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

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

HAPPY DIWALI, 2015!




This year , 2016, Diwali, or Deepavali, begins on October 30th and lasts for 5 days.

Deepavali means "festival of lights”. It's a happy time of year and is the biggest holiday in the country of India.  Practiced mainly by people of the Hindu faith, many other people enjoy taking part in the festive holiday season,too. During the holiday, people pray, give gifts and light lamps(Dipa lamps). Special sweet treats including Laddus(sweet wheat balls with nuts and fruits inside) and Karanjis (flour fried dumplings with coconut and sugar) are eaten. Families and friends get together and fireworks are set off to help welcome the new year.
Fun Facts:
Diwali celebrates the end of the harvest season.

President Barack Obama was the first US president to participate in a Deepavali celebration in the White House, in 2009.

Shubh Deepavali” means “Have an auspicious Diwali “and is a common greeting for this holiday time. 

Diwali marks the Hindu New Year. It is a national holiday in India.

Other countries which have Diwali celebrations include: Australia, Guyana, Trinidad, Nepal, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Fiji,  Malaysia,Myanmar, Tobago, Surinam, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and there are celebrations in the United States. Use a world map and identify the location of these countries.

Extension Activities:
Make a Rangoli- Using colored rice flour and water, people decorate patterns on the ground outside their homes and place of worship. It's a way to honor the Hindu Goddess Lakshimi and hope the goddess feels welcome in their homes. Use colored markers and create a colorful Rangoli pattern  See some pictures: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/rangoli/

Make a Dipa Lamp:
Usually made from clay, they are traditionally the size to hold in the palm of the hand. Make sure you make a small depression in the center to hold a votive candle.You can paint your lamp purple, yellow, blue or red and decorate with colorful sequins. Dipa lamps are lit and placed in the water. Legend says if the dipa lamp makes it across the water to the other side, a wish will be granted by the Hindu Goddess Lakshimi.

Have small groups of students review the country of India at this link:  Draw/color a picture of something that has to do with India(Taj Mahal, tigers, etc.) Write 5 facts learned about the country to share with the rest of the class. http://www.timeforkids.com/destination/india  Learn more about India at this link:

Read a folk story from India to the students such as “The Elephant and the Blind Men”. Have students write a summary of the story. http://www.jainworld.com/literature/story25.htm

Additional Links:
Learn more about Diwali at these links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUbros5VFso  Cartoon video on Diwali for kids


Learn about India with these resources:
1. India in Focus,is a web quest, with additional fun facts and extension activities. Did you know that it was ancient India which gave the world the idea of the zero? The game Chutes and Ladders comes from an Indian board game. More people speak English in India than in the United States? Students learn about the country of Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/India-Country-in-Focus-Webquest-540271

2. 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 and extension activities. Grades 4 and up. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290482244687597440/ 
3. Chess, yoga,the game Parcheesi and the place value -zero are just some of the gifts we have from India. Want to introduce your students to the country of India? This resources will be most helpful.Basic notes,mapskill activity, lots of extension activities and links to get your students engaged in learning about the country of India. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Explore-India-547316


NOTE: Check out this reading passage resource on Diwali: 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/DiwaliDeepavaliLearn-about-Diwali-A-Reading-PassageActivity-2176182


Note: Illustration from:openclipart.org



Monday, October 5, 2015





October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Although highlighted in this month, anti-bullying awareness should be practiced every day of the year.  If you SEE bullying taking place, SPEAK UP!  

Check out this short video at the Cartoon Network about joining the "I Speak Up" campaign. http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/promotion_landing_page/stopbullying/index.html


Have kids read this short saying:
"Sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you."  Is this a true statement? Explain your answer.

Personally, I never thought this to be true. Words are very powerful and negative words can and do hurt....a lot!  


Discussion Questions to ask Students:
1. What is your definition of a bully?  What are some examples of bullying?

