Cereal. Like cereal...
Classroom Cereal activities are like a bowl of cereal — quick, simple, comfortable, and nourishing. Cereal gives you a daily dose of fiber and vitamins. Classroom Cereal gives students daily practice with reading and grammar.
Cereal. Like serial...
Students engage with Classroom Cereal stories serial style, or one piece at a time. Each story builds throughout the week, and the larger saga of life at Fairview Middle School unfolds throughout the year.
Short stories + grammar
Classroom Cereal is short story reading and grammar practice in one.
First and foremost, Classroom Cereal is a series of short stories. There are 30 total stories, divided into Seasons 1, 2, and 3. Each story is comprised of five parts.
And they're all totally free.
Story 1: "Watergate"
Story 2: "Instascam"
Story 3: "The Speech"
Story 4: "Squirm Worms"
Story 5: "The Spice Cabinet"
Story 6: "Snow Angels"
Story 7: "The Skills Test"
Story 8: "Duck Hunt Detention"
Story 9: "Project Principal"
Story 10: "The FMS Student Cook Off"
For Cooper, Malina, and Rodgers, seventh grade at Fairview Middle School is one disaster after another. By the end of Season 1, will they learn enough about the school, and its principal, to fight to keep FMS the way it is?
Story 21: "Fabled Places"
Story 22: "The Legend of the Lone Candle"
Story 23: "Inferno Snacks"
Story 24: "Kettle Cross Christmas"
Story 25: "Locker Frog"
Story 26: "The Man and Ms. Martinez"
Story 27: "Fairview Heights Luxury Condominiums"
Story 28: "The Little Magician"
Story 29: "Operation Romeo Treehouse"
Story 30: "Your Friend, Jamie"
Cooper, Malina, and Rodgers are on to high school, but Season 3 sees a new crew ready to step in at FMS. Before the year is out, they'll have to work together to understand their town's magical past and save Fairview as they know it.
Story 11: "Daybreak"
Story 12: "The Coin"
Story 13: "The Harvest Dance"
Story 14: "Ultimate Holiday Baking Championship"
Story 15: "People of Fairview"
Story 16: "The Corn Muffin Incident of 1997"
Story 17: "Finding Mrs. Comstock"
Story 18: "Washington's Lost Treasure"
Story 19: "The Hunt"
Story 20: "Fairview Farewell"
The secrets of Fairview, NJ are slowly revealed throughout Season 2. When they learn that one of history's lost treasures could be buried beneath their feet, Fairview Middle School students and staff race to find it first.
Within every story are grammatical mistakes for students to find and edit as they read. There are 25 total errors per story (five errors per part) and they're all from one of these six categories.
Rodgers was opening his locker when Principal Mellon appeered behind him.
Enraged, Malina raced to the front office.
She have a plan.
"Wait a second," said Malina "Did your mom comment on this?"
Cooper, of course, was the only won who
got lunch detention for it.
He knew his key to catching Mr. Nitman
was eric Fincher.
Rodgers (The next day,) stood on the
auditorium stage with Orn.
Structured grammar practice
Each story's errors are organized to help students learn. Half of a story's 25 errors are random, but the other half address four specific grammatical concepts. Here are the concepts for Story 1.
Story 1: "Watergate"
# of errors
No and Know
Question mark (?) at the end of questions
"wr" and "r" making the R sound at the beginning of words
Appropriate times to use the infinitive verb form
This means students will have three or four opportunities to practice each concept throughout the course of a story. Also, there's a question to assess mastery of each concept in every story's Quiz.
Did you say Quiz?
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Answer Keys to see where the errors are in each story
Quizzes to assess comprehension and grammatical understanding of each story
Teacher Guides to have summaries, themes, grammar concepts and explanations, and quiz answers all in once place
Grammar Maps to see all of the grammatical concepts addressed in the stories of both seasons
Grammar Growth Assessment to track grammar progress throughout the year
GGA Teacher's Sheet to understand how to use the Grammar Growth Assessment
Google Slides Stories, Quizzes, and Grammar Growth Assessment to easily share every story and assessment with your students virtually
Google Forms Quizzes and Grammar Growth Assessment to even more easily share (and grade) every Classroom Cereal assessment with your students virtually
PDF Scripts to have fun reading readers theater-style stories with your students
PDF Quizzes to assess comprehension of each story
Google Slides Scripts and Quizzes to easily share every script and quiz with your students virtually
Google Forms Quizzes to even more easily share (and grade) every Cereal Theater quiz virtually
Full story transcripts to read along with the story while you listen
Listening comprehension questions to assess listening comprehension of each story
Who's responsible for this?
Welcome! I'm Chris Slavin and I created Classroom Cereal to make grammar practice fun and easy for teachers and students. During my first year teaching sixth grade English Language Arts, I noticed many of my students needed extra practice with writing fundamentals like spelling, punctuation, and word usage. Since the curriculum didn't address these needs, I created my own grammar exercises and used them as "warm up" activities with my classes. I'd make up goofy paragraphs and include my students' names in them. Each paragraph would have grammatical errors for students to find and correct. I noticed my kids liked reading something short and fun while hunting for the mistakes.
I'm now in my ninth year teaching middle school. I teach at General John Stricker Middle School in Dundalk, Maryland, where I've taught sixth grade ELA and sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Reading.
I've written content for a few other awesome websites, including Membean, Newsela, and NoRedInk. Before I was a teacher, I was editor in chief of The Cowl, the student newspaper at Providence College. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I read about American history, play Alkaline Trio covers on piano, and lose sleep over PC basketball.
Thank you for visiting, and please get in touch with your thoughts about Classroom Cereal. Until then, enjoy!
This is Classroom Cereal's mascot, Chuck. He bears a resemblance to one of the most famous serial writers ever. Do you know who?