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  • A. Chinese New Year Factoids: Chinese New Year FREEBIE

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  • C. Happy New Year!New Year's Customs from Around the World

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    Highlighted Resources for DECEMBER:

  • 1. Holiday Traditions from Around the World Webquest: 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 Webquest I 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)? Learn 12 informative facts about the Holidays at the White House with this possible Interactive Notebook Activity: Holiday Traditions from Around the World: A Webquest

  • 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.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 Customs from Around the World: A Webquest

  • 5. History of Candy: 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.Includes several additional resources and extension activities. 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 and the Airplane: A Webquest

  • 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. Discussion questions, comprehension questions and activities are also included: Mary Todd Lincoln: A Reader's Theater Script

  • 8. The earliest drawing of a snowman was found in a book dating back to 1380!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

  • New READINGS on Women in History: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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    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:
  • 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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    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!

    IN THE NEWS TODAY:12/16/2018:

    The country of Egypt has announced a wonderfully preserved tomb dating back 4400 years. The discovery was made near Saqqara and is decorated with much hieroglyphics(ancient Egyptian writing). The tomb also has 45 statues, many of pharaohs(kings of ancient Egypt),carved into the rock. It is believed that the tomb was untouched for hundreds of centuries and archeologists are hopeful that the tomb, thought to be that of an important priest, will include many artifacts, when excavation begins in the new year. Interestingly, the tomb is in the same area as the famous Step Pyramid.

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    An amazingly successful launch of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic took place in the Mojave Desert, in California. The SpaceShipTwo reached the edge of outer space, or 51.4 miles in altitude. The space vehicle had two pilots aboard for the historic ride, which reached 2.9 times the speed of sound in less than one minute! It is hoped that within six months, the company will begin offering rides of a lifetime! The cost for the trip will be $250,000 per person and will include a few minutes of weightlessness(zero gravity).

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    Plastic bags. Most people use them but they are very harmful to the environment and especially marine life. It is believed that up to 5% of all plastic bags find their way into our oceans. People in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, are hoping to make a statement with what they are hoping will take the title as the world's largest sculpture made from plastic bags. Using collected plastic bags, a map of the Dead Sea was created. An estimated 100,000 plastic bags were used to make the sculpture which measures 65 ft. long and 16 ft. Tall. It is hoped that the plastic bag sculpture will create an awareness to just how many plastic bags find their way into the our oceans. The current plastic bag sculpture record was done in the country of Singapore, back in 2012. An octopus was made from 68,000 plastic bags!

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    The Tree is here! Each year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree brings thousands and thousands of tourists to New York City. This year's Norway spruce tree comes from Wallkill, NY, and stands 72 ft. tall. Called "Shelby" by the people where the tree has stood for many years, the 2018 tree will be decorated with 50,000 lights and crowned with a 900 pound Swarovski crystal star. The official lighting is November 28th. After the holiday season is over, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity where the wood will be used to build homes. The Rockefeller Center tree has been a tradition since 1931.During the Great Depression, workers were constructing Rockefeller Center and decorated a tree, on Christmas Eve.

    Learn more about the History of the Rockefeller Tree at this link:Rockefeller Center Tree

    Knickers is a very large steer that lives on a ranch in Australia. Standing 6' 4", the Holstein Friesian tips the scale at about 3000 pounds. Knickers doesn't have to worry about become thousands of hamburger patties as he is actually too large for a processing plant. So, Knickers will live out his life on the range grazing with other cattle and being the one that other steers follow around. Possibly a record size steer for the country of Australia, Knickers doesn't take world record honors. Currently, that goes to a steer in Italy.Called Bellino, the steer measures 6' 6.5" in height!

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    "School is a building that has four walls-with tomorrow inside."(Lon Watters)
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    "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.