plot and conflict I have my students make a soundtrack for a movie? With the rate that popular books are becoming movies today here is the chance. Have your students create the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Assessment
$1.50
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By Ms LB
Teach reading and writing? Get a sneak peak at the start of the year of your student's feelings and concerns about these two things as well as a few insights into what they enjoy, feel they are good at and other basic things they want you to know.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms
$1.00
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By Ms LB
As a way to refresh my students minds about the 8 Parts of Speech I had them write down examples of each on a post-it note and place on the correct poster. I looked at each poset and as a class we had a percentage for how many were correct. We
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$1.50
3
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By Ms LB
This printable bookmark is meant to give readers some reminders and assignments about vocabulary, word choice and quotes. Activities are given for each section and students could add them to a reading notebook/journal or just a word study
Subjects:
Literature, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Printables
$1.50
2
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By Ms LB
Questioning is one of the main strategies that good readers use. This log allows students to record their questions and think about what type of questions they are asking (thin or thick). I have found many logs like this but wanted to make sure I
Subjects:
Science, Social Studies - History, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Graphic Organizers, Handouts
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I currently teach in a Middle School in Glendale Heights, Illinois. I have worked with students from all ability levels and ethnic backgrounds. For the last 4 years I have been working with 6th, 7th & 8th Graders teaching Speech & Drama. I see every student in the building for 6 weeks. In class we focus on acting, public speaking and performance writing. During my teaching I have worked with many different styles of teaching and had my schedule for teaching change often. I taught English and Social Studies for the first 17 years of my career. I also direct the school plays and musicals having put up successful productions of Legally Blonde, Annie, Unplugged, Beauty & the Beast, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Krazy Kamp and This is a Test. I also lead the Drama Club in fun Improv games and drama exercises each week.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Carefree and fun. I like to offer my students options whenever possible for projects. While I find quality tools in my textbooks I tend to veer away from the book often. I am working on having a much more student-center classroom. My students make a lot of the choices about what they learn. This year my English classes are using workshop time daily. I have an openng activity, a mini-lesson and than workshop time. Students are learning alot about time management during this time. I am getting a lot of time to work with small groups and re-teaching loops.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Having my students put so much work into the play I wrote for them was the best honor I could have received.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a BA in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College (2000), with endorsements in Language Arts, Social Science and Middle School. I have a Master's in English Studies also from Elmhurst College (2004). I take part in at least one workshop each year outside of my district in order to experience what is new in the world of education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love creating new ideas and plans for my students. I think the best thing I can do is learn from them so I often am asking them about how they learn and what they would like to do before creating lessons.

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