Hi there, I'm Michele! Welcome to The Collaborative Class. I'm a 5th grade ELA teacher, certified reading specialist, and toddler mom who is passionate about building relationships and making learning meaningful and fun.  I believe that collaboration is a key to success both inside and outside of the classroom and I love collaborating with other teachers! My goal is to help you save precious time by sharing low prep, rigorous activities, ideas, and resources that are highly engaging for upper elementary students. 

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ELA Choice Boards

Provide students with engaging reading & writing choice board activities that are perfect to use as classroom centers or for distance learning.  

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Main Idea Activities | Maze Puzzles | Distance Learning
These main idea maze activities will allow your students to practice determining and identifying main ideas and details in the most engaging way! Students find the path that leads to FINISH by following ONLY the details that support the main idea. The letters along the correct maze path will spell out a mystery word or phrase, therefore they can self-check to see if they are correct! Ideal for 4th and 5th graders, but can be adapted to be used with younger or older kids.
Cause and Effect Activities | Maze Puzzles | Distance Learning
These Cause & Effect maze activities will allow your students to practice determining and identifying cause and effect relationships in the most engaging way! Students find the path that leads to FINISH by following ONLY the details that are possible causes/effects of the given statement. The letters along the correct maze path will spell out a mystery word or phrase, therefore they can self-check to see if they are correct! Ideal for 4th and 5th graders, but can be adapted to be used with younger or older kids.
Point of View Activities | Maze Puzzles | Distance Learning
These Point of View maze activities will allow your students to practice determining and identifying various point of views in the most engaging way! Students find the path that leads to FINISH by ONLY following the sentences that are written in the same point of view as stated. The letters along the correct maze path will spell out a mystery word or phrase, therefore they can self-check to see if they are correct! Ideal for 4th and 5th graders, but can be adapted to be used with younger or older kids.
Parts of Speech Activities | Maze Puzzles | Distance Learning
These Parts of Speech maze activities will allow your students to practice identifying various parts of speech in the most engaging way! Students find the path that leads to FINISH by ONLY following the words that are the same part of speech as stated. The letters along the correct maze path will spell out a mystery word or phrase, therefore they can self-check to see if they are correct! Ideal for 4th and 5th graders, but can be adapted to be used with younger or older kids.
ELA Escape Room: Save the Zoo | Mixed ELA Skills | Upper Elementary | Print + Digital
This ELA escape room challenge is the perfect way to engage your students during, while still teaching the standards! Both a printable PDF version AND digital version are included. This makes it perfect for in-person, hybrid, or virtual learning. This digital escape room uses Google Forms and Google Slides. Students drag and drop moveable pieces and type in pre-made text boxes in Google Slides for an interactive experience. Throughout the activity, students can work independently, collaboratively with partners, or in groups to solve reading and language arts related challenges and find clues in order reverse the town's decision to shut down the zoo. Ideal for 4th and 5th graders, but can be adapted to be used with younger or older kids.
Assignment Slides – Customizable | Distance Learning
These customizable assignment slides are the perfect way to organize and present information to students in your class. Students will benefit from having standards, expectations, and directions available to them visually during morning meeting or an instructional class.

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