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Cecile Skroback, January 31,1927-March 6,2014

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"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Save the Rhino Day is May 1st. Learn about the Rhino during the month of May:RHINOS!

Click here to learn some fun facts about Rhino(activities to do,too).RHINO Fun Facts!

May 29th,1953. Mt. Everest is conquered!Learn about Mt. Everest, Nepal, the Yeti,Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay with this webquest:Mt. Everest: Trekking up the Mountain

Celebrate the anniversary of the start of the Lewis and Clark Expedition(May 14, 1804).Try this Reader's Theater Script on Sacagawea.Click here for a preview:Sacagawea!

Go on the Lewis and Clark Expedition with this informative webquest!Lewis and Clark Expedition Webquest

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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. Only $1.99 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: 5/6/2015:

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    Over 13.1 BILLION light years away, astronomers have discovered a galaxy which is the farthest ever recorded, from Earth. Named EGS-zs8-1, the discovery was made using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. Astronomers say the recently discovered galaxy is very bright and is the youngest galaxy every found. It is located in the Bootes constellation. And if you want to calculate the distance, ONE light year is 5.8 trillion miles!

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    An airplane flying around the world may not sound newsworthy, until you learn that the Solar Impulse 2 isn't using ANY fuel. The solar powered plane began it's record attempt to soar into the record books on March 9th. It left from the United Arab Emirates. The plane has now reached leg six of the 12 to complete the journey, having arrived in China. It's wings, longer than that of a Boeing 747, and tail, are covered with over 17,000 solar panels. The journey will take an estimated five months and only has one person, the pilot. Two pilots, Andre Borschberg and Berrand Piccard, of Switzerland, will take turns flying the Solar Impulse 2. Traveling at speeds of 20-90 mph, the most challenging leg begins with the Pacific crossing to Hawaii, about a 5000 mile distance which will take about six days to complete. The next difficult phase will be from Hawaii to Arizona.Previously, Borschberg and Piccard, were the first to flight across the United States in a solar powered plane, back in 2013.

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    The famous French prehistoric cave, Chauvet Cave, found in 1994, has been closed to the public since it was discovered. With over 400 paintings and even handprints, the cave dates back to 30,000-70,000 years ago. It is considered to be the oldest cave art in the world! The moisture from people's breath causes mold to form, harming the paintings. This week, for the first time, people can now visit the famous cave, well...almost. A replica cave has just opened to the public. Using 3D imaging, and hi-tech tools, it took four years for scientists and artists to create a replica cave, down to the nooks and crannies of the original cave. Artists used similar techniques, paints and tools used by the stone age painters to recreate the artwork. Many of the animals drawn on the walls are no longer found on the continent of Europe. The artificial cave is found near the original Chauvet Cave. Years ago, I visited Lascaux's "replica cave", created for the same reason. Some might say, why see artificial drawings but it was actually, a spectacular thing to see! People can appreciate the insides of these famous caves, without destroying them, thanks to technology and lots of hard work!

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    A Japanese train has set a record for speed.The magnetic levitation train on a test run reached 375 mph! That’s over 1 mile in about ten seconds. What makes such speed possible is maglev trains use magnetism to travel above tracks, making for hardly any resistance(or friction).It will be several years before passengers will be boarding such a fast train on the Central Japan Railway.

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    Forty-three dinosaur eggs, including 19 completely unbroken eggs, were found by construction workers in south-east China. Found in red sandstone, one of the large eggs,estimated to date back about 90 million years ago, is about 5 inches in diameter. At this time, it isn’t known which type of dinosaur laid the eggs, but previous dinosaur eggs found in the area were from duckbilled dinosaurs and oviraptorids. The city where the dinosaur eggs were found, Heyuan City,is nicknamed Home of the Dinosaurs, as approximately 17000 eggs, have thus far been found in the area, since the early 1990s.

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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.