Musings from the Middle School

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By Musings from the Middle School
This is one of my all-time favorite end-of-the-year (or, any time of year, really!!) projects for upper elementary students! There is lots of great math involved (multiplication, calculating area and perimeter, and more!), as well as art and
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Math Centers, Activities
$8.00
936
Digital Download ZIP (16.19 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
The Video Game Project - An ELA Project for Big Kids is one of my all-time favorite ELA projects! Not only is it engaging and rigorous, it is simple to differentiate and virtually print-and-go! Additionally, the resource was updated in April 2020 to
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Google Apps, Printables
$9.95
703
Digital Download PDF (9.05 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
This HUGE bundle contains my three separate collections of foldable graphic organizers. Teach literary elements, nonfiction text elements, and reading comprehension strategies to your upper elementary/middle school students with ease!Over 40
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks
$47.50
$38.00
735
Bundle
By Musings from the Middle School
Tailored for grades 6-8, this is a massive bundle of my most popular writing units. This package contains 450 pages and four months of lesson plans at a HUGE SAVINGS!*****************************************************************************Note:
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$76.30
$61.04
734
Bundle
By Musings from the Middle School
This Halloween Writing: Spooky Snapshots mini-unit is perfect for middle school and high school students! They will love writing about the 24 "spooky" setting images that come in this
Subjects:
Creative Writing
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
W.6.3d, W.7.3d, W.8.3d, W.9-10.3d, W.11-12.3d
$7.00
483
Digital Download PDF (19.99 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
In The Debating Game, students will spend one-minute rounds arguing "for" or "against" a variety of everyday items, events, and ideas. The object is to record as many reasons as you can to support your claim. But, if the other players challenge one
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games
$5.00
467
Digital Download PDF (5.03 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
These beautiful posters display 36 academic vocabulary words (and their student-friendly definitions!) traditionally found in academic text. These words are frequently used in higher-level questions (in all subject areas) and high-stakes testing
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters
$7.00
683
Digital Download ZIP (22.06 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
Tailored for grades 6-8, this is a massive bundle of my most popular writing units. This package contains over 370 pages and over four months of lesson plans at a HUGE SAVINGS!********************************************************************Note:
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$76.30
$61.04
373
Bundle
By Musings from the Middle School
I put together this Reading Comprehension Worksheets package because…well... Because Sometimes You Just Need a Worksheet! This product contains 35 print-and-go reading comprehension activities that are rigorous and engaging! You’ll find worksheets
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$9.95
528
Digital Download PDF (17.47 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
Gary Soto’s “Seventh Grade” is an excellent short story to use with middle school students to teach plot and conflict. This unit contains a week’s worth of lesson plans and materials to supplement the story before, during, and after reading.*
Subjects:
Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans
$5.00
224
Digital Download ZIP (47.71 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
In this resource, you’ll find my lesson plans for getting started with an Article of the Week (AoW) routine whose objective is THINKING!Students will not just be reading articles just for the sake of finding “right” answers to predetermined
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
$12.95
318
Digital Download ZIP (60.63 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
This Writing from Lists: I Can’t Imagine Life Without… activity is a sure-fire way to get your students’ pencils flying! Creating lists and then writing from those lists is a tried-and-true inspiration technique that writers have used for ages. I’ve
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$3.00
404
Digital Download PDF (5.20 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
This Writing from Lists: Bundle (Volume #1) contains SIX of my best-selling unit plans that provide a sure-fire way to get your students’ pencils flying! Creating lists and then writing from those lists is a tried-and-true inspiration technique that
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$17.00
$13.60
582
Bundle
By Musings from the Middle School
This HUGE collection contains all of my resources designed to support a middle school READING classroom. *Be sure to PREVIEW each resource in this Bundle so you can see exactly what you are getting.*If purchased separately, these items total
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
$149.35
$119.48
124
Bundle
By Musings from the Middle School
This Writing from Lists: MEGA Bundle contains TWELVE of my best-selling unit plans that provide a sure-fire way to get your students’ pencils flying! Creating lists and then writing from those lists is a tried-and-true inspiration technique that
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$34.00
$27.20
279
Bundle
By Musings from the Middle School
If teaching argumentative writing is part of your curriculum, this is the product for you! This month-long workshop is broken down into small, manageable steps (detailed lesson plans included!) which will keep your students motivated and
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
$16.95
495
Digital Download PDF (35.64 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
The perfect writer’s workshop for teaching narrative writing! This writer’s workshop is broken down into small, manageable steps which will keep your students engaged and excited. This workshop begins with six “Toolbox” Lessons. These are
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.4.3, W.5.3, W.6.3, W.7.3, W.8.3
$10.00
174
Digital Download PDF (8.69 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
The Interactive Writer’s Notebook is the answer to inspiring your most reluctant writers! This product includes over 60 interactive pages (in 1-page, 2-page, or 4-page layouts!) that students can glue into their writer’s notebook (or you can staple
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$10.95
324
Digital Download PDF (17.40 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
The possibilities are endless with these awesome 100 Writing Prompt Task Cards! Just think of all the ways you could use these in your classroom!• Put them in a center or station• Use them for homework• Assign as a small group activity• Use as an
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Google Apps
$5.00
378
Digital Download ZIP (39.90 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
This Interactive Notebook - Literary Elements bundle contains everything you need to not only teach your students to identify literary elements, but to analyze and reflect on their effects on a piece of writing, making it the perfect tool for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Graphic Organizers, Printables
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.6, RL.8.1...
$25.00
$20.00
249
Bundle
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 16th year of teaching. In my tenure, I've taught first grade, third grade, sixth grade, and have been teaching seventh grade ELA for the past five years. Beginning in 2019, I will be teaching 7th grade ELA Intervention. I am excited for this change and am eager to work with these students. Middle schoolers are totally my niche!!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Student-centered all the way!!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Nothing formal... but my students seem to love me! Does that count?!?

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelor's degree in Education Psychology and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Additionally, I have a Master's degree in Language Arts Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married to a teacher and together we have four, beautiful children.

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