Gay Miller

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Name: Gay Miller
Date registered: May 25, 2014
URL: http://bookunitsteacher.com/

Latest posts

  1. Prefix Spinner Game — January 19, 2017
  2. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Activities — January 16, 2017
  3. Sentence Problems Unit (Combining Sentences and Correcting Run-Ons) — January 12, 2017
  4. The Cricket in Times Square Teaching Activities — January 9, 2017
  5. Genre Flash Cards — January 5, 2017

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Jan 19

Prefix Spinner Game

  Teaching prefixes can be both fun and challenging. This simple game is a great way for students to practice. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for some additional prefix resources to help with you study. Preparation:   Plan for a small group activity. Run off the spinner boards for each group …

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Jan 16

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Activities

  As Marty walks the hills of Friendly, West Virginia, he runs across a shy beagle pup. The pup follows him home. The two form an immediate friendship. Marty names the pup Shiloh after the place he finds him. He soon learns he must return the dog to its rightful owner, Judd Travers, who is unkind to …

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Jan 12

Sentence Problems Unit (Combining Sentences and Correcting Run-Ons)

This Sentence Writing Unit includes a PowerPoint and set of graphic organizers that teach students about sentence problems, combining sentences, and correcting run-on sentences.  Inclusion Classroom Activity As an inclusion teacher, I was responsible for creating/planning every other unit. One unit I created was a series of lessons on sentences. I used themes and sample sentences …

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Jan 09

The Cricket in Times Square Teaching Activities

  The Cricket in Times Square tells the story of a cricket named Chester who is trapped in a picnic basket, travels on a commuter train from the Connecticut countryside, and ends up in Times Square. While in the city, he makes friends with a cat, mouse, and young boy. In this heart warming tale, …

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Jan 05

Genre Flash Cards

  Genre Flash Cards contains 21 pairs (picture cards with matching fact cards) in a ready-to-use printable format. These are a free download at Teachers Pay Teachers.   Ways to Use the Genre Flash Cards Response Cards – The picture cards may be used as response cards. The teacher reads the definition or names a …

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Jan 01

Where the Red Fern Grows – A Winter Mentor Text

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Blog Linkup When thinking about a winter related book to use as a mentor text, I immediately thought of Where the Red Fern Grows. In the novel, Billy has to battle the winter weather in life and death situations twice. In Chapter 10, Little Ann falls …

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Dec 29

Expanding Vocabulary

  When students use the same tired words over and over, their writing becomes dull. The Internet is full of lists you can provide students; however, students learn by creating their own “Wow Word” lists.  First, decide what you wish to call overused words: Dead Words Other Ways to Say … Worn Out Words Use …

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Dec 26

Free Teaching Resources to use with The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

  Are you looking for some ideas to use with The Watsons Go to Birmingham? This post contains several free teaching resources. The Watsons Go to Birmingham reads almost like a diary detailing interesting events in the lives of what neighbors in Flint, Michigan call the “Weird Watsons.” The story is told from the perspective of …

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Dec 22

Analogy Lesson

  In this post, I am sharing an analogy lesson I created for a planned observation with a class of fourth graders. The lesson went extremely well. Students were on task which really impressed the supervisor. The full lesson can be downloaded for free at Teachers Pay Teachers.   Activity #1 I love using response cards …

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Dec 19

When the Shoe Fits – A Writing Project to use with Crash by Jerry Spinelli

  Red shoes are an important symbol in the book Crash by Jerry Spinelli. This made me think about what types of shoes would represent the main characters. This turned into “When the Shoe Fits – A Writing Project to use with Crash by Jerry Spinelli.” This is a free printable activity that can be used …

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