Category: Literacy

Why You Should Use Podcasts In Middle School?

Podcasts are a fantastic way to consume information and get free entertainment. I love using podcasts in middle school. Students like lesson variety and using podcasts provides an additional way of getting information. Why Should You Use Podcasts in Middle School? They are short pieces of content. They are not

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Digital Learning in the English Language Arts Classroom

Digital learning in the English Language Arts classroom can be a challenge if you are not prepared. Teachers learned a lot about digital learning during the 2020 Covid-19 emergency digital learning that occurred.  Below are my top 3 tips for digital learning. 1. Giving students choices is very important in

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4th and 5th Grade Novels

Interesting and engaging 4th and 5th-grade novels can be a challenge to find. It is important that we continually evaluate the novels in our classroom to ensure they meet modern-day interests and reflect modern-day society’s values and beliefs. This blog post contains affiliate links that are of no cost to

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Use this list to find engaging books for 7th and 8th grade students. Great books for 12 and 13 year olds from 2 Peas and a Dog.

Engaging Books for 7th and 8th Grade Students

It can be a challenge to find engaging books for 7th and 8th-grade students that will keep their attention.  The books listed below would be great for reluctant readers who do not want to read during English class. I have compiled a list of graphic novels, easy reads and high-interest

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Help students learn about Earth Day with this engaging lesson plan from 2 Peas and a Dog.

Middle School Earth Day Lesson

Earth Day is an important day each year to remind students of the impact their daily choices have on the planet. Many students do not know the history of Earth Day or its significance. Use this middle school Earth Day lesson to help students gain insight into this important day as

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Digital ELA Lessons for Middle School ELA

Creating meaningful digital ELA lessons can be a challenge. First, you need to plan an interesting and standards-based lesson, then you need to make it work with technology. One of my favourite ways to take my pen and paper lessons and move them into digital ELA lessons is to use

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Distance Learning For Middle School ELA

Distance learning is the new normal for many teachers as of March 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus that has become a global pandemic. Below are four different ready to go lessons for Middle School ELA. These distance learning lessons require pen and paper or access to an online learning

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