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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 AUGUST:
1. FREEBIE ON APPLE FACTS: This interactive notebook on Apples has several activities and 17 interesting fun facts about apples.APPLE FUN FACTS
2. FREEBIE: CONSTITUTION Fun Facts!Learn some fun facts on the Constitution. Activity for Constitution Day! Each year, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th. Constitution Day!
3. Mummy Facts:Mummy Factoids!
5. International Peace Day: September 21st. The International Day of Peace is held every year on September 21st.International Peace Day Freebie
6.World Rhino Day( 9/22) Freebie: Rhino Fun Facts
7. Fake News: Fake News Freebie
Highlighted Resources for AUGUST:
1. FAKE NEWS. FAKE NEWS: The term FAKE News seems to be used a lot these days! A recent survey found that many young people(and adults for that matter) can't seem to determine which is a real news story from a fake news story. We need to develop digital critical literacy with our students. This Interactive Notebook activity also has extension activities:FAKE NEWS
2.Need information to use with your students on map skills? Included are notes, lots of activities to use with your students and website resources. Also included, a 10 question web quest, comprehension questions, and some fun facts on the topic of maps and geography of the world.Maps and Geography!
3. Need a geography activity? Try my geographic secret messages. Students find the answers to geographic questions and then use the first letter of the answer to arrive at a secret message. When the questions are answered, the "secret" term (a geography term) will be revealed! There are 5 geographic messages to solve.Geographic Secret MessagesandSecret Messages 2
4.Mesopotamia, called the cradle of civilization, is where archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest historic people.People called the Sumerians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Akkadians and Assyrians, all called the area home. These people left behind many ideas which we still have today. This unit of study includes notes, map work, a webquest, activities and resources.Mesopotamia Have students learn aboutHammurabi, the important lawmaker of ancient times with this biographical reading passage. Additional, there are several Did You Know? facts and comprehension questions. The teacher page gives additional links and the key.Hammurabi. I also have a bundle of resources on this topic:Mesopotamia, A Bundle of Resources". A reading on Enheduanna, First Known Poet in History(Mesopotamia):Enheduanna, First known Poet
5.This product covers an introduction to the Phoenicians and their contributions to the world:Alphabet, color purple, first sea traders).Notes, extension activities and links and several comprehension questions, too. Let's Learn about the Phoenicians Learn about Hannibal with this reading resource: This resource is part of my new series, "Let's Meet..."famous people in ancient history. With this biographical reading passage, students will learn about Hannibal, the famous general of ancient times.Hannibal. I also have a bundle on this topic: Phoenicians,A Bundle of Resources
I also have a reading on Hanno, Phoenician explorer:Hanno
6.Learn all about mummies of the world. Included: Bog Mummies, Otzi, Chinchorro Mummies, Taklamakan Desert Mummies, Egyptian Mummies and more.MUMMIES!King Tut: Learn lots of fun facts about mummies and specifically the discovery of King Tut's tomb with this play based on the To Tell the Truth Game Show Format 7. With this biographical reading passage, students will learn about Hatshepsut,the first female Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. There is a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extensions and links. This resource is part of my new series, "Let's Meet..." famous people in ancient history. More titles are being added in the coming weeks.Hatshepsut. I also have a similar resource on Ramses:Ramses the Great. I have a bundle on all things Egyptians:Ancient Egyptians, A Bundle of Resources
8. This mini-unit on Early Humans/Prehistoric Cultures will assist the classroom teacher in presenting this topic of history to students.In addition to an overview and notes, lots of additional resources, websites and activities are also included. This resource also includes a web quest with 12 web questions.Prehistoric Man
9. Show kids that pretzels, shoes, chewing gum, peanuts, tulips and candy all have a history with my Everything Has a History series ! For the beginning of the school year, show kids that even pencils, pens and paper have a history!Pencils, Pens, Paper, A Webquest I also have a bundle on this topic: Everything Has A History, A Bundle of Resources
10. Learn about the U.S. Constitution(Constitution Day is in September). Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee series of plays, this Reader's Theater Script is on the "Father of the Constitution", James Madison(1751-1836). With 13 audience questioners, a Did You Know Section, comprehension questions, a Teacher Page with extension activities, key and additional links, students will learn about the writing of our important government document, the Constitution.James Madison, A Reader's Theater Script
11.Countries in Focus: Great for a Friday Activity, a substitute or if you are covering the areas in your units of study: TEN countries are in the bundle:
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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IN THE NEWS:7/21/2021:
Have your ever had a goldfish for a pet? Usually the average goldfish is just about 2 inches long but some whoppers have recently. been recently found in the Keller Lake in Minnesota. The giant goldfish are about the size of a football and are about 12 inches long. One found last year weighed nine pounds! Seems that as long as the fish have enough food and water, they will grow…and grow. These giant-sized goldfish living in the lake make look awesome but they are an "invasive species".That means they compete with the native species and harm their habitat. Authorities ask people NOT to release their goldfish into bodies of water.
Do you wear eyeglasses? If you do, you are in the majority, as 6 in every 10 people do wear eyeglasses! However, no main character of a Disney movie has every worn glasses, until now. In Disney's Encanto, Mirabel, wears eyeglasses! In 2019, Lowri Moore,11, from Great Britain, wrote Disney. She asked that Disney consider making a character who wore eyeglasses.Seems Lowri's letter made a difference!
The new 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champ is 14 year old Zaila Avant-garde. She won with the correct spelling of the word, murraya(a genus of Australian and Asiatic tropical trees) being crowned the winner out of 11 finalists. Zaila made history becoming the first African American to win the spelling championship in its 96 year history. Zaila says that spelling is a "side hobby".In addition to being a spelling whiz, Zaila, who wants to play professional basketball, has also several Guiness World Records including the most bounce juggles in one minute(255 with four basketballs), the most dribbled basketballs at one time(six for 30 seconds) and the most basketballs bounced in 30 seconds(307). Congrats to Zaila!
A world record sandcastle was recently built in the country of Denmark. Reaching 69.4 ft. high, and using over 5000 tons of sand, the sandcastle, was the creation of Wilfred Stijger and 30 other sand sculptors. Some glue was added when it was completed so it could hopefully last until the winter months. You can see the sandcastle in Blokhus, Denmark.
As the Tour de France gets underway, it was announced that a WOMEN'S Tour de France ( Tour de France Femmes )will resume in 2022. It was in the 1980s when the last Women's Tour de France took place. The eight day race will begin at the conclusion of the men's Tour de France.
LEGO plastic bricks are making a change. The company has announced that they will be using recycled bottles to make their colorful plastic bricks. The company said that in addition to play, LEGO wants to have a "positive impact on the planet". A one-liter plastic soda bottle will produce about 10 LEGO bricks. The eco-friendly bricks should be available in less than two years.
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.
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