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  • National Aviation Day is August 19th. Airplane fun Facts:Airplane Fun Facts

  • World Elephant Day is August 12th: Elephant Fun Facts

  • Highlighted Resources for AUGUST:

  • 1.Students have always asked me, "Why do we have to learn this stuff about ancient Greeks or Middle Ages?"My answer,much of what we have today was because of things developed by people that lived long ago including, musical notation, counting based on 60, 7 day week, pencils, soap, toilet paper and more).This reading activity shares with kids how the pencil they are using, the writing system they are using, the eyeglasses they are wearing are just some of the many things we have today thanks to previous cultures of the past. I've included several comprehension questions and two extension activities.The Past Shapes our Present, Reading Activity
  • 2.Pencils, paper, pens-We use them every day but what do you really know about them? Did you know that 2 billion pencils are made each year just in the United States? Did you know pencils were designed to have six sides to help prevent them from rolling off tables? Try this fun webquest to learn lots of interesting bits of information! It's a great way to start the year to show kids that everything has a history,even pencils, paper and pens.Pen,Paper and Pencils, An Internet Activity

  • 3.Need information to use with your students on map skills? I would like to share my mini-unit on map skills with you. Included are notes, lots of activities to use with your students(4-8th grade) and website resources which I found helpful. Also included, a 10 question web quest, comprehension questions(and writing in the content area), and some fun facts on the topic of maps and geography of the world.Let's MAP It!

  • 4.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. If you find this of value, there is also a second set of geographic messages available for purchase. Grades 5 and up.Geography Secret Messages

  • 5.Fake News: The term FAKE News seems to be used a lot these days! A recent survey found that many young people(and adults for that matter) can't seem to determine which is a real news story from a fake news story. We need to develop digital critical literacy with our students so they can try and determine the difference BEFORE they hit "send" to all their friends. FAKE NEWS! An Interactive Notebook Activity

  • 6. Constitution Day is September 17th each year. This play would be a great addition to your lessons about the U.S. Constitution and/or for Constitution Day! Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee series of plays, this Reader's Theater Script is on the "Father of the Constitution", James Madison(1751-1836):James Madison, Father of the Constitution, a Reader's Theater Script

  • 7. Show kids that everything has a history: I have resources on the history of candy,(History of Candy) chewing gum(History of Chewing GumHistory of ShoesHistory of Peanuts), pretzels (History of Pretzels: A Reading)and tulips(History of Tulips, A Reading).

  • 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:
  • 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!

    IN THE NEWS TODAY:8/14/2018:

    Ethan Sonneborn,14,has had a busy summer. He is running for office, not at his school, but as the governor of Vermont! Even though Ethan isn't old enough to vote for himself, there is NO age requirement to RUN for governor in the state of Vermont. Ethan got his name on the Democratic ballot for the primary that will be held on Tuesday. Having raised just $1700 for his campaign, Ethan realizes he is a long shot to win the primary vote and get on the ballot to run for governor in November. However, if he gets someone involved in the election process, who may not have thought to participate, Ethan says his campaign will be a success.

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    You probably haven't rowed a boat as far as Bryce Carlson just did. He broke the solo record for rowing across the Atlantic from west to east. The high school science teacher, from Ohio, took 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes to cross the ocean, He left from St. John's Newfoundland, Canada and reached the shores of the Isles of Scilly, Great Britain, a total of 3218 k or 2000 miles. Carlson's boat capsized about a dozen times but he persevered. His water desalinator used to create drinking water gave him problems, too. Carlson, who averaged 2.5 knots(the previous record averaged 1.86 knots) had to deal with six foot waves and high winds which made rowing very difficult. Another difficulty was sleeping which he managed to do for a couple of hours periods each night. He ate dehydrated foods which he admits weren't very appetizing. One of the highlights from his journey was one night when he came upon bioluminescent plankton.

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    Astronauts may be back on the moon within a decade and they will be taking up housekeeping. NASA is planning on a live-in moon station. Called the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway facility, it is from the moon where manned mission into outer space will eventually take place. Without gravity, it would be a much easier launch. Such a permanent facility would also make commercial opportunities, such as mining the moon for resources, much easier to do. After a number of Apollo missions to the moon, manned missions from the USA stopped back in 1972. In recent years, water sources have been discovered on the moon which would help in establishing a moon station. Did you know that it was 1969, when the Apollo 11, landed on the moon and the very first human walked on the moon? Photograph from


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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.