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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.
Spartacus: Roman Gladiator(Reading Passage with information on Roman Colosseum)
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Spartacus: Roman Gladiator(Reading Passage with information on Roman Colosseum)

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Spartacus, was a famous gladiator of Ancient Rome(@109 BC-71 BC) . Originally, a soldier when he tried to leave the army, Spartacus was sold into slavery. His “job” would be to entertain people as a gladiator (fighter).Spartacus would later lead an uprising of slaves seeking freedom in what historians called the Third Servile War or The Gladiator’s War. Some people also refer to the revolt, The War of Spartacus. The reading includes a Did You Know? fact section, comprehension questions, a map activity and a teacher page with extension activities and the key. Additional Resources on this topic: Ancient Rome: Italy, A Webquest: Ancient Roman Secret Diocles: Famous Charioteer of Ancient Rome A Reading:
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…
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.
Is that FAKE NEWS? Teaching Digital Literacy FREEBIE (INA)
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Is that FAKE NEWS? Teaching Digital Literacy FREEBIE (INA)

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FAKE NEWS! We hear this phrase almost every day. Teaching Digital Critical Literacy is more and more important. Use this freebie , an interactive notebook activity to open a discussion on techniques to determine whether a story students read or hear is real or fake. This is part of my resource on FAKE NEWS, Developing Digital Critical Literacy with Kids(INA): Click here to learn more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/fake-news-developing-digital-critical-literacy-with-kids-possible-interactive-notebook-activity-11806581 Additionally, my resource on the history of April Fool’s Day has LOTS of materials which could also be used to develop digital literacy with your students: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/april-fools-day-reading-passage-and-more-11809047
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.
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.
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.
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
Caroline Herschel: Astronomer(A Reading Activity)
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Caroline Herschel: Astronomer(A Reading Activity)

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Learn about the contributions made by Caroline Herschel, astronomer. Caroline was the first female to discover a comet and found eight. She also discovered 14 nebulae and went on to compile a catalog of nebulae which is still used today. In addition to the reading passage, there is a DiD You Know? section, comprehension questions , a map activity and a Teacher page with additional activities. Great for a unit on astronomy or during Women’s History month. Other readings in my “Let’s Meet…” series include: Alexander the Great, Hammurabi, Hannibal, Hatshepsut, Ramses, Aglaonike , Enheduanna, Sophie Brahe, Hypatia, Agnodice and Aesop. Check out my internet activity on Space: There are 12 web questions, comprehension questions and extension activities: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/space-the-final-frontier-an-internet-activity-11941871
Antarctica: A Webquest!
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Antarctica: A Webquest!

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What do you know about Antarctica? Did you know that there aren’t any countries on this continent? Did you know that Antarctica is called the largest desert in the world? Grab your warmest coat, a hat, goggles, scarf and gloves and let’s explore the continent of Antarctica! Geographical web quest which introduces kids to the continent of Antarctica. There are 10 web quests(with lots of information in the questions), 14 Did You Know? facts, comprehension questions(including several "thought question"), a teacher page with a number of extension activities, additional links and key. Great for a Friday activity, before a vacation, or when you are looking for a geography resource. NOTE: 7/16- I had to change question 4 as the link is no longer working. Please download the newest version.
Pilgrims: A Reader's Theater Script
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Pilgrims: A Reader's Theater Script

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A Ms.Bie Ograffee Reader’s Theater Script, an interview with Love Brewster, a Pilgrim of Plymouth Colony.Love was an actual member of the 102 Pilgrims that came to America. He was about nine years old. The play includes info on Mayflower, first winter and Thanksgiving feast. Fun facts,Comprehension questions, extension activities, links.
Black History Month: A Webquest!
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Black History Month: A Webquest!

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The idea to foster contributions of African Americans began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson, back in 1926. Love his motto to live by-“It is never too late to learn!” Check out my web quest for Black History Month. 13 fact packed questions/Did You know facts, comprehension questions and more:
Women's History: First Female Doctor of Ancient Greece?(Agnodice)Reading Passage
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Women's History: First Female Doctor of Ancient Greece?(Agnodice)Reading Passage

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If you ask students to list a couple of famous women in history, I would think Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks may be mentioned. As a teacher of world history, too often there is a giant VOID when it comes to famous WOMEN in ancient History. My new series, Let’s Meet… people from the Ancient World includes several women who have made contributions in history. This particular reading is on Agnodice, thought to be the first female doctor of Ancient Greece. The short reading shares(in the first person) a recounting of the person’s life(in this case Agnodice). There are several Did You Know? fun facts, comprehension questions, a map skill activity for the area of the world the person lived, a teacher’s section with extension activities, the key and additional links. *Historians questions if Agnodice actually existed. The reading supplies information about the time and the first recorded female who practiced medicine, Merit Ptah , who lived about 2700 BCE. Others in the series currently include: Alexander the Great, Hammurabi, Hannibal, Hatshepsut, Ramses, Aglaonike,Hypatia and Aesop.
Katherine Johnson: Scientist(The "Computer Who Wore Skirts")Biographical Play
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Katherine Johnson: Scientist(The "Computer Who Wore Skirts")Biographical Play

