Gay Miller

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Amal Unbound Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas for Amal UnboundAisha Saeed in her book Amal Unbound tells the fascinating story of a twelve year old girl who becomes a servant for the evil Jawad Sahid, the son of the Khan family. Continue reading

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Teaching the Greek Myth Arachne the Spinner

Free Mini Lesson for Arachne the Spinner The Greek myth Arachne the Spinner is perfect for teaching a number of Common Core literature standards. Read the myth. Then enjoy the mini-lesson covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing. Look for a link to the handout at the bottom of the post. Continue reading

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I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

Eleven-year old Hugo holds his little sister Gertie in his arms as they wait to board the Hindenburg. Hugo and his family have lived in Kenya for the past year while his parents who are science professors study the lions in the Thika Valley. Unfortunately, Gertie was bitten by a mosquito and got malaria. Hugo’s family must quickly get back to the states for Gertie to receive treatment. Riding the Hindenburg is the quickest way to travel in 1937. Continue reading

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Proverbs and Adages

Teaching Proverbs and AdagesTeaching students to understand proverbs and adages improves reading comprehension. These sayings have meanings beyond what can be understood in their individual words.

A proverb is a simple statement of practical wisdom popularly known and repeated. These common sense statements express some truth often giving advice to the listener. Adages are a well-known proverbs that have been used for a long time. Because these two terms are so closely related, the terms are often used interchangeably. Continue reading

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Snowball Technique – A Teaching Strategy

Free Printables to Practice using the Snowball Technique in Your ClassroomWhat is the Snowball Technique?

This teaching method is a way for students to teach each other important concepts and information. Students begin by working alone. Next they collaborate with a partner. Partners form groups of four. Groups of four join together to form groups of eight. This snowballing effect continues until the entire class is working together as one large group. Continue reading

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Teaching the Greek Myth Orpheus and Eurydice

Free Mini Lesson for Orpheus and Eurydice The Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice is perfect for teaching a number of Common Core literature standards. Read the myth. Then enjoy the mini-lesson covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing. Look for a link to the handout at the bottom of the post. Continue reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Problems and Solutions

Teaching Reading and Writing  Skills with Animated Short FilmsProblems and Solutions

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short “Taking the Plunge” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. In this animated short, the main character has a problem he must solve. Handouts, leveled for upper elementary students, with graphic organizers encourage students to think about the problem and solution. You can download the handout here. Continue reading

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