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Check out this resource:A Visit with a Leprecahaun: A Reader's Theater Script

"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!

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  • 1. Rhinos:RHINO Factoids
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  • 4. Flag Facts:Flag Trivia
  • 5. Fun HAIR Facts:Fun Hair Factoids
  • 6. Island Facts: Island Factoids

  • Highlighted Resources for MAY and JUNE:

  • 1.Space Day is 5/1: Learn about the history of space with this informative web quest. There are 12 web questions, comprehension questions and extension activities.Space: A WebquestJohn Glenn:John Glenn, A Webquest
  • 2.Rhino Day is 5/1: Learn about the rhino with this fun and very informative webquest.Rhinos! A Webquest

  • 3.Studying folklore? Leprechaun Day is May 13th(YES...there is such a day!)This fun/informative play has Ms. Bie Ografee's guest being McSean, a leprechaun.McSean, the Leprechaun. A Reader's Theater Script

  • 4. May 29th: Sir Edmound Hillary and his Guide, Tenzing Norgay (1953) Reach Top of Mount Everest. Learn about Mt. Everest, Nepal and the Yeti with this webquest:Mt. Everest, A Webquest

  • 5.Statue of Liberty: Use this informative webquest with your students to learn about the Statue of Liberty, one of the most famous landmarks in the United States:Statue of Liberty, A Webquest

  • 6. Use Our American Flag webquest of 12 informative questions to learn about Flag Day,Fourth of July and flag history.Flag Webquest

  • 7.Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner: Use this web quest to learn about Francis Scott Key, the national anthem and the war of 1812. There are nine web questions, 9 comprehension/thought questions, fun facts and extension activities:The Star Spangled Banner and Francis Scott Key, A Webquest

  • 8. Everything has a History, even SHOES! Show kids that even shoes have a history with this fun/informative web quest. There are 9 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with directions, extension activities and the key. A History of Shoes, a Webquest I also have resources on the history of peanuts, tulips, peanuts, marshmallows, chewing gum and candy. Great for end of the year activities. Check out my bundle on Everything Has a History Resources:Everything has a History, A Bundle of Resources

  • 9. Learn about the Great Wall of Chinawith this informative reading. Also included are 10 Did You Know? facts about the Great Wall, ten comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities, additional links and the key.Great Wall of China, A Reading Passage Activity
  • 10.Introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. This reading is on the the Taj Mahal!Taj Mahal, A Reading Passage Activity

  • 11. Learn about some of the world's famous Landmarks of the world. This reading is on the Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower, A Reading Passage Activity

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Explore World Landmarks are great to introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. This reading is on Ayers Rock(Uluru):Ayers Rock(Uluru)

  • 14. World Ocean Day is 6/8:Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest, will introduce students to our oceans. There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions, extension activities and links are also provided as is the key. Exploring the Oceans, A Webquest

  • 15. Jacque Cousteau, A Reader’s Theater Script: Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series where Jacques Cousteau is a guest on her talk show and answers questions of her studio audience. There are 10 audience questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher section with extension activities, links and the key. Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 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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    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:
  • 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:
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    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 TODAY:5/15/2019:

    Four people have visited the depths of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench(Pacific Ocean),the deepest trench on the earth. The first humans to go into the Mariana Trench were Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard,in 1960.Film director James Cameron(Titanic/Avatar) reached a record depth of 35,756 feet in a solo submersible dive in 2012. In May, 2019, Victor Vescovo beat this depth by successfully going 35, 849! He beat Cameron's record depth by about 36 ft. Traveling down into the Mariana Trench, Vescovo(who also has climbed the seven summits on each continent) saw four never before seen prawn-like fish and sadly,a plastic bag at a depth of almost 7 miles! He also saw a candy wrapper at this depth.


    Twelve men have walked on the moon. By 2024, this may change when NASA launches a new mission, Artemis(named for the ancient Greek goddess of the moon). It will be this mission when a woman will leave her footprints on the surface of the moon. The previous moon mission, called Apollo (the twin of Artemis) ended in 1972.

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    Historians say that Captain James Cook claimed Australia for England back in 1770, when he explored the east coast of Australia. Willem Janszoon, in 1606, of Holland, is credited with being the first European to visit the continent. A discovery of a coin may cause historians to make some changes in history books. A copper coin, thought to be 1000 years old, was found last year. It is from Tanzania, a country in East Africa. It is believed that Portuguese sea traders may have left the coin, making them the first Europeans to visit the continent of Australia, as early as 1515. Others suggest that perhaps the coin was brought by African traders from Kilwa(present day Tanzania) to Australia, where contact with Indigenous people of Australia was made.Photograph from Dailymail

    Scientists have developed a teeny backpack for bumblebees which will enable researchers to be able to use the insects to fly around and collect data onto the sensor found inside the backpacks. Information collected from the sensors, with rechargeable batteries, will help supply temperature, humidity and flying patterns of bees and help with agriculture. Creating a sensor weighing about the weight of 7 uncooked grains of rice, was the hard part. Bumblebees used for the experiment were collected and placed in a freezer to slow them down and backpacks were glued to their backs. Scientists from the school of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington say using bees over drones, is much more efficient. Next, backpacks that are equipped with live cameras, which farmers can used to monitor their crops.

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    A company in England has developed a biodegradable pod that may replace plastic water bottles. Made of seaweed, scientists removed any odor and the green coloring. The pods, which are edible and tasteless, were used in the London Marathon, last weekend. The 41,000 runners were handed the water capsules made from seaweed. If not used within about six weeks, the pods decompose. That's much more environmentally friendly than using plastic water bottles that can take 450 years to breakdown! The company says the pods can be filled with all sorts of liquids.

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    Two third graders in a school in Medford, MA, were looking for a way to make their school neighborhood safer. Their idea was to make the crosswalk in the school's pick up zone a 3D illusion. The children spoke with the Mayor of Medford as well as the traffic commission trying to convince the adults of their class project idea. Local officials liked the students' idea and hired an artist to paint the school's crosswalk to look 3D. Now, 3D crosswalks will be coming to other area elementary schools,too. The illusion makes the white painted barriers look raised up causing drivers to slow down. The students are very excited that their idea and hard work was made a reality and hope it will help keep children safer as they cross the streets.

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    Scientists in the country of Israel have found another use for 3D printers. What is believed to be the world's first tiny heart was produced using cell containing "bioink""! The heart has the necessary functions to actually work including cells, blood vessels and chambers.Although the heart is only about the size of a rabbit's heart, it is thought that it is a step to possible human hearts being printed. Imagine creating a human heart, when needed, on a 3D printer, saving lives of many people who die every day because a needed replacement heart is not currently available. Amazing!

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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:
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