Middle School Student Reward Ideas

Although I'd love it if all of my students are always intrinsically motivated in class, it just doesn't happen as often as I'd like. For the times when my students need a little extrinsic motivation (or when a student goes above and beyond on their own), I like to have a few options on hand to reward individual students.

Rewards for Individual Students
  • A call or email home about the great things the student did in class: This means a lot to many students and is a wonderful way for a teacher to build a connection with the families. I try to use this reward for my most difficult students who don't often hear about the good things they do.
  • Extra credit: I use this sparingly so the grades are still a true reflection of the concepts students have mastered during the year.
  • Candy: This is always a winner.
  • Homework passes: Students value the time they spend outside of school and are grateful to get an occasional break from homework.  Here are some free homework passes I created.
  • Stickers: I'm always surprised by how much middle school students love stickers. I don't know if it is because I get super excited about stickers myself and that influences them or if they just plain love stickers. Also, middle school students like to wear their stickers on their faces (FYI).
  • Books: Even though I teach science, I still like to give books to my students. During the summer I try to stock up on the very inexpensive books that can be found at garage sales.
  • Choosing the music played during class: When students work on projects or assignments in class I like to play music in the background. Students love choosing the music themselves. Just make sure the student understands that the chosen music must be school appropriate.
  • Allowing food during class: In my classroom, snacking during class is generally a no go, so when students can have food they get pretty excited about it. Students can bring in their own snacks, but I don't allow them to share the food unless they make arrangements with me beforehand and bring enough for everyone. 

When to Use These Rewards
  • As a prize for the winners of review games
  • When a student gives a particularly thoughtful response to a question
  • When a student is spotted doing something especially kind for others
  • Attending tutoring outside of class time
  • Consistent effort during class
  • When a student goes above and beyond on an assignment
  • When a student is particularly helpful to a substitute teacher

I hope these ideas work for your classroom and your students!  Remember to check out the free homework passes in my Teachers pay Teachers store.

 Free Homework Pass

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Secondary Half Way Sale from Study All Knight Teacher Resources

Celebrate a successful first semester and the beginning of a great new year! Find secondary resources on sale on December 31st and January 1st. My store will be 15% off during these two days. Check out the link below to see a list of stores that will be on sale.

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FREEBIE Friday 4

Check out these free resources from Teachers Pay Teachers.  This week all of the freebies are activities.

1. U.S. Landmarks Web Quest by Gail Hennessey
Middle school social studies students will enjoy learning about America's landmarks in this web quest activity.

2. Multiplication Board Games by Games 4 Gains
Elementary students can use these two games to practice their multiplication facts in centers.

3. Qualitative and Quantitative Observations Activity by Elly Thorsen
Middle school science students will have fun practicing what they know about qualitative and quantitative observations in this activity.

I hope you found an activity that will work well in your classroom. Come here again next Friday for more freebies!

 Qualitative and Quantitative Observations Activity Multiplication Board Games
 Landmark Web Quest


From now until December 26th, you can get one of my best selling worksheets for FREE. Please leave feedback after you download the Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Worksheet.


 Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Worksheet

FREEBIE Friday 3

Here is your third set of FREE Teachers Pay Teachers resources. Enjoy!

1. KWL Chart by Jadyn Thone 
This is a fun and modern spin on the traditional KWL Chart where students can both write and draw their thoughts and ideas. It can be used to introduce new topics or build on old topics in just about any grade and subject area.

2. How to Teach 7 x 8 = 56 by Victoria Leon
This document teaches students a trick to help them remember the product of seven and eight. I used this trick with a student I tutor and she has not forgotten since. Use this resource with any student who is struggling with multiplication facts.

3. Poetry Response Templates by Adam Thompson
Upper elementary students can use this resource to create written responses to different aspects of a poem. Eight different poetry prompts cover poetry aspects such as structure, theme, and setting.

I hope you found something useful for your classroom. Check back next week for more freebies!
 7x8=56 KWL ChartPoetry Templates

FREEBIE Friday 2

Here is your next set of three great free resources from Teachers Pay Teachers. Enjoy!

1. Use of Lab Equipment and Data Analysis Skills by Science Stuff
This is a fantastic resource for science teachers of students sixth grade and older. The seventeen page resource has lab handouts, worksheets, and more.

2. Would You Rather Questions by Rachel Lynette
If you ever have a few extra minutes in class pull out this list of questions to ask the students. It is suitable for second grade to ninth grade.

3. Time Scoot Game by Adventures in Kinder and Beyond
This time telling game works well for students in PreK-2nd grade.

Check back next week for more FREEBIES!
Lab Equipment and Data Analysis Would You Rather Questions Time Game

Secondary Smorgasbord: Traditions

Holiday Traditions...And Yellow Snow

First of all, let me get this out of the way: Yes, I have eaten yellow snow. When I was four years old I was playing outside with my family’s black lab on a snowy winter day. My brother, who was six years older than me, got my attention and pointed at a yellow patch in the snow near the bushes. He exclaimed, “Elly look! Apple juice!” Since I LOVED apple juice I instantly began to shovel the contaminated snow into my mouth.  I was still enjoying the “apple juice” when Mom came outside and saw my brother chortling and me sitting in yellow snow.  You better believe he got in trouble and I got my mouth washed out.

Now, how is this story possibly related to a holiday tradition? Do I go around eating yellow snow every December? (The answer to that question is a firm “NO.”)

When I worked at Will Rogers College Junior High School, the teachers and students all over the school participated in a traditional winter door-decorating contest through their advisory classrooms.  In the past, the teachers had plenty of notice to develop creative decorating ideas with their students and collect supplies. The December of 2013 was different. We had little warning of when, or even if, the judges would be coming around to take a look at the doors. By the time we were notified of the date, my class of 7th graders only had one forty-five minute class period to generate ideas AND decorate the door. Our only supplies: white printer paper, markers, scissors, and tape. No glitter, no construction paper, no garlands, no wrapping paper…You get the idea. Talk about a creative challenge.

During that fateful advisory day, my students and I spent about ten minutes discussing ideas. We were getting nowhere and wasting valuable construction time. Then, suddenly, a student remembered a truth I told during a “2 Truths and a Lie” game at the beginning of the year. He promptly reminded the class of “Mrs. Thorsen’s yellow snow story.” Since the story took place in winter, the class immediately decided to bedeck our classroom door with a yellow snow theme. Lovely.

They had an idea and ran with it. Tasks were quickly delegated among the students. At table one, students cut out snowflakes.  At table two, students dried out my yellow markers transforming the white printer paper. Students at table three were working together to draw and color a dog posing in a certain three-legged standing position. Table four had students crinkling paper to give it texture and taping those pieces together to form a layer of snow. A few ladies at table five made a sign stating “When Mrs. Thorsen was a little girl her brother tricked her into eating a lot of yellow snow. Which is why we decided to decorate our door this way!” The remaining students were working hard putting it all together on the door. Here is the result.

Slightly inappropriate? Maybe. Beautiful? No, not really. But the students worked together and finished our classroom door in less than thirty-five minutes.  You should have seen my students; they were so proud. It was fun to watch them working together and enjoying each other’s company. Many advisory classes had no decorated door to present to the judges.  Unfortunately, we did not win the school wide competition, but most of seventh grade agreed: Room 320 had the best door of 2013.

Thanks go to ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures for setting up this Secondary Smorgasbord Traditions Linky and inviting me to participate.  Check out the other blogs listed below for more teaching holiday traditions.

FREEBIES of the Week

There is a ton of great free stuff on Teachers Pay Teachers. Each week on my blog I'll feature three of those free resources from different content areas and grade levels.

Here are your first three freebies!

1. Butterfly Life Cycle by Gretchen Ebright
This resource is for preschool to first grade students and contains a science activity and a language arts activity.

2. Differentiated Guided Reading Activities by Isla Hearts Teaching
This resource is for first, second, and third grade reading students and can be used for high, middle, and low readers for any leveled book.

3. Primary Source Analysis by Leah Cleary
This resource is for middle school to high school ELA and social studies students and contains a PowerPoint and notes on primary and secondary sources, a group activity, and a foldable.

I hope you found a resource to use in your classroom. Check back next week for more!

 Life Cycle Guided Reading Primary Source Analysis

Winter Holiday Genetics Worksheets

Since many teachers found my Creature Genotype and Phenotype Differentiated Worksheets helpful for their classrooms, I decided to make another version with holiday characters like Santa, Frosty, and the Grinch. In these holiday genetics worksheets students find the percent chance of certain genotypes and phenotypes appearing in the babies of these famous characters. Two versions of the same worksheets are in this document so teachers can easily differentiate for the students in their classroom. 

