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

Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New TpT Store Resouces- Take a Look!

Just posted several new resources at my TpT Store-Take a look!

Want to 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 such as this one that happened in Switzerland in 1957.A news show aired a video on a spaghetti harvest in the country of Switzerland. People were pulling strands of spaghetti dangling down from trees. People actually called the news show asking how they could purchase a spaghetti tree! Additionally, there are extension activities as well as a Test your April Fool's Day IQ(can you spot the True News Stories from the Fake ones?). There are also comprehension questions for the students to answer after reviewing the resource.One class period for Grades 4 and up. $3.00

Learn about the Olympics, 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).The webquest can be completed in one class period and is geared for upper elementary and middle school students.Can be used before a vacation, for a Friday activity or if you are studying the ancient Greeks.$3.00

Did you know that people actually thought that the airplane would have not real purpose? Less than 10 people showed up for the Wright Brothers attempt to make history on that December 17, 1903, morning. This informative web quest will help students learn about the Wright Brothers and their first flight. Extension activities as well as additional links for information are also provided as is the key. Several common core standards are addressed as well. $2.50

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What's on YOUR teacher desk?

" If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what,then, is an empty desk a sign?" Albert Einstein

If someone came and sat down at YOUR desk, what would be THREE things on your desk that they would notice?(other than papers that need marking and only one can be a photograph)
Although I have retired from teaching(after 32 1/2 years), many of items that were on my desk are now on my desk where I work at home.
* A marble paperweight that says-"A cluttered desk is a sign of genius"
* A photograph of me when I was in 6th grade(my students always got a chuckle looking at this one).
* Lots of inspirational and teaching items such as a wooden school house with the words," Teachers touch the Future".

Love to hear about your desk!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

HAVING a 20% Sale on many resources at my TpT Store. It's my very first one.Take a peek if you get a chance today through Friday.


I really enjoy developing webquest for young people to learn about different topics. Students enjoyed doing the activities and each question had information as well.  Each webquest includes extension activities to use with the students.


My two newest webquests are now available: Webquest are $3.00 each.
On Safari with Elephants!
Did you know that elephants can be right or left tusked, kind of like humans are with their hands? Did you know that the elephant has the largest brain of the animal world? And if you think elephants like peanuts...they really do not! Learn more interesting facts about the elephant with this fun and informative webquest. Grades 4 and up! Check it out...

Polar Bear
Did you know that a polar bear can swim up to 100 miles non-stop? Did you know that a polar bear doesn't hibernate like other bears do in the winter? The polar bear is in trouble! Warming temperatures has cause a decrease in the sea ice-something the polar bear needs to survive. The polar bear needs our help! Learn about this amazing mammal with this fun and informative webquest Additional extension activities and resources are also provided.

I think you will find the webquest resources of value to use in your classrooms.
Always appreciate feedback on my resources.

Monday, March 4, 2013

PurpleAnnie Goest to China:(Resource to use with your students)

When I was in China in 2011, I brought one of the bears a student gave me when I retired. At first I felt a bit self-conscious when I took her out of my backpack to get pics of her at the different sights in China. My tour group eventually started to offer ideas for pictures and at our farewell dinner, requested Purpleannie be in the group picture, too!

Perhaps, your students would like to see her China pictures at my website for teachers and kids:

Always looking for feedback as to whether this idea and information was of value. Next trip, she will be coming along as well.


Friday, March 1, 2013

This is my first try at a book contest and decided to CHANGE the contest. Originally, I said that anyone that purchased my Age of Discovery Webquest between TODAY(Feb. 28th and Sunday night March 3rd) would be eligible to go into a "hat" to win a free sticker book and one buyer would be selected for the free book....NOW, the contest is open to ANY purchase between this time, thinking it opens it up to more of you that might have interest in my materials and purchase one of my resources. Thanks to all for your support!
Gail Hennessey