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  • 1. Constitution Day is September 17th.Check out these Did You Know? Fun Facts about the history of the Constitution:Constitution Day Freebie
  • 2. Fake News:FAKE News, a FREEBIE!

  • 3. Apple Fun Facts:Apple Fun Facts, Interactive Notebook Activity
  • 4. International¬†Peace Day: September 21st. International Peace Day, Interactive Notebook Activity
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  • Highlighted Resources for SEPTEMBER:

  • 1. FAKE NEWS: The term FAKE News seems to be used a lot these days! 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. This Interactive Notebook activity also has extension activities: Fake News!
    Learn about the U.S. Constitution(Constitution Day is September 18th in 2017). Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee series of plays, this Reader's Theater Script is on the "Father of the Constitution", James Madson(1751-1836), and his sharing with students the history of the writing of the Constitution. James Madison,the Father of the Constitution, A Reader's Theater Script
    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.Great for a Friday biography day, during a study on pioneers or a unit on apples! Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated : March 11th and/or September 26th. Johnny Appleseed, A Reader's Theater Script
    The Supreme Court starts its new session in October: Oyez, Oyez...Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The first Monday in October is the beginning of the new term of the Supreme Court. 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
    Studying the American Revolution? Use this reading for kids to learn about what it was like to be a Tory during the American Revolutionary War. Joshua Crabtree(fictitious character) is a guest on Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show. The format of the Reader's Theater Script is that a studio audience asks questions of Ms. Bie Ografee's guest to learn what it was like to support the British and not the Patriots during the American Revolution. There are 10 questioners, A Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a Teacher Page with extension activities and the key: A Visit with A Tory, A Reader's Theater Script Also have a Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show play on Female Revolutionary Spies! Revolutionary War Female Spies!A Reader's Theater Script
    Show kids that EVERYTHING has a history, even Pens, Paper and Pencils! Show Students that history is everywhere: Pencil, Paper, Pens: A Webquest Also have the history of CANDY, PRETZELS, CHEWING GUM, PEANUTS, TULIPS and SHOES. I also have a bundle on Everything Has a History: Everything Has a History, A Bundle of Resources
    Great Back to School reading! "Why do we have to learn about history?" Much of what we have today was because of things developed by people that lived long ago. I've included several comprehension questions and two extension activities. Why Do We Have to Learn History? A Reading
    This mini-unit on Early Humans/Prehistoric Cultures will assist the classroom teacher in presenting this topic of history to students. This resource also includes a web quest with 12 web questions.Prehistoric Cultures
    Countries in Focus: Great for a Friday Activity, a substitute or if you are covering the areas in your units of study: TEN countries are in the bundle:   10.
    Famous Women Reading Passages:Ten Famous Women,Reading Passages
    New: Women's Suffrage, A Bundle of Resources:Women's Suffrage Bundle of Resources

    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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    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:
  • 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:9/23/2019:

    Scientists say there are less tweets by birds because there are 3 billion less birds than 50 years ago! A study was conducted in the United States and Canada and found the cause of this massive decline is largely environmental. Pesticides and loss of habitat are two of the reasons. Which are your favorite species of birds? What do you think could be done to protect bird populations?

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    It is estimated that Friday's global strike(September 19th) was the largest ever climate rally. An estimated four million young people(and adults), from more than 150 countries gathered to protest the need for lawmakers to do more to address our changing climate. This week, world leaders will be gathering at the United Nation, in New York City, where one of the meetings is on global climate. The USA is one of two nations not participating in the Paris Climate Accord. Trump withdrew from the accord. President Trump has said he will not be attending the meeting on climate change at the United Nations.One of the founders of the global climate movement is Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old from the country of Sweden. Photo from

    Captain James Cook sailed to Australia (called the "unknown Southern Land"") on the ship, HMS Endeavour, back in 1770. Imagine about 100 crew aboard a wooden ship less than 100 ft. long! Scientists think they have located the remains of his ship off the coast of Rhode Island.The ship was used to bring British soldiers to fight in the Revolutionary War. After many years, the ship was sold eventually making its way to the area of Rhode Island where it is thought to have been scuttled. Although it hasn't yet been confirmed, samples of the wreckage have been taken to determine if it is the famed HMS Endeavour.

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    Victor Vescovo dove into the history books by successfully diving into the deepest points of all five of the world's oceans.Note: The Southern Ocean(near Antarctica) is now classified as an ocean. His last dive, part of a project called the Five Deeps, was done into the Molloy Trench(18,209 ft), in the Arctic Ocean. In the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest,(more than 6 miles ), Vescovo saw some evidence of plastic trash. During his dives, Vescovo discovered over 40 new species of sea life.He is the very first person to complete the five dives into the deepest trenches of the five oceans.

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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)

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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:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World,Highlights for Children,Jack and Jill,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.