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Grades 7-12 | Ages 13 and Up
Hardcover Sale Price: $32.99
Grades 6-8 | Ages 12-14
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MindUP Curriculum, The: Grades 6-8

Age: 11-14 | Grade: Grades 6-8
Summary: This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students.

Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. The lessons fit easily into any schedule and require minimal preparation. Classroom management tips and content-area activities help you extend the benefits of MindUP throughout your day, week, and year.

Includes a BIG, 2-sided colorful teaching poster with fascinating facts about the brain!

For use with Grades 6 -8.


  • Research-based and tested in dozens of classrooms
  • Helps teachers motivate at-risk learners so each child can thrive - academically, socially, and emotionally
  • Kids love learning about how their brains work - and how they can help their brains "grow"!
  • Includes high-interest activities to connect MindUP learning to all content areas
  • Fosters a cohesive, caring classroom climate that enhances learning
  • Correlates with the social and emotional learning goals created by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
  • Available Formats:

    Paperback: $18.74

    Trait Crate: Grade 8

    Age: 13-14 | Grade: Grade 8
    Summary: In these amazing kits, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect mentor texts with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing - ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conversations, Includes:

  • 6 mentor texts
  • 6 16-page teaching guides, each with four model lessons, student reproducibles, a scoring rubric, and extension activities
  • A CD with mentor-text passages, whiteboard activities, and student reproducibles
  • 6 teaching posters perfect for middle school
  • Add to this Culham's best-selling professional book, Using Mentor to Teach Writing With the Traits, and color-coded stickers, and you've got a complete resource for teaching with th etraits. Best of all, these materials are organized ina sturdy box with hanging folders - one for each trait - for easy, expandable storage that will accomodate trait-based lesson materials for years to come.

    8th Grade Mentor Texts:

  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Dinkins by Barbara Kerley
  • The Black Diamond by Patricia C. and Fredrick McKissack
  • Samir and Yonatan by Daniella Carmi
  • Do You Read me? by Diane Webber
  • The Iceberg Hermit by Arthur Roth
  • Wings by Cristopher Myers
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    Paperback: $93.75

    Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School Grades 6-8

    Age: 11-14 | Grade: Grades 6-8
    Summary: The Complete Guide comes this collection of essential forms for assessing students, planning instruction, communicating with parents, and teaching forms of writing. From handy rubrics to weekly planning sheets to letters for encouraging writing at home, all the tools teachers need to make the most of the model are here, with clear guidelines for using them.

    Available Formats:

    Paperback: $24.74

    Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom: Middle School: Grades 6-8

    Age: 11-14 | Grade: Grades 6-8
    Summary: This time-saving resource is essential to any middle school teacher dedicated to providing high-quality writing instruction, whether she's new to the traits or has been applying them for years. Compiled by the expert in trait-based teaching, it contains over 50 reproducible forms for assessing writing, planning instruction, keeping records, communicating with parents and-most important-helping students in grades 6 to 8 write with conviction and confidence. With a CD of all reproducible forms from the book. For use with Grades 6-8.

    Available Formats:

    Paperback: $13.49

    Standardized Test Practice: Long Reading Passages: Grades 7-8

    Age: 12-14 | Grade: Grades 7-8
    Summary: These ready-to-go practice packets help students build the comprehension skills and endurance they need to tackle long reading passages on the test. Targets commonly tested genres: informational articles, biography, realistic and historical fiction, persuasive essay, poems, folk tales, and more!

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    Paperback: $11.99

    Teaching Writing That Matters

    Age: 10-15 | Grade: Grades 6-12
    Summary: Language Arts teachers and teachers in other content areas will find in this book an exciting new framework for teaching adolescent writing and a wealth of tools to enact it in their classrooms. The emerging Writing Studies framework encourages student growth through reflection on writing, purposeful and audience-aware projects, and the support of a writing community. The book includes innovative project toolboxes that show teachers how to motivate students to write with confidence and skill from their own experiences, the texts they read, and the research they conduct. For use with Grades 6 andamp; Up.

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    Paperback: $17.59

    Riveting Read-Alouds for Middle School

    Age: 10 and Up | Grade: Grades 5-12
    Summary: Why read aloud to students in middle school? Reading aloud exposes them to a wide variety of text types and genres, builds background knowledge, models effective reading behaviors, and more. The selections in this book have been carefully chosen to appeal to diverse students and boost their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Each selection comes with a teaching page that includes discussion and writing prompts and more. A powerful way to cultivate students’ love of reading!

    Available Formats:

    Paperback: $17.59

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