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Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th:Click here for sample webquest
2. Presidential Challenges for Kids:With the Presidential Election coming, this would be a great activity to use with your students. Do YOU Know Your Presidents is a series of three challenges. Each challenge worksheet has 25 questions(with 3 choices). The first challenge is the easiest with the third, the hardest.There is also a Presidential Did You Know? Section.Presidential Challenges
3.My bundle for the 2016 Presidential Election includes: Presidential Challenges:What do You Know about the Presidents?,Presidential Webquest/Extension Activities, White House Webquest/Extension Activities, Election 2016, a Webquest/Extension Activities, Presidential Election 2016 Puzzle:Presidential Bundle of Activities!
4.The 2016 Presidential Election! (A Webquest/Extension activities)Students will learn about the election process including who the candidates are, requirements to run for office, requirements to vote, the Succession Act, the Electoral College and more. There are 12 web questions, a Did You Know?Comprehension Questions, Teacher page with extension activities, key, links: Presidential Webquest
5.Orange Game:Looking for a Friday activity? Something for your students to do with a substitute or following testing time? Maybe you'd like a learning challenge for over the summer months.Check out my ORANGE Game. There are 24 statements and several extensions. This resource challenges kids about their knowledge of all things ORANGE. Great for a fall activity!The Orange Game
6. Columbus: A Reader's Theater Script:Learn about Christopher Columbus with this informative play. There are 10 questioners asking questions of Columbus. Additionally, comprehension questions and discussion questions are included. Columbus, A Reader's Theater Script
7.Diwali is Coming in October:This reading passage introduces kids to the holiday of Diwali and includes fun facts and extension activities.Learn about Diwali!
8. Halloween Webquest: With 12 informational web questions, this resource is just the thing to use as a learning tool about the holiday of Halloween. Bats, Owls, pumpkins, the human skeleton, the origin of Halloween, superstitions, and famous stories in literature, are covered. There are comprehension questions, lots of fun facts, extension activities(including writing in the content area), and additional links for teachers: Halloween Webquest
9. ALL Mummy Webquest: Kids love mummies. Great for Halloween time(or for a unit of study on ancient Egypt) Learn all about mummies of the world. Included: Bog Mummies, Otzi, Chinchorro Mummies, Taklamakan Desert Mummies, Egyptian Mummies and more. 12 informative text questions/comprehension questions/extension activities, key, fun facts: 10. Pumpkin Webquest: Did someone say pumpkin pie?This 10 web question webquest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Great for LA classes,a fall activity, or for a substitute lesson!
9. ALL Mummy Webquest: Kids love mummies. Great for Halloween time(or for a unit of study on ancient Egypt) Learn all about mummies of the world. Included: Bog Mummies, Otzi, Chinchorro Mummies, Taklamakan Desert Mummies, Egyptian Mummies and more. 12 informative text questions/comprehension questions/extension activities, key, fun facts:Mummies, A Webquest
10. Pumpkin Webquest: Did someone say pumpkin pie?This 10 web question webquest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Great for LA classes,a fall activity, or for a substitute lesson!Pumpkins!A Webquest
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IN THE NEWS TODAY:9/23/2016:
ET may soon have an easier way to contact Earthlings. That's because this week, the world's largest telescope, called FAST, is set to be completed. FAST is an acronym for Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope and is found in southwestern China,in the Guizhou Province. The telescope's dish is about the size of thirty football fields. Arecibo, the current largest telescope in the world, found in Puerto Rico, held the world record title for about 53 years. It should be added that there is a larger telescope in Russia, called RATAN-600, but it is a number of dishes, not just one large dish. The 1640 ft. wide telescope dish will allow astronomers to see further and faster into space. More sensitive to detecting things which other telescopes can not do, astronomers are very excited that FAST will uncover evidence of extraterrestrial life. Because the telescope needs a six mile area of radio silence, 8000 residents had to be relocated.
Scientists say they have found a new species of bees that instead of making nests in soft materials prefer to chomp away at sandstone rock to create their tiny nesting places. Found in Colorado, Utah, and in the Death Valley desert of California, the bees(anthophora pueblo), actually prefer doing it the hard way. Generations of bees seem to reuse the nests because of their durability and the stone nests are better protection from the elements. The scientists also say they have come across other insects which have "homesteaded" the empty bee shelters. On the down side, such digging away at rock has shown wear and tear on the female bees(their mandibles)who do the excavation. The increased stress of working with such hard substances as opposed to soft also takes a lot of a bee's energy!
A new eight story museum on the National Mall opens on September 24th and it was 100 years in the making.Called the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum was first discussed back in 1915, when African American Civil War veterans called for a museum to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans. Congress established such a museum, to be part of the Smithsonian Institution, in 2003.Groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture began in 2012.The museum, the only national museum dedicated to African American history,shares the history of African Americas from the days of the slave trade through slavery in the United States. The timeline of history includes the struggles of African Americans seeking civil rights and equality and shares the contributions which African Americans have made which have helped shape our nation. President Barack Obama will be on hand for the grand opening ceremonies.
It is estimate that Osiris-Rex will take seven years to reach an asteroid named Bennu.The robotic probe rocketed into space this week. Once it arrives at the asteroid,the mechanical arm of the spacecraft will hopefully retrieve samples of surface material. Think of a pogo stick that will bounce down onto the surface for a few seconds. Nitrogen gas will be emitted causing loose pieces of rock to be sucked up into the mechanical arm. It will have only three attempts to get any samples before the nitrogen gas is used up. The journey of Osiris-Rex when it returns to Earth in 2023, will have traveled about four billion miles. With the possible samples, an estimated two ounces, scientists will be able to study the samples to determine its composition as well as its age.
Conservation efforts to help the endangered panda bears are working. Native to the country of China, the Chinese government announced that the numbers of pandas has risen from 1596 (in 2004) to 1865 (in 2014). Because of this, the leading international group, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has removed the panda bear from the endangered species list. It is now classified as being "vulnerable". The organization warns that all is not positive for the panda. Their main food is bamboo and with climate change, it is estimated that large habitats of bamboo will dwindle. Some organizations do not feel that the panda should be removed from the endangered species list fearing that efforts, such as establishing more reserves, scientific study and enforcing bans on poaching of pandas may not continue with such urgency. What do you think?
Scientists think they may have discovered the oldest fossils ever found on Earth. Rocks discovered on the island of Greenland have been found with fossils that may be 3.7 billion years old. These fossils are of bacteria called stromatoliltes. Currently, the oldest fossils, also of stromatolites, were found on the continent of Australia and date back 3.48 billion years.
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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.
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