Mar 17

Sarah, Plain and Tall Homophone and Homograph Games

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall is a short historical novel by Patrica MacLachlan. It is set in the prairie states during the nineteenth century. Sarah answers an ad from Jacob who is looking for a mother for his children after his wife passes away while giving birth to his youngest child Caleb. Sarah leaves her Maine home to travel to Jacob’s farm. She brings music, fun, laughter, and love to this family who grow to love Sarah in return.

Homophone and Homograph Games

The games practice homophones or homographs using sentences from Sarah, Plain and Tall.To play the games, students roll a die and move around the game board. They read the homophone or homograph [depending on the game] they land on, then cover a sentence from the book in the center of the board with the same meaning. My students love playing these games and really learned a lot. Download the games here.

Homophone and Homograph Games

Sarah, Plain and Tall [a mentor text for teaching homophones and homographs]



Book Unit Samples

If you would like to try out the Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapter 1
  • Constructive Response Question
  • Chapter 1 Activities

Sarah, Plain and Tall Book UnitSarah, Plain and Tall Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included.

Gay Miller




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  1. Sandy

    This is one of my favorite books!

  2. Julie Smith

    What a cute game for teaching/reviewing homophones! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Gay Miller

      You’re welcome. Enjoy!

  3. Carla

    As always Gay, I LOVE your resource. This will be perfect for my groups as we prepare for state testing. Thanks so much!

    1. Gay Miller

      Thank you!!

  4. Kim

    What’s the difference between your “book units” and your “interactive notebook and activity units”?

    1. Gay Miller

      The interactive notebook units were created as a series. They have small lessons that continue from one book unit to the next. For example, one book may teach two or three capitalization or grammar rules. The next in the series will continue and teach two or three additional rules. If you teach the entire series (There is a 4th grade and a 5th grade series), you will cover all the Common Core Language Arts skills. I found that teachers want to pick and choose the books they cover instead of sticking to a series. Because of this I am updating all the books called “Interactive Notebook Units.” I have already updated the entire 4th grade series and have removed “Interactive Notebook” out of their titles. I am currently doing the same with the 5th grade. Originally, these units focused a lot on skills and writing. As I update, I am adding comprehension questions to make them more well-rounded instead of writing and skill based. Note: Even though these books were written as a series, they work just as well individually.

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