Engaging middle school Christmas activities for the month of December and the week leading up to Winter Break from 2 Peas and a Dog.

Middle School Christmas Activities

Finding middle school Christmas activities does not need to be a challenge. Look through this blog post to find Christmas activities that are broken into two categories: curriculum-related and fun activities. These activities are great for the whole month of December. Editor’s Note: I have written this blog post in

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Teachers are notorious for burning themselves out because they take on too many tasks. Learn practical strategies how to set boundaries by saying no.

Setting Boundaries By Saying No

It happens so easily. Somebody asks for a small favour, a new teacher that really needs a mentor teacher, the advisor of a beloved program is retiring and it would be such a great fit for you. Suddenly your schedule looks more appropriate for a whole team of workers than

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Clock Talk Teaching Strategy

The clock talk teaching strategy is a great teaching technique to get students sharing their ideas with a variety of classmates. This teaching strategy is perfect to use at the start of the year to encourage students to meet new peers and not always work with the same group of

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Students' interests are constantly evolving and it is important that the texts in our classrooms reflect these changes. In this article, is a list of Grade 7 books that come recommended by other teachers and previous students. 

Grade 7 Book Recommendations

Grade 7 book recommendations can be a challenge to find sometimes. Students’ interests are constantly evolving and it is important that the texts in our classrooms reflect these changes. Below is a list of Grade 7 books that come recommended by other teachers and previous students. This blog post contains

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Middle School Diwali Lesson

Help your students learn about Diwali with this middle school Diwali lesson plan. It is important to recognize all major holidays in your classroom – not just the traditional North American commercialized celebrations. Middle school lesson plans for Christmas or Thanksgiving are easy to find, but this is not always true

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Diversifying Your Poetry Curriculum

It can be difficult to find an engaging and diverse poetry curriculum because, for a long time, the ubiquitous authority on any literary topic was the classic textbook anthology.  This text is a great resource, but it is important that as teachers we select a variety of texts to use

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Teaching non-fiction in middle school is often overlooked. Learn why you should teach non-fiction in middle school as well as three different lesson ideas from 2 Peas and a Dog.

4 Reasons to Teach Non-Fiction in Middle School

Teaching non-fiction in middle school is often overlooked due to the pressure to teach fiction. Novels, short stories, and poems are all commonplace and wonderful parts of the Language Arts classroom, but often these selections lean heavily toward the fiction side of literature.   While fiction is a valuable part of

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Indoor Recess Ideas

In this blog post, teachers will find socially distant indoor recess ideas. Indoor recess is always a challenge on inclement weather days, but students usually rise to the occasion and enjoy playing games with their classmates. Sharing of items will not be permitted during Covid-19 so I have come up

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