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Highlighted Resources for SEPTEMBER:

  • 1.Why do we have to Learn this? Share this reading on how our Past has Shaped our Present!
  • The Past Shapes Our Present Reading Activity

    2.Learn about Prehistoric Man: Earliest Cultures

    Earliest Cultures, A Mini Unit!

    3. All things Maps! Notes, Activities, Webquest

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    4.Everything has a History, even Pens,Pencils and Paper!Pencils, Pens and Paper: A Webquest

    5. Everything has a History, even CandyHistory of Candy Webquest!

    6. Everything has a History, even SHOES!History of Shoes Webquest!

    7. Everything has a History, even PRETZELS!yHistory of PRETZELS!(a Reading Activity)

    September 22nd is World Rhino Day! Learn about the Rhino with this webquestRotund Rhinos: A Webquest

    NEWS:Hillary Clinton has made history becoming the first woman ever to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party(the Democratic Party)Check out this resource:Hillary Clinton: A Reader's Theater ScriptHillary Clinton

    In the News:Harriet Tubman's image to be placed on the $20 bill! Learn about Harriet Tubman with this Reader's Theater Script:Harriet Tubman

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    My latest CLIPART! THINGY LETTERS!Lots of Fun...From Utah to Colorado, to New York to New Jersey and around the my home and inside my garage, once I started I saw letters of the alphabet all around me! Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words, to make Mother's Day/Father's Day cards or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option).CLICK HERE!
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    My Latest Reader's Theater Scripts:Go to the link and click "Preview" to see a sample of the Reader's Theater Script you may find of interest:
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington Carver: The Peanut Man
  • Thomas Edison, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Marie Curie,Scientist
  • Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Revolutionary War Spies(Culper Spy Ring).A Visit with Female Agent 355
  • A California Gold Rush Prospector!
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • William Shakespeare
  • <Bessie Coleman,Aviator
  • Marian Anderson
  • Leonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"
  • Michelangelo!
  • Sacagawea
  • Sequoyah
  • Tuskegee Airman!
  • The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)
  • Harriet Tubman

  • Simon,A Victim of the Black Death
  • Marco Polo
  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Love Brewster,Interview with a Pilgrim

  • McSean, the Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script

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    IN THE NEWS TODAY:9/23/2016:

    ET may soon have an easier way to contact Earthlings. That's because this week, the world's largest telescope, called FAST, is set to be completed. FAST is an acronym for Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope and is found in southwestern China,in the Guizhou Province. The telescope's dish is about the size of thirty football fields. Arecibo, the current largest telescope in the world, found in Puerto Rico, held the world record title for about 53 years. It should be added that there is a larger telescope in Russia, called RATAN-600, but it is a number of dishes, not just one large dish. The 1640 ft. wide telescope dish will allow astronomers to see further and faster into space. More sensitive to detecting things which other telescopes can not do, astronomers are very excited that FAST will uncover evidence of extraterrestrial life. Because the telescope needs a six mile area of radio silence, 8000 residents had to be relocated.

    Scientists say they have found a new species of bees that instead of making nests in soft materials prefer to chomp away at sandstone rock to create their tiny nesting places. Found in Colorado, Utah, and in the Death Valley desert of California, the bees(anthophora pueblo), actually prefer doing it the hard way. Generations of bees seem to reuse the nests because of their durability and the stone nests are better protection from the elements. The scientists also say they have come across other insects which have "homesteaded" the empty bee shelters. On the down side, such digging away at rock has shown wear and tear on the female bees(their mandibles)who do the excavation. The increased stress of working with such hard substances as opposed to soft also takes a lot of a bee's energy!

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    A new eight story museum on the National Mall opens on September 24th and it was 100 years in the making.Called the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum was first discussed back in 1915, when African American Civil War veterans called for a museum to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans. Congress established such a museum, to be part of the Smithsonian Institution, in 2003.Groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture began in 2012.The museum, the only national museum dedicated to African American history,shares the history of African Americas from the days of the slave trade through slavery in the United States. The timeline of history includes the struggles of African Americans seeking civil rights and equality and shares the contributions which African Americans have made which have helped shape our nation. President Barack Obama will be on hand for the grand opening ceremonies.

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    It is estimate that Osiris-Rex will take seven years to reach an asteroid named Bennu.The robotic probe rocketed into space this week. Once it arrives at the asteroid,the mechanical arm of the spacecraft will hopefully retrieve samples of surface material. Think of a pogo stick that will bounce down onto the surface for a few seconds. Nitrogen gas will be emitted causing loose pieces of rock to be sucked up into the mechanical arm. It will have only three attempts to get any samples before the nitrogen gas is used up. The journey of Osiris-Rex when it returns to Earth in 2023, will have traveled about four billion miles. With the possible samples, an estimated two ounces, scientists will be able to study the samples to determine its composition as well as its age.

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    Conservation efforts to help the endangered panda bears are working. Native to the country of China, the Chinese government announced that the numbers of pandas has risen from 1596 (in 2004) to 1865 (in 2014). Because of this, the leading international group, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has removed the panda bear from the endangered species list. It is now classified as being "vulnerable". The organization warns that all is not positive for the panda. Their main food is bamboo and with climate change, it is estimated that large habitats of bamboo will dwindle. Some organizations do not feel that the panda should be removed from the endangered species list fearing that efforts, such as establishing more reserves, scientific study and enforcing bans on poaching of pandas may not continue with such urgency. What do you think?

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    Scientists think they may have discovered the oldest fossils ever found on Earth. Rocks discovered on the island of Greenland have been found with fossils that may be 3.7 billion years old. These fossils are of bacteria called stromatoliltes. Currently, the oldest fossils, also of stromatolites, were found on the continent of Australia and date back 3.48 billion years.

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    I remember the saying "Sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you". Personally, I never thought this to be true. Words are very powerful and negative words can hurt-a lot! Each day, thousands of young people experience some sort of bullying, either in words and/or actions. These two sites have great resources which might be of help to classroom teachers, parents and young people:
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    Click here to learn more about Anti-Bullying Activities to use in the classroom.Stand up to Bullying!

    To any young people visiting my website. Please,if you are being bullied, seek help...SPEAK TO AN ADULT today!And, if you SEE something that looks like bullying-SAY something to an adult!

    "The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to compromise."FDR
    "If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."(Ben Franklin)
    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."(Mahatma Gandhi)
    "School is a building that has four walls-with tomorrow inside."(Lon Watters)
    "We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."(Senator Ted Kennedy)
    "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." (Robert Byrne)
    <"The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)

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    About Gail:

    I have retired from teaching after 33 1/2 years in the classroom. Of that time, I taught Grade 6 Social Studies teacher for 31 1/2 years.I earned my BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies from SUNY Oneonta, New York, and my MST in social studies education from Binghamton University in New York. In 1988, I was awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies. Additionally, in 1988, I was also awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award by the National Council for the Social Studies.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World, Highlights for Children, National Geographic World, Ranger Rick, Cobblestone, Faces, Muse Magazine,Contact Kids, US Kids,Action Magazine(Scholastic),Girls' Life,Boys' Life,American Girl, Instructor, Creative Classroom, Middle Years, Time for Kids, Scholastic News, Scholastic News Zone, Time for Kids , Ask Magazine, Dig, Calliope, Cobblestone, FACES, Studies Weekly, Glo Adventurer, and more.