2. Why do you think some people are bullies?

3. If you see someone being bullied, what could YOU do?

4. If YOU are being bullied, what could YOU do?

5. Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel? What did you do?

6. Have YOU ever bullied someone else? Have you ever been asked by others to join them in bullying someone else? How did you react to this?



A great start to discussing bullying might be to read about Hans Christian Andersen, the author of "The Ugly Duckling". Hans was often teased as a boy. He was very tall and skinny. He was called "scarecrow" by neighborhood children. One day, he actually climbed a tree to get away from bullies who were chasing him. Then, he got tangled and stuck. His father had to come help get Hans out of the tree.  Check out my resource, a play on Hans Christian Andersen: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hans-Christian-AndersenBiographical-play-To-Tell-the-Truth-Play-348807






Other suggestions:
Using Literature to discuss the issue of bullying:


  • Read the story, the Ugly Duckling to start a discussion on bullying.   Best Children's Books   


  • Another story to read is Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm. Find the story




  • Still another story is Cinderella.Find the story online at this link: Together We Teach
  • Newspapers in Education has an online comic book story about bullying: 

  • There are also many contemporary books that deal with bullying. Here is a small sampling for elementary and middle school student.




  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan Berenstain



  • Blubber by Judy Blume



  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes



  • Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco



  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Vedick.



  • The Bully from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler with Jared Lee.



  • My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig



  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phillis Reynolds Naylor 

  • Find more books on bullying and read summaries at this link: 

    Read and listen to a short story about bullying online at this link:

    ANTI-BULLYING TITLES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELORS: Click here:Counselor Resources

    I have compiled lots of resources for classroom teachers to use on this topic. Go to this link: http://gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?bullyingresources.html

    I hope you find this information of value to use with your students!


    Gail 

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Who Owns This Photograph?


    Here is a possible bell ringer to use with your students.



    A couple of years ago, a macaque found a camera that had been left unattended. Named Naruto, the monkey started to snap pictures, including a fantastic selfie. The owner of the camera got his camera back and published the photographs. Now, an animal rights organization has filed a lawsuit claiming the photographs are the property of Naruto.  PETA says that if the courts rule in favor of the macaque, it will be the first time a right(in this cause, ownership of property) is giving to a non-human animal. 

    What do you think? 

    1. Who owns the photographs, the owner of the camera or the monkey? Why?

    2. Write a caption for the photograph.



    Note: Photograph from news.discovery.com

    Gail

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015



    Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month(September 15-October 15th)with this fun/informative web question. There are 12 questions- famous people, customs, contributions are included. A Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a Teacher Page with activities and key!  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hispanic-Heritage-Month-A-WebquestExtension-Activities-2095906


    Gail

    Check out this Preview:

    Mes de la Herencia Hispana
    National Hispanic Heritage Month!
    by
    Gail Skroback Hennessey


    National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15-October 15th. It was originally established, in 1969, as Hispanic Heritage Week, by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it became a month long celebration. Learn some of the contributions made by Hispanic(and Latino )Americans, to our country, with this informative webquest!

    1. National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th to celebration the independence for which five Latin American countries?______________ _________  __________   ___________ and ___________.Which other holiday occurs during National Hispanic Heritage Month?_________ According to the 2010 census( a survey of a population), what percent of people living in the USA are of Hispanic or Latino origin?_________Find the answers at this link: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org

    2. Perhaps , you’ve heard a mariachi band? This music originated in Mexico. Which music  is popular with people who came from Puerto Rico and Cuba?_________Which type of music uses both the accordion and alto saxophone and has roots with German and Czech music?________ From which country, do most people of Hispanic and Latino origin in the United States,come from?_________Which popular condiment( something placed on food to add to the taste) sells better than ketchup in the U.S.A?__________Which green vegetable snack is often served with chips?________Find the answers at this link:

    3. Many words in English originated(started)with Spanish words. It is thought that at least_________ English words originated with Spanish words. Oregano, tomato, burrito and taco are examples.Find three words that have to do with cowboys that come from Spanish._________   __________and______________What are three words that came to us from sailors stopping at Caribbean islands?_________   __________ and ____________Which insect’s name comes from a Spanish word?________Find the answers at this link:  http://www.factmonster.com/spot/spanishwords1.html

    There are 12 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a Teacher Page with extension activities and the key.


