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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!
1. FREEBIE ON APPLE FACTS: This interactive notebook on Apples has several activities and 17 interesting fun facts about apples. APPLE FACTS
2. Halloween. This possible Interactive Notebook activity is a fun activity to use around Halloween! There are 12 Fun Facts about the holiday with several activities to do with the students. Halloween Freebie
3. FALL means PUMPKINS.The world record in 2017 seems to have stayed the same. However, the North America record for a pumpkin has increased by about 100 pounds. A man in the state of Washington has grown a pumpkin that tipped the scale at 2363 pounds! Pumpkin Fun Facts
4. Ancient Egypt and mummy go together like peanut butter and jelly! Halloween is also a great time to discuss mummies. This resource includes lots of mummy facts as well as extension activities and great resources! Mummy Fun Facts!
6. Anti Bullying: AntiBullying
7. Learn about the newest Supreme Court Justice, Ketangi Brown Jackson:Learn about the new Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson
OCTOBER Highlighter Resources:
Supreme Court:The Supreme Court's new Session starts the first Monday in October:
Learn about the Supreme Court: Oyez, Oyez...Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The first Monday in October is the beginning of the new term of the Supreme Court. This web quest will introduce students to the Supreme Court. There are 10 web questions, a Did You Know? section and comprehension questions. Additionally, there are several extension activities and additional links as well as the key.Supreme Court, A Webquest
Learn about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: A great resource for Women's History Month, a study of the Supreme Court, for Hispanic Heritage Month, a Friday activity or as a substitute lesson. Extension activities included. There are 9 Audience Questioners in this Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of Reader's Theater Scripts. Sonia Sotomayor, A Reader's Theater Script
Learn about Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Reader's Theater Script
1.Vikings( A Visit with Leif Erikkson and Eric the Red)Reader's Theater Script: Leif Erikkson Day is October 9th. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of plays, Leif Ericsson and his father, Eric the Red are guests on Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show. They share information about their lives and the Vikings. There is a Did You Know? section of fun facts, reading comprehension questions and a teacher section with lots of extension activities, links and the key. Reader's Theater Script: Vikings!
2. Orange Game: Looking for a Friday activity? Something for your students to do with a substitute or following testing time? Maybe you'd like a learning challenge for over the summer months.Check out my ORANGE Game. There are 24 statements and several extensions. This resource challenges kids about their knowledge of all things ORANGE. Great for a fall activity! I also have other Color Games: RED, GREEN, BLUE , PURPLE and YELLOW.Orange Game
3. Columbus: A Reader's Theater Script:Learn about Christopher Columbus with this informative play. There are 10 questioners asking questions of Columbus. Additionally, comprehension questions and discussion questions are included. Christopher Columbus, A Reader's Theater Script
4. Beautiful illustrations! In this story, "Purple and the Pumpkin Race",Purple, Zing and Squirty are exciting about participating in the annual pumpkin race. After they carve out their pumpkin to sail, the race begins. Sounds like lots of fun but something goes very wrong! Purple Turtle and The Pumpkin Race
5. Halloween Webquest: With 12 informational web questions, this resource is just the thing to use as a learning tool about the holiday of Halloween. Bats, Owls, pumpkins, the human skeleton, the origin of Halloween, superstitions, and famous stories in literature, are covered. There are comprehension questions, lots of fun facts, extension activities(including writing in the content area), and additional links for teachers:Halloween, A Webquest
6. ALL Mummy Webquest: Kids love mummies. Great for Halloween time(or for a unit of study on ancient Egypt) Learn all about mummies of the world. Included: Bog Mummies, Otzi, Chinchorro Mummies, Taklamakan Desert Mummies, Egyptian Mummies and more. 12 informative text questions/comprehension questions/extension activities, key, fun facts: Mummies! A Webquest
7. King Tut: Learn about King Tut. Practice oral reading fluency in Language Arts with this biographical reader's theater on King Tut.Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities,Great for informative text/listening standards.Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/informative Friday activity.King Tut, A Reader's Theater Script
8. Pumpkin Webquest: Did someone say pumpkin pie?This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities).Pumpkins! A Webquest
9. Hispanic Heritage Month is September-October: Check out this web quest on Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic Heritage Month, A Webquest
10 This Reader's Theater Script introduces kids to fairy tale writer,Hans Christian Andersen. His story, The Ugly Duckling, some say was actually about him. Great activity for Anti-Bullying Month in October to go along with reading of this fairytale. Grades 4 and up.Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities and resources are included. Han Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script
11. With the virus still in our lives, students will learn about microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protists and virus with this informative web quest. Students will also learn about famous people who work with microbes, including Louis Pasteur, Alexander Fleming, Joseph Lister, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek and Edward Jenner. Students will also learn about helpful and harmful microbes. The web quest also mentions the coronavirus, has a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a Teacher Page with extension activities and links. There are 12 webquestions in the resource. Included is also a student version.Microbers! A Webquest
12. Johnny Appleseed, A Reader's Theater Script:Johnny Appleseed, A Reader's Theater Script. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series. This biographical Reader's Theater Script is on John Chapman, better remembered as Johnny Appleseed. There area 8 Audience Questioners in the complete resource. There are 12 Did You Know? fun facts about apples, 9 comprehension questions, a teacher page with 9 extension activities, the key and additional links of interest.
13. World Landmarks and US Landmarks: Learn about some of the famous 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
and US Landmarks, 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:9/30/2022:
NASA successfully smashed a space craft, going at speeds of 15,000 mph, into a small asteroid, on purpose. It was part of a mission called DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) to see whether or not a massive crash could change the path of an asteroid. It has taken almost a year for the spacecraft to travel about 6.8 million miles to reach the asteroid called Dimorphos. The small asteroid travels with a large asteroid called Didymos. It will take some time before scientists know if the mission was able to push the smaller asteroid closer to the larger one. Although no known asteroids are on a course where they could hit the Earth, scientists want to be prepared to keep the planet safe should an asteroid be of concern in the distance future.
German scientists say that experiments show that freshwater stingrays and some cichlids can be taught simple math. Shown cards of shapes, squares or circles, the fish learned that if they picked the card with more, they got rewarded with a treat. They were also able to figure out the card that had less and if their noses touched the proper card, they also got a treat. It appears the fish could distinguish between more and less. The highest number that the fish seemed to grasp was up to the number 5. The stingrays seemed to perform better than the cichlids.
The famous Nazca Lines in southern Peru has a new addition. Archaeologists have discovered a cat on the side of a hill. The "geoglyph"spider, joins a hummingbird, a a dog, a monkey, a condor and many others. The amazing drawings can only be appreciated from above. In fact, it was in 1927, when passengers in air planes, passing the area, started commenting on the shapes. Archaeologists think the Nazca drawings were made 500-2000 years ago.With little wind or rain in the area, the Nazca drawings have remained over all these years.
Someone's tooth was found in the country of Georgia. Not just any tooth but a tooth believed to be over 1.8 million years old! The tooth, a molar, was found in an area called Dmanisi, where previous early human remains have been found. It is thought to be the oldest tooth found outside of the continent of Africa.
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth, of Great Britain,a long held tradition with the Royal bees was done this week. The official Buckingham Palace beekeeper went to the hives, placed black ribbon bows on them, and knocked on each hive. He then whispered that their queen had died and they now had a "new boss" and the 20,000 bees living in each hive were urged to behave for their new king.
Nicole Aunapu Mann will be the first Native American female to go on a mission into space to the ISS, early in October. Mann, with a heritage of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, will take with her a dreamcatcher, a gift from her mom when she was a young girl. A dreamcatcher is a symbol of protection and unity.Mann has also been training for the Artemis mission, the first return to the moon in over 50 years. She is one of the finalists to become the first woman to walk the moon when the mission blasts off in 2025. Currently 12 men have walked the moon's surface.
With many areas having a drought, river and lake areas are low and in Texas, an amazing discovery was made. Massive dinosaur tracks were found in the exposed river bed of the Paluxy River, part of Dinosaur Valley State Park! Thought to be the footprints of sauropods and theropods, the tracks may have been made 113 million years ago. Photo from Dinosaur Valley State Park
I 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 35 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing and Odd History Series by Red Chair Press).
My work has appeared in most children's publications including: