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1. Learn about the history of Earth Day and, our planet, EARTH, with this informative web quest. There are 15 web questions as well as comprehension questions and a Did You Know? fun fact section. The teacher page includes extension activities, the key, and additional links. Earth Day! A Webquest

2. Learn about the history of Arbor Day and TREES with this webquest.There are 11 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher section with keys, additional links and lots(11 extension activities):Arbor Day: A Webquest

3. Geographical web quest which introduces kids to the continent of Antarctica. Great for around Earth Day! There are 10 web quests(with lots of information in the questions), 14 Did You Know? facts, comprehension questions(including several "thought question"), a teacher page with a number of extension activities, additional links and key: Antarctica, A Webquest

4. Geographical web quest which introduces kids to the region of the Earth known as the Arctic. Great for around Earth Day! There are 14 web quests(with lots of information in the questions), Did You Know? facts, comprehension questions(including several "thought question"), a teacher page with a number of extension activities, additional links and key: Arctic, A Webquest

5. With spring, comes the sprouting of tulips. Tulips have a very interesting history. Sharing information about the history of the tulip is a great way to show kids that EVERYTHING has a history. Reading passage, Did You Know? fun facts, comprehension questions, Map-skill activity, Teacher page with extension activities and key: The History of Tulips: A Reading Passage/Extension Activities

6.Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest.There are 9 informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities,links. Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Webquest

7. William Shakespeare's Birthday is April 23. Considered to be the greatest writer of the English language, learn about William Shakespeare with this fun/informative Reader's Theater Script.The fun/informative play uses the format of Shakespeare being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about his life. 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

8. Rachel Carson, a Reader's Theater Script, a great activity to use around Earth Day!The fun/informative play uses the format of Rachel Carson being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series. Also includes: Comprehension/Did You Know?section, LOTS of extension activities/links/key: Rachel Carson, A Reader's Theater Script

9. On April 30, 1803 the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million. Learn about the Louis and Clark Expedition with this Webquest:Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Webquest

10. April 24th is The Library of Congress Day. The Library of Congress, called our "Nation's Library", has over 33 million books. There are also over 12.5 million photographs and 6 million pieces of sheet music! Learn more about the Nation's Library with this fun and informative webquest.Library of Congress: A Webquest

11. This month in April(1861), the Civil War began. Check out this web quest on the Civil War.Civil War: A Webquest

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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:
  • Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Dr.Seuss: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: 4/21/2017:

    Archaeologists working near the city of Luxor, Egypt, have made a discovery of eight mummies. The mummies were found in wooden coffins decorated with drawing in many different colors.Along with the mummies, archeologists found one thousand tiny figurines. It is believed that the tombs containing the mummies may be over 3500 years old.

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    Did you ever start digging a hole and say that you planned to "dig to China"? Scientists at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology are planning on digging a very deep hole. They hope to drill through the crust of the Earth and reach its mantle! If successful in their efforts, it would make history. No one has yet been able to dig that deep. The Earth's mantle is its molten rock section, making up almost 80% of the Earth's size. The drilling will take place in the Pacific Ocean. Three possible site areas include near the coast of Mexico, Hawaii or Costa Rica. It will take a LOT of effort to first drill down 2.5 miles to reach the ocean floor and then, another almost 4 miles to get to the Earth's mantle. Scientists hope to learn more about the make-up of the Earth's mantle as well as learn better earthquake and volcano detection.The plan is to start the drilling near 2030.

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    A settlement dating back 14,000 years has been found in British Columbia, Canada. Dating back to the Ice-Age, the discovery is one of the oldest ever found in North America. The discovery was made on Triquet Island. For many years, the native people on the island had past down the story of ancient ancestors who had lived on the island. Archaeologists have unearthed fishing hooks and several simple hand tools. Just imagine, the settlement is much older than the building of the Great Pyramid of Egypt! Illustration from

    Marc Beaumont,of Great Britain, plans to cycle AROUND the world! He also hopes to successfully complete this task in 80 days. Perhaps, you have read Jules Verne's book, "Around the World in 80 Days", about a man that makes a journey around the world using many different types of transportation. This won't be the first time Beaumont has taken an around the world bike journey. He set a record of 194 days back in 2008, when he completed a 18,000 miles bike ride. Since then, others have broken his record. At this time, the current record for cycling around the world is 123 days. Beaumont, who hopes to start his adventure on July 2nd,says he will need to cover about 240 miles per day to achieve his goal.Photograph from

    To make the shipping route around the Stad peninsula safer,the country of Norway plans to build the world's first tunnel for ships! With extremely harsh weather conditions, travel in the area is dangerous and increases travel time for ships waiting out storms to pass through the region. The proposed tunnel will be 1.05 miles long, 121 ft. tall and 87 ft. wide. The tunnel will be one way and alternate during the day. It will allow up to 100 ships per day to pass through the tunnel but estimates are that about 19 ships a day will go through the tunnel. The proposed tunnel may get underway in 2018.


    Scientists have found a whopper of a dinosaur footprint in northwestern Australia. It may be the largest dinosaur footprint ever found. The 5ft 9 in. print is as big as an adult man and dates back 140 million years. Paleontologists, scientists that study dinosaurs, say the footprints belong to a herbivore(plant eater)called a sauropod. Sauropods had longnecks,four legs and very tiny heads.

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    For all those who wear eyeglasses,imagine not needing to purchase a new pair of lenses when your prescription changes. Engineers at the University of Utah think that day is coming. A lenses has been developed that changes automatically! The new lenses don't use plastic but a type of colorless liquid, glycerin, contained in a rubber-like membrane. The frames contain a rechargeable battery. Using computer technology, the user inputs their prescription into a smartphone app. A Bluetooth connection measures the eye prescription and instantly updates the eyeglass lenses. Unfortunately, the current eyeglasses using this hi-tech technology aren't very attractive. However, it is expected that within three years a more marketable version will be available.Photograph from


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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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