Meaningful Connections in the Classroom

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If you need some engaging ways for students to practice guide words and alphabetizing to the second and third letters, this product is for you! Included you’ll find the following:•20 Google Slides™ task cards (paperless, no prep)•20 PDF task cards
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA)
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Task Cards, Google Apps, Centers
CCSS:
L.2.2e, L.3.2g, L.4.4c
$3.50
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Is there a winter storm in your school community's forecast? Do you have a long winter weekend coming up and need an assignment for students? "A Snow Day" is the product for you! This is a no-prep long-weekend packet that students can use to
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Writing, Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Centers, Homework, Printables
$1.40
19
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
These task cards contain higher order thinking comprehension questions from Elisa Carbone’s novel, Blood on the River. This novel is one of the best tools I've found for teaching students about Jamestown and the relationship between the Powhatan
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, U.S. History
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Literature Circles, Task Cards, Centers
$1.50
17
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This set of 24 reading comprehension task cards can be used in literacy groups, centers, or for a whole class game of Scoot. The cards target inferencing skills, main idea, supporting details, author’s purpose, and vocabulary. Conflict,
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Poetry, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Task Cards, Centers
$1.75
19
Digital Download PDF (6.96 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This is a no-prep packet that students can use to learn about grizzly bear safety while practicing their literacy skills. This activity covers vocabulary, author’s purpose, functional text, and text features. Included is a summarizing activity where
Subjects:
General Science, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Centers, Homework, Printables
$1.50
14
Digital Download PDF (5.19 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Big Alphabet Activities Bundle!!Need some digital and PDF activities to help students remember all their letters and sounds? This bundle of alphabet activities will help you, especially if you use a program that has you teach them in the order
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Google Apps, Homework, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.1d, RF.K.2, RF.1.2
$28.50
$25.65
Bundle
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
These task cards contain multiple quotes from Christopher Paul Curtis’s novel, Bud, Not Buddy. Many of the twenty task cards in this set focus on comparing and contrasting two pieces of text. Additionally, students have numerous opportunities to
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Task Cards, Centers
$2.50
8
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This product contains 30 task cards to check students’ comprehension of the novel. Each of these cards is labeled by chapter. I've placed the cards for the chapter we've covered on my doc camera and had students complete them as exit tickets. I’ve
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Centers, Activities
$2.50
4
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Cece Bell’s novel, El Deafo is one of my favorite graphic novels, and that’s why I created this set of task cards and writing prompts to complement it. This downloadable PDF contains 60 comprehension task cards and 28 writing prompts task cards. The
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Task Cards, Centers
CCSS:
RL.3.10, RL.4.1, RL.4.10, RL.5.10, RL.6.10, W.3.2, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, W.3.1a, W.3.1d, W.3.2b...
$3.00
2
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Need an independent activity to accompany science unit on sea life while you work with small groups? Hoping to expand students’ knowledge of animal adaptations? Looking for some engaging long-weekend homework? Trying to plan ahead and make an
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$1.50
7
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This set of 28 reading comprehension task cards can be used in literacy groups, centers, or for a whole class game of Scoot. The cards target inferencing skills, main idea, poetic devices, author’s purpose, and vocabulary. Conflict, summarizing, and
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Poetry, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Task Cards, Centers
$1.75
6
Digital Download PDF (7.13 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Need heart word flash cards for your science of reading based instruction in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade? This bundle of resources should meet your needs!Kindergarten Heart Word Flash CardsOrthographic mapping has been so helpful for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Flash Cards
CCSS:
RF.K.3c, RF.1.3g, RF.2.3f, RF.3.3d
$7.75
$6.97
Bundle
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
PDF Alphabet Board GamesAs a K-5 reading specialist, I’ve been working to create engaging instructional materials. When I made these games, I originally intended to use these in my small Kindergarten groups. My students had some trouble remembering
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Google Apps, Centers, Games
CCSS:
RF.K.1d, RF.K.2, RF.1.2
$11.50
$10.35
Bundle
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
As an interventionist who has worked with students in grades K-8, I’ve found that striving readers have a tough time with content-related worksheets, books, and other reading materials. We know that kids in the lower grades need decodable texts as
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Printables, Independent Work Packet, Centers
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.K.3c, RF.1.3, RF.1.3a, RF.1.3b, RF.1.3c, RF.1.3g, RF.1.4, RF.1.4a, RF.2.3, RF.2.3a...