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Learn about Katherine Johnson, a physicist, space scientist and mathematician, who played a very important role with NASA’s early space missions with this biographical play. The movie Hidden Figures highlights the role of NASA’s “computers” such as Katherine Johnson and their contributions. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of Reader’s Theater Scripts, there are comprehension questions, a Did You Know? section,a Teacher page with extensions/links and key. A great STEM biography! Additional Resources on this Topic You May Find of Interest: 1. Learn about the history of space with this informative web quest. There are 12 web questions, comprehension questions and extension activities: Space: A Webquest/Extension Activities 2. Learn about Astronaut John Glenn’s historic flight to become the first American to Orbit the Earth. Years later, he would also become the oldest American to go on the Space Shuttle! This biographical web quest also contains several questions about the early days of space exploration. There are several extension activities and the key: John Glenn, A Webquest Other plays in the Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show Series: 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 and more. My website for teachers: http://www.gailhennessey.com has geography activities,short reads, factoids on different topics, news, career surveys, bell ringers and more.
Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Advocate, Author
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Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Advocate, Author

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Looking for a reading passage and activities on Sojourner Truth? If, so, check out this resource which is part of my Let’s Meet Series. Done in the first person, students will learn about the life of Sojourner Truth. Also included are Did You Know? Fun Facts, Comprehension Questions, a Map Activity and a Teacher Page with extension Activities. Could be helpful during Black History Month, Women’s History Month or if you are covering this period of history. The reading passage activity could also be a lesson for a substitute of for a Friday activity. Check out my Let’s Meet Series: I have a number of similar reading passages on famous people in this series, “Let’s Meet…” including: Phillis Wheatley(poet), Joan of Arc(Military leader/Heroine of France), Mary Anning (paleonotologist) ,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) and Socrates(Philosopher of Ancient Greece).
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 2022 Host Country of Qatar, A Did You Know? Section, Comprehension. Questions, a Teacher page with several extension activities and the key.
Marie Curie, Scientist! A Reader's Theater Script
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Marie Curie, Scientist! A Reader's Theater Script

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A Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Reader’s Theater Script. Use this informational and fun script for students to learn about Marie Curie, the Polish scientists who was a pioneer in the area of radioactivity. *Students will find some of the uses of radioactive materials in the 1920s most interesting(as did I). Radium was placed in toothpaste to make teeth whiter, it was placed in shampoo, face creams, even chocolate! Even Marie and Pierre kept a glass jar with radium salt on their night stand because they were fascinated by its glow. People didn’t realize the harmfulness of radioactivity. A “studio” audience asks questions of Ms. Bie Ografee’s guest, Marie Curie. There are comprehension questions, a Did You Know? section, a Teacher Page with extension activities, key and additional links. Other plays in the Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show Series: Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln,Bessie Coleman,Marian Anderson,Sacagawea, Sequoia, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Tuskegee Airmen,Love Brewster(Pilgrim)Susan B. Anthony, Jacques Cousteau, Agent 355-member of the Revolutionary War’s Culper Spy Ring, A Visit with a Groundhog, A Visit with a Leprechaun, A Visit with Simon(victim of the Black Death), Michelangelo, daVinci, Marco Polo. More to be added…
Revolutionary War: Spies- A Visit with Female Agent 355(Culper Spy Ring)Script
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Revolutionary War: Spies- A Visit with Female Agent 355(Culper Spy Ring)Script

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American Revolution/ Revolutionary War: Studying the 13 Colonies/Colonial Times? This resource would work great for such a unit of study. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee’s Reader’s Theater Scripts, I really had fun developing this play about the Culper Spy Ring and specifically, Agent 355, one of the female member of the organization! During the Revolutionary War, the Culper Spy Ring was organized to work to defeat the British. Agent 355 and other members of the spy organization were very important in the colonists being victorious in the War for Independence from England. Although Agent 355’s real name remains a mystery, she was one of the women spies who showed that patriotism has no gender! Secret codes, invisible ink, LAUNDRY used to communicate messages, what spies did during the Revolutionary war, lots of information is weaved into Agent 355 being a guest on Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show with the studio audience asking her questions. Great for study on the Revolutionary War, during Women’s History Month or any time you are looking for a fun/informative play to use with your students! Lots of extension activities, links, a Did You Know Fact section, comprehension questions and the key are also included. George Washington asked for the spy ring to be organized and interestingly, it’s secret group was only discovered in the 1930s, about 140 years after the American Revolutionary War by historians reviewing some of George Washington’s private papers. During the American Revolution, Tories supported the British in the war. Loyalists, the King’s Friends and Royalists were other names for those that took sides with the British. Students will learn about what it was like to be a Tory during the American Revolutionary War. Joshua Crabtree(fictitious character) is a guest on Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show. The format of the Reader’s Theater Script is that a studio audience asks questions of Ms. Bie Ografee’s guest to learn what it was like to support the British and not the Patriots during the American Revolution. There are 10 questioners, A Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a Teacher Page with extension activities and the key. American Revolutionary War: A Visit with a Tory!
It's Greek to Me! A Webquest
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It's Greek to Me! A Webquest

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Greece, a Country in Focus. Learn about the country of Greece with this web quest. There are nine questions, comprehension questions and extension activities. Also in the Country in Focus series: Russia, Iceland, Switzerland ,China, South Korea, North Korea, Brazil,Iceland, Australia and more.