Gay Miller

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. The Secret Garden – Chapter 14 A Young Rajah — October 23, 2017
  2. Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy — October 19, 2017
  3. The Secret Garden – Chapter 13 I am Colin — October 16, 2017
  4. Using Animated Shorts to Teach Main Idea and Details — October 12, 2017
  5. The Secret Garden – Chapter 12 Might I Have a Bit of Earth? — October 9, 2017

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Author's posts listings

Sep 18

The Secret Garden – Chapter 9 The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In

  The audio file for Chapter 9 “The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In” is 16 minutes 37 seconds in length. Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 9 The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered …

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Sep 14

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing 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 “Peck Pocketed” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. You can also download a handout containing a graphic organizer to help students write …

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Sep 11

The Secret Garden – Chapter 8 The Robin Who Showed the Way

  The audio file for Chapter 8 “The Robin Who Showed the Way” is 14 minutes 44 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 8 The Robin Who Showed the Way She looked at the key quite a long time. She turned it over and over, and thought about it. As I have said …

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Sep 08

Comparing Parallel Stories using Number the Stars

Number the Stars The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a link up. This time we are sharing mentor texts. Enjoy collecting a lot of great teaching ideas and free printables. Before you leave, be sure to enter the …

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Sep 04

The Secret Garden – Chapter 7 The Key to the Garden

  The audio file for Chapter 7 “The Key to the Garden” is 11 minutes 38 seconds in length.   Handouts The Secret Garden Chapter 7 The Key to the Garden Two days after this, when Mary opened her eyes she sat upright in bed immediately, and called to Martha. “Look at the moor! Look at the …

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Aug 31

Refugee by Alan Gratz Teaching Ideas

Refugee by Alan Gratz three tweens – three historical times – three remarkable stories of courage  The Story Refugee by Alan Gratz is a book your students will beg to keep reading. Told in alternating chapters, one story builds to a cliffhanger. The chapter ends leaving the reader on edge. The book continues with the …

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Aug 28

The Secret Garden – Chapter 6 There Was Some One Crying – There Was!

  The audio file for Chapter 6 “There Was Some One Crying – There Was!”is 12 minutes 9 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 6 There Was Some One Crying – There Was! The next day the rain poured down in torrents again, and when Mary looked out of her window the moor …

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Aug 24

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference If you are looking for some high interest activities, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short film “Lonely Island” found on Youtube and inserted in this post.  In the accompanying handout, students will summarize, infer, and make predictions. You can download the handout …

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Aug 21

The Secret Garden – Chapter 5 The Cry in the Corridor

  The audio file for Chapter 5 “The Cry in the Corridor” is 12 minutes 33 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 5 The Cry in the Corridor   At first each day which passed by for Mary Lennox was exactly like the others. Every morning she awoke in her tapestried room and …

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Aug 17

Gay Miller’s Book Units CCSS Correlation

Book Units CCSS Correlation Book Unit Organization My book units are divided into three parts: vocabulary comprehension/writing – responding to literature  skills (These skills are often from the Language and Writing Strands of Common Core. I occasionally will add lessons from the Informational Text, Speaking & Listening, and Literature Strands.) Charts In the handout, you …

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