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Highlighted Resources for AUGUST:

  • 1. Get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Brazil with this country in Focus: Brazil!
  • Brazil,Country in Focus

    2. Learn about the History of the Olympics:Learn about the history of the games which began in ancient Greece, both past and present with this informative webquest. There are 10 questions as well a number of fun facts. Extension activities are also included(and the key).

    History of the Olympics!

    3. Learn about the country of Greece, the country where the Olympic Games first originated!It's Greek to Me!

    4. Everything has a History, even CandyHistory of Candy Webquest!

    5. Everything has a History, even SHOES!History of Shoes Webquest!

    6. Everything has a History, even PRETZELS!yHistory of PRETZELS!(a Reading Activity)

    NEWS:Hillary Clinton has made history becoming the first woman ever to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party(the Democratic Party)Check out this resource:Hillary Clinton: A Reader's Theater ScriptHillary Clinton

    In the News: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

    Check out my new series of Children's Books!

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    Visit Rachel Lynette's Minds in Bloom Blog to see my Guest Blog,"Got A Minute,Three or Five?"(Tips for things to do when you a few minutes of class time).Click

    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:
  • 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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    IN THE NEWS TODAY: 7/28/2016:

    The Impulse has successfully completed it's round the world trip. The solar airplane, with a wing span of a Boeing 747, but the weight of a car, was powered by 17,000 solar cells. The historic flight traveled across four continents, two oceans, three seas and covered a distance of almost 26,100 miles(42000 km). The pilots were Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. The journey began in Abu Dhabi on March 9, 2015. Probably the most difficult leg of the trip was from Nagoya, Japan, across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. The solo flight, piloted by Borschberg, in a cockpit the size of a telephone box, took almost 118 hours, breaking a world record. See a map of the different legs of the historic trip at this

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    Scientists think they have found the world's oldest fossil of a chameleon. Found in amber,(the sticky resin from trees which hardens), the lizard, with its claws, scales, toepads and teeth, is pretty old, about 99 million years! It was found with several other lizard fossils in a rainforest in the country of Myanmar several decades ago. Using imaging technology, the fossils were recently studied. Scientists were able to magnify the images about 10 times their real size. The high powered technology also found skin, a tongue and eyes in the amber. Previously, the oldest lizard fossil dated back around 18 million years.

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    Do you have a favorite color? Scientists at Oregon State University have accidentally discovered a NEW color and it's a beautiful blue. The new color came about while scientists were experimenting with different materials that could be used in electronic technology. The pigment,which doesn't fade and is not toxic, also has applications for the environment as it reflects infrared light. Used on roofs, the pigment would be able to keep buildings cool. Currently, the new color is called "YinMn" blue. What would YOU name this new blue coloring?

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    Six-wheeled robots are in trials to make deliveries. Created by a company called Starship Technologies,the bots are being tried in several cities in Europe to bring customers food and packages. With sensors and cameras,the robots also have a trunk for carrying their items to their destination. Similar to the technology being developed for self-driving cars, the robots,who can travel at speeds of up to 4 mph, can work on their own but are currently being piloted by humans to assist in mapping their routes. The robotic delivery squad also have loudspeakers and cameras to ward off possible theft and the trunk can only be opened by the recipient who has a special code. Thus far, the robots have traveled 5,000 miles delivering their packages in London,England, Hamburg and Dusseldorf, Germany and in Bern,Switzerland.

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    Did you know there has been a shortage of helium? Helium,the lighter than air gas,that help decorate our world with balloons, has been in very short supply. That is until a very large reservoir was recently found in the African country of Tanzania. The find is large enough to supply the world's helium needs for about seven years! Helium, first discovered in 1868, by Pierre Janssen, a French astronomer, is the second-lightest element, after hydrogen. Being so light,Earth's gravity isn't strong enough to hold on to it on earth! Although popular for balloons, helium has some very important scientific uses including being used to cool down MRI scanners.Other uses of helium include being also used to pressurize rocket fuel tanks, in scuba tanks to dilute oxygen and in supersonic windmills. Helium is also used by hot-air balloons and blimps. The technology used to find this deposit of helium near a volcano in the country of Tanzania will hopefully be used to find addition reservoirs of this important gas.Illustration from

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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:
    Stop Bullying!
    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.