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

Eleanor Roosevelt

This is my "Teacher Garden". When I retired, I was given this purple chair(my favorite color). There are also two teacher-item chimes in my garden, too.

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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NEW Reader's Theater Scripts:
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  • Marian Anderson, A Reader's Theater Script
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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: 7/29/2015:

    A tooth was found in southwestern France and it is estimated 560,000 years old! Found by a 16 year old teen working at an archeological dig, the tooth is being called an important discovery. The tooth, a lower incisor, is an adult tooth, although it isn't clear whether it came from a male or female. Finding human remains in Europe, this old, are a rare find in Europe. Archaeologists say the tooth is the oldest body human body part yet discovered in the country of France.

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    Another Earth? Scientists at NASA say Kepler-452b,is an Earth like planet, orbiting a star, in what is called a habitable zone. Located in the constellation Cygnus, "Earth's bigger, older cousin", is about 1400 light years away from us. It's also about 60% larger than Earth. Scientists estimate that the gravity is twice that of our planet and that Kepler-452b orbits its sun in 385 days. The Earth-like planet was found with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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    If you like deep swimming pools, the one proposed by the University of Essex, in Great Britain, is for you. The proposed pool, still in the discussion phase, would be 164 feet deep. As the world's deepest pool, it would be useful as a training environment for astronauts and space tourists, to simulate microgravity. Astronauts could practice working on maintenance in a simulated International Space Station. It could also be used to teach deep sea diving and for study by deep sea environmental scientists. Currently the deepest pool is found in Italy. It is 137 ft. deep.

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    The country of Netherlands may become the first country to pave one of their roads entirely with recycled plastic! Did you know that you could circle the earth 4 times with the amount of plastic thrown away each year? That's a LOT of plastic! At this time, we recycle only about 5% of all plastic made. Using plastic to make roads may be just the thing to help reuse some of this plastic. Netherlands’ city of Rottterdam is being proposed as the first city to have such a road. Unlike asphalt, plastic is longer lasting, has little maintenance and can be assembled in sheets, in lots less time than it takes to pave roads. It is hoped that the road can be installed within the next three years.

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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.