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Learn about microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protists and virus with this informative web quest. Students will also learn about famous people who work with microbes, including Louis Pasteur, Alexander Fleming, Joseph Lister, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek and Edward Jenner. Students will also learn about helpful and harmful microbes. The web quest also mentions the coronavirus, has a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a Teacher Page with extension activities and links. There are 12 webquestions in the resource.
MICROBES! A Webquest
"If I can not do great things, I can do small things in a great way."Martin Luther King
Try doing an act of kindness for someone, today!
"The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
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8/1/2020: My latest book, Fashion Rules!, my latest book from Red Chair Press, is now available for purchase:
Fashion Rules!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!
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History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!
Highlighted FREEBIES for OCTOBER:
1. Presidential Election: Presidential Election Freebie
2. Halloween. This possible Interactive Notebook activity is a fun activity to use around Halloween! There are 12 Fun Facts about the holiday with several activities to do with the students. Halloween: INA Freebie
3. FALL means PUMPKINS.The world record in 2017 seems to have stayed the same. However, the North America record for a pumpkin has increased by about 100 pounds. A man in the state of Washington has grown a pumpkin that tipped the scale at 2363 pounds! Pumpkin Freebie
4. Ancient Egypt and mummy go together like peanut butter and jelly! Halloween is also a great time to discuss mummies. This resource includes lots of mummy facts as well as extension activities and great resources!Mummy Fun Facts!
5. Doing a Fall unit on apples? Looking for an activity during a study of pioneers? Doing a unit on folk hero? Doing a biography on Johnny Appleseed? This interactive notebook on Apples has several activities and 17 interesting fun facts about apples.Note: 9 of the facts are included in my biographical play on Johnny Appleseed. Apple FACTOIDS(Freebie)
6 Vikings:Viking Freebie(Leif Erikkson Day is Oct.9th)
7. Anti Bullying: Antibullying Freebie
Highlighted Resources for OCTOBER:
1.The Supreme Court starts its new session in October: Oyez, Oyez...Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The first Monday in October is the beginning of the new term of the Supreme Court. This web quest will introduce students to the Supreme Court. There are several extension activities and additional links as well as the key:Supreme Court, A Webquest
2. 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.Orange Game Activity
3. 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
4. Beautiful illustrations! In this story, "Purple and the Pumpkin Race",Purple, Zing and Squirty are exciting about participating in the annual pumpkin race. After they carve out their pumpkin to sail, the race begins. Sounds like lots of fun but something goes very wrong!Purple and the Pumpkin Race(EBOOK)
5. 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: All Things Halloween!A Webquest
BOOM CARDS on ALL THINGS HALLOWEEN: Boom Cards:All Things Halloween
6. 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
7. King Tut: Learn about King Tut. Practice oral reading fluency in Language Arts with this biographical Reader's Theater Script on King Tut.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. Pumpkin Webquest: Did someone say pumpkin pie?This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Great for LA classes, a fall activity, or for a substitute lesson! Pumpkins, A Webquest
9. Hispanic Heritage Month is September-October: Check out this web quest on Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic Heritage Month, A Webquest
10 This Reader's Theater Script introduces kids to fairy tale writer,Hans Christian Andersen. His story, The Ugly Duckling, some say was actually about him. Great activity for Anti-Bullying Month in October to go along with reading of this fairytale. Grades 4 and up.Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities and resources are included. Hans Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script
11. Vikings( A Visit with Leif Erikkson and Eirc the Red)Reader's Theater Script: Leif Erikkson Day is October 9th. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of plays, Leif Ericsson and his father, Eric the Red are guests on Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show. They share information about their lives and the Vikings. There is a Did You Know? section of fun facts, reading comprehension questions and a teacher section with lots of extension activities, links and the key. Vikings(Leif Erikkson and Eric the Red, A Reader's Theater Script)
12. Johnny Appleseed, A Reader's Theater Script: Johnny Appleseed: A Reader's Theater Script
Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series. This biographical Reader's Theater Script is on John Chapman, better remembered as Johnny Appleseed. There area 8 Audience Questioners in the complete resource. There are 12 Did You Know? fun facts about apples, 9 comprehension questions, a teacher page with 9 extension activities, the key and additional links of interest.
13. History of Candy! Show kids that everything has a history! Everything has a History, Even Candy(A Webquest)
BOOM CARDS on CANDY:Candy: Boom Cards
NEW:CHECK out my new BOOM Learning Store! I have created Boom Decks on World Capitals, World Landmarks, US Landmarks,Presidential Trivia,Famous Women, Maps/Geography,Everything has a History, Even Candy! and All Things Halloween.Gail Hennessey's Boom Cards.Boom Learning and Boom Cards are the trademarks of Boom Learning Inc.Used with permission.
