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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!

"The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)

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

Eleanor Roosevelt


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Freebies for APRIL:

  • 1. TREES(great for Arbor Day) Interactive Notebook Activity: Let's Learn about Trees! FREEBIE

  • 2. World Ocean Day Freebie: World Ocean Day FREEBIE
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  • Highlighted Resources for APRIL:

  • 1. Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest.There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions, extension activities and links. National Week of the Ocean(3/30-4/5)Exploring the Oceans, a Webquest

  • 2. Studying the ocean? Looking for a resource for Earth Day or World Ocean Day? Introduce your students to Jacques Cousteau with this informative Reader's Theater Script. Part of Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series(extensions/comprehension questions, Did You Know?, key):Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 3. The Library of Congress, called our Nation's Library has over 33 million books. Learn more about the Nation's Library with this fun and informative webquest. National Library Day April 15th and Library of Congress Day, April 24th.Library of Congress,a Webquest

  • 4. April 23rd is William Shakespeare’s birthday. Considered to be the greatest writer of the English language,learn about William Shakespeare with this fun/informative play. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series. Also includes: Comprehension/Did You Know?section, LOTS of extension activities/links/key: William Shakespeare, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 5. Arbor Day is 4/29: Learn about the history of Arbor Day and all about trees with this web quest. There are 11 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher section with keys, additional links and lots of extension activities.This could also be something to use with EARTH DAY, when you are studying TREES and, of, course, for ARBOR DAY.Arbor Day, A Webquest
  • 6. Learn about Rachel Carson: This Reader's Theater Script could be used as a STEM biography any time of year or especially during the time of Earth Day or Arbor Day. Rachel Carson, A Reader's Theater Script
  • 7. Use this reading passage to show students that everything has a history, even pretzels! The resource includes a reading passage, a Did You Know? section of fun facts about pretzels. There are comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities and links. April 26th is National Pretzel Day! Pretzels, A Reading Passage

  • New 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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  • 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:4/23/2019:

    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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    Fire has badly damaged the famous cathedral in Paris, France, called Notre-Dame. It is thought that an accident during renovations started the fire in the "forest". This is the nickname for the wooded roof that used 1300 trees to construct. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the cathedral was begun in the 12th century and took about 200 years to finish. Author Victor Hugo's, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, tells a story about a man, named Quasimodo,with a physical handicap, who worked in the bell tower. The beautiful stain glass in the windows was removed during World War 2, numbered and stored to protect them during the war. After the war, like a jig-saw puzzle, the glass pieces were reinstalled in the windows. Sadly,is believed that many, but not all, the stain glass was damaged in the fire. Many religious relics were saved by emergency crews. As the fire blazed, hundreds and hundreds of people gathered to sing hymns. Authorities say that Notre-Dame WILL be restored.

    Scientists are very excited with the release of the first ever direct image of a black hole and scientists are calling the black hole "an absolute monster"". The black hole is massive, about three million times the size of the planet Earth! It is located about 55 million light-years away from Earth. Scientists describe a black hole as an area of space where the pull of gravity is so great that not even light can escape. The image was created using eight different telescopes, part of a network of telescopes called Event Horizon Telescope. Congratulations to MIT graduate student, Dr. Katie Bouman, whose algorithm made the image possible. Kind of looks like a donut, doesn't it?

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    The oldest pyramid in Egypt dates back to 27 BC. Called the Step Pyramid (also called the Pyramid of Djoser), it needed some TLC after a 8.5 magnitude earthquake damaged it in 1992. It was feared that the pyramid might collapse. Engineers from Great British began working on repairing the 4,700 year old pyramid, in 2010. Steel rods were used to help support the many stones. They are just finishing up their efforts to support the landmark so that future generations can appreciate it.

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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.