Gay Miller

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Name: Gay Miller
Date registered: May 25, 2014

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  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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Dec 15

Reference Materials Mini Lesson

  This free Reference Materials Mini Lesson contains three activities designed to help students determine which reference materials are needed to locate specific types of information. The lesson goes over six types of reference materials. These include dictionaries, thesauri, manuals, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.  Activity #1 In the first activity, students create a foldable graphic …

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Dec 12

The Indian in the Cupboard

  The Indian in the Cupboard was such a big hit with my students. Imagine fifth grade boys asking me to help them find the sequels! There are four of them. A teacher can’t ask for anything more. The story begins when nine year old Omri receives a few unusual gifts for his birthday. What is …

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Dec 08

Hot Cocoa Mix Filled Ornaments

  These hot cocoa mix filled ornaments are a great way to teach writing instructional paragraphs this holiday season. Students can write instructions for how to make the ornaments and/or how to make a cup of hot chocolate using the mix from an ornament. Be sure to look down the post for the link with free …

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Dec 05

The Westing Game Book Unit

  As I read The Westing Game for the first time, I was amazed at the twists this mystery took. So many surprises!! I knew students would want to write their own mysteries as they read this novel. This takes a lot of careful planning, so I developed a series of 11 lessons to help …

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Dec 01

Christmas Bulletin Board

  I love this time of year. Excitement for season is everywhere. Students begin talking about gifts, special activities, travel plans, and food the day they return from Thanksgiving break. I take advantage of this. We read Christmas themed books, and  I teach language arts using holiday activities. Students write using Christmas prompts which are displayed on …

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Nov 28

Ella Enchanted

  Enjoy these free mini books. They compare fairy tale elements such as good and evil characters in Ella Enchanted and other Cinderella stories.  Ella Enchanted is a Cinderella story with a twist. When Ella is born, a fairy named Lucinda gives her the gift of obedience. Now whenever anyone gives Ella an order, she must follow it. As you …

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Nov 21

The Giver Teaching Ideas

  Enjoy these five teaching ideas to use with your novel study of The Giver including a free downloadable activity and samples from The Giver Book Unit.   Twelve year old Jonas lives in a futuristic world where prejudice, war, hunger, crime, as well as the freedom to select a spouse has been eliminated. Jonas is …

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Nov 17

Crossword Puzzle Generators

  Literally billions of crossword puzzles can be found online or in teacher resource books, but they often don’t fit the words you are studying. In this post, I have reviewed six free crossword puzzle generators. I hope these reviews will help you find the site that best fits your needs. Each title is linked …

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Nov 14

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, so Mother is stuck with directing the Christmas pageant. Everything goes wrong when the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, are the only ones to volunteer for all the main roles. Will Mother be able to pull it all together? Read The Best Christmas Pageant …

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Nov 10

Thanksgiving Activities for Big Kids

  With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, I’m sure you are looking for some activities that both celebrate the season and teach valuable lessons and skills. Check out these free Thanksgiving activities for upper elementary students. Activity #1 ~ Oreo Turkeys Your students will have a blast creating this Thanksgiving turkey from Oreos, candy corn, Hershey Kisses, …

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