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I like to highlight some of my resources throughout the school year and thought I'd make an archive place where you can go to see all the highlighted resources in one location. Hope you find it of value.

September: School year begins. Some of these resources might be of interest to check out:

  1. Maps: 10 question webquest, comprehension questions(writing in content area) and fun facts about geography. Included are notes, lots of activities to use with your students and resources. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Maps-and-Geography-Lets-Map-It-433017

2.Why do we have to learn this? Students always ask me this question. My answer-much of what we have today was because of things developed by people that lived long ago.This reading activity shares many things we have today thanks to previous cultures. I've included several comprehension questions and two extension activities.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Past-Shapes-Our-Present-Reading-Activity-1358252

3. Show kids that everything has a history, even shoes, candy and chewing gum. There are 11 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with directions, extension activities and the key in this fun/informative resource.Great for a Friday, day before a vacation or just when you'd like to show kids that history is all around us! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chewing-Gum-Everything-Has-a-History-1744884

History of Shoes:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Everything-Has-a-HistoryEven-Shoes-1773342

History of Candy! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Candy-History-of-Candy-Webquest-516787

4. Learn about pencils, paper and pens with this informative web quest! Did you know that 2 billion pencils are made each year just in the United States?Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Great for a Friday or before vacation activity!https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pencils-Pens-Paper-Webquest-737576

October Resources:

1.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.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-All-Things-Halloween-Webquest-1360175

2.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.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MUMMIES-A-WebquestExtension-Activities-1915946

3.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!Pumpkin Webquest

4.Hispanic Heritage Month is in October: Check out this web quest on Hispanic Heritage.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hispanic-Heritage-Month-A-WebquestExtension-Activities-2095906

Highlighted Resources for NOVEMBER:

Diwali is Coming in November 2020.This reading passage introduces kids to the holiday of Diwali and includes fun facts and extension activities. Diwali

  • 1. 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 and Turkey Webquest

  • 2. Learn about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims with this informative web quest!There are ten informative text web quests,extension activities,fun facts. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower! Mayflower and Pilgrim Webquest
  • 3.Pumpkin Webquest: This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Pumpkin Webquest<>/b>

  • 4. 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: Pilgrims: A Reader's Theater script(First Thanksgiving)

  • 5.SAVE with this Native American Bundle Resource. Includes my Reader's Theater Scripts on Sacagawea and Sequoyah. It also includes informative webquest 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).Nativve Americans: A Bundle of Resources!

  • 6.The adventures of substitute teacher, Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles. This adventure, Thanksgiving: Mrs. Purpilopolis and the Purple Adventure Goggles,has students travel back 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. Purpilopolis and the Adventure Goggles: The First Thanksgiving

  • 7. King Tut Day is November 4th. Learn about King Tut.This biographical Reader's Theater Script on King T shares 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: 8. Geographic Awareness Week is in November: Check out these resources: Boom Cards: World Capitals: Boom Cards: World Capitals! World Landmark Webquest:World Landmarks: A Webquest Maps and Geography: Boom Cards: Maps and Geography Geographic Secret Messages:Geographic Secret Messages!

  • December Resources to Highlight:

    1.Charles Dickens the author of A Christmas Carol. Check out this webquest. Have your students learn about Charles Dickens,one of the most famous writers of all times! 8 informative web questions. Additional activities/links,too. It is said Dickens used an amazing 4.6 million different words in his writing! Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Charles Dickens: A Webquest

    2. NEW YEAR'S EVE: Need a fun/informative activity to celebrate the New Year? There are nine questions, lots of interesting customs of how people celebrate New Year's around the world, comprehension questions, extension activities and the key. Great activity for reading for information and research/computer skills. ( Diwali, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Rosh Hashanah included) New Year's Traditions from Around the World: A Webquest


    7.History of Candy: This resource is a great way to start the year showing kids that everything, even CANDY, has a history. Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. Includes the biggest Gingerbread House! Several additional resources and extension activities,too. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. History of Candy: A Webquest

    3. The Wright Brothers made their historic flight on December 17,1903.

    Wright Brothers!

    4. Aviator Reader's Theater Scripts.Wish to to practice oral reading fluency in Language Arts and want a biographical reader's theater play?Learn about AMELIA EARHARTComprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities and links,too.Amelia Earhart: A Reader's Theater Script

    5. Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn aboutBESSIE COLEMAN. Bessie was the first African American female pilot in the U.S. A. AND the first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot's license! Great for Black History Month in February or Women's History Month in March. Comprehension questions/extension activities, key.Bessie Coleman: A Reader's Theater Script


    1. Webquest on Martin Luther King: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Martin-Luther-King-A-Webquest-484492

    2. Ben Franklin's Birthday is January 17th. Check out this webquest:Benjamin Franklin(Webquest)

    3. Learn about the country of Australia on Australia Day, 1/26:Australia: World in Focus Webquest

    3.Snowmen: 4 READINGS: The earliest drawing of a snowman was found in a book dating back to 1380! The book,"Book of Hours" was found in a library in the country of the Netherlands. This resource has four snowmen reading passages:1. Famous sculptor, Michelangelo, was hired to make a snowman for a wealthy person in Florence, Italy.2. A snow man is used each April,to help predict the weather during a festival in the country of Switzerland.3. One of the earliest written comments about snowmen dates back to 1690. Two snowman were left to guard Fort Schenectady, in New York, during a blizzard with very tragic consequences!4. The world's record for the largest snowman, Olympia, was constructed in 2008. 13 million pounds of snow were used to make the amazing snow-woman! As of 2015, the record still stands. Each short reading passage includes following directions to identify answers. There are also several extension activities and a Did you Know? section.Snowmen: Four Reading Passages


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

    2.Tuskegee Airmen:Learn about the Tuskegee Airmen with this informative play. Comprehension questions, a Did you Know? section, a Teacher Page with links, extension activities and a key are also included.Part of Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series. Tuskegee Airmen: A Reader's Theater Script

    3.Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn aboutBessie Coleman. Bessie was the first African American female pilot in the U.S. A. AND the first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot's license! Comprehension questions/extension activities, key.Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series.Bessie Coleman: A Reader's Theater Script

    4.Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn aboutHarriet Tubman, ex-slave who became the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, a Union Spy and women's suffrage advocate. The fun/informative play uses the format of Harriet Tubman being a guest on Ms. Bie Ografee's talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life and contributions. Great for Black History Month,unit on the Civil War,or Women's History Month. Comprehension questions/extension activities, key.Harriet Tubman: A Reader's Theater Script

    7.Learn aboutRosa Parks with this Reader's Theater Script.Rosa Parks is a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life and contributions and how her bus ride helped to change history! There are 8 questioners, a Did You Know? fun fact section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities, the key and additional links.Rosa Parks: A Reader's Theater Script

    8. Presidents' Day: Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn aboutAbraham 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

    7. Play on Martha Washington and Mary Todd Lincoln:Martha Washington: A Reader's Theater Script 

    8. Reader's Theater Script on Mary Todd Lincoln:


    9.Learn about the contributions of some of ourFIRST LADIES with this webquest:First Ladies of the USA: A Webquest

    10.Learn about the White House with 10 informative web questions, comprehension and discussion questions and several extension activities. Learn about the White House: A Webquest

    11. Valentine's Day:Valentine's Day: A Webquest:Valentine's Day: A Webquest

    12. Chinese New Year FREEBIE(Interactive Notebook Activity)Chinese New Year: Freebie(Possible Interactive Notebook Activity)

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

    14. Presidential Trivia FREEBIE Interactive Notebook Activity:Presidential Trivia: Freebie(Possible Interactive Notebook Activity)

    15. Learn about China during Chinese New Year, with this web quest! reat introduction to China esp. during Chinese New Year! This resource helps develop skills such as reading for information and using research and computer skills. This web quest gives students an overview to the country: map skills, info on panda bears, Great Wall, Terra Cotta Solders-more. Extension activities/key (12 page resource with 10 informational web questions). https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Country-in-Focus-China-A-WebquestExtension-Activities-1085517

    16. Polar Bear Day is in February. Learn about the polar bearwith this web quest: Polar Bear: A Webquest


    1. March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. Use this web quest(extension activities) to learn about ten women that have made contributions to our world:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Womens-History-Month-Webquest-501023 Elizabeth Blackwell,Clara Barton,Amelia Earhart,
    Susan B Anthony,Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Eleanor Roosevelt,
    Marie Curie, Sacagwea

    2.Learn about the contributions of some of ourFIRST LADIES with this webquest:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Ladies-of-the-United-States-Wequest-604151

    3.National Peanut Month:Everything Has a History, Even Peanuts! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Learn-about-the-Peanut-WebquestExtension-Activities-1054232

    4.St. Patrick's Day: A great time to learn about the country of Ireland! Check out this web quest!http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Ireland-Webquest-and-Activities-517483

    5. The IDITARODtakes place in early March. Need a resource on Alaska? Try Alaska, State in Focus. The resource contains mapwork, a web quest(10 questions), fun facts about Alaska and lots of extension activities.


    6. Introduce your students to the history of APRIL FOOL'S DAY.This resource provides a reading for students as well as lots of interesting famous April Fool's Day pranks (Ex: A video on a spaghetti harvest in the country of Switzerland caused people to call to ask where they could buy a spaghetti tree!Extension activities,a Test your April Fool's Day IQ and comprehension questions.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/April-Fools-Day-ReadingFun-Facts-and-Activities-632947

    7.National Week of the Ocean is celebrated the end of March/early April. Learn lots of fun facts with thisExploring the Ocean Blueweb quest.There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities and links.Use as part of a unit on oceans or as an activity for a Friday or before a vacation break. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Oceans-Exploring-the-Ocean-Blue-A-WebquestExtension-Activities-705943


    1.National Library Day is April 15th and Library of Congress Day is April 24th. The Library of Congress, called our Nation's Library has over 33 million books. Learn more about the Nation's Library with this fun and informative webquest.(Grades and up) Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-of-Congress-Explore-Our-Nations-LibraryWebquest-604584

    2.A great way to practice oral reading fluency! Start a discussion about bullying reading HC Andersen's Ugly Duckling.Then,try this fun/informative play on Hans Christian Andersen! Students in grades 4 and up. Comprehension/ discussion questions, extension activities included:Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday is April 2nd.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hans-Christian-AndersenBiographical-play-To-Tell-the-Truth-Play-348807

    3. Save the Elephant day is April 16th.Did you know that every 15 minutes a poacher kills an African elephant?Kenya had about 170,000 elephants 30 years ago-now it's 30,000! Did you know that the elephant has the largest brain of the animal world?This informative webquest on the Elephant has extension activities, additional trivia and the key. Skills include:reading for information

    Elephant Webquest

    4FREE:Everything Has a History,evenTulips! Fun Interactive Notebook Activity! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tulips-Everything-Has-a-History-Series-1765811

    5.On April 30, 1803 the United States bought theLouisiana Territory from France for $15 million. On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson got approval by the Congress for an expedition to explore the lands of the Louisiana Purchase. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and about 31 other men began the journey. Originally given $2500, the final cost of this trip came to around $38,000. Learn about theLewis and Clark Expedition with this web quest.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Travels-of-the-Lewis-and-Clark-Expedition-A-Webquest

    6.Check out my new Biographical play onSacagawea:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sacagawea-A-Readers-Theater-Script-1782815

    7. Save the Rhino Day is May 1st: Save the Rhino Day:Check out my webquest on the rhino:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rhinosaurus-Rotund-Rhinos-A-Webquest-698938

    7. Earth Day. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Earth-DayWebquest-on-the-Blue-Planet-1790891

    Earth Day Webquest. Learn about the Blue Planet!


    1. Get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Brazil with this country in Focus: Brazil!
    2. Brazil,Country in Focus

    2. Learn about the History of the Olympics:Learn about the history of the games which began in ancient Greece, both past and present with this informative webquest. There are 10 questions as well a number of fun facts. Extension activities are also included(and the key).

    History of the Olympics!

    May 29th.First Person Reaches Top of Mount Everest. The first person(s) Sir Edmund Hillary and his guide, Tenzing Norgay, reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Mount Everest is 29, 053 feet tall, making it the world's tallest mountain. USE:In 1923,George Mallory was asked,"Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest?" His response,"Because it’s there." Learn aboutMt. Everest, Nepal and the Yeti with this webquest! May 29th,2013(60th anniversary of the first successful climb).Activities,interesting facts and comprehension review,too. Addresses several common core standards in social studies and language arts. Grades 5 and up.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mt-Everest-Trekking-up-Mt-Everest-WebquestExtension-Activities


    1.With Flay Day coming in June, check out myFlag Day Webquest.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Our-American-Flag-A-Webquest-Extension-Activities-726295and my Star Spangled Banner Webquest.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Francis-Scott-KeyThe-Star-Spangled-BannerA-Webquest-1401231

    2. End of the Year Activity: Learn about some of the famous landmarks around the world. This web quest includes: Uluru Rock, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mt. Everest, Dead Sea, Rock of Gibraltar, Great Pyramid, Suez Canal. Stonehenge, Sahara Desert,Abu Simbel, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. There are comprehension questions and several extension activities: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/World-Landmarks-1516428

    3.Taj Mahal:Explore World Landmarks are great to introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. .With writing in the content area, the short activities can also be used in Language Arts classes, too! About one page of reading, discussion questions,mapskill activity and extension activities.https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290482244686987473/

    4.Eiffel Tower:Explore World Landmarks introduce kids to some popular world landmarks. About one page of reading, discussion questions, mapskill activity and extension activities all help students learn some informative facts about famous world landmarks in the world.


    5.Uluru(Ayers Rock):Explore World Landmarks are great to introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. Great for a Friday activity, for social studies/LA classes or when you are going to have a substitute. About one page of reading, discussion questions,mapskill activity and extension activities all help students learn some informative facts about famous world landmarks in the world.Ayers/Uluru Rock.https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290482244687924343/

    4.Fun End of the reading reading.Everything has a history…even HAIR.This humorous historical fiction shares the custom of 18th century wealthy women wearing very towering hairstyles.Sugar water/beef tallow kept hair in place so bugs and mice were attracted to the hair.What if a MOUSE jumped out of YOUR hair into a fancy teacup or scurried down your back as you were dancing at the ball?What to do?Comprehension/extension activities:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Historical-FictionMrs-Paddington-and-The-Silver-Mousetrap-Shoppe-1351544

    5. Learn about the Statue of Liberty with this web quest:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Statue-of-Liberty-Webquest-778835