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Check out Purple Turtle EBOOKS.(Grades 1-3). Purple Turtle and his friends, including a stuttering rabbit named Zing, Biggy Bear, Squirty the Squirrel and others can help introduce conservation, friendship,honesty,anti-bullying and other concepts to young children. Only $1.99 each. Purple Turtle Stories

VERY EXCITING NEWS: My Purple Turtle Story, Purple and the Cupcakes, was made into an animated cartoon! Check it out here:Purple Turtle animated story!

Oyez, Oyez...Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The first Monday in October is the beginning on the new term of the Supreme Court. This web quest will introduce students to the Supreme Court. Extension activities and additional resources and the key are provided. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.Click here:Learn about the Supreme Court!

Learn All Things Halloween with this 12 question webquest.Webquest includes information on bats, owls, pumpkins, the human skeleton, famous stories in literature and more. Comprehension questions and extension activities included, too! Click here:All Things Halloween!

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During September 29-October 3rd, kids and adults are being encouraged to join the "I Speak Up" campaign sponsored by the Cartoon Network. It is the annual challenge to stand up to bullying. It is hoped that one million people will to make a video stating just three words, "I Speak Up" and upload their recordings to their site. Go to
ISpeakUp.comto learn more. National Bullying Prevention Month is in October. Click here to learn more about Anti-Bullying Activities to use in the classroom.Stand up to Bullying!

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In August, an amazing discovery was unearthed in the country of Greece. A beautiful tomb from the 4th century BC, was uncovered near Amphipolis, northern Greece, in the region of Macadonia. Possibly the largest tomb ever found in the country, the tomb is guarded by two stone sphinxes and two sculptured female statues. With such an impressive tomb, an important person may have been buried here. Some suggest that this tomb may belong to Alexander the Great, who died in 323 BC in what is now called Iraq. Excavation will take time and just who is buried in the tomb will remain a mystery...for now.

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Man has used nature to develop new technologies and now it may be that technologies are taking a cue from man. MIT researchers have developed a robotic cheetah that can run up to 28 mph. It is the fastest movement of metal yet developed. The researchers studied human athletes such as Usain Bolt and, hope that one day, their robo cheetah will outrun human athletes! The robot cheetah has four legs like its namesake, the fastest land mammal on earth. It's design took into account sprinters that use a force-baed approach( increasing their stride by pushing downward harder and building up their ground force). Additionally, the robo cheetah uses features of the cheetah-it's tail for balance and stability, and its leg structure. It is also powered by an electric motor and not hydraulic engines as other robots have used. The electric motor also makes the movement of the robo-cheetah much quieter(like the real mammal). What might the implications of such technology be? Researchers believe a robo-cheetah could be used in search and recovery missions after natural disasters.

Could car tires be made from those pesky dandelions that pop up in our yards? There is a fungus killing the rubber tree plant in South America. Although synthetic rubber can be used for many products,car and airplane tires use real rubber. The sap from dandelion weeds contains rubber and scientists think that harnessing dandelion rubber could help. Could dandelion farms be springing up soon?

On a recent British television show, it was said that there is nothing more useless than a chocolate teapot. That got a chocolatier at Nestle's to set out to prove this thought incorrect.John Costello said it was possible to make a cup of tea from a chocolate teapot. Using dark chocolate(less fat content and more heat resistant), Costello and his team worked for six weeks experimenting with shapes, the size of the hole and thickness of the teapot and eventually came up with a chocolate tea pot that could retain heated water without melting away. The results, a chocolate teapot that brewed tea...with a taste of chocolate, of course.

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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:
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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!

"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)
<""The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)

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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.

My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World, Highlights for Children, 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.