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Musings from the Middle School

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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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Google Apps
$9.95
634
Digital Download PDF (9.05 MB)
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
$8.00
896
Digital Download ZIP (16.19 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
421
Digital Download PDF (5.03 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 SAVINGS!*****************************************************************************Note:
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$76.30
$61.04
709
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:
6th, 7th, 8th
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
478
Digital Download PDF (35.08 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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$3.00
379
Digital Download PDF (5.20 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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Posters
$6.00
654
Digital Download ZIP (22.06 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, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.6.3d, W.7.3d, W.8.3d, W.9-10.3d, W.11-12.3d
$7.00
447
Digital Download PDF (19.99 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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks
$47.50
$38.00
709
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
517
Digital Download PDF (17.47 MB)
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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$34.00
$27.20
273
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 over 370 pages and over four months of lesson plans at a HUGE SAVINGS!********************************************************************Note:
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$76.30
$61.04
365
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)
$17.00
$13.60
564
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
314
Digital Download PDF (17.40 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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans
$5.00
201
Digital Download ZIP (47.71 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
This Writing from Lists: My Bucket List 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 found no
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$3.00
171
Digital Download PDF (5.10 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
Narrative Writing (Vol. 1): Writing About Lessons Learned is a mini-writer’s workshop for grades 6-8 and the first in a series of mini-workshops designed to engage even the most reluctant of young writers! This quick-paced, 2-week writer’s workshop
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Minilessons, Google Apps
$9.95
205
Digital Download PDF (12.57 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:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Task Cards, Google Apps
$5.00
367
Digital Download ZIP (39.90 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:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
$12.95
308
Digital Download ZIP (60.63 MB)
By Musings from the Middle School
This Mood and Tone Anchor Chart 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 resource contains two high-resolution jpegs
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$2.00
191
Digital Download ZIP (6.86 MB)
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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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