    Did You Know?( SAMPLE of some of the facts)

    Before colonists settled Plymouth Colony, there were people living in St. Augustine, Florida, and Sante Fe, New Mexico.
    Chinese(Mandarin) is spoken by the most people in the world. The second most spoken language is Spanish.  A close third is…English.
    • The majority of Hispanic people in the United States came from the country of Mexico.
    • Pedro Flores was the first to mass-produce the yo yo in the United States.

    Comprehension Questions:(SAMPLE of some of the questions)
    1. Which layer of the atmosphere was affected by chlorofluorocarbons? How is this layer important to us?

    2. What is the term for the highest court in the United Sates? Who is the head of this court?

    Define and place in a sentence: census, architecture, condiment, customs, luminaries, piñata.

    Teacher Page:
    Have students in small groups work on the web quest. Regroup and discuss the web quest.

    Have groups make 7 true or false questions to exchange with another group to answer as a review.

    Extension Activities: (SAMPLE OF SOME of the ACTIVITIES)

    1. Fun online activities:  Play Paco’s Passport http://pbskids.org/mayaandmiguel/english/games/passport/index.html

    2. Game from Mexico: Toma Todo: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/act_tomatodo.htm

    3. Read a Hispanic folkstory: http://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/Romanic_folktale_2.html  The Ugly Princess  or http://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/Romanic_folktale_2.html  The Bear-Prince, The Gypsy queen and the Forbidden Chamber. (from Mexico)

    4. El Chupacabra, is a mythical creature. Write 5 descriptive phrases to describe a chupacabra. Draw/color a picture. Write a day in the life of a chupacabra. http://www.kidzworld.com/article/2151-el-chupacabra



    Notes: Illustration from: https://openclipart.org
    Thank you for purchasing this resource! Please check out my other webquests/reader’s theater scripts and units of study(world history): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Gail-Hennessey



    Monday, September 14, 2015

    The Monarch Butterfly Migration has Begun!





    The migration has begun. ,Each September Monarch butterflies begin a 3000 mile journey, of about three months, from Canada and the United States to their destination-Mexico.  Sadly, the monarch butterfly numbers are diminishing. Just 15 years ago, there were an estimated one billion orange/black butterflies. Today, scientists say there are less than 30 million. One main reason for less monarch butterflies is a pesticide that is used today. It kills weeds and it also kills a plant called milkweed. Milkweed is the only plant that a monarch butterfly uses to lay their eggs. It is also the only food of the Monarch caterpillar. The lepidoptera(name for butterflies) need our help. People are being encouraged to plant more milkweed plants along the routes that Monarchs follow on their migration south. Trying to use less pesticides would help, too.

    Extension Activities:
    Draw/color a picture of a monarch butterfly. Write a day in the life of a monarch. What do you see? Hear? Feel? Touch? as you migrate toward Mexico for the winter.

    Discuss the Japanese poem, Haiku. Three lines, syllables 5/7/5. Write a Haiku about a Monarch Butterfly.

    Review prior knowledge on why butterflies are important.Review the information at this site: http://bc-europe.eu/upload/Why%20butterflies%20and%20moths%20are%20important%203.pdf   on the importance of butterflies. Make a poster and include 3 facts learned.


    Helpful links:



    Note: Photograph from wpclipart.com


    Gail
    Check out my teaching resources(webquests/reader’s theater scripts: https://www.pinterest.com/gailhennessey/gails-tpt-store-social-studies-emporiumand-more/

    Sunday, August 30, 2015

    Could You Live in a Dome for 365 Days?


