Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Webquests/Extensions for March:

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Did you know that Ireland is called the Emerald Island because of its green fertile lands? Did you know that the Celtic knot is a very famous symbol of Ireland? Other well know symbols of Ireland include the harp, leprechauns and shamrocks.Can you pronounce the name of this village in Ireland?(Muckanaghederdauhaulia) Learn more about Ireland with my fun and informative web quest on Ireland includes 12 questions and lots of extension activities.

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Women’s History month is celebrated each March. It was President Jimmy Carter who was the first president to established the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week back in 1980. In 1986, this was made into Women History Month.This year’s theme(2013)is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics There are many women who have made contributions which have shaped our world.This is a fun and informative webquest to learn about a few of these fascinating women

These resources are from upper elementary/middle school level. Hope you find them of value!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Holiday Webquests for February 
I really think you will find these webquests of interest to use with your students(4-9th grade)!

Abe Lincoln's Birthday was (2/12).President Abraham Lincoln was president through the four years of the Civil War(1861-1865). He had promised in his election campaign that if elected, he'd end slavery. What you may not know is that President Lincoln started our national Thanksgiving holiday. He issued a proclamation saying that the last Thursday of each year would be a national Thanksgiving Day holiday. And, you may not know that Abraham Lincoln didn't like the name Abe and that even his wife called him by the name Lincoln.
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years ". Ask your students what they think this quote means.

Try this FREE fun and informative webquest on Lincoln:

With Valentine's Day tomorrow, I think you'll find this webquest of interest. Did you know that marshmallows date back to 2000 BC?Did you know that King Tut's Tomb contained licorice or that people have been chewing "gum" for thousands of years?Did you know that 16 billion jelly beans are produced just for Easter time or that there is a National Cotton Candy Day in the USA?(it's November 7th). Learn about the history of different candies with this fun and informative webquest. I also have included several additional resources.  This resource is only $1.50.

I think webquests are a fun and informative learning tool. I have many which you can find at my TpT Store. Check them out:


Monday, February 4, 2013

Gail Skroback Hennessey

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) 
    "Harlem" (1951)

The idea to foster contributions of African Americans began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson who first organized  a two week period of time in February which he called “Negro History Week. The time...1926.  In 1976, the month of February as a time to highlight the contributions of African Americas.  Dr. Woodson’s motto,“It is never too late to Learn”. 
Can you name some famous African Americans who contributed to our country in arts,music, civil rights, sports, literature, politics,science and technology? Perhaps, you know the names of Martin Luther King, Jr, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglas, and  Sojourner Truth. Do you know who Charles Drew was?  BB King? Rosa Parks?  There are so very many African Americans that have made contributions to our world. Try this webquest  and learn about a few of these important people. Use the resources listed below to learn even more...

1. Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., would have been the first African American astronaut but sadly, he died in a training accident in the 1960s. In 1983, Guion Bluford was the first African American to travel into space. Dr. Mae C. Jemison, a surgeon, in 1992, became the first African  American female astronaut. In addition to speaking these three languages__________  ,_____________ and ___________Dr. Jemison appeared on which television show?______________. What did she start in Chicago to spark interest in space among children?___________________Find the answers at this link:

2. How did singer Marian Anderson make history?________________Why did First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resign from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939?  Find the answers at this link:

3. During the 1920s, Jazz became very popular. Where did Jazz music originate?_____________What are two words that came from this period of time?___________and _________. Who was the famous jazz musician, nicknamed Pops and Satchmo?_________Which instrument did heplay?_____________Find the answers at this

4. Another type of music that African Americans developed was called Blues. As the word implies, the words to this type of music were often sad. BB King is often called the King of the Blues. From where did blues music originate?____________What are “blue notes’ also called?___________ FInd the answers at this link:

Did you know?
• Thomas L. Jennings, is believed to be the first African American to receive a patent for an invention.
• Judy W. Reed patented a hand-operated machine for kneading and rolling dough. She is thought to be the first African-American woman to do so.
• Sarah Boone patented the collapsible ironing board in 1892

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Want the entire webquest(1-12) and all the trivia and resources?Check out my materials posted here:

Note: Although I have tried to review each link for this webquest, please check the site to see if it is appropriate for your grade level. Also, please monitor that students stay at the link. Should you find something questionable, please let me know. Thanks!