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Toolbox: Grade 6-8

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April 2019 Grades 6-8 Lesson of the Month

Middle school students in all our classrooms are bouncing with spring fever, anxious to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. This month, in honor of Earth Day, let’s engage students with a little research about the consequences of producing too much trash.


March 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

How do you teach types of sentences so that students are able to understand the concept and use them with fidelity in their compositions? This lesson is a great way to introduce the types of sentences and continue to spiral the concept throughout the school year, applying the skills to several personal experiences so that students see how to create a variety of sentences in their own writing. Use a selection of published examples either from the samples that are shared here or from a read aloud you are teaching with currently.


February 2019 Grades 6-8 Lesson of the Month

This amazing book about freedom is beautifully written with many teachable moments for your ELAR classroom, while making meaningful connections to our country’s history. Enjoy this book with your middle school students as you share the true meaning behind the sweet smell of roses.