READINGS on Famous Women:Phillis Wheatley(poet),Aida De Acosta(first woman to fly a powered aircraft), Sojourner Truth(abolitionist, women's rights activist, author), Joan of Arc,Caroline Herschel, Mary Annings,Aglaonike(Greek Astronomer), Hypatia(First Known Woman Mathematician), Agnodice(First Female Doctor?), Enheduanna(First Known Poet), Sophie Brahe(Astronomer and Horticulturist of the Renaissance), Hildegard of Bingen (first musical play, write/abbess of the Middle Ages), Artemesia(Female Naval Commander-Persian War)
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Bookmark Bios!Great for a bell ringer activity for Women's History Month.Click here to purchase:Bookmark Bios! Women in Modern Times(1700s on)
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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!
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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:Louisa May Alcott, A Reader's Theater ScriptGalileo Galilei, A Reader's Theater ScriptMoon Landing!A Reader's Theater ScriptWright Brothers: A Reader's Theater ScriptWorld War 2 FEMALE Pilots(WASP)Frederick DouglassEdgar Allan PoeCivil War: Women Soldiers, A Reader's Theater ScriptMathew Brady, A Reader's Theater ScriptCrusadesSir Isaac Newton, A Reader's Theater ScriptLewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater ScriptThe Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater ScriptConstitution: A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution: A Reader's Theater ScriptA Visit with Joshua Crabtree,An American Revolutionary War Tory: A Reader's Theater ScriptCharles Dickens: A Reader's Theater ScriptJohnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater ScriptAlbert Einstein: A Reader's Theater ScriptRachel Carson: 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 ShakespeareBessie 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!
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IN THE NEWS: 10/19/2020:
Gibbons love to swing from tree to tree in the canopy of the rainforest on Hainan island (part of China). They rarely have to venture down to the rainforest floor. A few years ago (2014), a landslide destroyed a large area of the rainforest and the gibbons had a dangerous gap. The gibbons, a very rare primate, would still attempt the leap, not always being successful.Scientists came up with an idea. Create a rope bridge linking an estimated 50 ft. wide void. It has taken months to warm up to the new rope bridge but the Gibbons have begun using it! Instead of swinging along the ropes, the gibbons(often holding to another for assistance),walk across the rope. Others crossed the rope bridge,upside-down.
In recent years, the idea of animals living in captivity to entertain humans have come into questions. Some circuses have closed over the issue of having live performing animals. One circus in Germany has moved to hologram animals. Marine parks, too, have had to rethink the use of killer whales and dolphins living in captivity to entertain humans. A animatronic company has created a life-like dolphin which may be the answer to future marine parks. The 550 pound robot can move and make sounds of a real dolphin. With a battery, the 8 1/2 ft. long bottlenose dolphin robotic, can swim and do activities for up to 10 hours. The skin is made from silicone. Photograph from DailyMail
Paleontologists have unearthed the remains of four parrot-faced dinosaurs in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. With two fingers on each arm and a beak(no teeth), the very well preserved fossils of the Oksoko avarsan dinosaurs, about 6.5 ft long, are estimated to be about 68 million years old. CNN.com
If you don't like heights, this bridge may NOT be for you. A world record suspension bridge has opened in the country of Portugal. The bridge spans the River Paiva(576 ft. below).It takes about 10 minutes to walk the 1692 ft. long Tibetan-style bridge. The previous record holder was the Kuonen Suspension Bridge, located in Switzerland(1621ft.long)Photograph from Fredericksburg.com
Scientists are studying what people ate in the past to people living today and how microbes in our body have caused obesity and allergies. The study studied people living in the Middle Ages. You may wonder, just how did they do this? To conduct the study, scientists researched two latrines dating back to the 15th century, found in the countries of Israel and Latvia. The waste materials found in the medieval toilets were used for the study and provided lots of information as to what microbes were in the waste remain of people who used the toilets hundreds of years ago.Photograph from courthouse news.com
Do you still write by hand? A study at Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that if you write things down by hand(and not type on a computer device), you will remember the information much better. Hooked up to electrodes, to study the brains of the volunteers, it was found that the brain is much more engaged when the person is writing by hand instead of using a keyboard.Illustration from wpclipart.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)
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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. I am the author of 8 books for teachers and over 30 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing). In 2019, my new series of three books, "Odd History" will be published by Red Chair Press.
My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World,Highlights for Children,Jack and Jill,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.