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World Rhino Day is September 22nd! Check out these Factoids on the Rhino:Rhino Fun Facts

In the News: Learn about the Pacific Island of Guam, a U.S. Territory. See sample Resource here:Learn about the island of Guam

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  1. Maps: 10 question webquest, comprehension questions(writing in content area) and fun facts about geography. Included are notes, lots of activities to use with your students and resources. Maps and Map Skills(Webquest, notes and more)

2.Why do we have to learn this? Students always ask me this question. My answer-much of what we have today was because of things developed by people that lived long ago.This reading activity shares many things we have today thanks to previous cultures. I've included several comprehension questions and two extension activities.Reading on Contributions to our Lives from the Past

3. Show kids that everything has a history(great for the beginning of the school year!), even shoes,candy,tulips, pretzels, peanuts and chewing gum. Check out this reading on the history of PRETZELS!History of 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.Great for a Friday, day before a vacation or just when you'd like to show kids that history is all around us!

History of Shoes:Everything-Has-a-HistoryEven-Shoes

History of Candy! History of Candy!

4.Learn about pencils, paper and pens with this informative web quest! Did you know that 2 billion pencils are made each year just in the United States?Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Great for a Friday or before vacation activity!History of Pencils, Paper and Pens!

5. Geographic Secret Messages: Need a geography activity? Try my geographic secret messages. Students find the answers to geographic questions and then use the first letter of the answer to arrive at a secret message. When the questions are answered, the "secret" term(a geography term) will be revealed! There are 5 geographic messages to solve.Geographic Secret Messages!Great mapwork activity

6.Introduce Kids to World Landmarks:Learn about some of the famous landmarks around the world. This web quest includes: Uluru Rock, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mt. Everest, Dead Sea, Rock of Gibraltar, Great Pyramid, Suez Canal. Stonehenge, Sahara Desert,Abu Simbel, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. There are comprehension questions and several extension activities.World Landmarks: A Webquest

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:
  • Lewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater Script
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater Script
  • li>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
  • Dr.Seuss: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
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  • 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:
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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!

    IN THE NEWS TODAY: 9/19/2017:

    Do you like to ride a bicycle? Have you ever gone on a bike trip? Mark Beaumont, from Scotland, went on an amazing bike journey. He biked around the world and he did it in less than 80 days. Beaumont's world record bike trip took 79 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes and covered a whopping 18,032 miles.(completed 9/18) Back in 2008, Beaumont traveled the world in 194 days but other cyclists have since broken his record. The current record before this week was 123 days. It was necessary for Beaumont to travel approximately 240 miles each on his bicycle. That left only about five hours each night for a snooze and to get needed rest. Otherwise, he pedaled his bicycle for over 16 hours each day! He began his record bike trip in Paris, France,traveled across Europe, through Russia and to Mongolia and China. He then took an airplane to Australia and biked across the continent. He went over to New Zealand and then took another airplane across the Pacific Ocean. He arrive in Anchorage, Alaska and pedaled through Canada. Another plane ride took Beaumont to Portugal where he continued biking on through Spain and France where he ended once again in Paris, France. Along the journey, biking through 16 countries, Beaumont suffered from lots of calluses. He broke a filling when he had a crash in Russia and suffered sub-zero temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere where it is winter. He also came down with a bad cold during the trip but nothing stopped Beaumont from achieving his goal. Like the character, Phileas Fogg, from the Jules Verne book, Around the World in 80 Days, Beaumont said, "I’ll always be the first who did it(in under 80 days). No one remembers who was second up Everest."

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    Two very rare giraffes were captured on video. They are completely white. The mother and baby calf were spotted by rangers in the country of Kenya, in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy. Not albino, the giraffe have a condition called leucism,which means they have no pigment in their skin cells. This causes the white skin. It is only the third time, such white giraffes have every been spotted.

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    There is milk chocolate, dark chocolate and even white chocolate. Now, Swiss scientists have come up with another type of chocolate, Ruby.Made from ruby cocoa beans found in the Ivory Coast, Brazil and Ecuador, the chocolate is actually pink without any additives and should be on the market in the next several months. As to the taste, those that have sampled ruby chocolate say it has a berry flavor. Would you try this new chocolate?

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    Astronaut Peggy Whitson has returned to Earth after a record shattering mission at the International Space Station. Whitson has logged a total of 665 days in space and her current mission lasted 288 days. No other American has spent that long in space. She also ranks 8th in the world for all time endurance in space. A Russian astronaut, Gennady Padalka, has the current record with 879 days in space(over five flights). Whitson returned to Earth, landing in Kazakhstan, on Sunday, with two other astronauts, Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin. On return, she was giving a bouquet of flowers. Other space accomplishments Whitson has reached include being the first woman to twice be in charge of the ISS, the oldest female astronaut(57), and she has done 10 space walks. Asked what she is looking forward to having, after seeing her husband, Whitson said she's eager to eat a pizza and use a regular flushing toilet!
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    A cuneiform tablet, called Plimpton 322,dating back about 3700 years, was discovered in the 1900s. Cuneiform was the wedge-shaped writing of the ancient people of Mesopotamia(present day area of Iraq). Just recently, the tablet has been decoded after being held in a collection of artifacts at Columbia University for over 100 years. The discovery of the meaning of the tablet is very interesting. Seems that Hipparchus of Nicaea,(a Greek astronomer) may not have been the first to develop the study of triangles(called trigonometry). The ancient people of Mesopotamia(called the Babylonians), were writing about trigonometry over 1000 years earlier! It took two years of studying the tablet to discovery the cuneiform seems to be a trigonometry table, the world's oldest every discovered. The discovery doesn't remove Hipparchus from his contributions to mathematics as the "father of trigonometry".

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    There are many things to consider with a trip to Mars,estimated at taking about 400-450 days.The issue of water is of great concern. Storing enough drinking water would be impossible for such a long trek into space. Just where can additional drinking water be found? Scientists are looking at the astronauts themselves, specifically, their urine. A recycling system has been developed that uses urine and turns it into drinking water. Actually, a system was used at the ISS beginning in 2008. Astronauts, who have sampled the recycled urine water, say it actually takes just fine. A better system is being developed to be used for the space mission to Mars that in addition to creating drinking water would also produce energy needed for such a long flight. Did you know that you produce 50% more water each day than you actually drink? Additional fluid comes from the food we each that is turned into water. In addition to drinking water, scientists are also hoping to use 3D printers to create plastic parts and tools from the yeast in astronauts' urine!

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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)
    "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.