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  • 1. TREES(great for Arbor Day) Interactive Notebook Activity: Let's Learn about Trees! FREEBIE

  • 2. Earth Day: Possible Interactive Notebook Activity: Earth Day FREEBIE
  • 3. World Ocean Day Freebie: World Ocean Day FREEBIE
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  • Highlighted Resources for APRIL:

  • 1. Introduce your students to the history of APRIL FOOL'S DAY.This resource provides a reading for students as well as lots of interesting famous April Fool's Day pranks,extension activities, a Test your April Fool's Day and more. Great also as a discussion on FAKE NEWS.April Fool's Day Reading/Activities and FAKE News!

  • 2. Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest.There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions, extension activities and links. National Week of the Ocean(3/30-4/5)Exploring the Oceans, a Webquest

  • 3. Studying the ocean? Looking for a resource for Earth Day or World Ocean Day? Introduce your students to Jacques Cousteau with this informative Reader's Theater Script. Part of Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series(extensions/comprehension questions, Did You Know?, key):Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 3. The Library of Congress, called our Nation's Library has over 33 million books. Learn more about the Nation's Library with this fun and informative webquest. National Library Day April 15th and Library of Congress Day, April 24th.Library of Congress,a Webquest

  • 4. Save the Elephant day is April 16th This informative webquest has extension activities, additional trivia and the key.Elephants, A Webquest

  • 5. History of Candy. Licorice Day is April 12th. Great for a Friday or before a vacation.Show your students that even candy has a history! Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. Several additional resources and extension activities, too. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.History of Candy, A Webquest

  • 6. Earth Day! Learn about the history of Earth Day and, our planet, EARTH, with this informative web quest. There are 15 web questions as well as comprehension questions and a Did You Know? fun fact section. The teacher page includes extension activities, the key, and additional links. Planet Earth, Earth Day, A Webquest

  • 8. April 23rd is William Shakespeare’s birthday. Considered to be the greatest writer of the English language,learn about William Shakespeare with this fun/informative play. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series. Also includes: Comprehension/Did You Know?section, LOTS of extension activities/links/key: William Shakespeare, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 9. Arbor Day is 4/29: Learn about the history of Arbor Day and all about trees with this web quest. There are 11 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher section with keys, additional links and lots of extension activities.This could also be something to use with EARTH DAY, when you are studying TREES and, of, course, for ARBOR DAY.Arbor Day, A Webquest
  • 10. Learn about Rachel Carson: This Reader's Theater Script could be used as a STEM biography any time of year or especially during the time of Earth Day or Arbor Day. Rachel Carson, A Reader's Theater Script
  • 10. Use this reading passage to show students that everything has a history, even pretzels! The resource includes a reading passage, a Did You Know? section of fun facts about pretzels. There are comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities and links. April 26th is National Pretzel Day! Pretzels, A Reading Passage

  • 11. Hans Christian Andersen's birthday is 4/12: Students will have fun acting out their parts and learning some interesting facts about fairy tale writer, Hans Christian Andersen. Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities and resources are included.Hans Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script

  • New READINGS on Famous Women:Phillis Wheatley(poet),Aida De Acosta(first woman to fly a powered aircraft), Sojourner Truth(abolitionist, women's rights activist, author), Joan of Arc,Caroline Herschel, Mary Annings,Aglaonike(Greek Astronomer), Hypatia(First Known Woman Mathematician), Agnodice(First Female Doctor?), Enheduanna(First Known Poet), Sophie Brahe(Astronomer and Horticulturist of the Renaissance), Hildegard of Bingen (first musical play, write/abbess of the Middle Ages), Artemesia(Female Naval Commander-Persian War)

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    Bookmark Bios!Great for a bell ringer activity for Women's History Month.Click here to purchase:Bookmark Bios! Women in Modern Times(1700s on)
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  • World War 2 FEMALE Pilots(WASP)
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Civil War: Women Soldiers, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Mathew Brady, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Crusades
  • Sir Isaac Newton, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Lewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater Script
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Constitution: A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution: A Reader's Theater Script
  • A Visit with Joshua Crabtree,An American Revolutionary War Tory: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Charles Dickens: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Johnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Albert Einstein: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Katherine Johnson:Scientist/Mathematician
  • 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!
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  • 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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    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!

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    IN THE NEWS TODAY:3/24/2019:

    Scientists have uncovered what is considered the remains of the world's biggest T-Rex ever found. The discovery was made in the country of Canada. The remains of the T-Rex, called "Scotty" are 42.7 ft. Long. Scotty is estimated to have roamed the earth about 66 million years ago. Based on the weight of its leg bones, paleontologists believe Scotty may have tipped the scales at 19,400 pounds. Originally discovered in 1991, it took ten years just to remove the dinosaur's skeleton from the very hard sandstone. The T-Rex discovery will be on exhibit in May, at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

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    Imagine being just 16 years old and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. That's exactly what has happened to Greta Thunberg, of Sweden. She has received THREE nominations by lawmakers from the country of Norway. Although just a teen, Greta has been working hard for the world to address climate change. Greta is part of a movement called Youth Strike for Climate. She also created Fridays for Future, encouraging young people to use Fridays to march for the environment. Greta has spoken at the Climate Change Conference at the United Nations and also the World Economic Forum. Should Greta win the prestigious award, she will be the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize. Currently, Malala Yousafzai, at 17, won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to call attention to the rights of children around the world to get an education, especially girls.

    Only eight, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, has won the New York State chess championship for his age group beating out 73 other chess players. That alone is an amazing accomplishment, especially when he just started playing chess only last year. However, Tanitoluwa, originally born in Nigeria, currently lives with his family at a homeless shelter in New York City. Each of Tani's seven trophies are next to his bed. Tani said that his goal is to become the youngest grand master in the world.

    >The Sehuencas water frog was considered to be extinct except for one named Romeo. No other of the species of frog had been spotted since 2008. That all changed when five of the amphibians were recently discovered in a mountain forest in the country of Bolivia. Scientists who study amphibians and reptiles, herpetologists, say that the Sehuencas only live in mountain cloud regions of Bolivia. With a moist climate, their habitat also breeds a fungus that kills the frog. With this discovery of five Sehuencas, it is hoped that others are hopping around, yet to be found. Because of their rareness, the five discovered croakers were taken to a lab where it is hoped they will breed more Sehuencas. Scientists also plan to study ways to stop the fungus from killing off the frogs and the eventual goal is to return the frogs back into their own habitat.

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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. I am the author of 8 books for teachers and over 30 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing). In 2019, my new series of three books, "Odd History" will be published by Red Chair Press.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
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