    Here's a Bell Ringer to use in your classroom.


    Six scientists have entered a dome, 36 ft. in diameter and 20 ft. tall, on the summit of Mauna Loa, Hawaii. They will stay inside the dome for 365 days!  Part of a NASA program(HI-SEAS or Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) to study the effects on a long mission to Mars, the location mimics the landscape found on the planet Mars. The dome has six bedrooms, a bathroom, exercise area, dining area, kitchen and a lab. At some times, the scientists will conduct experiments outside the habitat but only while wearing space suits. 

    Questions:
    Could you spend a year in a dome?

    What would be three things you’d take along with you?

    What would you miss the most?

    What might be some issues living in such a dome with five other people?

    What would be the first thing, you’d wish to do when you left the dome, 365 days later?

    Activity:
    Write a diary entry about your first week in the dome.



    Photograph from abc.net.au 

    Have a wonderful school year!

    Gail

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Guest Blog at Minds-in Bloom...Check it out

    Thanks to Rachel Lynette for the opportunity to share a Back to School blog, 
    "Got a Minute ,Two, or Five? It's on the homepage and can be found here, too: Check it out: 
    http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2015/08/got-minute-two-or-five.html


    Gail
    What ideas do you have when there is a bit of time left during your class?

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    It's a new school year and I'd like to share one thought...focus on the positive!

    As a classroom teacher for 33 years, I know that there are days when this thought is difficult at best to accomplish, but it really is something to keep in mind...even on those difficult days.  Take a walk during your break, have some photographs of your kids, husband, significant other, something you can gaze upon to bring back your positive state of mind. Eat chocolate(for me-Butterfingers!)

    Try to find something that happened during your day that brings a smile, not a frown, as you leave school to go home. There were many days, when I'd arrive home, dragging myself into the home, down with what may have happened that day. The negativity zapped my of my energies. It wasn't a good thing and certainly not healthy. It took me a while to realize...focus on the positive!

    Another important thought as you begin your school year...try and align  yourself with positive teachers and other adults during the day. I remember having a team where at break time, two of the women would complain about the kids, the administration and everything else. I eventually stopped joining them at break time and started to walk. Stay clear of such negative people, they will only bring you down...  A few years later, I had several new team members, the negative teachers had left. WHAT a difference. When those of us on my new team would leave the building at the end of the day,we'd be laughing about something humorous that we'd experienced that day! What a difference this team made on my day and my life. So-seek out those that help you accomplish this goal-focus on the positive.

    I wish you all a wonderful school year!
    Gail
    http://www.gailhennessey.com

    Anyone else have some thoughts for those teachers returning to the classroom?




    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    THINGY LETTERS! CLIP ART Alphabet!



    I am so excited that my THINGY LETTER Clipart is finally available.

    From Utah to Colorado, to New York to New Jersey, and around my home and inside my garage, once I started I saw letters of the alphabet all around me!

    Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words, to make Mother’s Day/Father’s Day cards or as an art activity!

    Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY LETTERS are.( I've included a key) 



    * I have both a color photograph THINGY LETTERS as well as a black/white version...

    Just in time for those looking for new clipart options for BACK TO SCHOOL!

    Gail
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clipart-AlphabetTHINGY-LETTERS-1987248



    Also, check out the TpT Back to School Sale, August 3-4.  Save up to 28% on all purchases. Promo code: BTS15



    Friday, July 24, 2015

    Picture, This, Activity: Sea Bunny


    Wanted to share:  Perhaps, you may find this a great "Picture, This", activity!

    What do you see?  If you think this looks like a cuddly bunnie, that's what this marine slug has been nicknamed. The adorable slug, of the Jorunna Parva species,is found in the Indian Ocean, to Japan and the Philippines. Discovered back in 1938, the  "sea bunnies" have only become known to the rest of the world, last year, with the release of some very cool photographs(such as this one).

