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7/2020:Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps won a 1st place Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Picture Books 6 & Older category. Thank you, Story Monsters!
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!
Highlighted FREEBIES for OCTOBER:
1. 1. Halloween. This possible Interactive Notebook activity is a fun activity to use around Halloween! There are 12 Fun Facts about the holiday with several activities to do with the students.Freebie: Halloween!
2. FALL means PUMPKINS.Pumpkin Fun Facts
3. Mummy Facts:Mummy Factoids!
4. This interactive notebook on Apples has several activities and 17 interesting fun facts about apples.Apple Fun Facts
5. Vikings: Vikings! Freebie for Leif Eriksson Day(October 9th)
7.Fake News: Fake News Freebie
Highlighted Resources for OCTOBER:
1.The Supreme Court starts its new session in October: This web quest will introduce students to the Supreme Court. There are several extension activities and additional links as well as the key: Supreme Court, A Webquest
2. Orange Game: Looking for a Friday activity? Something for your students to do with a substitute or following testing time? .Check out my ORANGE Game. There are 24 statements and several extensions. This resource challenges kids about their knowledge of all things ORANGE. Great for a fall activity! I also have other Color Games: RED, GREEN, BLUE , PURPLE and YELLOW. Orange Game Activity
3. Columbus: A Reader's Theater Script:Learn about Christopher Columbus with this informative play. There are 10 questioners asking questions of Columbus. Additionally, comprehension questions and discussion questions are included.Christopher Columbus, A Reader's Theater Script
4. Beautiful illustrations! In this story, "Purple and the Pumpkin Race",Purple, Zing and Squirty are exciting about participating in the annual pumpkin race. After they carve out their pumpkin to sail, the race begins. Sounds like lots of fun but something goes very wrong! Purple Turtle and the Pumpkin Race(Reading)
5. Halloween Webquest: With 12 informational web questions, this resource is just the thing to use as a learning tool about the holiday of Halloween. Bats, Owls, pumpkins, the human skeleton, the origin of Halloween, superstitions, and famous stories in literature, are covered. There are comprehension questions, lots of fun facts, extension activities(including writing in the content area), and additional links for teachers: All Things Halloween: A Webquest
6. ALL Mummy Webquest: Included: Bog Mummies, Otzi, Chinchorro Mummies, Taklamakan Desert Mummies, Egyptian Mummies and more. 12 informative text questions/comprehension questions/extension activities, key, fun facts:Mummies, A Webquest
7. King Tut: Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities.Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/nformative Friday activity. King Tut: A Reader's Theater Script
8. Pumpkin Webquest:This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Great for LA classes, a fall activity, or for a substitute lesson! Pumpkins: A Webquest
9. Hispanic Heritage Month is September-October 15th: Check out this webquest on Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic Heritage Month, A Webquest
10 This Reader's Theater Script introduces kids to fairy tale writer,Hans Christian Andersen. His story, The Ugly Duckling, some say was actually about him. Great activity for Anti-Bullying Month in October to go along with reading of this fairytale.Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities and resources are included. Hans Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script
11. Vikings: Leif Eriksson Day is October 9th.Studying the Vikings? Check out this script on the Vikings and Leif Ericsson and his father, Erik the Red. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of plays, Leif Ericsson and his father, Eric the Red are guests on Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show. They share information about their lives and the Vikings. There is a Did You Know? section of fun facts, reading comprehension questions and a teacher section with lots of extension activities, links and the key. THE VIKINGS, A Reader's Theater Script
12. Johnny Appleseed: Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series. This biographical Reader's Theater Script is on John Chapman, better remembered as Johnny Appleseed. He is known for his kindness toward other people and all living creatures, his efforts in conservation and the many apple trees he started during his life.There area 8 Audience Questioners in the complete resource. There are 12 Did You Know? fun facts about apples, 9 comprehension questions, a teacher page with 9 extension activities, the key and additional links of interest. Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated : March 11th and/or September 26th.Johnny Appleseed, A Reader's Theater Script
13. History of Candy: Use this web quest to show students that EVERYTHING has a history, even candy! History of Candy, 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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IN THE NEWS:9/21/2021:
With the terrible forest fires in California, there is fear that some of the oldest and biggest trees in the world, the sequoia, are in danger. There are over 2000 sequoias in the Sequoia National Park.To protect the world's largest tree by volume, the General Sherman, fire fighters have wrapped the base in protective fire-resistant aluminum blankets. Standing 275 ft. tall and 36 ft. in diameter, it is hoped this wonderful tree, estimated to be over 2300 years old, will be saved from the raging forest fires.
With global warming, causing glaciers to melt, the people of Switzerland are trying to save the snow covered Mount Titlis (10,623 ft. tall).In winter, skiers, flock to the area to ski. Specially made white polyester fleece blankets were placed over the snow. It took about six weeks to cover the snow covered area, about the size of 14 football fields, with the blankets. White reflects the sunlight and kept the sun's rays from melting the snow. The snow cover protects the glacier ice which is underneath the snow. Once the weather turns colder, the blankets will be removed for ski season.
Scientists have discovered the remains of an extinct penguin that was the size of a child! Thought to roam the area of present day New Zealand more than 27 million years ago, the penguin stood almost 5 ft. tall. Called the Kairuku waewaeroa (meaning long legs), the almost complete skeleton was found by a group of children who belonged to a natural history club. The tallest penguin in today's world is the Emperor penguin, which can reach about 4 ft. tall.
Using DNA collected from the remains of frozen woolly mammoth, scientists will try and bring back the extinct creatures. Well, sort of... It may take about six years and the animal will be a new, not exact version of the woolly mammoth that walked the planet about 4000 years ago.The elephant is a relative of the woolly mammoth. Using DNA collected from teeth, tusks, hair of the woolly mammoth, scientists plan to add elephant DNA and place a seeded embryo into an Asian elephant to carry until birth. More like an elephant, the new creature would be able to live in colder climates, thanks to the DNA from the woolly mammoth.
Scientists in Germany and New Zealand are training cows to use a "toilet" to urinate. So far, 11 out of 16 calves have successfully been potty-trained. Why train cows to use a specific area, a fenced in area with artificial grass? It is believed that the "mooloo"", as the area has been called, can help the environment. It is estimated that cows urinate about 8 gallons a day! That's a lot of nitrogen that turns to ammonia that is harmful to water supplies.If cows can also be trained to do ALL their bathroom needs in a mooloo, the manure can be harvested to create energy.
Did you know that there is a space cemetery? Actually the place is called Point Nemo (meaning "no one" in Latin). Located in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean, and about 1400 miles from the closest island, it is here where scientists direct space trash. Since 1971, approximately 260 pieces of space crafts, including the Russian space station Mir and a Chinese space station called Tiangong-1, have been sent. Much of the space trash disintegrates on entry but still lots of pieces reach the "space cemetery".
I 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 35 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing and Odd History Series by Red Chair Press).
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