Gay Miller

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Name: Gay Miller
Date registered: May 25, 2014

Latest posts

  1. Inverted Pyramid Story — February 15, 2018
  2. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate — February 12, 2018
  3. Using Animated Shorts to Teach Characters and Settings — February 8, 2018
  4. I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 — February 5, 2018
  5. Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart — February 1, 2018

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Feb 15

Inverted Pyramid Story

Inverted Pyramid Story What is an Inverted Pyramid Story? News reporters use Inverted Pyramid Stories to relay information quickly to readers. Both newspapers and web writers use this approach. News is written in order of importance. The most essential information is placed in the lead paragraph. The purpose for writing using this method is to …

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Feb 12

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate writes a beautiful story with a unique main character. Wishtree is told from the first person perspective of a 216 year old oak tree named Red. Red is special in several ways. People write wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches each May. Because of …

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Feb 08

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Characters and Settings

Characters and Settings If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.  This post contains animated short film “Geri’s Game” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download this handout, leveled for upper elementary students here. Great Animated Short for Characters and …

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Feb 05

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis The Series Lauren Tarshis writes the fifteenth book in her popular I Survived Series. The series began with I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 in 2010. Since then, two books each year have been published. Readers can experience both natural and man-made disasters through …

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Feb 01

Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart

Pocket Charts   Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom of this post to see some ideas for …

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Jan 29

Wish by Barbara O’Connor Teaching Activities

Wish by Barbara O’Connor After seeing a cardinal, close your eyes, spit three times, and make a wish. — You can make a wish if you clap three times before crossing a state line. — You can make a wish if you see a camel-shaped cloud. The Story These are just a few of the unusual things …

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Jan 25

Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

Silhouette Characterization   This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.  Instructions Click here to download the printable.  Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto …

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Jan 22

The Secret Garden – Chapter 27 In the Garden

  The audio file for Chapter 27 “In the Garden” is 30 minutes 56 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 27 In the Garden In each century since the beginning of the world wonderful things have been discovered. In the last century more amazing things were found out than in any century before. …

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Jan 18

Choice Boards (Think-Tac-Toe, BINGO, Menus, RAFT, & 1-3-5)

Choice Boards (Think-Tac-Toe, BINGO, Menus, RAFT, and 1-3-5) Units of study that provide students with the option to choose tasks is a great way to differentiate instruction. Activities are placed on graphic organizers for students to select. Tasks may be organized based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, the complexity of the tasks, learning styles, or multiple intelligence. …

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Jan 15

The Secret Garden – Chapter 26 It’s Mother

  The audio file for Chapter 26 “It’s Mother” is 17 minutes 44 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 26 It’s Mother Their belief in the Magic was an abiding thing. After the morning’s incantations Colin sometimes gave them Magic lectures. “I like to do it,” he explained, “because when I grow up …

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