Two sample questions are shown below with their differences highlighted.  You'll notice that just a few changes of the wording can create more of a challenge for students because they have to use their vocabulary knowledge to determine the parents' genotypes before creating a Punnett square and solving for the baby.

Sample Question from Worksheet A:
Spice the gingerbread woman and Stan the gingerbread man want to know what kind of buttons their little one will have. Frosting buttons are dominant and candy buttons are recessive. Spice is FF and has frosting buttons. Stan also has frosting buttons but his genotype is Ff. What are the possible genotypes and phenotypes of their baby?

Sample Question from Worksheet B:

Spice the gingerbread woman and Stan the gingerbread man want to know what kind of buttons their little one will have. Frosting buttons are dominant and candy buttons are recessive. Spice is homozygous for frosting buttons and Stan is heterozygous. What are the possible genotypes and phenotypes of their baby?
 Winter Holiday Genotype and Phenotype Punnett Square Differentiated Worksheets
I had a lot of fun being creative and making these winter holiday Punnett square worksheets and I think students will like them as well. Check them out now while Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site wide sale. Remember to use the Promo Code TPTCYBER to get the full discount of 28%.
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Super Cyber Savings TPT Sale

 Teachers Pay Teachers Super Cyber Savings Sale
Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide  sale on December 1st starting at 12:01 a.m. (ET) and ending December 2nd at 11:59 p.m. (ET). If you use the promo code TPTCYBER you will get a total of 28% off of everything in my store. Many other sellers on the site will have discounts as well. Make sure you check it out to get some great savings!

This sale is the perfect time to get some of the bigger items in my store like the Homeostasis Package, which will be on sale for $3.96, or the Human Body Organ System Assessment Package, which will be on sale for $6.48. Don't forget to use the promo code at checkout so you get the full savings. 

Student Activities

I found a blog post today called "Ten Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids" by Loreen Leedy. In school there is a lot of reading involved in learning. The lesson plans of many teachers require students to read text and answer questions about it. That strategy has its role but gets boring when used too often. When students are bored they are not making connections with the material and are not learning as much as they could. There are so many great alternatives to have students show their understanding of the material than simply answering questions from the book or a worksheet.

In my class I often  have students do the activities listed below  in addition to or instead of answering worksheet questions. Some of the ideas listed below are from the blog previously mentioned.

  • Students can complete stations around the room individually or in small groups. The stations are basically just questions from a worksheet cut up and posted around the room. Even though students are still answering questions about the content, they are excited to do it because it is presented to them in a different form where they can move around and choose their own order.
  • Students can write the definitions of vocabulary words, use the vocabulary words in a sentence, and draw something that helps them remember the meaning. I use this for my most vocabulary heavy units, like genetics. 
  • Students can act out key ideas to help with understanding the information in a new way.  I am amazed how many boring subjects can be livened up with students creatively expressing the content in front of their peers. 
  • Students can write paragraphs about how the information is important to them and their lives. I always try to include why students need to know certain information, but it is even better when students can make those connections themselves.
  • Students can create a poster or comic to show the most important parts of the material. I have had success with using poster and comic creation in my science classroom. I always explain the rubric and expectations before assigning the project. The students come up with fun ideas and enjoy showing their projects to others, which is a great opportunity for students to learn from their classmates. Below are examples of poster and comic projects I've assigned in my classroom. 
The Changes in States of Matter Poster Project is suitable for middle school students. Guidelines and a grading rubric are included in the resource on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Take a look at the example of a poster the students might create as part of this project.
 Changes in States of Matter Poster Project

The Density Comic helps my middle school students understand density. Density is something many of them take a while to understand and making a comic about it tends to help them master the concepts more quickly (while having fun).  The resource from my Teachers Pay Teachers store includes guidelines for students and how to grade the finished comics. The comic shown below was created using those guidelines.
 Density Comic
I hope this post gave you some good ideas about activities for your own classroom!

Differentiation of Instruction

During the fall of my first year teaching my mentor and I were discussing my upcoming parent-teacher conferences. He shared some questions parents might ask during the conferences and asked me how I would respond. One question that has always stayed in my mind was "How do you challenge your advanced students?" Until that point my main differentiation of instruction was catered toward reaching my lower performing students. I was good at reaching multiple levels of students, but the group I consistently left behind was my advanced students. I had very few ways of differentiating for my gifted students, and the methods I did use consisted of giving them more work, not more challenging work.

Piling work on gifted students is a common way teachers mistakenly differentiate for their advanced students. (I know I still make this mistake sometimes.)  Does this sound familiar? "Oh, you finished your work?  Great!  Here's another worksheet."

Since the conversation with my mentor five years ago I have always tried to remember to include all levels of differentiation in my class and provide a challenge for my gifted students.  It is something I am still working on, but I have made progress. Keep in mind, it isn't always the same gifted students every day. Oftentimes the students considered advanced change regularly depending on the subject matter.  Each student is great at something and I try to recognize his or her strengths in class.

Here are some ways I have challenged my advanced students:
  • Let the students plan and teach a lesson.
  • Have students tutor others to help prepare for upcoming tests.
  • Have students tutor classmates who struggled on a test the first time and are determined to understand the content better and take the test again.
  • Work with individuals or small groups in class during a lesson.
  • Be the teacher's helper and assist with answering classmate's questions during individual work time.
  • Have different levels of stations around the room and point out the most challenging ones. Then have each student complete a certain number of stations of their choice. Generally each student chooses the stations he or she is ready for.
  • Create multiple versions of the same worksheet with different levels of questions and let the students determine which sheet to complete.
Recently I updated a set of worksheets I use to teach genetics and Punnett squares. The Creature Genotype and Phenotype Punnett Square Practice Worksheets include two worksheets about the same content. In the worksheets the students make Punnett squares to find the genotypes and phenotypes of the offspring of mythical creatures like unicorns, dragons, and werewolves. The worksheets have the same questions and the same answers, but what makes them differentiated is the phrasing of the questions. In Worksheet A the students are given the genotype of the parents, which allows them to focus on the main goal of practicing Punnett squares and understanding how the offspring get certain traits. In Worksheet B the students have to figure out the genotypes of the parents themselves before they can create their Punnett squares. 

 Creature Genotype and Phenotype Punnett Square Practice Worksheets

Below are examples of questions from each worksheet in the set with the differences highlighted.

Worksheet A: In werewolves, silver hair is a recessive trait and dark brown hair is a dominant trait. If a ww werewolf is crossed with a WW werewolf, what are the possible genotypes and phenotypes of the offspring and the percent chance for each?  You will have to choose the letter to use for this question. Use a Punnett square to help you find your answers.

Worksheet B:  In werewolves, silver hair is a recessive trait and dark brown hair is a dominant trait. If a silver haired werewolf is crossed with a purebred werewolf with dark brown hair, what are the possible genotypes and phenotypes of the offspring and the percent chance for each?  You will have to choose the letter to use for this question. Use a Punnett square to help you find your answers.

Tweaking the worksheets just a little bit can sometimes be all it takes to make the work more challenging. It is an easy way to reach all levels of students.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments for me about anything in this post. Thanks for reading!

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The Sale's Last Day is Tomorrow!

 Look at the featured items in my store for the sale

Remember to check out the four most wishlisted resources in my store. Tomorrow is the last day to get these featured items on sale.

Hypothesis, Independent Variable, and Dependent Variable Worksheet Package: Save a dollar and get the three most popular worksheets in my store in this package for $2.50.

Science Lab Safety Package: Get everything you need to teach a short unit on lab safety for only $4.00 (previously $5.25).

Scientific Method Stations: Use these versatile stations in place of a worksheet. They are only $1.25 for one more day!

Properties of Matter Test: This thirty question test for middle school science is only $2.00.

Check out the sale before it closes Friday night November 21st!

Secondary Smorgasbord Happy Hour: Free Teacher Resources

A number of the secondary teachers on Teacher Pay Teachers decided to have a "Happy Hour" to compile a list of their free resources for teachers of sixth grade through twelfth grade. You can find the links to all of these free resources at the bottom of this post.

My free resource for this Happy Hour is for science teachers who want their students to learn about qualitative and quantitative observations in a fun way. The Qualitative and Quantitative Observation Activity gives students a chance to first review what they know about observations and then work in groups to make observations about every day objects. The great thing about this activity is that the supplies can be anything--the teacher doesn't have to go out and buy specific supplies to make it work.
 Free Observations Activity

Check out the blogs of the people who set up this Happy Hour: Desktop Learning Adventures and ELA Buffet.  Thank you!

Wish List SALE: The Chosen Ones

The wish list votes have been counted and four of my resources from my Teachers Pay Teachers store are on sale from now until the evening of Friday November 21st. You can find them in the "My Featured Items" section at the top of my store or follow the links below. The resources you all chose to go on sale for my first ever Wish List Sale are as follows:

1. Hypothesis, Independent Variable, and Dependent Variable Worksheet Package: This package contains three of my most popular scientific method worksheets. The worksheets are suitable for students from 5th grade to 9th grade. It is now on sale for $2.50 (previously $3.50).

2. Properties of Matter Test: This newly added test surprised me by getting so many wish list votes so soon. The test has thirty questions (mainly multiple choice) over atoms, states of matter, changes in states of matter, physical and chemical changes, the law of conservation of mass/matter, homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures, elements, and compounds. The test is for students in 6th-8th grade and is in Microsoft Word form so it is fully editable. It is now on sale for $2.00 (previously $3.00).

3. Scientific Method Stations: Stations are great to use in the middle school classroom because students can move around the room and work at their own pace which allows the teacher to give specialized instruction to students who need it. These stations are easily used for different scientific method concepts. An answer key and thorough instructions for the teacher are included. It is now on sale for $1.25 (previously $2.00).

4. Science Lab Safety Package: This lab safety package contains everything I use to teach my short safety unit at the beginning of the school year. It has a PowerPoint with objectives and notes for students, a list of safety rules, a safety activity, and a safety quiz with a key. The package is suitable for 5th grade to 8th grade. It is now on sale for $4.00 (previously $5.25).

Enjoy the Wish List Sale and please let me know what you think of the resources by leaving me a comment and rating on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Thank you for checking it out!

Middle School Classroom Management Plan: My Classroom Rules and Consequences

The educational strategies I use in my classroom are things I continuously reflect on and develop. The classroom management of my middle school classrooms is one of the things I’m most proud of with my teaching. I generally had a happy classroom that was under control and focused on learning, which wasn't always easy considering my classes each consisted of 30+ seventh graders at ALL possible academic levels working out of their seats on science experiments and activities. My biggest pieces of advice for a well-behaved class are to keep your rules and consequences simple, clear, and consistent.

My Classroom Rules:

I only had three rules in my classroom and they were broad enough to cover just about any out of line behavior. At the beginning of the year we went over these rules thoroughly and acted out examples and nonexamples so there was no room for confusion or purposeful misinterpretation.

Find links to get these posters at the end of this blog post.

Rule Number One:Respect yourself, your peers, your teacher, and your surroundings.” This rule is meant to cover all interactions in the classroom. Students who respect themselves value their education and learning time and get their assignments completed to the best of their abilities. Students who respect their peers understand their classmates need a safe learning environment free of distractions and impolite communications. Students who respect their teacher recognize the importance of the education opportunities being presented in class and allow the teacher to facilitate lessons and help all students learn.  Students who respect their surroundings acknowledge the resources, furniture, and equipment in class are used by others for the pursuit of education and need to be kept in good condition. 

Rule Number Two:Raise your hand silently to speak.” Having strong student participation is important for learning, but entering chaos territory is so easy when middle school students are allowed to interject whenever and for whatever. Students need to know every voice is important; for everyone's thoughts, ideas, and questions to be heard there needs to be an order to the sharing process.

Rule Number Three:Follow all directions quickly the first time they are given.”  It sounds basic (and it is) but so much educational time is saved with this rule, especially in a science classroom where there is limited time to complete time-consuming experiments. 

My Class Consequences:

After much trial and error and some great advice from an administrator, I developed a list of consequences that worked perfectly to enforce the rules of my classroom. The key with consequences is they must be followed in order every single time for every single student. 

Find links to get these posters at the end of this blog post.
Consequence Number One: "Warning." This was in place so I could let students know their behavior was unacceptable in the classroom and needed to be changed. I gave the warning in different ways to communicate with the offending student, depending on what worked the student’s personality. Sometimes I would approach the students discreetly and quietly tell them they had a warning. Other times I would catch the student's eye from across the room and show a number one with my finger. If I had a particularly easygoing class where the students were all comfortable with one another I'd pause in the lesson to tell the student they had a warning.

Consequence Number Two:Complete a Behavior Think Sheet and move seats.”  If students continued to disregard the class rules they would get this consequence that served three purposes. First it removed the student from the situation, making it easier to revert to proper behavior. Second, it allowed them to reflect on their behavior and analyze its effect on themselves and others.  Third, the BTS provided me with documentation of misbehavior that I could save and keep on file. I realized completing a BTS takes time out of learning, and so did the students. My lessons were fun, engaging, and rigorous; the students did not want to and could not afford to miss part of the lesson by acting out and completing a BTS. In addition, if the misbehavior was allowed to continue it would distract others from learning the content. Occasionally I would have a student test me by not completing the BTS. For those students I gave them a choice: They could complete it in my class and be late to their next class (without a pass), or they could leave it incomplete and move on to the third consequence. The Behavior Think Sheet (with English and Spanish copies included) is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Consequence Number Three:Parent or guardian contact.” If the first two consequences were not effective, consequence three often curbed the desire to misbehave. Sometimes I would have the student call home with me right after class. Sometimes I would make the contact immediately after school. Rarely, and only after exceptionally poor misbehavior, would the family be contacted during class.

Consequence Number Four:Referral.”  I was lucky enough to teach in a school with a fantastic dean of discipline. The fourth consequence involved me contacting the dean about the student’s misbehavior and it would then be handled in a fair manner.  In other schools a similar consequence might be used with the principal or other administrator instead.

As I said earlier, the consequences should be followed in order every time for every student. There are exceptions to that, and I was always upfront and honest about the exceptions with my students. My students knew that if one student punched another student in class that a simple “warning” would not happen. That just wouldn't make any sense. The steps can be skipped for serious breaches of the classroom rules. The only other reason I would skip a consequence was for repeat offenders. If the same student had the same problem over and over again I met with that student privately to make a plan. Usually that plan involved skipping one or two steps in the list of consequences until the student was able to demonstrate appropriate behavior consistently over time. All of my classes knew skipping steps could occur in such situations, so there was never any backlash of “that’s unfair” if I went out of order.

Using These Rules and Consequences in Your Classroom:

As I mentioned, I created these rules and consequences for my middle school students. However, they work just as well as part of an upper elementary or early high school classroom management plan. I hope this post provided you with useful information and gave you ideas for rules and consequences in your own classroom. If you like my rules and consequences, save yourself some time by getting my rules and consequences posters from my TpT or Etsy store. The posters come in a variety of styles that are sure to brighten up your classroom while displaying important information that will make your teaching life easier. Find your favorite from the options below! And remember to check out the Behavior Think Sheet

Rules and Consequences Posters:

Wish List SALE

Three months ago today I opened an account with Teachers Pay Teachers. I decided now is as good a time as any to have my first sale. For my first sale the buyers will choose what will be discounted. Here is how it will work.

Four resources from my store will be on sale between Monday November 17 to Friday November 21. Anyone with a Teachers Pay Teachers account (don't worry--it's free to have an account) can choose what goes on sale by visiting my store, finding any resources you like, and clicking on the "Add to Wish List" button. You can do this for as many or as few resources as you'd like. My four most wish-listed items from my TPT store will be displayed at their discounted price in the "My Featured Items" section of my store website on Monday morning. I will also post the links to the discounted items here on my blog.

I can tell you right now the Hypothesis, Independent Variable, and Dependent Variable Worksheet Package will be on sale because it has been added to numerous people's wishlists already. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about this. 

New Properties of Matter Worksheets

This week I created two matter worksheets for middle school science classes. Both worksheets have fifteen questions and are broken down into three sections.  The first section requires students to answer questions after reading an informational text. The second section has students classify examples. The final section involves explaining rationale for classifications in sentences.

Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Mixtures Worksheet: Students understand mixtures and practice classifying the two types.

Physical and Chemical Changes Worksheet: Students learn about physical and chemical changes and differentiate between the two.

First Post


For my first blog post I figured I'd tell you a little about my teaching background and why I decided to create a blog.

I've taught for five years in a variety of states (South Dakota, Minnesota, and Oklahoma), subject areas (science, English, reading, PE, and social studies), and ages (K-8). My favorite age to work with is middle school, and I was fortunate enough to teach 7th grade science for the past three years.

This summer I moved to South Korea--of all places--to be with my husband who is in the army. While I'm here I decided to keep my education skills fresh by editing the teaching resources I made in the past and creating new resources to use in my future classrooms. My Teachers Pay Teachers site shows all of the materials I've worked on since I got to Korea in early August. This blog will allow me to share more information about those materials and how to use them.

Thanks for checking out my blog!