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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!

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt

The Iditarod starts March 4th. Check out this free Interactive Notebook Freebie on the history of the Iditarod:Iditarod

Check out this web quest on the history of the Iditarod and about the famous 1925 Race of Mercy.Iditarod: A Webquest I also have a web quest on the state of Alaska: Try Alaska, State in Focus. The resource contains mapwork, a web quest(10 questions), fun facts about Alaska and lots of extension activities.Alaska!A Webquest

Highlighted Resources for MARCH

  • 1.March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH.Use this web quest(extension activities) to learn about twelve women that have made contributions to our world:Women's History Month Webquest

  • Includes: Elizabeth Blackwell,Clara Barton,Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Susan B Anthony,Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Curie, Sacagwea and Sonia Sotomajor.

  • 2.Learn about the contributions of some of our FIRST LADIES with this informative webquest:First Ladies of the United States: A Webquest

  • I also have Reader's Theater Scripts on First Ladies including Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Abigail Adams, Dolly Madison, Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Lady Bird Johnson and more.

  • 3. National Peanut Month is in March. Everything Has a History, Even Peanuts!A Webquest:Everything has a History:Learn about the Peanut

  • 4. National Week of the Ocean is celebrated the end of March/early April. Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue Web quest.There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities and links.Use as part of a unit on oceans or as an activity for a Friday or before a vacation break.Exploring the Ocean: A Webquest

  • 5. Introduce your students to the history of APRIL FOOL'S DAY! This resource provides a reading for students as well as lots of interesting famous April Fool's Day pranks (Ex: A video on a spaghetti harvest in the country of Switzerland caused people to call to ask where they could buy a spaghetti tree!Extension activities,a Test your April Fool's Day IQ and comprehension questions.April Fool's Day: Reading and Activities

  • NEW:Twenty Reader's Theater Scripts(Biographies in Ancient History)published by Social Studies School Services:Check it out:Gail's Latest Book

    Check out my new series of Children's Books!

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    EXCITING NEWS: My SECOND Purple Turtle Story was made into a cartoon.Click here to watch:Purple Turtle and the Safari Adventure Purple Turtle Story, Purple and the Cupcakes, was made into an animated cartoon! Check it out here:Purple Turte and the Case of the Missing Cupcakes!

    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:
  • 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
  • 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:
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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: 3/19/2017:

    A frog discovered in South America is fluorescent. It glows green. Herpetologists (scientists who study reptiles and amphibians) say that the "hypsiboas punctatus" is the world's first fluorescent frog! The brownish-green polka tree frog doesn't appear this way in the dark but does when ultraviolet light is shone on it. Creatures like fireflies are bioluminescent meaning that have the abilitiy to create their own light. Fluorescent creatures absorb short wavelengths and re-emit them at longer wavelengths creating the green glow. Several types of fish and even sea turtles have this ability but scientists didn't think that amphibians did, until now. Found in the country of Argentina, it is believed the fluorescent frog may use its powers to communicate or to attract a male.

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    Construction works excavating at a construction site in China have made an amazing discovery, a 6ft. tall pyramid-shaped tomb.Found inside a 98 ft. long chamber, the actual age of the tomb has yet to be determined. Archeologists suggest the tomb may date back to the Han Dynasty(202BC-220 AD). Found in the Zhengzhou region of China, the tomb is being called the "pyramid of Zhengzhou".

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    Ramses 11 was called Ramses the Great and was a powerful pharaoh(king) of ancient Egypt. A statue believed to be made in his honor was recently unearthed in a mud pit in a neighborhood in the northeastern section of Cairo, Egypt. Cairo is the present day capital of the country of Egypt. The broken figure is 26 ft. tall and dates back about 3000 years. Ramses ruled Egypt for sixty-six years beginning in 1279 BC. Archaeologists hope to reconstruct the massive statue to be placed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum opening next year.

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    Two teens are helping to clean up the Pacific Ocean of trash, specifically golf balls! It is estimated that thousands of golf balls have been hit into the ocean while playing golf at Pebble Beach, near Monterey, CA. Alex Weber,16, was diving near the area last spring when she spotted some golf balls resting on the ocean floor. Along with her friend, Jack Johnston(16), they began to collect the golf balls. They began collecting the golf balls to help clean up the waters near their home and to create awareness to the issue of pollution, in this case golf balls! A little more than six months later, they had collected 9,000 golf balls! Alex and Jack are very concerned about the effect golf balls have on marine life. Golf balls have been found inside a dead gray whale and an albatross. Before 2000, golf balls were made up of wound rubber. As the plastic covering degrades, these rubber pieces,which look like sea grass, are eaten by many marine life(including sea turtles, fish,birds and manatees), making them sick. Additionally, the micro-plastic from the broken golf balls is toxic to marine life. The teens have started The Plastic Pick-up, an organization to remove plastics from the ocean. It is believed that Alex and Jack's efforts are the very first underwater cleanup of golf balls in the 97 year history of Pebble Beach. If you are wondering, all the collected golf balls are currently housed in the garage of Alex's parents!

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    What can we do about climate change and the melting ice caps of the Arctic? A scientists at Arizona State University have a unique idea. Giant pumps that can collect water underneath the ice and spray the water onto the ice surface where it would freeze increasing the thickness of the melting ice caps. The idea is similar to snowmaking at a ski slope making more of a base to keep the slopes open when the warmer temperatures and rain occur. Kept afloat with buoys, the pumps would be generated by windmills catching the strong Arctic winds. It is estimated one pump could build up about 3.3 feet of ice and cover about .04 sq. miles(in a couple of days). The Arctic ice caps are extremely important, having an effect on our Earth's temperatures and marine life such as polar bears. Additionally, scientists say the melting ice releases methane trapped in the ice increasing the greenhouse effect. Obviously, with millions of pumps being needed to build up the ice caps, the cost for such a giant pumping project would be expensive. However, with projected summer ice caps being gone by 2030, scientists are trying to come up with different ideas to slow or even reverse this from happening.

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    Did you ever hear the song,"Fly Me to the Moon"? For the first time in 45 years, a 240,000( one way)manned trip to the moon is planned for 2018. Instead of the mission being part of NASA and involving astronauts, this trip will be for space tourists aboard the Space X. Space X is a privately owned spaceship company owned by Elon Musk. The two people who will take this out of this world trip will have to undergo medical exams and training. They also will pay a large amount of money for the weeklong trip which will do a loop around the moon. The spaceship will also make a close encounter with the moon but will not land. In case you are wondering, 24 astronauts journeyed to the moon with 12 astronauts actually walking on its surface. The first man to ever walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong(followed by Buzz Aldrin). SpaceX has an even larger goal, a one day human settlement on Mars!

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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.