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Highlighted Resources for DECEMBER:

1.Holiday Traditions from Around the World(Webquest)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(Webquest

2.Charles Dickens,the author of A Christmas Carol. Check out this webquest. Have your students learn about Charles Dickens,one of the most famous writers of all times! 8 informative web questions. Additional activities/links,too. It is said Dickens used an amazing 4.6 million different words in his writing! Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Charles Dickens, a Webquest

3.Holiday Traditions at the White HouseHoliday Traditions at the White House(Interactive Notebook Activity)

4. NEW YEAR'S EVE: Need a fun/informative activity to celebrate the New Year? 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. ( Diwali, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Rosh Hashanah included) New Year Eve: History and Customs Around the World(A Webquest)

5.History of Candy: This resource is a great way to start the year showing kids that everything, even CANDY, has a history. Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. Includes the biggest Gingerbread House! Several additional resources and extension activities,too. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. History of Candy, A Webquest

6. The Wright Brothers made their historic flight on December 17,1903.

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7. Aviator Reader's Theater Scripts.Wish to to practice oral reading fluency in Language Arts and want a biographical reader's theater play?Learn about AMELIA EARHARTComprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities and links,too.Amelia Earhart, A Reader's Theater Script

8. Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn aboutBESSIE COLEMAN. Bessie was the first African American female pilot in the U.S. A. AND the first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot's license! Great for Black History Month in February or Women's History Month in March. Comprehension questions/extension activities, key.Bessie Coleman, A Reader's Theater Script

Harriet Tubman's image to be placed on the $20 bill! Learn about Harriet Tubman with this Reader's Theater Script:Harriet Tubman

NEW:Twenty Reader's Theater Scripts(Biographies in Ancient History)published by Social Studies School Services:Check it out:Gail's Latest Book

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    EXCITING NEWS: My SECOND Purple Turtle Story was made into a cartoon.Click here to watch:Purple Turtle and the Safari Adventure Purple Turtle Story, Purple and the Cupcakes, was made into an animated cartoon! Check it out here:Purple Turte and the Case of the Missing Cupcakes!

    My latest CLIPART! THINGY LETTERS!Lots of Fun...From Utah to Colorado, to New York to New Jersey and around the my home and inside my garage, once I started I saw letters of the alphabet all around me! Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words, to make Mother's Day/Father's Day cards or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option).CLICK HERE!
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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:
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington Carver: The Peanut Man
  • Thomas Edison, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Marie Curie,Scientist
  • Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Revolutionary War Spies(Culper Spy Ring).A Visit with Female Agent 355
  • A California Gold Rush Prospector!
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • William Shakespeare
  • <Bessie Coleman,Aviator
  • Marian Anderson
  • Leonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"
  • Michelangelo!
  • Sacagawea
  • Sequoyah
  • Tuskegee Airman!
  • The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)
  • Harriet Tubman

  • Simon,A Victim of the Black Death
  • Marco Polo
  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Love Brewster,Interview with a Pilgrim

  • McSean, the Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script

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    President-elect Donald Trump says that burning the American flag should be a crime and those doing so should be punished with "loss of citizenship or year in jail". Back in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that although you maynot like someone burning the symbol of the United States, that it is considered to be an act of free speech and protected under the 1st amendment. Donald Trump would like to see it against the law to burn the flag, an action that would require the Congress to vote to override the Supreme Court decision. In 2006, a "Flag Desecration Amendment" failed to pass by one vote (in the Senate) after being passed in the House of Representatives.

    What do you think?
  • Should it be against the law to burn the American flag? Why or why not?

  • Domino's is training a unique squad of pizza deliverers for people living in Hokkaido, Japan-Reindeer. The area of northern Japan gets pretty icy in the winter months.It is thought that reindeer, who have great sharp hooves to dig into ice, might be an effective delivery option during this time of year. The reindeer will have pizza containers strapped to their backs to make delivers in the city of Ishikari.

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    The korora, little penguins, of New Zealand are the world's smallest penguin. The Korora only weigh about 2 pounds and reach about 12 inches in height. The blue feathered penguin needed some help getting across a highway to their nesting area on the island of Oamaru. To help, an 82 ft. long(25m)underpass was built for the penguins to waddle their daily journey in safety. Seems that the penguins who have discovered the underpass really have taken to using the safety crossing. It is the first such safety passage built for penguins in New Zealand.

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    The famous Bronz Zoo has real elephants and now the zoo has an amazing 78,564 paper elephants for visitors to view! According to Guinness World Records, the zoo exceeded the previous record of origami(paper folding) elephants with their display. Over 200,000 origami elephants were created by people from over forty countries and sent to the zoo as part of an awareness campaign called 96 Elephants. The campaign is trying to raise awareness about the fact that 96 elephants are killed each DAY by poachers, yes, every day!

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    Interested in learning to make an origami elephant?, click here:Origami elephantLearn more how kids can help save

    A strange noise is baffling people living near the Arctic, specifically near Fury and Hecla Strait. The beeping and humming sound has actually scared animals from the migratory area for seals and bowhead whales. The people that live in the remote area, called Igloolik ,use the area as a major hunting ground. The Canadian military has investigated the area with sensors but couldn't explain the source of the sounds. The noise continues. Can you think of an explanation?

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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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    Click here to learn more about Anti-Bullying Activities to use in the classroom.Stand up to Bullying!

    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.