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"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."

Eleanor Roosevelt


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Freebies for JANUARY:

  • 1. Happy New Year! A Freebie: New Year's Eve Customs(Freebie)

  • 2. Chocolate Factoids(INA): Chocolate Fun Facts(INA)

  • 3. CHINESE NEW YEAR FUN FACTS:Chinese New Year Fun Facts

  • 4. SNOW FACTOIDS: Snow Facts!

  • 5. Use these two news stories to begin a discuss on the continent of Antarctica. There are questions for students to answer as well as a Did You Know? Section of fun facts on Antarctica. Great for a Friday, a study of Antarctica or for a substitute day!Antarctica, An INA

  • Highlighted Resources for JANUARY:

  • 1. Webquest on Martin Luther King:Martin Luther King:A Webquest

  • 2. Reader's Theater Script on Martin Luther King: Martin Luther King Jr. Learn about this important civil rights leader who worked for equality in non-violent ways. Using this Reader's Theater Script, part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show series of plays, your students will have fun acting out the parts and learning about the life of Martin Luther King, as they pretend to be in the audience of Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show. There are 10 audience informational questioners, a Did You Know? section of additional facts, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension questions, vocabulary(which are highlighted in the play), additional links and the key.
  • 3. Australia Day is 1/26. Learn about the country of Australia with this webquest: Australia: A Webquest

  • 4. Snowmen: 4 READINGS: 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. This resource has four snowmen reading passages:1. Famous sculptor, Michelangelo, was hired to make a snowman for a wealthy person in Florence, Italy.2. A snow man is used each April, to help predict the weather during a festival in the country of Switzerland.3. One of the earliest written comments about snowmen dates back to 1690. Two snowman were left to guard Fort Schenectady, in New York, during a blizzard with very tragic consequences!4. The world's record for the largest snowman, Olympia, was constructed in 2008. 13 million pounds of snow were used to make the amazing snow-woman! As of 2015, the record still stands. Each short reading passage includes following directions to identify answers. There are also several extension activities and a Did you Know? section.Snowmen: Four Reading Passages

  • 5. Ben Franklin: Benjamin Franklin's birthday is January 17, 1706. A "founding father" of our country, Franklin was also a writer, inventor, statesman, post master and librarian! He once said, "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."" Learn about Franklin with this fun/informative ten question web quest. There ares Fun Facts and lots of extension activities. There is also a Test Your Knowledge Quiz on Ben Franklin.Ben Franklin: A Webquest

  • 6. Polar Bears: Learn about this amazing mammal with this fun and informative webquest Additional extension activities and resources are also provided.Polar Bears: A Webquest

  • 7. FUN FRIDAY ACTIVITY: Pretzels: Use this reading passage to show students that everything has a history, even pretzels! The resource includes a reading passage, a Did You Know? section of fun facts about pretzels. For example: Baldies are what saltless pretzels are called! There is also a short map skill activity to show students the location of where pretzels originated. There are comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities and links History of Pretzels: A Reading Passage

  • 8. FUN FRIDAY ACTIVITY: 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.Great for a Friday, day before a vacation or just when you'd like to show kids that history is all around us!History of Shoes: A Webquest

  • 1. Readers' Theater Script on an interview with Sarsaparilla, a Groundhog: Great for Groundhog Day! Learn about groundhogs and the history of groundhogs “predicting” the weather: Comprehension questions, teacher page with extension activities and more:A Visit with a Groundhog: A Reader's Theater Script
  • 2. In 2019, Chinese New Year Begins February 5th . Learn about China with this webquest:China: A Country in Focus(A Webquest)

  • 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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    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 Purple Turtle Story was made into a cartoon.Click here to watch:Purple Turtle and the Safari Adventure Purple Turtle Story, Purple and the Cupcakes, was made into an animated cartoon! Check it out here:Purple Turtle and the Case of the Missing Cupcakes!

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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:
    Stop Bullying!
    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:1/19/2019:

    A really big shark was spotted off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Called Deep Blue, it was first spotted in 2013 near Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A tracker was attached to monitor its movements. It is believed that the great white shark is 50 years old (they can live up to 70 years) and is about 20 ft. long and 8 ft. wide. Deep Blue may be the largest great white shark ever seen! It may also be pregnant. When spotted a group of divers jumped into the water to get up close and personal with the shark! Would you?

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    What appears to be hundreds of spiders floating in the sky over Minas Gerais, Brazil, is really an amazingly large spider web! The spiders, parawixia bistriata, are actually attached to a very large web spun by the spiders to catch prey. Photograph from

    The Chinese have successful landed a probe on the far side of the moon, the side, which is never facing Earth. It is the first probe to ever touch the surface of this part of the moon. Images have already been sent back to Earth by the probe called "Yutu 2"".

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    The New Horizon probe, has been roaming space for about 13 years and has reached a milestone.Traveling about 4 billion miles from Earth, the New Horizon has passed Ultima Thule, the most distance known space object! The probe will send back data and images of its fly-by of the bowling pin shaped object located in the Kuiper Belt. However, it will take about 1 1/2 YEARS for the images to arrive back to Earth! Image from

    A dog badly burned from the recent forest fires in California got a very unusual treatment. For the very first time, a dog, a Boston terrier, was grafted with the skin of tilapia fish to address burned skin on her legs and paws.The dog, named Olivia, appears to be healing very well from the treatment. In fact, within only five days, new skin began to grow instead of traditional methods that take weeks.Previously, bears and a mountain lion have been given the treatment of using fish skin on burn wounds. Photograph from

    After 921 miles and 54 days, Colin O'Brady, has made history. He successfully crossed Antarctica, from coast to coast, unassisted and alone. O'Brady, who called the trek, "The Impossible First", dragged a 400 pound sled which carried his food, tent, a satellite phone, GPS tracker and fuel. He ate lots of oatmeal, soup and protein bars, trying for about 7000 calories per day to keep his energy levels up. During the journey, O'Brady endured 30 mph winds ,extremely cold temperatures, averaging -40F degrees, and the solitude of not seeing anyone else! Another man,Louis Rudd, was also trying to be the first person to accomplish this task. About 70 miles away,O'Brady waited for Rudd to complete his journey, too. O'Brady has also climbed Mt. Everest and the other six highest peaks on each continent.

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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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    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.