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Is That FAKE News?


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"If I can not do great things, I can do small things in a great way."Martin Luther King


Try doing an act of kindness for someone, today!


"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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3/24/20:Excited to have my latest children's book, Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps, chosen as a 2019 Story Monster Approved winner!


Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps


Very excited that my latest book from Red Chair Press has been released. The book is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!


Highlighted FREEBIES for APRIL:


A. April Fool's Day Pranks:April Fool's Day Freebie

B. Tulips: Tulips: Interactive Notebook Activity

C. FAKE News: Fake News: Interactive Notebook Activity

D. TREES(great for Arbor Day) Interactive Notebook Activity: Trees, A Freebie

E. Earth Day: Possible Interactive Notebook Activity: Earth Day Freebie

F. Holocaust Rememberance Day: 4/20 Holocaust Memorial Photography Activity

G. World Book Day and National Library Day are in April: World Book Day: Amazing Book Facts

H. World Elephant Day is in April:Elephants:An Interactive Notebook Activity


Highlighted Resources for APRIL:


1. Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest.There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions, extension activities and links.Oceans, A Webquest

2. The Library of Congress,called our Nation's Library has over 33 million books. Learn more about the Nation's Library with this fun and informative webquest. National Library Day April 15th and Library of Congress Day, April 24th Library of Congress, A Webquest

3. Save the Elephant day is April 16th. This informative webquest has extension activities, additional trivia and the key.Elephants,A Webquest

4. History of Candy. Licorice Day is April 12th. Show your students that even candy has a history! Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. History of Candy, A Webquest

5. Earth Day!Learn about the history of Earth Day and, our planet, EARTH, with this informative web quest. There are 15 web questions as well as comprehension questions and a Did You Know? fun fact section. The teacher page includes extension activities, the key, and additional links.Earth Day, A Webquest

6. Studying the ocean? Introduce your students to Jacques Cousteau with this informative Reader's Theater Script. Part of Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series(extensions/comprehension questions, Did You Know?, key): Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script

7. April 23rd is William Shakespeare's birthday. Considered to be the greatest writer of the English language, learn about William Shakespeare with this fun/informative play. Shakespeare introduced about 3000 words to the English language. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series. Also includes: Comprehension/Did You Know?section, LOTS of extension activities/links/key: William Shakespeare, A Reader's Theater Script

8. Arbor Day is 4/29: Learn about the history of Arbor Day and all about trees with this webquest. There are 11 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher section with keys, additional links and lots(11 extension activities).Arbor Day, A Webquest

9. Learn about Rachel Carson: A Biologist and marine zoologist, Carson's books shared her love of nature, especially the ocean and its inhabitants. Her book, Silent Spring, sparked concern in how chemical pesticides were harming our environment. Carson helped to start the environmental movement in our country, which led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This Reader's Theater Script could be used as a STEM biography any time of year or especially during the time of Earth Day or Arbor Day.Rachel Carson, A Reader's Theater Script

10. April 26th is National Pretzel Day! Use this reading passage to show students that everything has a history, even pretzels! The resource includes a reading passage, a Did You Know? section of fun facts about pretzels. For example: Baldies are what saltless pretzels are called! There is also a short map skill activity to show students the location of where pretzels originated. There are comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities and links.Pretzels: A Reading Passage Activity

11. Hans Christian Andersen's birthday is 4/12: Students in grades 4 and up will have fun acting out their parts and learning some interesting facts about fairy tale writer, Hans Christian Andersen. Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities and resources are included.Hans Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script

12. History of Tulips: With spring, comes the sprouting of tulips. Tulips have a very interesting history. Sharing information about the history of the tulip is a great way to show kids that EVERYTHING has a history. Reading passage, Did You Know? fun facts, comprehension questions, Map-skill activity, Teacher page with extension activities and key.Tulips, A Reading Passage Activity

READINGS on Famous Women:Phillis Wheatley(poet),Aida De Acosta(first woman to fly a powered aircraft), Sojourner Truth(abolitionist, women's rights activist, author), Joan of Arc,Caroline Herschel, Mary Annings,Aglaonike(Greek Astronomer), Hypatia(First Known Woman Mathematician), Agnodice(First Female Doctor?), Enheduanna(First Known Poet), Sophie Brahe(Astronomer and Horticulturist of the Renaissance), Hildegard of Bingen (first musical play, write/abbess of the Middle Ages), Artemesia(Female Naval Commander-Persian War)


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Bookmark Bios!Great for a bell ringer activity for Women's History Month.Click here to purchase:Bookmark Bios! Women in Modern Times(1700s on)

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Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option):ClipArt: Alphabet Thingy Letters!



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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:
  • Louisa May Alcott, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Galileo Galilei, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Moon Landing!A Reader's Theater Script
  • Wright Brothers: A Reader's Theater Script
  • World War 2 FEMALE Pilots(WASP)
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Civil War: Women Soldiers, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Mathew Brady, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Crusades
  • Sir Isaac Newton, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Lewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater Script
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Constitution: A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution: A Reader's Theater Script
  • A Visit with Joshua Crabtree,An American Revolutionary War Tory: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Charles Dickens: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Johnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Albert Einstein: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Katherine Johnson:Scientist/Mathematician
  • 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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    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:
    Stop Bullying!
    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!


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    IN THE NEWS: 03/30/2020:

    Possibly the brightest comet in many years(since 1997 when Hale-Bopp came for a visit) is heading for Earth.Called Atlas, it was just discovered this past December and if it doesn't break apart as it travels by the sun, should give a beautiful light show when it appears in our sky the early May.

    Illustration of a comet from mnn.com. Learn about comets:Comet Facts

    About 70 tons of fish waste are created every year in the fishing business. Scientists have developed a use for fish scales,a bendable screen. Gelatins are removed from the scales. The gelatins are added to chemicals including copper, sulphide and light emitting zinc to make a very thin film. Placed on nanowire, the light emitting substance in the gelatin is activated to create a screen that can be folded and used with electronics. Biodegradable, in about 24 days(faster pouring hot water on the screens), it is thought the fish scale screens could help lead to less electronic trash(70% of toxic trash is from electronics which currently use plastic). Other possible uses of this technology include digital tattoos to place important health information on your skin, glowing displays in magazines and watches.

    The Oculudentavis Khaungraae (meaning "eye tooth bird") is the world’s smallest dinosaur. It was only about 2 inches long. An almost perfectly preserved skull of an oculudentavis was discovered in amber(tree sap that has fossilized) dating back about 99 million years. It was found in the country of Myanmar. Although tiny, the dinosaur had 100 razor sharp teeth and bulging eyes but was small enough to fit in a human hand.

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    Future manned missions to the planet Mars will need to replenish food supplies. One of the many experiments astronauts have done aboard the ISS was to see if they could grow lettuce. The harvested red romaine lettuce, grown from seeds, was found to actually be more nutritious than earth grown lettuce, having more zinc, sodium, sulphur and phosphorus. The "out of this world lettuce" was sampled by astronauts, who said it tasted great.

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    "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)

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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. I am the author of 8 books for teachers and over 30 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing). In 2019, my new series of three books, "Odd History" will be published by Red Chair Press.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World,Highlights for Children,Jack and Jill,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.