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NEWS: 4/27/2018: North Korea's leader met with South Korea's leader. In their historic meeting,the two leaders announced they are working to officially end the Korean War(from the 1950s) and to establish "permanent" peace between the two countries. Use this opportunity to introduce kids to the countries of North Korea and South Korea with these internet activities: Let's Learn about North Korea! and Let's Learn about South Korea

"If I can not do great things, I can do small things in a great way."Martin Luther King

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  • Highlighted Resources for May:

  • 1. Everything has a History, even SHOES! Show kids that even shoes have a history with this fun/informative web quest. There are 9 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with directions, extension activities and the key.Everything has a History, Even SHOES! I also have resources on the history of peanuts, tulips, peanuts, chewing gum and candy. Great for end of the year activities.

  • 2. The World Cup 2018 is coming(the Global Games). Great activity for the end of the Year. Show students that everything as a history, even soccer(football to most countries).2018 Global Games Russia is hosting the event. Learn about the country of Russia with this Country in Focus: Russia resource:Russia: Country in Focus, A Webquest

  • 3.Studying folklore? Leprechaun Day is May 13th(YES...there is such a day!)This fun/informative play has Ms. Bie Ografee's guest being McSean, a leprechaun. McSean is asked questions by the studio audience about the country of Ireland and the long Irish folklore about leprechauns. Great for a unit on folk stories/folklore or as an activity around St. Patrick's Day. The play has 11 questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities and links as well as the key:McSean, the Leprechauns:A Reader's Theater Script

  • 4. May 29th: Sir Edmound Hillary and his Guide, Tenzing Norgay (1953) Reach Top of Mount Everest. Learn about Mt. Everest, Nepal and the Yeti with this webquest: Mt. Everest, A Webquest

  • 5. "Fake News" is mentioned a lot lately. Use this Interactive Notebook Activity to introduce Kids to developing digital literacy determining factual information from non-factual information.Fake News! Developing Digital Literacy(INA)

  • 6.Biography Day is in May. Check out my many Reader's Theater Scripts on famous people in history, science and literature. See below for list of Reader's Theater Scripts.
  • 7. Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner: Francis Scott Key wrote the poem which became our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Use this web quest to learn about Francis Scott Key, the national anthem and the war of 1812. There are nine web questions, 9 comprehension/thought questions, fun facts and extension activities:Francis Scott Key/Star Spangled Banner: A Webquest
  • On September 14, 2014, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem which became our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Use this web quest to learn about Francis Scott Key, the national anthem and the war of 1812.
  • 8. New: Country in Focus Series latest addition: Country in Focus: Italy(ancient Rome, too!): Italy(and Ancient Rome), A Webquest

  • 9. Upcoming resources: Learn about the history of our flag with this internet activity:Our American Flag, a Webquest Learn about the Statue of Liberty with this internet activity:Statue of Liberty, a Webquest

  • 10. Learn about some of the famous World Landmarks around the World. This web quest includes: Uluru Rock, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mt. Everest, Dead Sea, Rock of Gibraltar, Great Pyramid, Suez Canal. Stonehenge, Sahara Desert,Abu Simbel, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. There are comprehension questions and several extension activities.World Landmarks, 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:
  • 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:5/17/2018:

    An inscription using the ABCs was discovered in Egypt. It may be the oldest such example of someone writing a mnemonic(ways to remember things using the first letters of the words to create a phrase) message to remember the order of the ABCs. Perhaps,you have used the following mnemonic to remember the order of the planets. "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles"", when Pluto was still considered a planet. Archeologists say the message, written on limestone, dates back about 3400 years. The ancient Phoenicians(present day Lebanon) developed the first alphabet when most people were using forms of picture writing. An alphabet was a faster method of writing.

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    Each state can have two statues in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Florida is replacing one of its two statues, that of a Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith with African American activist and educator, Mary McLeod Bethune. This will be the first such statue honoring a state’s African American woman in Statuary Hall. Bethune, the only of 17 siblings to get an education and the child of former slaves, went on to found a school for girls in Florida, Bethune-Cookman College. She started the National Council of Negro Women as well as served as Vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons.

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    Ryleigh Taylor, 11, from Tennessee, made an amazing discovery while walking along Douglas Lake. She found something resting on a rock and picked it up. The curious "stone" turned out to be a very rare fossil. It was that of a trilobite, a marine arthropod, that lived millions of years ago. Not only was the fossil a very unusual find, but an associate professor of paleobiology at the University of Tennessee, said that it dates back 475 million years old (Paleozoic era) and it is almost a complete trilobite! Ryleigh says she hopes other kids will read about her discovery and get outside to explore nature. She also said she hopes that her discovery will spark an interest in kids, to things in science. She is giving the fossil to a museum so other people can see and learn about trilobites.

    Rodrigo Koxa, of Brazil, surfed into the record books this week by riding a record breaking wave. Koxa successfully rode an 80 ft. (24.38m)wave off the coast of Nazare, Portugal. Guinness World Records said the wave was the biggest wave ever surfed.The area is known for its very high waves which are produced because of an underwater canyon. The previous record was held by an American, Garrett McNamara, who successfully surfed a 78 ft. wave in the same area a couple of years ago. Photograph from


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

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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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