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My latest article just came out in the January issue of Highlights for Children! I interviewed Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom, two women Arctic Explorers(first female team to solo at the North Pole). After a brutal winter and having to extend their time at the pole due to the Coronavirus, Sunniva and Hilde returned home after 14 months. WOW,these two brave citizen scientists have since RETURNED to the Arctic for another winter at the Arctic to observe and collect data.>
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!
Highlighted FREEBIES for MAY:
1. Endangered Species Day is May(21st) Endangered Species, Freebie
2. Space Day is 5/7:Space, Freebie
3. Rhino Fun Facts: Rhino Factoids
4. World Ocean Day is 6/8: Oceans Freebie
5. Famous Games of Ancient Greece: Famous Games of Ancient Greece, a Freebie
6. Tulip Day is May 13th: Tulips,a Freebie
Highlighted Resources for MAY:
1.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: A Visit with a Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script:A Visit with a Leprechaun
2 . 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:Mt. Everest, A Webquest
3. Summer Olympics 2021 are this summer in Tokyo, Japan. Use this resource to learn about the country of Japan and a webquest. Learn about Japan
Learn about the history of the famous games: The Famous Games of Ancient Greece
4. Show kids that EVERYTHING has a history, even TULIPS! Reading passage and activities: Everything has a History, Even TULIPS
5. World Ocean Day is June 8th: Learn about the Oceans, a Webquest
. Learn about Jacques Cousteau with this Reader's Theater Script: Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script
6. Lewis and Clark began their famous expedition 5/14 Webquest/ Reader's Theater Script. A Reader's Theater Script
Here is a web quest on Lewis and Clark, too. Lewis and Clark, A Webquest
7. Space Day is 5/7: Learn about the Final Frontier,Space, with this web quest:Space, the Final Frontier, a Webquest
Learn about the first men to walk on the moon with this Reader’s Theater Script: Man Walks on the Moon!Reader's Theater Script Learn about Katherine Johnson with this Reader's Theater script, physicist, space scientists and mathematician, who played a very important role with NASA's early space missions. Katherine Johnson, the Computer that Wore a Skirt
8. The Blue Planet: A Webquest(Good for Earth Day and Endangered Species Day): Planet Earth, A Webquest
9. Memorial Day is 5/31: Learn about the history of the American Flag with this web quest: The American Flag, 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!
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IN THE NEWS:5/5/2020:
Two divers exploring the Peace River, near Sarasota, Florida, came upon an amazing discovery. They found a 50 lb. femur bone of a Columbian mammoth. The 4 ft. long bone is thought to date back about 100,000 years. The Columbian mammoth could reach heights of 13 ft. and top the scales at a whopping 10 tons. It was one of the largest of the mammoths that lived in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, the divers found a tooth from a saber-tooth tiger and remnants of an extinct shark.
A most unusual "bookmobile" has come to villages in the country of Pakistan. Roshan, the camel(name means "bright light" ), brings library books to kids in remote villages in Pakistan. With the pandemic closing schools, a program was established to have Roshan, a 12 year old camel(and his herder), bring books to the children to keep up on their reading skills. The "Camel Library" operates in a village for 2 hours. Kids exchange books with Roshan's following visit. Every week, the camel travels the rough terrain, roads too narrow for vehicles to six villages. Started as a pilot program, Roshan and the books he carries has been extended. A principal and her sister came up with the idea. A book society(Alif Laila Book Bus Society) has donated the books. In just 6 weeks, more than 150 children have benefited from the program.
A farmer lifted a large rock on his property and discovered an ancient tomb. Found on the Dingle Peninsula, of Ireland, archaeologists think the tomb dates back to the Bronze Age. Removing the rock uncovered a stone-lined passageway. It is thought to date back 2000 BC to 500 BC. The tomb might even be older than this estimate. Human remains were found in the tomb, too.
Another discovery was recently made in Lucerne, Switzerland. Remains of a Bronze Age village, with remains of about 30 wooden stilts, used for houses, was found while a pipeline was being placed in the harbor area. Additionally, pottery was also found. Archaeologists say the village shows that people were living in the area 2000 years earlier than they had thought.
A series of circulating coins, honoring woman, are forthcoming, beginning with a coin honoring Sally Ride, the first American female to go into space. Part of the US Mint's American Women Quarters Program, Maya Angelou, famous writer, will also be recognized. Other women, for the 2022-2025 American Women Quarters are yet to be determined. People are encouraged to suggest a woman to be highlighted for this program. Nominate
A "Pizzly Bear" is a bear whose parents are a grizzly bear and a grizzly. Due to climate change, there are less and less polar bears and the two types of bear have been mating with one another. With an elongated nose and off-white fur, the pizzly was first stopped in 2006. Since then, additional sighting have been found in Wyoming and Idaho. The offspring of a grizzly and a polar bear are better adapted for warmer climate.
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: