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Mrs. Portulaca Purpilopilis
and the Purple Adventure Goggles
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7/2020:Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps won a 1st place Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Picture Books 6 & Older category. Thank you, Story Monsters!
3/24/20:Excited to have my latest children's book, Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps, chosen as a 2019 Story Monster Approved winner!
Highlighted FREEBIES for NOVEMBER:
1. Pumpkins:Pumpkin Facts
2. Mayflower: What became of the Mayflower? A Reading Passage
3. Mummy Facts: Mummies!
4. Antarctica: Antarctica!
5. Turkeys: Turkey Factoids
6.Geography Awareness Week Ideas: Geography Awareness Week
Highlighted Resources for NOVEMBER:
1. 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! I also have other Color Games: RED, GREEN, BLUE , PURPLE and YELLOW. The Orange Game. Test your ORANGE Knowledge
2. Want a fun and informative activity to teach your students about the history of Thanksgiving? This webquest has ten informational text questions on the history of Thanksgiving(including the Macy's Day Parade). TURKEY facts, too! Thanksgiving, A Webquest
3. Learn about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims with this informative web quest!There are ten informative text webquests, extension activities, fun facts. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower! Mayflower and Pilgrims, A Webquest
4. Pumpkin Webquest: This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Pumpkins, A Webquest
5. A Ms. Bie Ograffee Reader's Theater Script, an interview with Love Brewster, a Pilgrim of Plymouth Colony.Love was an actual member of the 102 Pilgrims that came to America. He was about nine years old. The play includes info on Mayflower, first winter and Thanksgiving feast. Fun facts,Comprehension questions, extension activities, links: A Visit with Love Brewster, a Pilgrim. A Reader's Theater Script
6. SAVE with this Native American Bundle Resource. Includes my Reader's Theater Scripts on Sacagawea and Sequoyah. It also includes my fun/informative web quest on Native Americans.(Overview of different Native American tribes, famous Native Americans in history, and contributions of Native Americans in arts, government, language and more!The Trail of Tears, shelters, contributions(i.e: hockey, lacrosse, ideas in government, words in English and more).Great for Native American Heritage Month(Nov). Native Americans, A Bundle of Resources
7. The adventures of substitute teacher, Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles. This adventure has Mrs. Purpilopolis and the Purple Adventure Goggles take students back in time to learn about the very first Thanksgiving. While wearing the purple adventure goggles, the students are witnesses to history being able to see and hear history as it is happening. Lots of factual information/discussion questions included:Mrs. Purilopolis and the Purple Adventure Googles, Thanksgiving!
7. King Tut Day is November 4th. Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities,Great for informative text/listening standards.Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/informative Friday activity: King Tut, A Reader's Theater Script
8. Geographic Awareness Week is in November: Check out these resources: Boom Cards: World Capitals: World Landmarks Webquest: World Landmarks, BOOM Deck
Maps and Geography:Maps and Geography, A Webquest
Geographic Secret Messages:Geographic Secret Message Activity
9. Boom Cards: Everything Has a History, Even Candy! History of Candy Boom Cards: World Landmarks World Landmarks: World Landmarks, Boom Cards
US Landmarks: U.S. Landmakrs, Boom Cards
Maps and Geography: MAPS and GEOGRAPHY, Boom Cards
Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option):ClipArt: Alphabet Thingy Letters!
Check out my series of Children's Books from Aadarsh Publishing!
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!
Check out my Pinterest page to see all my resources in one easy place!Click here to learn more:Gail's Social Studies Emporium(and More)
IN THE NEWS:10/27/2021:
A new hotel, the Voyager Class, is planning to open in 2027...in space. The hotel rooms will include fantastic views of the earth and allow for 280 guests to experience weightlessness during their stay, around 3 days. Would you like to one day stay at such a hotel in space? Why, why not?
The remains of a little crab was found in fossilized amber (tree resin). The remains, dating back 100 million years, were found in the country of Myanmar. Called Cretapsara athanata, the crab that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, is believed to be the the best such crab fossil ever found. The amazing discovery, made in 2015, was being sold by a street vendor in a city in Myanmar.
Paleontologists have discovered a long ago sea scorpion that was the size of a dog! The fossilized remains were unearthed in China. Called Terropterus xiushanensis, the arthropod lived about 435 million years ago. Related to horseshoe crabs, the massive sea scorpion was about 3.3 ft. long. It is thought that the creature used their long claws lined with teeth for catching prey.
A Crusader's sword, encrusted with marine life, dating back 900 years, was found by a diver in the Mediterranean Sea near the country of Israel.
Someone really likes dinosaurs and just purchased Big John, the skeleton of a triceratops. Originally found in the state of South Dakota, the fossilized remains are in excellent condition. The dinosaur got its name from the Greek for "three horned face".This specific skeleton is thought to be the largest ever found and sold for over 8 million dollars! It was purchased at an auction in Paris, France, by someone in the United States.
How many walrus are on the planet? If you'd like to help count them, you can do so right from your living room. Using satellite images, volunteers are being asked to scan images to help count their numbers. The WWF (World Wildlife Federation) with the British Antarctic Survey have started a five year program called "Walrus from Space".Tracking of albatross, seals, penguins and even whales have been spotted from space but this is the first time the satellite images will be used to count walrus, specifically the Atlantic sub-species. Global warming and decreased sea ice (used by walrus for raising their babies and to hunt), is having a negative effect on the walrus population. If you are at least 10 years old and interested in becoming a "Walrus Detective",check out the information at this link: Walrus from Space
I 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. I am the author of 8 books for teachers and over 35 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing and Odd History Series by Red Chair Press).
My work has appeared in most children's publications including: