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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

World Water Day is March 22nd- Possible Interactive Notebook to Use with Kids


World Water Day!
March 22, 2018
Possible Interactive Notebook Activity

Water actually has a day when people focus on just how important water is to all of us. World Water Day is March 22nd. In 2018, the theme for world Water Day is “Nature for Water”. The organization says the focus for the day is  “exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.”

Did You Know?
1. Our planet is about 75% water.  Yet, less than 2% is able to be used by humans. Can you think of two reasons why most water is NOT available for human use?_____________ and  ____________

2. A jellyfish is almost 95% water!  A human body is made up of about 66% water.

3. Shutting off the water while brushing teeth saves about 4 gallons of water. For some people on the planet, that is a week’s supply of water. What are two ways to conserve(save) water?____________ and _____________

4. The city of  Cape Town, South Africa, is running out of water! They are experiencing the worst drought in 100 years. Day Zero, when the faucets will be turned off will be sometime this summer.  :-(

5. The water you are drinking is the same water that the dinosaurs
We don’t have any “new” water on the planet. It just keeps getting recycled. Can you name the three stages of the water cycle?____________   __________   ______________

6. Scientists say that in a 100 year time period, a molecule of water spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice and just 2 weeks in rivers and lakes. It spends only about 1 week in the atmosphere.

7. In 1996 , NASA announced that water, in the form of ice, was found on the moon, near the South Pole. 

8. Did you know that hot water freezes more quickly than cold water? This is called the Mpemba Effect. Scientists aren’t sure why this is the case.

9. Water is the only substance on the Earth that has three stages. Can you name them?____________  ________   _________

10. Water is made up of just two elements, hydrogen and oxygen.

11. Pure water doesn’t have any smell or taste. Other than for drinking, can you think of three uses of water?___________  ______________  ___________ 

12. Can you name the room in a house that uses the most water?____________

Your Turn:
  1. Illustrate one of the facts.
  2. Write a paragraph pretending you are experiencing a Day Zero, when the water stopped coming out of the faucets. Locate the city of Cape Town, South Africa, on a world map.

Teacher’s Page:
Before doing the activity, ask the students to share prior knowledge on the topic of water. Give the students the Did You Know? Fact Sheet. Regroup and discuss.

Additional Activities:
1. Teachers may find some information at this link of value to use with kids:

2.  Brainstorm with kids ways to save on water, then show this page and have students illustrate a water conservation tip.

3. Print out these certificates for World Water Day:

4. Learn about the water cycle:

Check out these related resources:
  1. Studying the ocean? Looking for a resource for Earth Day or World Ocean Day? Introduce your students to Jacques Cousteau with this informative Reader's Theater Script. Oceanographer, photographer, scientist, inventor, writer and filmmaker, Cousteau spent his life studying the oceans and the marine life that lived in the oceans. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series where Jacques Cousteau is a guest on her talk show and answers questions of her studio audience. There are 10 audience questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher section with extension activities, links and the key:
2. Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest, will introduce students to our oceans. There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities and links are also provided as is the key.

3.  Learn about Earth Day and our planet Earth, with this informative web quest! In 2018, the theme for Earth Day is “Environmental and Climate Literacy”. Although this resource could be used for Earth Day, it really could be used throughout the year. There are 15 web questions as well as comprehension questions and a Did You Know? fun fact section. The teacher page includes extension activities, the key, and additional links.
1.   salty and frozen 5.evaporation, condensation and precipitation 9.  liquid, solid and gas
11. cooking, energy, farming, fun 12. bathroom(toilet,shower,bathtub,faucet)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

St. Patrick's Day is Coming: Ireland, An Interactive Notebook Activity

Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day
Did You Know? 
Gail Skroback Hennessey
Click here for the free downloadable version:
Hope you find this of appreciated.

