Gay Miller

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One Word or Two Vocabulary Practice

Have you ever wondered if you should write apart or a part? How about anyone or any one? English contains so many confusing words. Often students wonder if they should use one word or two. These free activities provide practice with six sets of confusing word pairs using Google Apps.

One Word or Two

Apart vs. A Part

apart – adverb meaning separated by distance or besides paired with from Continue Reading

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Animated Short On the Same Page Lesson

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film On the Same Page is uniquely creative. A news reporter types an article for the newspaper. The reporter types, “There is nothing to report today.” Continue Reading

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Ancient Rome Unit for Sixth Graders

Ancient Rome Unit with Free Unit Sample

Are you looking for a unit to teach Ancient Rome? Look no further. This unit has it all. Digital, printable, and interactive activities make this unit both engaging and flexible.

Ancient Rome Unit Routine

This unit contains 11 lessons. Each lesson follows the same routine. Day 12 is set aside for a unit test and for students to present their projects to the class. Continue Reading

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When to Use Parentheses, Commas, and Dashes

Teaching when to use commas, parentheses, dashes to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

Common Core L.6.2.A states students should use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements. So, is there a difference in the three? Some resources say no. Others say yes. This post will list the rules pointing out the differences in the three, so you can decide.

Nonrestrictive vs. Restrictive Elements

First you need to understand the meanings of nonrestrictive and restrictive elements Continue Reading

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Using Passive and Active Voice

FREE Teaching Ideas & Activities for Teaching Passive and Active Voice from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

You can improve your students’ writing by teaching the differences between passive and active voice. This post includes an anchor chart going over the differences, a sorting activity, and a writing activity.

Passive vs. Active Voice

What is the difference between passive and active voice? Continue Reading

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Teaching with the Animated Short Crow: The Legend

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

Crow The Legend is a phenomenal animated short film. It features an all-star cast, is beautiful, and teaches a great lesson. Continue Reading

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Classroom Displays

Classroom Displays Idea 1 - Quick and Easy Pocket Chart - Read how to make this simple pocket chart from materials you have around the house.

Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’

Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts 

Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom end of Idea #1 to see some ideas for using these pocket charts.  Continue Reading

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