    Ask kids to look at the photograph:
    1. Write three descriptions to describe the marine slug.
    2. Write a day in your life as a "sea bunny". What do you see? What do you do? What do think about as you spend your life living on the ocean floor.
    3. In Japanese, the slugs are called KAWAII(which is Japanese for "cute"). What is one word you'd use to describe the slug?


    Photograph from odditycentral.com-more photographs here, too.


    Gail


    Check out my My TpT Store for fun/informative web quests, Reader's Theater Scripts on famous people and more: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Gail-Hennessey

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    New Horizons About to Visit Pluto!


     Perhaps, you will find this of interest to use with your students!


    After 9 1/2 years, New Horizons is about to give Earthlings an amazing view of Pluto!  On Tuesday, July 14th, after 3 billion miles, the spacecraft will be within 7800 miles of the dwarf planet(which was still considered a planet back during the 2006 launch). It will take 4 1/2 hours, traveling at the speed of light, for New Horizons' snapshots to reach Earth. Mission control at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, will begin sharing photographs with the rest of us soon after. The flyby of New Horizons will last only a few hours. If you look to the lower left, scientist have nicknamed the dark region, the whale. And, to the right, is a white heart shaped region of Pluto. Illustration from bbc.com.

    Fun Facts:

    Pluto was discovered in 1930, by Clyde Tombaugh.

    Pluto takes 248 1/2 years to orbit the sun!( The earth does this in one year)

    It takes Pluto  6 1/2 days to turn on its axis(The Earth takes 24 hours)

    For a time, between 1979 and 1999,Neptune was further away from the sun,than Pluto!

    Pluto has four known moons.  Charon is the largest.

    Bundle up on Pluto as the temperatures is about minus 390F.

    No longer a planet, Pluto is also now known as 134340.

    It takes 8 minutes for the sun’s light to reach Earth. It takes five hours to reach Pluto.

    It is so dark on Pluto that stars can be seen during the day.

    Disney’s dog Pluto was supposed to have been named after Pluto.

    Back in 1930, an eleven year old girl, Venetia Burney, suggested the name of Pluto!

    It takes about a week for the sun to rise and set on Pluto.

    Percival Lowell first suggested a search for a planet beyond Neptune.

    Pluto has about 1/15 the gravity of Earth. If you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you’d weigh about 7 pounds on Pluto.

    Pluto is called a dwarf planet or a plutoid.

    Extensions:

    * A MNEMONIC is a way to remember lists using the first letters of each. One used for the planets was: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.  Think of a new MNEMONIC for the 8 planets or a mnemonic for remembering something else.

    * http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-pluto-k4.html  Read why Pluto was demoted from being one of our nine planets.  What do you think, should Pluto be a planet or not? Why, why not?

    * Check out my webquest on space. There are 12 informative webquestions, compehension questions and extension activities. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Space-The-Final-FrontierWebquestExtension-Activities-1526888

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    U.S. Treasury to Place a Woman's portrait on the Ten Dollar Bill!





    Do you know who is on a ten dollar bill? If you answered Alexander Hamilton, you are correct...for now. The U.S. Treasury has announced that there will be a change coming in 2020. A woman's face will be featured on the ten dollar bill!  The year, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

    An organization has been petitioning the U.S. Treasury to place a woman's face on the twenty dollar bill for this 100th anniversary. Currently, President Andrew Jackson is on the twenty dollar bill. Due to Jackson's treatment of Native Americans, this particular bill was suggested for the change. An online vote asking people which woman they'd like to see selected, picked Harriet Tubman.

    The U.S. Treasury will begin asking people which woman they'd like to see on the new ten dollar bill. 