1. The National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, is dedicated to the folklore and mythology of Ireland. 
2. In Irish folklore, there are only male leprechauns. Leprechauns are cobblers(shoemakers) and they usually carry a tiny hammer wherever they go!
3. Ireland was the very first country in the world to tax plastic bags.(2002) 
4. Muckanaghederdauhaulia is the name for the longest place name in Ireland. 
5.  A burial tomb found near Dublin, Newgrange, may be older than the pyramids of Egypt,and was built about 4000 BC or BCE. 
6. The Irish monk, St. Brendan, may have reached North America before Columbus, in the 6th century. 
7.  Halloween has its origins in Ireland. It dates back to Samhain, an Irish festival. 
8. Famous people from Ireland include the lead singer for U2(Bono), Jonathan Swift(author of Gulliver’s Travels), writer C.S. Lewis(Chronicles of Narnia) and poet, William Butler Yeats 

9. Did you know that corned beef and cabbage, a favorite food on St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have any corn? The term refers to a large type of salt(called “corns”) used to marinate the beef.

10. Hurling is a very popular sport which originated in Ireland.
11. There are NO snakes in the country of Ireland. 

12. Since the Bronze Age, Ireland has had their own type of Olympics Games. They are called the Tailteann Games. 

13. Leprechaun Day is May 13th.(YES…there is such a day!)

14. The Flag of Ireland has the colors green, white and orange. 
The harp is the musical symbol of Ireland.

15.  The language of Ireland is called Irish(Gaelic). There isn’t a word for “yes” or “no” in Irish.

16. People who visit Blarney Castle, in Ireland, often try to kiss the Blarney Stone. The legend says kissing the stone gives you the gift of being a great speaker. It’s a difficult thing to do as you have to hang upside down to reach the stone!

17. The first St. Patrick’s Day in the United States was celebrated in the city of Boston, 1737.

18. Ireland is called the Emerald Isle because Ireland has lots of green fertile land.

Your  Turn:
  1. Write down the 3 most interesting facts you learned.
  2. Create a postcard pretending you are visiting Ireland. Include 3 facts learned in the information you are writing to a friend or relative. Draw/ color a picture to go with your postcard.
  3. Would you wish to kiss the Blarney Stone? Why or why not? 
  4. Would you kiss the Blarney Stone? Why or why not?

    Teacher’s Page:

    1. Before giving the students the factoid handout, ask the students to share prior knowledge about the country of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day.

    2. Show the students a map of Ireland:  Have students make 4 questions using the map to exchange with another group.

    3. Have small groups of students review information on the country of Ireland and share 5 facts with the rest of the class.

    4. Learn some Irish: 
    A. Phrase: Thank you
    Irish: Go raibh maith agat
    Pronunciation: Guh row mah aguth (row as in cow)

    B. Phrase: You're welcome
    Irish: Tá fáilte romhat
    Pronunciation: Thaw foil-cheh roath

    C. Phrase: Hello
    Irish: Dia dhuit
    Pronunciation: Djee-ah gwitch

    5. St. Patrick's Day is coming-a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students to the country of Ireland. Did you know that the Celtic knot is a very famous symbol of Ireland? Learn more about Ireland with my fun and informative web quest on Ireland includes 12 questions and lots of extension activities:

    6. Another resource about Ireland to consider:This fun/informative play has Ms. Bie Ografee's guest being McSean, a leprechaun. McSean is asked questions by the studio audience about the country of Ireland and the long Irish folklore about leprechauns. Great for a unit on folk stories/folklore or as an activity around St. Patrick's Day. The play has 11 questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities and links as well as the key:

    7. The Green Game: Need a fun activity where kids have to find answers that have the word GREEN in it or are the color GREEN? Great for St. Patrick's Day or for a Friday.
    NOTE: This resource is INCLUDED in my Ireland Webquest/Activity Resource:


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March is Women's History Month. Interactive Notebook Activity

Women’s History Month(March)

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." 
—Eleanor Roosevelt  
In 1978, a school district in  California, organized a “Women’s History Week”. By 1981, Congress passed a resolution establishing a National Women’s History Week and in 1987, Congress created a month, March, to honor the contributions of women and to promote the teaching of women’s history. 

The following information may be helpful  for Women’s History Month. The 2018 theme for Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless She Persisted”.

At one time, women weren’t able to do many things because of their gender. Here are some women trailblazers.  Being the first, made it easier for other women to follow in their footsteps. Every year, new firsts continue to be made by women. Here is just a sampling of firsts made by women.

Lucy Brewer
First woman Marine

Elizabeth Blackwell
First woman to receive a medical degree

Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Publisher/editor of first prominent women's rights newspaper

Harriet Tubman
First woman to run underground railroad to help slaves escape

Lucy Hobbs
First woman to graduate from dental school

Arabella Mansfield Babb
First woman admitted to the bar to practice law

Frances Elizabeth Willard
First woman to become a college president (Evanston College)

Victoria Chaflin Woodhull
First woman to be presidential candidate

Helen Magill
First woman to receive a Ph.D. degree (Boston University)

Belva Ann Lockwood
First woman to practice law before U.S. Supreme Court

Clara Barton
Founder of the American Red Cross

Suzanna Madora Salter
First woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)

Marie Curie
First women to win  a Nobel Prize AND first person awarded TWO Nobel Prizes(as of 2016)
1903 AND 1911

Mary McLeod Bethune
First woman to establish secondary school that became 4-year accredited college

Blanche Scott
First woman to fly an airplane

Jeannette Rankin
First woman U.S. House Representative (Montana)

Bessie Coleman
First African American Female pilot in USA and first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot’s license

Hallie Ferguson
First woman governor of U. S. state (Texas)

Amelia Earhart
First woman to be a passenger on an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean (1928)
and first woman to fly  across the Atlantic Ocean

Jane Addams
First American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Hattie Wyatt Caraway
First woman elected to U.S. Senate

Amelia Earhart
First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
First woman to fly in space, aboard Vostok 6

Mary Clarke
First woman to be named major general in U.S. Army

Sandra Day O'Connor
First woman to become a Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court

Sally Kristen Ride
First American woman to reach outer space.

Ann Bancroft
First woman to walk to North Pole

Christa McAuliffe
First woman citizen passenger on a space mission(teacher)

Lt. Col. Eileen Collins
First American woman to pilot a Space Shuttle

Madeleine K. Albright
First woman Secretary of State and highest ranking woman in the U.S. government

Condoleezza Rice
First African-American woman to be appointed Secretary of State

Nancy Pelosi
First woman to become Speaker of the House

Hillary Clinton 
First FIRST LADY to become a senator(from NY).First woman to be in a presidential primary and caucus in every state. She would go on to be the first female candidate for President for a major political party(Democratic Party)

Michelle Obama 
First African American First Lady

Kathryn Bigelow
First woman to win the Best Director Award

Mary Barra 
First female CEO of General Motors

Allowed to compete in ski jumping events at the Winter Olympics for the first time

Katie Higgins 
First female pilot of the Blue Angels(US Navy Flight demonstration squad)

Megan Brennan
First female United States Postmaster General

Carla Hayden
First woman(and African American woman) to become the 14th Librarian at the Library of Congress

Susan Polgar
First woman in history to achieve the Grandmaster title in chess

  1. Are there any areas in which women still have yet to make a contribution?
2.  What are 3 character traits of women who have been trailblazers? What would you list as 3 of your best character traits?

3.  There is a Hispanic Heritage Month, a Native American Month, a Black History Month and a Women’s History Month. Why do you think such months were established? Do you think there is a need for such months to highlight different groups? Why, why not?

4.  If you could interview a woman trailblazer(past or present), who would it be and why? What might be 2 questions you would ask of that person?

5. Illustrate one of the women’s history facts.

For Teachers:

Sites of interest for additional materials:

3.   Statues built to honor woman 

4.   Quiz your women’s history knowledge(women adventurers)   Quiz your women’s history knowledge (women leaders)

5. Check out the National Women’s Hall of Fame, opened in 1979, in Seneca Falls, NY.    Check out the inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame:

6. Another great source of women past and present 

9. Did you know that Congress has voted to create a Women’s History Museum to be built in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC?   (2014)

1. Women’s History Month: A Webquest on 12 women that made a difference:
3. Check out my TpT Store for Reader’s Theater Scripts on Famous women in history, science and literature: Susan B.Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell, Hillary Clinton, Bessie Coleman, Michelle Obama, Edith Bolling Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart,Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams, Florence Harding, Lady Bird Johnson, Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Marian Anderson, Katherine Johnson and Rachel Carson:
Note: Photographs from of Elizabeth Blackwell:public domain)
  • Left to right: Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell