Holiday Traditions from Around the World, A Webquest
Holiday Traditions at the White House
Charles Dickens, A Reader's Theater Script
New Year's Traditions from Around the World, A Webquest
History of Candy, A Webquest!
Mesopotamia: A Bundle of Resources
Phoenicians, A Bundle of Resources
ALL Things Egyptian!
FAKE News!Can you Tell The REAL News?
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Learn About Our Government Bundle
Women Trailblazers.Test Your Knowledge Activity
A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts on Famous Women
A Bundle of Readings on Famous Women
Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer(A Reading)
Writers: A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts
STEM BIographies! 6 Reader's Theater Scripts
STEM BIOGRAPHIES, Reader's Theater Scripts (Part 2)
Everything has a History!)*also sold individually
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My Book- Fashion Rules!
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Dive into Career Choices
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Landmarks from Around the World
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8/28/2021: Fashion Rules! was a finalist in the 2021 American Book Fest, Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction. So Exciting!
7/2021: Fashion Rules! won Honorable Mention for Picture Books 6 and older by Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!
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Fashion Rules!11/2020: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps has won another children's book award,a Northern Lights Book Award Winner! Thank you!
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!
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History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!
Highlighted FREEBIES for DECEMBER:
1. Aviation Fun Facts: Remembering a Historic Day in History: Wright Brothers Fly over Kitty Hawk, NC!(Dec. 17th):Aviation Month Freebie
3. Happy New Year! New Year's Customs from Around the World, Freebie
4. Rockefeller Center Tree: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Freebie
5. Learn about Charles Dickens: Charles Dickens, a Freebie
HIGHLIGHTED RESOURCES for DECEMBER
1. Holiday Traditions from Around the World Webquest: Whenever different cultures meet, ideas are exchanged. Did you know that skiing was started by the people of Norway? Did you know that the kite and fireworks were invented by the people of China? The idea of Trial by Jury and the idea of Democracy come to us from the Ancient Greeks. During the holidays is a great time to share with kids the many traditions which have been shared with different cultures. Learn the history behind some popular holiday traditions with this webquest.Holiday traditions from Around the World, A Webquest
2. Charles Dickens :With this being the time of year for the story, A Christmas Carol, it's a great opportunity to learn about its author,Charles Dickens. One of the most famous writers of all times,Dickens also wrote Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and more. My webquest includes 8 fun/informative questions to learn about Dickens. Additional activities/links,too: Charles Dickens, A Webquest I also have a Ms. Bie Ogrefee Reader’s Theater Script on Charles Dickens: There are 11 questioners in the play as well as a Did You Know? section of fun facts, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities, additional links and the key.Charles Dickens, A Reader's Theater Script
3. Which president didn't allow a Christmas tree because he was an environmentalist? Which president organized a snowball fight in the White House for kids(using cotton balls). Which president hired a camel to entertain kids at Christmas time? Learn 12 informative facts about the Holidays at the White House with this possible Interactive Notebook Activity:Traditions at the White House during Holiday Season
4. Learn about the History of New Year's with this fun/informative web quest. There are nine questions, lots of interesting customs of how people celebrate New Year's around the world, comprehension questions, extension activities and the key. Great activity for reading for information and research/computer skills. Included are also other holiday New Year's celebrations including Diwali, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Rosh Hashanah. The resources also mentions how April Fool's Day originated over when to celebrate New Year’s!History of New Year's Eve, a Webquest
5. History of Candy:The first in my series, Everything Has a History. Why not show your students that even candy has a history with this fun/informative web quest! Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. I also have included several additional resources and extension activities. Great for a Friday, a day before a vacation activity or just when you'd like to share with kids that...everything has a history!History of Candy,a Webquest
6. The Wright Brothers first flight was December 17th . Did you know that people actually thought that the airplane would have not real purpose? Less than 10 people showed up for the Wright Brothers attempt to make history on that December 17, 1903, morning. This informative web quest will help students learn about the Wright Brothers and their first flight. Extension activities as well as additional links for information are also provided as is the key. History of the Wright Brothers, a Webquest. I also have a Reader's Theater Script on the Wright Brothers: Wright Brothers, A Reader's Theater ScriptAdditionally, I have a Reader's Theater Script on Female Pilots during WW2, Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman and the Tuskegee Airmen. I have a reading passage on Aida de Acosta.