    Trivia: Did you know that the last woman to be on a U.S.paper currency was Martha Washington?
    THIRTEEN other countries already have a woman on their paper currency. See this list: http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/06/18/11-countries-that-beat-america-to-putting-a-woman-on-paper-currency/



     Suggestions

    1. Have small groups Name 10 famous women in U.S. History. Regroup and list the 3 most named.
    2. By law, a person must not be living to be selected for selection for U.S. Currency.What would be 3 characteristics you would use for your selection?
    3. Who would be your selection and why?

    Personally, I would select Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Born into wealth, advice from her dad helped shaped the person she became. He told her after reading the story, The Ugly Duckling, “We mustn’t spend too much time thinking about ourselves. We must think about other people, too."  This is what Eleanor did all her life! I remember reading a story about how as a young girl,while visiting Italy with her family, went for a donkey ride. When she noticed the young boy guiding the donkey had no shoes, she showed kindness by letting HIM ride the donkey! 

    When her husband,Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio and was confined to a wheelchair, Eleanor became the yes, ears and legs for her husband. Eleanor traveled the country, returning with information that helped shape the policies of her husband’s 12 years in the White House. Eleanor also showed her bravery by traveled to visit troops during World War 2.

    When asked the 3 most important things for happiness,Eleanor replied, "A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.”

    She strongly believed that  “freedom must be universal and all men must be assured that there will be respect for the individual human being, regardless of his race, his creed, or his color”. Civil Rights were very important concern to Eleanor. In fact, she caused quite a commotion when on March 29,1941, she  went for a ride with a pilot,one of the Tuskegee Airmen. It is hard to believe today but at the time, many people didn’t think African Americans could safely fly aircrafts. She wanted to change that perception…and helped to do so.   She also resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution, when in 1939, the group refused permission for African American singer, Marian Anderson, to perform at Constitution Hall.  Eleanor then organized a performance at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, attended by over 75,000 people!

    Called a  humanitarian , she worked at the  newly formed  UN after her husband  died. The organization  stood for a moment of  silence  in her honor at her death in 1962 . President Truman call Eleanor Roosevelt, the  “First Lady of the World.”

    In my opinion, Eleanor would be a great choice for the new ten dollar bill.

    Gail
    I have a fun/informative play on Eleanor Roosevelt:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Eleanor-Roosevelt-A-Biographical-PlayTo-Tell-the-Truth-Play-590590


    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    National Library Day is April 15th and Library of Congress Day is April 24th!

    National Library Day is April 15th and Library of Congress Day is April 24th!


    2/3 of all Americans have a library card. If you don't have a library card...this would be a great time of year to get one.  And, what's great about a library card... it's  FREE! 

    Fun Facts to Share with Kids:
    1. The word "library" comes from the word librarie, meaning "a collection of books". The Anglo-French word comes from an earlier Latin word, librariaum ,meaning "chest of books"

    2.The first lending library was established by Ben Franklin, in 1731.

    3. The first bookmobile was in operation, in 1857, England.

    4. St. Catherine's Monastery's Library(in Sinai, Egypt) is said to be the oldest continually run library in the world. It was constructed in 6th century. Only monks and  scholars can use it.

    5. The oldest continually run public library is The Library of Paris(Bibliotheque de Paris), in Paris, France. It dates back to 1368.

    6. A Greek, Zenodotus, is considered the first known librarian in history.  He worked at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt.

    7. The Library of Congress, in the USA,is the world's largest library.

    8.The largest book find ever owed was  $345.14(two cents a day). A book of poetry was checked out in 1955 and found in a home 47 years later!

    9. The most expensive book ever sold is the Codex Leicester, by Leonardo da Vinci. It was purchased by Bill Gates, in 1994, for $30.8 million!!!! dollars.
    10. Each year, the main library ,at Indiana University, sinks about one inch from the weight of all the books! 
    11. The world’s first library was built by Ashurbanipal(668-627BC) in Assyria.
    12.The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the oldest written story. It comes from the people of Mesopotamia ,telling the adventures of the King of Uruk( @2750-2500 BC). 


    Extension Activities:
    1. See photographs of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world: http://www.miragebookmark.ch/most-interesting-libraries.htm  Pretend you are visiting one of these libraries. What do you see? How do you feel?What might you be reading?
    2. Write a paragraph explaining what you think of one of these quotes:
         " Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children's hands early and often." President Barack Obama
         "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." American Broadcast journalist, Walter Cronkite.
         "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." Walt Disney
         " A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb
    3. Write a persuasive paragraph explaining why someone should have a library card.
    4. Write a poem about a library.
    5. Check out my informative web quest on the Library of Congress, our nation’s library! Are you a bibliophile(someone that loves books)? The Library of Congress, called our Nation's Library has over 33 million books. There are also over 12.5 million photographs and 6 million pieces of sheet music! Learn more about the Nation's Library with this fun and informative webquest.

    Links:

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    The National Week of the Ocean is Coming! Share these Fun Ocean Facts

    Exploring the Ocean Blue: 
    National Week of the Oceans is March 29-April 4, 2015
    Share these fun facts with your students!

    Coral has been used to repair bones in humans!http://www.thekidswindow.co.uk/News/Ocean_Life.htm

    Blue Whales can weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as three Greyhound buses! It’s heart is about the size of a Volkswagen!(http://marinebio.org/MarineBio/Facts/index.asp )

    Basket Starfish has the most arms of any sea life... 80,000!
    The highest wave ever record hit near Lituya Glacier in Alaska in 1958. It was 1740 ft. high!

    Wondering how many marine species exist? According to World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) at least 212,906!(http://marinebio.org/MarineBio/Facts/index.asp)

    Scientists say the jellyfish is older than the dinosaurs dating back at least 650 million years ago! 

    Did you know that a dolphin sleeps with one eye open and with only half its brain.

    The highest tides occur in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia,Canada, reaching 53 ft. high!(http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ocean-facts.html )

    The Ring of Fire located in the Pacific Ocean is the largest zone of active volcanoes on the sea floor... About 1133 of them!
    20, 500, 2000, there are 25,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean!

    On April 17, 2013, a bottle  washed up on the shores of a beach in the country of Croatia. It had been thrown into the sea in Nova Scotia, Canada....4000 miles away! Scientists say it probably traveled 5x that in its 28 years at sea!

    Great Britain(2013) is building the world’s largest wave farm. It will power about 30,000 homes.
    A fish thought be be extinct for 60 million years was caught alive by fisherman off the southern coast of Africa in 1938. Called a coelacanth, the fish has been around for 300 million years.(http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-atlantic-ocean-3522.html)
    If you measure the tallest mountain from the sea floor up, Mt. Everest isn’t the record holder.! The highest mountain would be Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. It is 33,474 ft from the ocean floor but only 13, 680 ft. above sea level.
    Need light? An electric eels can make enough electricity to run about 10 light bulbs!
    The longest mountain range on Earth is found in the Atlantic Ocean,  from Antarctica to Iceland!
    There is so much salt in the ocean that all the salt  was dried and collect, it would cover all the continents with 5 ft. of salt! http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/education_oceanographic_facts.html

    There is enough gold in the world’s oceans for each person on the planet to have almost nine pounds of gold!http://www.buzzle.com/articles/oceanography-facts.html

    You can see the world’s largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef,in Australia,(1616 miles long) from outer space!http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/greatbarrierreef.html

    The earth has an estimated 315,000 miles of coastlines...that’s enough miles to go  12 times around the Equator!http://fun.yukozimo.com/facts-about-the-ocean/

    Extension Activities:
    Have kids illustrate/color a fact about the ocean.

    Pretend to be a fish and tell about a day in your life. Use 3 facts about the ocean in your story.

    Ocean Resource:Looking for an activity to use with your students? Check out my Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Webquest. There are 9 informative web  questions, Fun Facts, comprehension questions, extension activities and links. Skills include reading for information and using research/computer skills.
    Gail