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Highlighted Resources for October

  • 1.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:Learn about the 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? Maybe you'd like a learning challenge for over the summer months.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

  • 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. Vikings: Learn about Leif Eriksson and his dad, Erik the Red with this Reader’s Theater Script. October 9 is Leif Erikson Day. Did someone say pumpkin pie? 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.Vikings(Leif Eriksson/Erik the Red): A Reader's Theater Script

  • 5. Diwali is Coming in October: This reading passage introduces kids to the holiday of Diwali and includes fun facts and extension activities. Diwali: A Reading Passage

  • 6. 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: History of Halloween: A Webquest

  • 7. ALL Mummy Webquest: Kids love mummies. Great for Halloween time(or for a unit of study on ancient Egypt) Learn all about mummies of the world. 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 of the World, A Webquest

  • 8. King Tut: King Tut Day is November 4th. Learn about King Tut. Practice oral reading fluency in Language Arts with this biographical reader's theater on King Tut.Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities,Great for informative text/listening standards.Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/informative Friday activity.King Tut: A Reader's Theater Script

  • 9. Pumpkin Webquest: Did someone say pumpkin pie?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

  • 10. Hispanic Heritage Month is in October: Check out this web quest on Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic Heritage Month: A Webquest

  • 11. 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. Grades 4 and up.Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities and resources are included.Hans Christian Andersen: A Reader's Theater Script

  • 12. History of Candy. Show kids that EVERYTHING has a history. The first in my series, Everything Has a History. Why not show your students that even candy has a history with this fun/informative web quest! Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. I also have included several additional resources and extension activities. Great for a Friday, a day before a vacation activity or just when you'd like to share with kids that...everything has a history! Everything Has a History,Even 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!

  • Check out my article, "Growing a Giant Pumpkin" in the September/October 2017 issue of Jack and Jill Magazine.

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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:
  • Lewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater Script
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater Script
  • li>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
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  • 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
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  • Leonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"
  • Michelangelo!
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  • The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)
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  • Simon,A Victim of the Black Death
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  • 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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    Changes are coming to the Boy Scouts of America which began in 1910. Next year,for the very first time, girls will be allow to join! The Boy Scouts believe that values including kindness, bravery and trustworthiness are important to both boys and girls. Beginning with club scouts small groups will remain single gender where larger groups can be either boy, girl or mixed gender. Girls will also be able to work toward achieving the highest level of the Boy Scouts, that of an Eagle Scout.

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    Sixty Years ago, (1957)the Russians launched a small satellite called sputnik into the Earth's orbit. It would be the start of what was called the "space race" between the USA and Russia(known as the USSR). Meaning "fellow traveler of the Earth", the sputnik would travel 18,000 mph in 96.2 minutes and transmitted radio signals back to Earth for about 21 days.Before it burned on reentry,it had clocked a distance of 43 million miles. In addition to creating an interest in space, the little 23 inch metal sphere,weighing 184 pounds, with four antennas,resulted in the U.S. government determining a need to spend more money in schools, specially in science and math. Photograph from

    You may find it surprising that women are not allowed to drive cars in the country of Saudi Arabia. In fact, it is the only country in the world that restricts women from driving. If a woman tried to drive, she would be arrested. Today, the government announced a change in this ban. Women WILL soon be allowed to drive in the country of Saudi Arabia.

    Most of us throw away orange peels in the trash. A team of ecologist had another idea. Collect them. Sixteen years ago, a local orange juice manufacturer was asked to dump 1000 truckloads of pulp and peels over barren land in a section of a Costa Rican National Park Forest. A law suit was filed saying that the dumping of the 13,000 tons orange pump/peels was polluting the park and the project ceased and was forgotten. Recently,researchers returned to find an amazing sight. The barren land, which had been covered in orange peels and pulp, was now once again a lush tropical forest with tall vines and vegetation. Even wildlife had return including birds and reptiles. It is thought that the nutrient-rich organic waste was the main reason for such a change in the soil.

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    Do you like to ride a bicycle? Have you ever gone on a bike trip? Mark Beaumont, from Scotland, went on an amazing bike journey. He biked around the world and he did it in less than 80 days. Beaumont's world record bike trip took 79 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes and covered a whopping 18,032 miles.(completed 9/18) Back in 2008, Beaumont traveled the world in 194 days but other cyclists have since broken his record. The current record before this week was 123 days. It was necessary for Beaumont to travel approximately 240 miles each on his bicycle. That left only about five hours each night for a snooze and to get needed rest. Otherwise, he pedaled his bicycle for over 16 hours each day! He began his record bike trip in Paris, France,traveled across Europe, through Russia and to Mongolia and China. He then took an airplane to Australia and biked across the continent. He went over to New Zealand and then took another airplane across the Pacific Ocean. He arrive in Anchorage, Alaska and pedaled through Canada. Another plane ride took Beaumont to Portugal where he continued biking on through Spain and France where he ended once again in Paris, France. Along the journey, biking through 16 countries, Beaumont suffered from lots of calluses. He broke a filling when he had a crash in Russia and suffered sub-zero temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere where it is winter. He also came down with a bad cold during the trip but nothing stopped Beaumont from achieving his goal. Like the character, Phileas Fogg, from the Jules Verne book, Around the World in 80 Days, Beaumont said, "I’ll always be the first who did it(in under 80 days). No one remembers who was second up Everest."

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    Two very rare giraffes were captured on video. They are completely white. The mother and baby calf were spotted by rangers in the country of Kenya, in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy. Not albino, the giraffe have a condition called leucism,which means they have no pigment in their skin cells. This causes the white skin. It is only the third time, such white giraffes have every been spotted.

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    "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)
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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:
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