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I taught for 33 years and I have my MST in the teaching of Social Studies. In 1988, I was awarded the Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from both the New York State Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Social Studies. My shop contains mostly social studies materials including web quests, and reader's theater scripts on famous people in history. I have several science materials, too.

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I taught for 33 years and I have my MST in the teaching of Social Studies. In 1988, I was awarded the Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from both the New York State Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Social Studies. My shop contains mostly social studies materials including web quests, and reader's theater scripts on famous people in history. I have several science materials, too.
MICROBES! A Webquest
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MICROBES! A Webquest

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Learn about microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protists and virus with this informative web quest. Students will also learn about famous people who work with microbes, including Louis Pasteur, Alexander Fleming, Joseph Lister, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek and Edward Jenner. Students will also learn about helpful and harmful microbes. The web quest also has a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a Teacher Page with extension activities and links. There are 12 webquestions in the resource. Included is also a student version.
Black Death: A Reader's  Theater Script
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Black Death: A Reader's Theater Script

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Use this informative Reader’s Theater Script to learn about the Black Death, a disease that killed almost 1/2 the population of Europe(1347-1351). The fun/informative play uses the format of Simon, a victim of the Black Death being a guest on Ms. Bie Ografee’s talk show. A studio audience asks questions about his experiences during the time(the medical beliefs,cause, the effects the Black Death had on Europe, etc.Great for study on the Middle Ages or science unit on bacteria/contagious diseases.
Mummy Facts! FREE Resource
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Mummy Facts! FREE Resource

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Studying Egypt? Want to share with kids some fun mummy facts? Check out this Amazing Mummy Facts FREEBIE. I also have an internet activity on mummies of the world, a reading on Hatshepsut, a reading on Ramses, a unit of study(with notes, links, activities AND an internet Activity) and a review activity on vocabulary on Ancient Egypt.
Rosa Parks(Reader's Theater Script)
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Rosa Parks(Reader's Theater Script)

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Learn about Rosa 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. Kids get a chance to "ham"it up and act out roles in this fun/informative play.
World Book Day!
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World Book Day!

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WORLD BOOK DAY is the first Thursday in March(Ireland and Great Britain). It is also celebrated in many countries on April 23rd. 2020: I updated this resource(found a typo on Dickens name) and included my free interactive notebook activity on Hans Christian Andersen. National Library Day is April 15 and Library of Congress Day is April 24th. Use this resource as a possible Interactive Notebook Activity to share with students about interesting book facts throughout history. Extension activities are included.
Life on the Homefront during World War 2(DBQ)
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Life on the Homefront during World War 2(DBQ)

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A DBQ activity uses primary sources. Sources can include diaries,posters, music, news articles from the time, anything written by those who participated in or witnessed an event in history. Students review the given documents and use many cognitive skills in processing what they see and read. After gathering information using the documents, students develop an essay answering a question, in this case, “Describe Life on the Home Front During World War 2”, citing several of the documents reviewed. A teacher page includes the Key and suggestions for a rubric to grade the DBQ. If a teacher wishes to use the activity as a web quest, suggestions are also given. I also have a similar activity on Life of a Japanese-American Child living in an Internment Camp during WW2.
Charles Dickens: A Webquest
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Charles Dickens: A Webquest

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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. I also have a Reader’s Theater Script on Charles Dickens.
Hatshepsut: First Female Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt(A Biographical Reading Passage)
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Hatshepsut: First Female Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt(A Biographical Reading Passage)

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With this biographical reading passage, students will learn about the first female Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. There is a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extensions and links. This resource is part of my new series, “Let’s Meet…” famous people in ancient history. More titles are being added later in the week. Check out this resource in the “Let’s Meet…” series: Hammurabi: Have students learn about Hammurabi, the important lawmaker of ancient times with this reading passage. Additional, there are several Did You Know? facts and comprehension questions. The teacher page gives additional links and the key. This could be used as a homework assignment, enrichment or as a bell ringer activity during a study on the area of Mesopotamia.Hammurabi, A Reading Passage Other resources on this topic: 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.MUMMIES, A Webquest! Play on King Tut(Lots of information on mummies and the most famous mummy of all!) Wrapping with a Mummy: King Tut, a Reader’s Theater Script Review activity: Mystery Message solved using key vocabulary words about Egypt: Egyptian Secret Message Review Activity Covering ancient Egypt? I taught ancient Egypt for 32 years and would love to share some my notes, activities and resources I used with my students. There is also a 9 question web quest. Let’s Learn about Egypt! Have students learn about Ramses the Great, pharaoh of ancient Egypt with this reading passage. Additional, there are several Did You Know? facts and comprehension questions. The teacher page gives additional links and the key. This could be used as a homework assignment, enrichment or as a bell ringer activity during a study on the area of Ancient Egypt. This is part of my new series(LET’S MEET…) of short biographies in ancient History. Ramses, The Great Pharaoh
Everything has a History...Even Candy! Web quest
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Everything has a History...Even Candy! Web quest

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The first in my series, Everything Has a History. Why not show your students that even candy has a history with this fun/informative web quest! Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut’s Tomb contained licorice. Great for a Friday, a day before a vacation activity or just when you’d like to share with kids that…everything has a history! Webquest/ Did you Know?/Comprehension Questions/ Sweet Quiz, Extension activities.
History of Football(Soccer) : Everything has a History Series
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History of Football(Soccer) : Everything has a History Series

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Students will learn about the history of the sport of “football”, (only the USA and some say Canada, use the term, soccer) and the famous games held every four years. Great for a Friday activity to show kids that everything has a history, even sports! Includes 11 web questions, a map skill activity on the 2020 Host Country of Qatar, A Did You Know? Section, Comprehension. Questions, a Teacher page with several extension activities and the key.
Valentine's Day FREEBIE
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Valentine's Day FREEBIE

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Check out this Valentine Freebie, part of my larger resource. There are 4 web questions, 5 fun facts, 7 Red Game Statements and a Teacher page with extension activities. Check out the complete resource: Valentine’s Day is February 14th. The symbol of the holiday is a heart. What do you know about the human heart and the Valentine’s Day holiday? Grab a red pencil and use this web quest to find out some very interesting facts about the human heart and the holiday of Valentine’s Day! There are 9 web questions, a 20 All things Red Activity, lots of fun facts and 9 extension activities.
Oregon Trail: A Visit with a Pioneer(Narcissa Whitman). Reader's Theater Script
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Oregon Trail: A Visit with a Pioneer(Narcissa Whitman). Reader's Theater Script

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If you are studying Westward Expansion and pioneers, specifically the Oregon Trail, this informative Reader’s Theater Script will be a positive addition to your lessons. Based on a true person, the play is about one of first woman to go on the Oregon Trail. Narcissa Whitman kept a journal of her trip. She and her husband(and Henry and Eliza Spalding) left upstate New York for Independence, Missouri(most popular starting point) for their journey along the Oregon Trail to Oregon, where Marcus and Narcissa would become missionaries. The play, packed with lots of information, is one of my Ms. Bie Ografee playsseries, includes a Did You Know? fun fact section, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities. Another resource on this topic: Use this reading passage(and extension activities) to learn about the Santa Fe Trail and specifically Wind Wagon Thomas. As people were beginning to travel west by covered wagon along the plains of the Santa Fe Trail, William Thomas, had a most unusual idea. The average trip along the Santa Fe Trail took about eight weeks! He envisioned prairie schooners with sails that could move across the plains on wind-power much faster than wagons hitched to horses. The resource includes a map activity, a Did You Know fun facts about the Santa Fe Trail and several discussion questions. The Teacher page has several extension activities and the
Iceland: A Reading Passage
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Iceland: A Reading Passage

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Need a reading activity where students also learn about different countries of the world? Students learn about the country of Iceland reading a diary from a young person visiting Iceland. There are five diary entries sharing the culture, famous places and some language of the country. The resource includes a Did You Know section, a map skill activity, comprehension questions, a teacher section with extension activities and the key. Check out my website for teachers: http://www.gailhennessey.com
King Tut: Wrapping with a Mummy!(Reader's Theater Script)
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King Tut: Wrapping with a Mummy!(Reader's Theater Script)

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Kids love mummies!Practice oral reading fluency in Language Arts with this biographical reader’s theater on King Tut.Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut’s tomb with this play. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities,Great for informative text/listening standards! Grades 5 and up…
Great Wall of China: Reading Passage/Extension Activities
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Great Wall of China: Reading Passage/Extension Activities

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Learn about the Great Wall of China with this informative reading. Also included are 10 Did You Know? facts about the Great Wall, ten comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities, additional links and the key. Use during a unit of study on China or for a reading in the content area! Part of my Exploring World Landmarks Reading Passages Series. See others in the series(Eiffel Tower, Uluru Rock/Ayers Rock, Taj Mahal. More coming…
Jane Goodall: A Reader's Theater Script
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Jane Goodall: A Reader's Theater Script

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An English primatologist, Jane Goodall, has helped to change the attitudes people had toward animals, specifically the chimpanzee. Her method of studying chimpanzees involved living amongst them, for over 55 years. She is also known as an anthropologist, humanitarian and writer. She has worked for better treatment of animals in zoos and protection of the habitat of animals in the wild. Students will have fun learning about the life of Jane Goodall with my Reader’s Theater Script. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series, a “studio audience” asks questions of Ms. Bie Ografee’s guest, Jane Goodall. In addition to the host and guest, there are 10 audience questioners. There are several DiD You Know? facts, comprehension questions, a map activity as well as a Teacher Page with additional extension activities and the keys. Other Resources of Interest: Rachel Carson (Reader’s Theater Script): Jacques Cousteau:(Reader’s Theater Script)
Vikings: Leif Eriksson and Erik the Red(Reader's Theater Script)
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Vikings: Leif Eriksson and Erik the Red(Reader's Theater Script)

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Leif Eriksson Day is October 9th. * There are different spellings for his name. Studying the Vikings? Looking for a Reader’s Theater Script in Social Studies? Check out this script on the Vikings and Leif Ericsson and his father, Erik the Red. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of plays, Leif Ericsson and his father, Eric the Red are guests on Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show. They share information about their lives and the Vikings. There is a Did You Know? section of fun facts, reading comprehension questions and a teacher section with lots of extension activities, links and the key. Other plays in the Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show Series: The Constitution(A Visit with James Madison, “Father of the Constitution”),Dr. Seuss, A Visit with Josh Crabtree, A Tory during the American Revolutionary War, Charles Dickens, Johnny Appleseed, Albert Einstein, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Bessie Coleman Sacagawea, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King, Sequoia, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Tuskegee Airmen, Susan B. Anthony, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, an interview with a groundhog, an interview with a leprechaun, an interview with Simon, victim of the Black Death, An Interview with Agent 355, a female agent in the Culper Spy Ring(Revolutionary War), Interview with a 49er from the California Gold Rush , Albert Einstein, Rachel Carson, Katherine Johnson and more. I also have related resources on the Middle Age, a play on Christopher Columbus, the Black Death and Marco Polo and an internet activity(web quest) on the Age of Discovery.
Sacagawea: Reader's Theater Script
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Sacagawea: Reader's Theater Script

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Learn about Sacagawea with this Reader’s Theater Script. Sacagawea is a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life and contributions to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There are 10 questioners, a Did You Know? fun fact section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities, the key and additional links. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series
Phillis Wheatley: A Reading Passage/Activities
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Phillis Wheatley: A Reading Passage/Activities

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Phillis Wheatley(1753-1784) was the first African American to publish a book of poetry. She was also only the second woman to publish a book of poetry in America. This reading activity, part of my Let’s Meet… series includes a reading passage done in the first person, a Did You Know? fun fact section, a map still activity, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities. Great for a study on the American Revolutionary War, during Women’s History Month and Black History Month or as an activity any time of the year! Additional Resources in my Let’s Meet… Series include: Mary Anning(Fossil Hunter) *Caroline Herschel(Astronomer) Hildegard of Bingen(writer/composer) Artemisia(Female Naval Commander during the Battle of Salamis) Sophie Brahe(Astronomer) Enheduanna(first known Poet) *Hanno(Sea Explorer of the Phoenicians) Agnodice(First Female Doctor of Ancient Greece) Hypatia(First female mathematician) Aglaonike(astronomer) Alexander the Great(famous general) Aesop(Fable Writer of Ancient Greece) Hannibal(famous general) Ramses(Great Pharaoh) Hatshepsut(Female Pharaoh) Socrates(Philosopher of Ancient Greece).
Elizabeth Blackwell: A Reader's Theater Script
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Elizabeth Blackwell: A Reader's Theater Script

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Today, there are many women in the medical profession but Elizabeth was the very first woman doctor in not just the United States, but in England, too! It wasn’t easy becoming the first woman to get her degree in medicine. Still Elizabeth didn’t give up and worked even harder to change the opinions of people who thought she could never become a doctor. Great for Women's History Month or if you are looking for a biography activity to use with your students. This fun/informative play uses the format of Blackwell being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life. Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series.Includes: Comprehension/Did You Know?section extension activities/links/key. Other plays in the Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show Series: Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Sequoia, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Tuskegee Airmen, Susan B. Anthony, William Shakespeare, Love Brewster(one of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower), interview with McSean, a leprechaun, interview with Sarsaparilla,a groundhog.More to be added… Thanks for your purchase of this resource! Gail http://www.gailhennessey.com my website for teachers/kids