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Highlighted Resources for January
1.Learn all about the Inauguration and its history with this webquest.Taking the oath of office, a big parade and evening balls, Inauguration Day is a very busy day for the incoming President! There are 10 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and extension activities:Inauguration Day! A Webquest
2. Australia Day is 1/26. Learn about the country of Australia with this webquest:Australia! A webquest
3. Chinese New Year Begins 1/28. Learn about China with this webquest:China: 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.Reading Passages about Snowmen in History
5. Reader's Theater Script on an interview with Sarsaparilla, a Groundhog: Great for Groundhog Day! Learn about groundhogs and the history of groundhog "predicting" the weather: Comprehension questions, teacher page with extension activities and more:Interview with a Groundhog! A Reader's Theater Script
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IN THE NEWS TODAY:1/15/2017:
Private companies are beginning to look into commercial development of the moon. Companies are also looking at asteroids to make money. Both the moon and asteroids have minerals which can be mined and brought back to Earth. Additional, scientists say that the moon has lots of helium would also be a valuable resource for companies to harvest. Back in 1966, the Outer Space Treaty established rules for extraterrestrial activities. The treaty states that no weapons or claiming of land can be done. It also states that all businesses should be for peaceful purpose. In 2015,the United States passed the Commerical Space Launch Competitiveness Act which says that private companies can sell resources retrieved from space. Does anyone OWN the moon? Do you think someone can claim that they own the moon?
After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus will be closing its tent. Their last performance will be in May. In recent years, people have argued that the wild animals should not be held in captivity and questioned the treatment of the circus animals. Just last year, the elephants were removed from the circus shows. The company, Feld Entertainment, says the tigers, camels, lions, kangaroos, alpacas and other animals will go to new homes. At one time, a circus coming to town was a big event. Some schools would even close to allow the students to witness the parade of animals as the circus came to their community. With television nature shows and the internet, people can now easily see such animals, and in their natural habitats. What do you think of the end of this very famous circus?
Polar bears are being hurt by our earth's changing climate. The Arctic, the home of the polar bear,is warming faster than anywhere else on earth, causing the sea ice causing it to melt. Polar bear use the sea ice to help catch their food and to survive in the Arctic. A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that the melting ice in the Arctic is the "primary threat to polar bears." Last year, approximately 190 countries, including the United States, signed a treaty to address climate change. Unfortunately, President-elect Trump said he may consider withdrawing the United States from this treaty.
Would you drive this bridge? The Beipanjian Bridge, in China, is the WORLD's highest bridge, soaring 1854 ft. above a gorge! It opened this week and is located in the province of Guizhou, in southern China. The bridge spans a distance of 4,400 ft. and took three years to construct. Those taking the bridge cut the four hour travel time to less than one hour! Photograph from msn.com
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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.
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