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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. FREEBIE: CONSTITUTION Fun Facts!Learn some fun facts on the Constitution. Activity for Constitution Day! Each year, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th. Constitution Day!
3. Mummy Facts:AMAZING MUMMIES
4. Antibullying: AntiBullying Freebie
5. International Peace Day: September 21st. The International Day of Peace is held every year on September 21st. International Peace Day
6. World Rhino Day( 9/22) Freebie: RHINO Fun Facts!
7. Fake News:FAKE News! Freebie
RESOURCES for BACK to SCHOOL
1. FAKE NEWS. FAKE NEWS: The term FAKE News seems to be used a lot these days! A recent survey found that many young people(and adults for that matter) can't seem to determine which is a real news story from a fake news story. We need to develop digital critical literacy with our students. This Interactive Notebook activity also has extension activities: FAKE NEWS, TEACHING DIGITAL LITERACY
2. Need information to use with your students on map skills? Included are notes, lots of activities to use with your students(4-8th grade) and website resources. Also included, a 10 question web quest, comprehension questions(and writing in the content area), and some fun facts on the topic of maps and geography of the world. MAPS and GEOGRAPHY Skills!(Unit/Webquest)
3. Geographic Secret Messages: Need a geography activity? Try my geographic secret messages. Students find the answers to geographic questions and then use the first letter of the answer to arrive at a secret message. When the questions are answered, the "secret" term(a geography term) will be revealed! There are 5 geographic messages to solve. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Geography-Geographic-Secret-Messages-709102 and Geographic Secret Messages!
4.Mesopotamia, called the cradle of civilization, is where archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest historic people.People called the Sumerians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Akkadians and Assyrians, all called the area home. These people left behind many ideas which we still have today. This unit of study includes notes, map work, a webquest, activities and resources.Mesopotamia, Unit and WebquestHave students learn aboutHammurabi, the important lawmaker of ancient times with this biographical reading passage. Additional, there are several Did You Know? facts and comprehension questions. The teacher page gives additional links and the key. Hammurabi,a Reading Passage
. I also have a bundle of resources on this topic: Mesopotamia, A Bundle of Resources
A reading on Enheduanna, First Known Poet in History(Mesopotamia): Enheduanna, First Known Poet,A Reading Passage
5. This product covers an introduction to the Phoenicians and their contributions to the world(Alphabet, color purple, first sea traders).Notes, extension activities and links and several comprehension questions, too. Let's Learn about the Phoenicians
Learn about Hannibal with this reading resource: This resource is part of my new series, "Let's Meet..." famous people in ancient history. With this biographical reading passage, students will learn about Hannibal, the famous general of ancient times. There is a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, map activity and a teacher page with extensions and links and the key. Hannibal, A Reading Passage"
I also have a bundle on this topic: Phoencians, A Bundle of Resources
I also have a reading on Hanno, Phoenician explorer: Hanno, Phoenician Sea Explorer, A Reading
6. 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
Learn lots of fun facts about mummies and specifically the discovery of King Tut's tomb with this play based on the To Tell the Truth Game Show Format(currently on ABC Television during the summer months). Directions and a suggested YouTube Clip to show the idea of the game, comprehension questions, discussion questions and extension activities(and resources) are included.
King Tut, A Tell Tell the Truth Play
7. With this biographical reading passage, students will learn about Hatshepsut,the first female Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. There is a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extensions and links. This resource is part of my new series, "Let's Meet" famous people in ancient history. More titles are being added in the coming weeks.Hatshepsut, First Female Pharaoh, A Reading
I also have a similar resource on Ramses: Ramses the Great, A Reading Passage
have a bundle on all things Egyptians: Egyptian Bundle
8. This mini-unit on Early Humans/Prehistoric Cultures will assist the classroom teacher in presenting this topic of history to students.In addition to an overview and notes, lots of additional resources, websites and activities are also included. This resource also includes a web quest with 12 web questions. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Prehistoric-Man-Earliest-Cultures-Early-Humans--342418 9. Show kids that pretzels, shoes, chewing gum, peanuts, tulips and candy all have a history with my Everything Has a History series ! For the beginning of the school year, show kids that even pencils, pens and paper have a history! Pencils, Pens, Paper-Everything has a History Webquest
I also have a bundle on this topic: Everything has a History Bundle
11. Learn about the U.S. Constitution(Constitution Day is September 18th). Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee series of plays, this Reader's Theater Script is on the "Father of the Constitution", James Madison(1751-1836). With 13 audience questioners, a Did You Know Section, comprehension questions, a Teacher Page with extension activities, key and additional links, students will learn about the writing of our important government document, the Constitution. James Madison, Father of the Constitution, a Reader's Theater Script
12. Countries in Focus: Great for a Friday Activity, a substitute or if you are covering the areas in your units of study: TEN countries are in the bundle: Countries of the World, A Bundle
13. Hispanic Month(Sept.15-Oct.15): Hispanic Heritage Month, Webquest
14. 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:7/31/2022:
A farmer in Great Britain has made an amazing discovery on his property. He found a fossilized fish(thought to be a Pachycormus) so very well preserved that it still looks like a fish. Scientists say that about 183 million years ago, his farmland was part of a tropical ocean. When scientists came to the site, many additional bones, including two ichthyosaurs were also unearthed.