7. Teaching American History and want to introduce your students to First Ladies of the United States? Try this fun and information play based on the Mark Goodson Production To Tell the Truth Game Show on Mary Todd Lincoln. Students in grades 4 and up will have fun acting out their parts and learning some interesting facts about First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln whose birthday was December 13th. Discussion questions, comprehension questions and activities are also included:Mary Todd Lincoln, A To Tell the Truth Play
8. If you live where there is snow, you have probably built a snowman. The snowman has been around for quite a while. In fact, 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. Read about a famous sculptor hired to make a snowman, a snowman which helps predicts the weather in Switzerland and two more stories about snowmen! Four short reading passages that have to do with snowmen with questions and extension activities:Snowmen,Four Reading Passages
9. Rosa Parks Day is December 1st. Check out this Ms. Bie Ografee Reader's Theater Script on Rosa Parks! Rosa, called the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement", helped to change the way things were on a bus ride home from work. The fun/informative play uses the format of Rosa Parks being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life and contributions. Great for Black History Month in February or Women's History Month in March. Comprehension questions/extension activities, key. Rosa Parks, A Reader's Theater Script
READINGS on Famous Women:Phillis Wheatley(poet),Aida De Acosta(first woman to fly a powered aircraft), Sojourner Truth(abolitionist, women's rights activist, author), Joan of Arc,Caroline Herschel, Mary Annings,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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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:The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater ScriptMarco PoloColumbus,a Reader's Theater ScriptFerdinand Magellan, A Reader's Theater ScriptLouisa May Alcott, A Reader's Theater ScriptGalileo Galilei, A Reader's Theater ScriptMoon Landing!A Reader's Theater ScriptWright Brothers: A Reader's Theater ScriptWorld War 2 FEMALE Pilots(WASP)Frederick DouglassEdgar Allan PoeCivil War: Women Soldiers, A Reader's Theater ScriptMathew Brady, A Reader's Theater ScriptCrusadesSir Isaac Newton, A Reader's Theater ScriptLewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater ScriptConstitution: A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution: A Reader's Theater ScriptA Visit with Joshua Crabtree,An American Revolutionary War Tory: A Reader's Theater ScriptCharles Dickens: A Reader's Theater ScriptJohnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater ScriptAlbert Einstein: A Reader's Theater ScriptRachel Carson: A Reader's Theater ScriptKatherine Johnson:Scientist/MathematicianThomas JeffersonGeorge Washington Carver: The Peanut ManThomas Edison, A Reader's Theater ScriptMarie Curie,ScientistJacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater ScriptRevolutionary War Spies(Culper Spy Ring).A Visit with Female Agent 355A California Gold Rush Prospector!Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman DoctorSusan B. AnthonyWilliam ShakespeareBessie Coleman,AviatorMarian AndersonLeonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"Michelangelo!SacagaweaSequoyahTuskegee Airman!The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)Harriet TubmanSimon,A Victim of the Black DeathAbraham LincolnLove Brewster,Interview with a PilgrimMcSean, the Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script
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IN THE NEWS:12/03/2023:
Teddy Cottlel, of Oxfordshire, Great Britain, doesn't like the emoji of a nerd, a face with glasses and buck teeth. He is asking Apple to change the design to something that doesn't make kids wearing glasses feel badly. He has a petition he hopes others will sign to bring about the change and has even designed an emoji he hopes Apple might used instead. Photograph from Msn.com
Axolotls are unusual fish-like salamanders. They can actually regrow lost legs and even lungs and other organs. Now, that is very cool! Very endangered, the country of Mexico, where they are found, is hoping that people will participate in an adoption program. You don't actually get to own an axolotl but the money given helps to protect the areas they are being raised and help to pay for their food. You also receive an adoption kit and thank you note. Scientists say there are less than 1000 left in the wild, with the vast majority dying within the last couple of years. It is thought that water pollution and a fungus are the main cause for the axolotls becoming critically endangered.Photograph from popular science
Would you like your name to go into space? NASA has a Message in a Bottle program where you can get your name engraved onto a microchip (smaller than a penny). Deadline is New Year's Eve to submit your name for the upcoming Europa Clipper spacecraft which will travel past the planet Mars and to one of Jupiter's moon's, Europa. The journey will be about 1.8 billion miles! Click here to submit your name: NASA's Message in a BottleIllustration from NASA
Iceland is bracing for a volcano eruption and people, in the area of Grindavik, are having to evacuate. When the Fagradalsfjall Volcano erupted in 2021, it was the first time in 6000 years. Now, it appears ready to erupt, again. There have been numerous over 2000 small earthquakes, with over 800 just today! Iceland, called the "land of fire and ice", has 130 volcanoes,of which most are considered active. A very famous tourist site, the Blue Lagoon, has been temporarily closed due to the earthquake and volcanic activity. Learn more:Iceland Bracing for Volcanic Eruption
Learn about the country of Iceland: Iceland, Fun Facts!
Have you ever heard of Meret-Neith? She is being called "the forgotten female king" of ancient Egypt. Archaeologists believe they have discovered her grand tomb in Abydos, central Egypt. Meret-Neith lived about 5000 years ago. Her tomb, actually discovered in 1900, has recently been excavated. Lots of artifacts for someone of a royal status, have been found. If, Meret-Neith indeed was the first female ruler, ruling around 2960 BC, she would be the very first female to have been "ruler" of ancient Egypt, Photograph of her tomb from Daily Mail.
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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).
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