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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Math Centers
$6.00
660 ratings
4.0
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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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks
$46.50
$37.20
590 ratings
4.0
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Posters
$6.00
467 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (8.94 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 450 pages and four months of lesson plans at a HUGE
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$64.80
$51.84
607 ratings
4.0
Bundle
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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$15.00
$13.50
497 ratings
4.0
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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$9.95
394 ratings
4.0
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1
$12.95
360 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (22.94 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
The Video Game Project: An End-of-Year ELA Activity for Upper Elementary is one of my all-time favorite end-of-the-year projects! Not only is engaging and rigorous, it is simple to differentiate and virtually print-and-go! In this activity,
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.95
418 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (6.74 MB)
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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Posters
CCSS:
W.6.3d, W.7.3d, W.8.3d, W.9-10.3d, W.11-12.3d
$5.00
291 ratings
4.0
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Task Cards
$3.00
298 ratings
4.0
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By Musings from the Middle School
This Growth Mindset Poster Bundle includes seven (7) 8.5” X 11” PDFs (just print and go!) and seven (7) high resolution jpegs, designed at 8.5" X 11" (300 dpi). Print these on your home computer or have printed as posters at your local office supply
Subjects:
For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Posters
$8.75
$7.00
217 ratings
4.0
Bundle
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:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas
$2.50
266 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (4.59 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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Games
$5.00
222 ratings
4.0
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Graphic Organizers
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...
$24.00
$19.20
204 ratings
4.0
Bundle
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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$10.95
260 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (17.40 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
These Reading Response Task Cards-Fiction are excellent for differentiated the instruction in your classroom. They are perfect for: • guided reading • reading comprehension practice • paired reading • literature circles • reading response
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.6
$3.00
206 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (6.26 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
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$65.30
$52.24
306 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Musings from the Middle School
This Literary Elements Poster: Plot Elements is a jpeg version of the anchor poster that is part of my The Interactive Notebook-Literary Elements Collection Bundle and my The Interactive Notebook-The HUGE Bundle!. This is a high resolution jpeg,
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$1.25
210 ratings
4.0
Digital Download JPG (2.55 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
Book Projects for any story! Are you over using the same old book report form? Well, here are 32 effective and engaging Book Projects that you can use with any book! The projects encourage higher-level thinking and are presented as task cards,
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Task Cards
$3.00
218 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.71 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
This Interactive Notebook – Reading Comprehension Collection contains 10 lessons with Interactive Foldable Organizers. The organizers in this set can be used with ANY short story, leveled book, novel, poem, or literary nonfiction piece and will help
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Guided Reading Books, Graphic Organizers
$7.50
149 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (16.01 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 14th year teaching middle school. I taught both ELA and math in 6th grade for 10 years and have been teaching ELA in 7th grade for the last two years. 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.

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

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