$2.50
1
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By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
This bundle contains my sets of Writing Fliphunts and Non-fiction and Fiction Reading Fliphunts.Description of Writing FliphuntsAre you using the Flipgrid™ video discussion app by Microsoft™ in your virtual or in-person classroom? If so, then this
Subjects:
Literature, Creative Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Centers, Activities
$4.00
$3.60
3
Bundle
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Word Problems for Calculating Whole Numbers:Students need lots of practice in completing math word problems. That’s why I created this set of two-, three-, and four-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problem task cards in
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Math Test Prep, Word Problems
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Task Cards, Google Apps, Centers
CCSS:
3.NBT.A.2, 3.NBT.A.3, 4.NBT.B.4, 4.NBT.B.5, 4.NBT.B.6, 5.NBT.B.5, 5.NBT.B.6
$5.00
$4.50
Bundle
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Factors and multiples can be tricky as I found when I was a virtual fifth grade teacher in 2021. My students needed graphic organizers and strategies for understanding how to factor numbers, find least common multiple, and figure out the greatest
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Numbers
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Google Apps, Centers, Activities
CCSS:
5.NBT.B.5, 4.OA.B.4, 6.NS.B.4
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (3.99 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
As a K-5 reading specialist, I’ve been working to create engaging instructional materials. When I made these games, I originally intended to use them in my small Kindergarten groups. My students had some trouble remembering letters, and I wanted to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Games
CCSS:
RF.K.1d, RF.K.2, RF.K.3a, RF.1.2
$7.00
Digital Download PDF (18.28 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Orthographic mapping has been so helpful for teaching my reading intervention groups new words, particularly “heart words.” I created these science of reading based heart word flashcards to help first graders practice. I have also used these with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Flash Cards
CCSS:
RF.K.3c, RF.1.3g, RF.2.3f
$3.50
Digital Download PDF (2.93 MB)
By Meaningful Connections in the Classroom
Decodable readers are an integral part of early reading instruction. As a reading specialist, I have found that my colleagues and I just can’t get enough sets of these for our students! I created this set of beginning and ending blends decodable
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.1, RF.K.1a, RF.K.1c, RF.K.1d, RF.K.3, RF.K.3a, RF.K.3b, RF.K.3c, RF.K.4, RF.1.1, RF.1.3...
$3.50
Digital Download PDF (8.56 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have worked in multiple capacities in the elementary and middle school classroom for over twenty years. I have taught inclusion classes, co-taught classes, self-contained elementary general education classes in grades 2-4, and worked as a reading and writing interventionist in middle school for grades 6-8. Currently I teach reading, writing, and grammar to fourth graders in a departmentalized setting.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students learn best when they are excited, engaged, and active. I create manipulative literacy and vocabulary activities to accompany the high-interest texts I share with my students. I believe activities should connect with all other aspects of the curriculum so that our work is relevant. In my class, we play games, move, and love literacy. Come join in the fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2014 I represented my division as the Teacher of the Year. In 2015, I represented Virginia's Region III as Teacher of the Year. I was selected to attend ECET2 in Seattle in 2015, and I participated in the Inaugural Academy for Envisioning Tomorrow's Schools with VDOE, Virginia Tech, and Moseley Architects in 2016. I first became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2005, and I just renewed my certification in 2015.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have my BA in English and Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary--I graduated in 1995. I received my M.Ed. in Reading from the University of Virginia in 2008. I am now a certified reading specialist.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am happily married, have four kids, and love spending time outdoors. I also blog at https://meaningfulconnections.me.

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