Product Swap: Word Work for Big Kids!


Looking for some new ideas for the new year?  Then you have come to the right place!  I, along with many others that are linked up below, participated in a Product Swap and are now bringing you some tried and tested details on some great resources!

I was blessed to be paired with Chalk and Apples.


I say blessed because this year, I am teaching one section of learning strategies and must teach roots, prefixes and suffixes.  That means I need help with word work practice to keep this mundane subject interesting!



This great product gives you several choices for activities that can be used with any set of words for practicing and deepening knowledge.

I chose 3 different centers from this product (that has 16 in all!) for this swap and had my students each choose one from those three.   

As you can see, we are using Lovin' Lit's Interactive Notebook materials for identifying critical information on word parts and recording our knowledge.  The centers helped us practice with these word parts perfectly because they can be used with any word set.  Plus they require practical use and deeper thinking about the words or word parts.  


But wait, there's more!


This center helps the students identify which parts are prefixes, suffixes or root words.  I gave them a word using the word parts we have been studying and it was their job to break it down.  There were a few "aha" moments as students debated the difference between prefixes, roots and suffixes as in where each begins and ends.  It was a great way to get those critical thinking thoughts cooking!  

Last, but not least, is a center that is more general yet very helpful!


This center asks students to write their vocabulary words in the middle of a 3 column chart and then write an antonym and synonym for each word.  I chose to write in three words that I wanted the students to work with because we already had these words in our notebooks.  They had fun discussing/debating possible answers!  Plus they were deepening their knowledge at the same time!

One note:  With all 3 centers, I made an answer sheet for my students because they need a bit more structure than the average bear. ;)  
I share this because I did not want anyone to assume an answer sheet was included in the product and then be disappointed.  Using the notebook to record word work centers would be ideal.  That would keep everything together in one neat place!

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to use this resource.  It has truly helped me to add variety and interest to our word work.

Enter to win this product and others that have been linked up below!








The Literary League 12 Days of Giving Freebie Round-­‐Up & Sale!

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate.

Thanks so much for the overwhelming response to the 12 Days of Giving hosted by the Literary League!  

To celebrate the season and our favorite fellow teachers (that’s you!), we’re all having a sale in our TpT shops today, Saturday, December 12th and tomorrow, Sunday, December 13th.  That’s right!  Pop over to each of our shops and you’ll find all of our resources at 20% off!


The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate.

Oh, and if you haven't entered for a chance to win the Teachers Pay Teacher gift card, you can do so below. Today is the last day to enter!

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Just in case you missed one of the featured freebies, click the links below.

The Creative Classroom - Two Column Notes Organizer
Perfetto Writing Room - SteadfastTin Soldier
Literary Sherri - Winter Poems - Poetry Analysis
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle - Christmas Zap Game
The Classroom Sparrow - Holiday Essay Outline
2 Peas and a Dog - Christmas Writing Prompts
Brain Waves Instruction - Endof Year Reflection and Infographic
The Daring English Teacher - WinterThemed Grammar Worksheets

From all of us Literary Leaguers, wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!

A Christmas Carol Gift for You on Day 5 of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!




Welcome to Day 5 of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! We know that the holiday season is busy for both teachers and students. You want to make learning fun, yet still meaningful while attempting to channel some of your students' energy and excitement about the upcoming holidays and days off from school. Today you'll find a seasonal resource that will help you do just that.


A Gift From Mrs. Spangler in the Middle: A Christmas Carol - ZAP Game to Review Plot
Middle School students love playing games in the classroom and as a result, they are highly engaged in the content too! After reading "A Christmas Carol" you'll naturally want to review. Why not play ZAP? ZAP is easy to set up and easy to play! Just print, cut out the question strips and place into a tall cup. Then divide students into teams and you're ready to play! Students will love working with their teams to be the winners and you'll love the time you'll save since all the work is already done for you!

The 12 Days of Christmas shares this great Teaching Idea and Game for "A Christmas Carol"!




Visit Literary Sherri for Day 6 of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. Look for a special surprise coming on Day 12!

Thanks for stopping by!

Top 3 Pins for Holiday Fun in Middle School!



It's the most wonderful time of the year!  It's also the "sqirreliest" time of the year!  What to do?  Here's my top 3 ideas!





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How about a little craft or 2?  The students can make them to give to friends, family or even other teachers at school.  If you sponsor a club, students could make these for various people at your school like the secretaries, janitors or community partners.  Remember, Kind is the new Cool so spread some love!



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This looks like a fun "last day before break" game!  The teacher makes the ball in advance by wrapping one piece of candy for each layer of the ball.  Then at school, have your students sit in a circle.  The person to the left rolls the dice while the student unwraps the ball.  When the person rolls doubles, the ball comes to them.  As students unwrap the candy, they get to keep it.  I'm already thinking about what I could put in the ball....



If you need something a little calmer, then perhaps this would do the trick!  You can use old (or even new) greeting cards to make this!  What a lovely ornament for kids to take home - yes, even in middle school!  (They're still kids too you know! :) )

Fun Christmas teaching ideas for the last days before break!

I hope you have an exciting and enjoyable December of activities with your students!  Check out some other great ideas below and then link up your own!

The Literary League Kicks Off 12 Days of Giving for Secondary ELA Teachers!

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate. Enter December 1st - December 12th.

Literary Leaguers are in the holiday spirit and we’re hosting 
12 Days of Giving!

We’re super excited to share some of our favorite freebies (both seasonal and all-year-round resources) with you and give you the chance to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate!  The 12 Days of Giving runs Tuesday, December 1st – Saturday, December 12th.


The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate. Enter December 1st - December 12th.

Here’s how it works…
Day 1 of Giving:  Enter to win the Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate at any of the participating Literary Leaguers’ blogs.


Days 2-11 of Giving:  Stop by each of these blogs for links to favorite English Language Arts freebies.  Hint:  Follow each of the blogs via email or Bloglovin' so that you don't miss out on the updates. You can even get the Bloglovin' app for your phone and read all your favorite bloggers in one feed!

Day 9 - Nouvelle

We have a feeling that you’ll love the seasonal and all-year-round resources! 

Day 12 of Giving:  We have something fun in the works for you on the 12th Day of Giving! Stop back at any of the participating blogs on December 12th to find out what we have in store for you!

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Enter to win the Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate below.   The winner will be notified on December 13th.

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