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FREE Black History Month Factoids!Click here!

1. Black History Month: Black History Month Webquest and More:Black History Month, A Webquest

2. Presidents' Day:Check out this webquest:Presidential Webquest Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn about Abraham Lincoln. The fun/informative play uses the format of Abraham Lincoln being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about his life. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series.Abraham Lincoln, A Reader's Theater Script

3.Learn about the contributions of some of our FIRST LADIES with this webquest:First Ladies, a Webquest!

4. Valentine's Day: History of Valentine's Day(Learn about the Heart, too)Valentine's Day(A Webquest)

5. Chinese New Year FREEBIE(Interactive Notebook Activity)Chinese-New-Year-Factoids-FREEBIE: InteractiveNotebook

Also, check out this webquest on China!(great for Chinese New Year!)China: A Webquest!

6. History of Candy:Show kids that everything has a history, even candy, with his webquest.History of Candy, a Webquest

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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!

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:
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • William Shakespeare
  • <Bessie Coleman,Aviator
  • Marian Anderson
  • Leonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"
  • Michelangelo!
  • Sacagawea
  • Sequoyah
  • 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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    IN THE NEWS TODAY: 2/11/2016:

    Finding a boat isn't news unless it's a 60 ft. ancient Egyptian boat! Found near the Abusir pyramids, the boat is believed to date back to about 2550 BC. Called a funerary boat, the Egyptians sometimes buried wooden boats near tombs believing they could be used to sail into the next life. Because wood decays, few boats have been unearthed in good condition. Pharaoh Cheops (also called Khufu) had two boats buried outside the Great Pyramid. One of the boats, 144 ft. long, was reconstructed and put on display. The latest discovery by archaeologists from the Czech Republic is thought to be in rarely good condition,including ropes, wooden pegs and battens(coverings for the planks). In addition to the 4500 year old boat, some pottery was also found inside.

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    The increased popularity of drones is causing nations of the world to address safety concerns. In the Netherlands, the Dutch are worried about illegal drones flying too close to airplanes and they've come up with an unusual idea. They are developing a program where eagles are being trained to attack them. Taught that the tiny drones are something to be hunted, the eagles swoop down and take hold of the drones flying in illegal airspace. One issue that needs to be addressed, however, is the safety of the eagles. As the drones are swirling, their blades can harm the birds. Authorities are working on developing protective gear for the eagles to wear while doing their drone patrols!

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    Scientists were wondering about a purple sock found deep in the Pacific Ocean. Well, not REALLY a sock, but a very unusual deep-sea creature. Since I love the color purple, I had to post this news story. Since its discovery, in 1949, scientists haven't been able to determine how to classify the creature,call Zenoturbella. The "purple sock" as its been nicknamed is eyeless, brainless, and doesn't have much of a stomach. Basically, it has an opening for food and for waste removal. It doesn't even have teeth! Now, several others have been found. Scientists believe the strange looking creature is a very early form of life.

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    Archaeologists have found dozens of barefoot prints near Tucson, Arizona. What makes these footprints unique is that they are about 2500 years old! The different sized footprints and even paw prints, suggest a family and pet must have been strolling through the area when they wandered into a muddy area. Archaeologists think a sudden flash flood covered the muddy area, causing a hard mineral crust to form, preserving the imprints for all these many years. Even a child's handprint was uncovered among the footprints. The prints were discovered during the excavation for a new highway bridge.

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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.