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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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Bessie Coleman,Aviator: A Reader's Theater Script
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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. $3.00 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!

    IN THE NEWS TODAY: 8/28/2015:

    Waters off of Vancover, British Columbia, may become the world's first permanent sanctuary for dolphin and whales. Also known as a sea pen, a sanctuary is being proposed as a place where whales and dolphin, who have lived in captivity, can spend their remaining years. The option of setting an animal free that has never known such an existence, doesn't usually work successful. Different from an aquarium or sea park, creatures in the sanctuary would catch their own food, have more social opportunities and, have much more room to roam freely.

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    Ninety dinosaur footprints(each about 4ft.long) were found in a stone quarry in Germany. Scientists think the footprints belong to Dilpodocus dinosaurs(long-necks) that lived about 140 million years ago. The tracks are very deep, about 17 inches and the dinosaurs who left them created a trail about 50 ft.long.

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    What may be the oldest message in a bottle has been found near a beach on the German island of Amrum. The message, asked finders to send the postcard back to the Marine Biological Association in Great Britain. Those that did would receive one shilling. The message in a bottle, was one of about 1000 bottles placed into the North Sea, back between 1904 and 1906.Guinness Book of Records is looking into whether or not this is the oldest ever discovered. The current "oldest bottle" was set adrift in 1914 and discovered in 2013.
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    Another Stonehenge type structure has been waters, 131 ft. deep, and about 37 miles off the coast of Sicily. The man-made structures are about 10,000 years old!The stone monolith(stone block) is in pieces, almost 3.2 ft. long and the structure weighs about 15 tons. Found in the Mediterranean Sea, scientists say that the stone is not from the area and had to be cut and transported to the island ,that has since been submerged. At this time, it isn't sure why people so many years ago who lived on the island would have built such a stone structure. Scientists suggest it may have been used as a lighthouse beacon for sailors or as an anchor for boats.

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    Students in two elementary and secondary schools in Australia will be welcoming some unusual students to their classrooms...robots. As part of a research project, the human-like robots will become part of the classes for the next three years. The project wants get feedback on the positives and negatives of working with robots in a school environment. The robots in the classroom will also be used to assist students in learning computer science skills.

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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.