History of Inauguration Day(Webquest)
How Do We Elect a President?
Presidential Election FREEBIE(INA)
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Is That FAKE News?
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In the News!
Mrs. Portulaca Purpilopilis
and the Purple Adventure Goggles
The COLOR GAMES!
The Wooden Cookie Box Story The Wooden Cookie Box
Facts to Wow your Friends!
Calendar Specific Resources!
World Landmarks: Lots of fun things to use with your students!
Short Reads of interest
Dive into Career Choices
Teaching Tips A-Z
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
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BBC Website for Kids
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The official U.S. time - snapshot
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In collaboration with Future Engineers, NASA has created the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest.
Open to students in grades K-12, students are asked to imagine they are leading a one-week expedition to the Moon's South Pole. Enter by December 17th! Learn more here:NASA Essay CONTEST!
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Learn about microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protists and virus with this informative web quest. Students will also learn about famous people who work with microbes, including Louis Pasteur, Alexander Fleming, Joseph Lister, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek and Edward Jenner. Students will also learn about helpful and harmful microbes. The web quest also mentions the coronavirus, has a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a Teacher Page with extension activities and links. There are 12 webquestions in the resource.
MICROBES! A Webquest
"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."
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8/1/2020: My latest book, Fashion Rules!, my latest book from Red Chair Press, is now available for purchase:
Fashion Rules!11/2020: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps has won another children's book award,a Northern Lights Book Award Winner! Thank you!
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!
Check out Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps which is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps
History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!
Highlighted FREEBIES for DECEMBER:
1. Aviation Fun Facts: Remembering a Historic Day in History: Wright Brothers Fly over Kitty Hawk, NC!(Dec. 17th):
Aviation Month Freebie
Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve Customs from Around the World
4. Rockefeller Center Tree:
Rockefeller Center Tree
5. Anti Bullying: Antibullying Freebie
6.FAKE News: FAKE NEWS Freebie
Highlighted Resources for DECEMBER:
1. Holiday Traditions from Around the World Webquest: Whenever different cultures meet, ideas are exchanged. Did you know that skiing was started by the people of Norway? Did you know that the kite and fireworks were invented by the people of China? The idea of Trial by Jury and the idea of Democracy come to us from the Ancient Greeks. During the holidays is a great time to share with kids the many traditions which have been shared with different cultures. Learn the history behind some popular holiday traditions with this webquest. Holiday Traditions from Around the World, A Webquest
2. Charles Dickens :With this being the time of year for the story, A Christmas Carol, it's a great opportunity to learn about its author,Charles Dickens. One of the most famous writers of all times,Dickens also wrote Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and more. My webquest includes 8 fun/informative questions to learn about Dickens. Additional activities/links,too: Charles Dickens, A WebquestI also have a Ms. Bie Ogrefee Reader's Theater Script on Charles Dickens: There are 11 questioners in the play as well as a Did You Know? section of fun facts, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities, additional links and the key.Charles Dickens, A Reader's Theater Script
3. Which president didn't allow a Christmas tree because he was an environmentalist? Which president organized a snowball fight in the White House for kids(using cotton balls). Which president hired a camel to entertain kids at Christmas time? Learn 12 informative facts about the Holidays at the White House with this possible Interactive Notebook Activity: Holiday Traditions at the White House
4. Learn about the History of New Year's with this fun/informative web quest. There are nine questions, lots of interesting customs of how people celebrate New Year's around the world, comprehension questions, extension activities and the key. Great activity for reading for information and research/computer skills. Included are also other holiday New Year's celebrations including Diwali, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Rosh Hashanah. The resources also mentions how April Fool's Day originated over when to celebrate New Year's! New Year's Eve Traditions from Around the World, A Webquest
5. History of Candy: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! History of Candy, A Webquest
6. The Wright Brothers first flight was December 17th. Did you know that people actually thought that the airplane would have not real purpose? Less than 10 people showed up for the Wright Brothers attempt to make history on that December 17, 1903, morning. This informative web quest will help students learn about the Wright Brothers and their first flight. Extension activities as well as additional links for information are also provided as is the key.Wright Brothers/Airplane History, A Webquest I also have a Reader's Theater Script on the Wright Brothers: Wright Brothers,A Reader's Theater ScriptAdditionally, I have a Reader's Theater Script on Female Pilots during WW2, Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman and the Tuskegee Airmen. I have a reading passage on Aida de Acosta.
7. Teaching American History and want to introduce your students to First Ladies of the United States? Try this fun and information play based on the Mark Goodson Production To Tell the Truth Game Show on Mary Todd Lincoln. Students in grades 4 and up will have fun acting out their parts and learning some interesting facts about First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln whose birthday was December 13th. Discussion questions, comprehension questions and activities are also included: Mary Todd Lincoln, A Reader's Theater Script
8. If you live where there is snow, you have probably built a snowman. The snowman has been around for quite a while. In fact, the earliest drawing of a snowman was found in a book dating back to 1380! The book, "Book of Hours" was found in a library in the country of the Netherlands. Read about a famous sculptor hired to make a snowman, a snowman which helps predicts the weather in Switzerland and two more stories about snowmen! Four short reading passages that have to do with snowmen with questions and extension activities: Snowmen: Four Reading Passages
9. Inauguration Day, A Webquest: What is this event in the USA called an "Inauguration"? Taking the oath of office, a big parade and evening balls, Inauguration Day is a very busy day for the incoming President! There are 10 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and extension activities.This resource would be a great activity for around Inauguration Day 2021 to learn all about the history and festivities surrounding our country's inauguration procedures. Inauguration Day! A Webquest
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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:Louisa May Alcott, A Reader's Theater ScriptGalileo Galilei, A Reader's Theater ScriptMoon Landing!A Reader's Theater ScriptWright Brothers: A Reader's Theater ScriptWorld War 2 FEMALE Pilots(WASP)Frederick DouglassEdgar Allan PoeCivil War: Women Soldiers, A Reader's Theater ScriptMathew Brady, A Reader's Theater ScriptCrusadesSir Isaac Newton, A Reader's Theater ScriptLewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater ScriptThe Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater ScriptConstitution: A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution: A Reader's Theater ScriptA Visit with Joshua Crabtree,An American Revolutionary War Tory: A Reader's Theater ScriptCharles Dickens: A Reader's Theater ScriptJohnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater ScriptAlbert Einstein: A Reader's Theater ScriptRachel Carson: A Reader's Theater ScriptKatherine Johnson:Scientist/MathematicianThomas JeffersonGeorge Washington Carver: The Peanut ManThomas Edison, A Reader's Theater ScriptMarie Curie,ScientistJacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater ScriptRevolutionary War Spies(Culper Spy Ring).A Visit with Female Agent 355A California Gold Rush Prospector!Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman DoctorSusan B. AnthonyWilliam ShakespeareBessie Coleman,AviatorMarian AndersonLeonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"Michelangelo!SacagaweaSequoyahTuskegee Airman!The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)Harriet TubmanSimon,A Victim of the Black DeathMarco PoloAbraham LincolnLove Brewster,Interview with a PilgrimMcSean, the Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script
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LOOK!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:
Click here to learn more about Anti-Bullying Activities to use in the classroom.Stand up to Bullying!
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: 11/24/2020:
We use plastic items all the time and scientists say plastic particles can be found everywhere. Plastics have been found on the oceans' floors(including the deepest trench, the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific Ocean). Plastics have also been found in the Arctic. Near the summit of the tallest mountain, Mt. Everest, scientists have recently discovered microplastics (tiny plastic pieces) found in the ice and snow at 27,690 ft. above sea level. It is suggested that climbers and their clothing and climbing equipment (such as ropes, tents, bottles, bags and clothing) were the source of the plastics! Did you know that microplastics have also been found in the human body?Photograph from Pixabay.com
When workers were setting up this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, they found a tiny Saw-Whet owl, hiding in the branches. The owl, who is believed to have made a home in the tree at its location in Oneonta,NY, traveled with the tree to the city.The owl hadn't eaten or had fluids for days. Named Rockefeller the Owl, it was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center. After spending a couple of days to be given a clean bill of health, Rockefeller will be released back into the wild. Wonder if he will return to his upstate New York area, about 170 miles north of New York City? Photograph from MSN.com
Archaeologists in Egypt have made an amazing discovery. Over 100 sealed coffins, most with mummies still inside were discovered near Saqqara necropolis. It is estimated that the mummies date back about 2500 years. In addition to the coffins, a number of artifacts, including statues and funeral masks were also unearthed. A number of the coffins, believed to be of wealthy and important people, were placed on display this week, near the Step Pyramid of Djoser.Photograph from NBC News Learn Fun Mummy Facts:MUMMY FACTS!
President Donald Trump was the first president in 100 years not to have any pets in the White House. President-Elect Joe Biden will be bringing the family's two dogs to the People's House when "first dogs", Major and Champ, come to their new home on January 20, 2021. It will be the very first time a rescue dog(Major) will be living in the White House. The dogs, nicknamed DOTUS(Dogs of the United States) already have a social media page where they are sharing their story. Photograph of President-Elect Joe Biden with Major, who was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association: CBSnews
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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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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.