Gay Miller

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

Latest posts

  1. Out of the Dust Lesson Plan — February 27, 2017
  2. Teaching Problems and Solutions with Songs — February 23, 2017
  3. The Tales of Despereaux Character Trait Cards — February 20, 2017
  4. Teaching Cause and Effect with Songs — February 16, 2017
  5. The Castle in the Attic — February 13, 2017

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Feb 27

Out of the Dust Lesson Plan

  Out of the Dust, written by Karen Hesse, uses verse to tell the story of Billie Jo Kelby’s life on a farm during the Dust Bowl years.   Lesson Plan/Art Project Step #1 ~ Observe Photos Display several photographs of dust storms approaching during the time of the Dust Bowl. Below are some examples. Step #2 ~ Compare …

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Feb 23

Teaching Problems and Solutions with Songs

  This post “Teaching Problems and Solutions with Songs” is the final one in a series of four. This link contains a handout with the list of the songs from all four posts as well as some graphic organizers that can be used to evaluate the songs. I want to send out a special thank …

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Feb 20

The Tales of Despereaux Character Trait Cards

  Despereaux is an unusual mouse. He loves reading books and has a huge imagination. One day, he goes to Princess Pea’s room and hears her father playing his guitar and singing. Despereaux talks to Princess Pea because he is so caught up in the music. When Princess Pea picks Despereaux up for a closer look, he …

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Feb 16

Teaching Cause and Effect with Songs

  For February, I am creating a series of four blog posts on songs to use while teaching text structures. Cause and effect was one of the more difficult to think of songs. If you know of any classroom friendly songs, please include them in the “Comment Section” at the bottom of the post. When You …

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Feb 13

The Castle in the Attic

  William has used the magical Janus medal to shrink Mrs. Phillips, his beloved nanny, down to the size of his index finger. He thinks this is the only way to keep her from leaving him and returning to her home in England. William takes her to the attic to live in a magical toy castle. Sir Simon …

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Feb 09

Teaching Sequencing with Songs

  Last week I posted “Teaching Compare and Contrast with Songs” This week, I’m continuing the series with “Teaching Sequencing with Songs.” I’ve listened to hundreds of songs. In the comment area below, I would love to hear your suggestions. Remember the songs must be classroom friendly. Historical Events One genre to use in the classroom are songs …

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Feb 06

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale

  Teachers Pay Teachers is holding a 2-Day Sale. All Gay Miller resources will be 20% off with an additional 10% off with the TPT PROMO CODE: LOVETpT This means a savings of 28%.  Enter the raffle to win a $10 gift card to use during the sale. a Rafflecopter giveaway Be sure to leave feedback …

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Feb 06

The Whipping Boy Activities

  Prince Horace, nicknamed Prince Brat, constantly creates mischief. But because of the custom of the time, he does not receive punishment. A whipping boy steps in to receive the whipping. Prince Horace becomes bored with his circumstances, so he forces his whipping boy Jemmy to run away for a little adventure. The two are soon …

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Feb 02

Teaching Compare and Contrast with Songs

  If you wish to wake up students a bit and get them participating in class, try using songs. Songs are a great way to teach a large number of Common Core skills. Right away, you’re probably thinking that you can teach figurative language and other poetic elements; however, you can do much more. Teaching …

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Jan 30

The Cay Activities

  Set during World War II, The Cay tells the story of Phillip, an American from Virginia. While trying to return home from Curacao, Phillip’s ship is torpedoed by a German submarine. Phillip and Timothy find their way to a raft. After floating on the ocean for several days, they land on an island. Timothy says they …

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