Researchers have developed eyeglasses(called XRAI Glass) which can do a remarkable thing for those who are deaf. The glasses can instantly project audio into captions onto the lenses. Pretty amazing!
North American Monarch butterflies are in trouble. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the population of monarchs has dropped so much that they have listed the butterfly on the endangered list. Just in the past 10 years, it is estimated their numbers have gone down 70%. A source of food for many North American birds, the monarchs are important pollinators helping to grow our different crops. Pesticides, loss of habitat and climate change are the cause for the dwindling number of these beautiful orange and black butterflies.
Jane Goodall,famed primatologist, has just been recognized with a Barbie doll! Part of their series , Inspiring Women, Goodall's doll is made from recycled plastic and has Goodall’s blond hair(in a ponytail). Wearing khaki shorts and shirt, the likeness Barbie doll also is wearing binoculars and is holding a notebook. Goodall has helped to change the attitudes people had toward animals, specifically the chimpanzee. Her method of studying chimpanzees involved living amongst them, for over 55 years. She is also known as an anthropologist, humanitarian and writer. She has worked for better treatment of animals in zoos and protection of the habitat of animals in the wild.
This week, a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune(educator, journalist, civil rights advocate),replaced a statue of a Confederate general in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. The hall has 100 statues, two from each of the states.Representing the state of Florida, Bethune's statue is the first African American(male or female) honored in the hall. Note:There are other statues for the contributions of African Americans(Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr., but they are not in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Want to buy your very own dinosaur? A Gorgosaurus (a relative to the T-Rex)and estimated to be 76 million years old is for sale. It is the only such dinosaur skeleton that will be sold to a private owner and not go into a museum. Gorgosaurus once roamed the earth in what is now Canada and the western USA and this particular skeleton was found in Montana in 2018.There aren’t many such skeletons so it is believed that the Gorgosaurus (meaning fierce or terrifying lizard) will be pretty expensive, at least $5 million dollars or more. You will need a LARGE room to display your purchase as the Gorgosaurus is 10 ft.tall and 22 ft.long! Do you think a dinosaur skeleton should be auctioned to a private collector or do you think such a discovery should be in a museum for others to see? Read more:Gorgosaurus
The Mayflower sailed again this summer and just arrived at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, having left England on April 29th. The 50 ft. replica of the ship that brought 102 Pilgrims over from Plymouth, England, in 1620, retraced the similar 3500 mile journey. This time, instead of passengers, the ship was powered by robotics and had no crew. Along the way, the autonomous ship collected information about microplastics pollution, whales and other scientific studies. It is thought to be the largest ship to make a sailing across the Atlantic with only robotic power.
Scientists say a Cambodian fisherman may have caught the world's largest freshwater fish. Measuring 13 ft.long, the stingray topped the scale at 661 pounds! Nicknamed,"Boramy" or "full moon"", the fish was caught in the Mekong River. The stingray was released BACK into the river after first being given a tag so its behavior can be monitored.
The world's oldest tree, called "Methuselah"", in California, has competition. The Great Basin bristlecone pine was holding the record of about 4800 years old. Now, scientists have found a tree in the Chilean Andes, called "Gran Abuelo"(Spanish for Great Grandfather) which is estimated to be 5400 years old. An alerce tree, scientists used a computer modeling program to date the tree. Using dendrochronology, counting the tree's rings, which is the usual method of determining the age of a tree, is currently being done to determine which tree is truly the OLDEST tree in the world.
A farmer in Great Britain has made an amazing discovery on his property. He found a fossilized fish(thought to be a Pachycormus) so very well preserved that it still looks like a fish. Scientists say that about 183 million years ago, his farmland was part of a tropical ocean. When scientists came to the site, many additional bones, including two ichthyosaurs were also unearthed. Photograph from Dailymail Researchers have developed eyeglasses(called XRAI Glass) which can do a remarkable thing for those who are deaf. The glasses can instantly project audio into captions onto the lenses. Pretty amazing! Photograph from Dailymail
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: