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Learn about Diwali(FREEBIE)HAPPY DIWALI, 2015(November 11-15)
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Mayflower and Pilgrims Webquest:Mayflower and Pilgrim Webquest
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Sacagawea: A Reader's Theater Script: Sacagawea: A Reader's Theater Script
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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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    IN THE NEWS TODAY: 11/24/2015:

    If you like board games, people living 1500 years ago did, too! Archaeologists working in a tomb in China have unearthed an ancient board game that had a die made with 14 faces. The game is thought to be "Bo", a game that was popular many years ago but which people stopped playing over 1500 years ago. Although a poem talks about the game, archaeologists aren't sure just how the game was played.

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    It is interesting to watch a bridge being constructed, but a bridge being built over a canal in Amsterdam,Netherlands,is being built in a most unusual way.It is being built entirely with robots and 3D printer technology. Robots will work from each side of the canal.The robots have long arms which can produce steel in midair. Layer upon layer of steel will eventually form the pedestrian bridge which is expected to be completed in 2017.

    Just in case you are wondering, the Oxford Dictionary has selected its "Word of the Year". Drumroll, please.The word is...emoji, specifically, an emoji of a face with tears of joy. Emojis are digital icons and this is the first time the Oxford University Press did not select a word but an image.

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    If you go to Seattle, Washington, there is an unusual wall that draws tourists. It's called the "gum wall". Near Pike Place Market, for nearly twenty years people have been plopping their used gum onto the wall. It is estimated that about 2200 pounds of gum are stuck on the wall! Another estimate is that there are close to 1 million pieces of used chewing gum on the wall. You can smell the spearmint, bubble gum and watermelon in the area as you walk near the wall. Now, due to rodents being attracted to the area, the city has hired a cleaning crew to power wash the wall of all the colorful wads of gum. The question is whether people will again start to leave their chewed gum on the wall!

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    An unusual dinosaur find was made in Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park. A fossil of an Ornithomimus was found to have fossilized feathers and extremely rare find! The meat-eating biped looked something like an ostrich and wandered the earth about 66 million years ago.

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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)

    Special thanks to EducationWorld for letting me use this image of my "alter ego" as Mrs. "Waffenschmidt!

    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.