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Looking for a fun activity to show kids that everything has a history? Check out my resource on the PRETZEL!
Did You Know?
In 2015, archaeologists found what is said to be the oldest pretzel. Found in Regensburg, Germany, the remains of two pretzels about 250 years old were found, beneath the floor in what had been a bakery.
In 2015, a pretzel weighing 1728 lb(783.81 kg) was made. Measuring 29ft. 3 in(8.93 m) long, the pretzel is currently the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest pretzel.
The phrase "tying the knot" comes from a Swiss tradition where at a wedding, the couple would make a wish and break a pretzel.
Learn more about the history of the pretzel with this resource(reading, comprehension questions,map activity, additional facts and extension Activities:Everything has a History, Even Pretzels!
Highlighted Resources for MAY!
1. SAVE THE RHINO DAY IS MAY 1st. A Great day to discuss the plight of the rhino.Only FIVE northern white rhinos are left!Only about 5,000 rhinos are left in the wild.Use this informative web quest to learn about this endangered species. 9 web questions,lots of extension activities,comprehension questions/links. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.Learn about the Rhino!A Webquest
2. MAY 1st is also Space Day! Learn about the history of space with this informative web quest. There are 12 web questions, comprehension questions and extension activities.Space, the Final Frontier: A Webquest
3. Leprechaun Day is May 13th(YES,there is such a day!)This fun/informative play has Ms. Bie Ografee's guest being McSean, a leprechaun. McSean is asked questions by the studio audience about the country of Ireland and the long Irish folklore about leprechauns. Great for a unit on folk stories/folklore or as an activity around St. Patrick's Day. The play has 11 questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities and links as well as the key. A Visit with Sean, the Leprechaun: A Reader's Theater Script
4. May 14th- Lewis and Clark Expedition started, in 1804!Learn about Sacagawea with this Reader's Theater Script. Sacagawea is a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life and contributions to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There are 10 questioners, a Did You Know? fun fact section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities, the key and additional links:Sacagawea: A Reader's Theater Script
5. MAY 29th,1953: First Person Reaches Top of Mt. Everest.Learn about Mt. Everest, Nepal,Sir Edmund Hillary,Tenzing Norgay and the Yeti with this fun web quest! Activities,interesting facts and comprehension review,too.Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.Mt. Everest: A Webquest
6. With spring, comes the sprouting of tulips. Tulips have a very interesting history. Sharing information about the history of the tulip is a great way to show kids that EVERYTHING has a history.Reading passage, Did You Know? fun facts, comprehension questions, Map-skill activity, Teacher page with extension activities and key:Everything has a History, Even the Tulip!
7:Learn about some of the famous landmarks around the world. This web quest includes: Uluru Rock, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mt. Everest, Dead Sea, Rock of Gibraltar, Great Pyramid, Suez Canal. Stonehenge, Sahara Desert,Abu Simbel, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. There are comprehension questions and several extension activities.World Landmarks: A Webquest
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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:Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater ScriptDr.Seuss:A Reader's Theater ScriptKatherine Johnson:Scientist/MathematicianThomas JeffersonGeorge Washington Carver: The Peanut ManThomas Edison, A Reader's Theater ScriptMarie Curie,ScientistJacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater ScriptRevolutionary War Spies(Culper Spy Ring).A Visit with Female Agent 355A California Gold Rush Prospector!Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman DoctorSusan B. AnthonyWilliam Shakespeare<Bessie Coleman,AviatorMarian AndersonLeonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"Michelangelo!SacagaweaSequoyahTuskegee Airman!The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)Harriet TubmanSimon,A Victim of the Black DeathMarco PoloAbraham LincolnLove Brewster,Interview with a PilgrimMcSean, the Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script
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LOOK!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:
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!
IN THE NEWS TODAY: 4/27/2017:
The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a flying machine that may soon be seen in the skies later this year. The flying vehicle which takes off vertically(like a helicopter) can travels about 25 miles per hour and looks like a extra large drone. The flying machine has eight rotors and two pontoons (so it can land on water) and will be allowed in "uncongested areas" and currently only above water area. There is no requirement to have a pilot's license to take the Kitty Hawk Flyer for a spin! Photograph from aivanet.com
Archaeologists working near the city of Luxor, Egypt, have made a discovery of eight mummies. The mummies were found in wooden coffins decorated with drawing in many different colors.Along with the mummies, archeologists found one thousand tiny figurines. It is believed that the tombs containing the mummies may be over 3500 years old. Photograph from cnn.com
Did you ever start digging a hole and say that you planned to "dig to China"? Scientists at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology are planning on digging a very deep hole. They hope to drill through the crust of the Earth and reach its mantle! If successful in their efforts, it would make history. No one has yet been able to dig that deep. The Earth's mantle is its molten rock section, making up almost 80% of the Earth's size. The drilling will take place in the Pacific Ocean. Three possible site areas include near the coast of Mexico, Hawaii or Costa Rica. It will take a LOT of effort to first drill down 2.5 miles to reach the ocean floor and then, another almost 4 miles to get to the Earth's mantle. Scientists hope to learn more about the make-up of the Earth's mantle as well as learn better earthquake and volcano detection.The plan is to start the drilling near 2030.Illustration from wpcilipart.com
A settlement dating back 14,000 years has been found in British Columbia, Canada. Dating back to the Ice-Age, the discovery is one of the oldest ever found in North America. The discovery was made on Triquet Island. For many years, the native people on the island had past down the story of ancient ancestors who had lived on the island. Archaeologists have unearthed fishing hooks and several simple hand tools. Just imagine, the settlement is much older than the building of the Great Pyramid of Egypt! Illustration from cbc.ca
Marc Beaumont,of Great Britain, plans to cycle AROUND the world! He also hopes to successfully complete this task in 80 days. Perhaps, you have read Jules Verne's book, "Around the World in 80 Days", about a man that makes a journey around the world using many different types of transportation. This won't be the first time Beaumont has taken an around the world bike journey. He set a record of 194 days back in 2008, when he completed a 18,000 miles bike ride. Since then, others have broken his record. At this time, the current record for cycling around the world is 123 days. Beaumont, who hopes to start his adventure on July 2nd,says he will need to cover about 240 miles per day to achieve his goal.Photograph from bbc.com
To make the shipping route around the Stad peninsula safer,the country of Norway plans to build the world's first tunnel for ships! With extremely harsh weather conditions, travel in the area is dangerous and increases travel time for ships waiting out storms to pass through the region. The proposed tunnel will be 1.05 miles long, 121 ft. tall and 87 ft. wide. The tunnel will be one way and alternate during the day. It will allow up to 100 ships per day to pass through the tunnel but estimates are that about 19 ships a day will go through the tunnel. The proposed tunnel may get underway in 2018.Illustration from:newatlas.com
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"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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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.