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"If I can not do great things, I can do small things in a great way."Martin Luther King

Try doing an act of kindness for someone, today!

"The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)

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Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

Very excited that my latest book from Red Chair Press will be published in December,2019. Pre orders are now available at and Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!

IN THE NEWS: IMPEACHMENT. Use this resource to introduce students to this topic.Click here:What is This Word Called "Impeachment"?

Freebies for NOVEMBER

  • 1. Fake News:FAKE News, a FREEBIE!

  • 2. FALL means PUMPKINS.The world record in 2017 seems to have stayed the same. However, the North America record for a pumpkin has increased by about 100 pounds. A man in the state of Washington has grown a pumpkin that tipped the scale at 2363 pounds! Pumpkin Facts: Interactive Notebook Activity


    4. King Tut:King Tut Day is November 4th

    5. Geography:Geography Week is in November

    6. Mayflower: What Became of the Mayflower?

    7. Antarctica:Antarctica

    8. November is Aviation History Month: Aviation History Month: Freebie(Possible Interactive Notebook Activity)

    Highlighted Resources for NOVEMBER

    1. Orange Game: Looking for a Friday activity? Something for your students to do with a substitute or following testing time? Maybe you'd like a learning challenge for over the summer months.Check out my ORANGE Game. There are 24 statements and several extensions. This resource challenges kids about their knowledge of all things ORANGE. Great for a fall activity! I also have other Color Games: RED, GREEN, BLUE , PURPLE and YELLOW.Orange Game!

    2. King Tut: Learn about King Tut. 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. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities,Great for informative text/listening standards.Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/informative Friday activity.King Tut: A Reader's Theater Script

    3. Pumpkin Webquest: Did someone say pumpkin pie?This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Great for LA classes, a fall activity, or for a substitute lesson! Pumpkins: A Webquest

    4. Want a fun and informative activity to teach your students about the history of Thanksgiving? This webquest has ten informational text questions on the history of Thanksgiving(including the Macy's Day Parade). TURKEY facts, too! Thanksgiving and Turkey Webquest

    5. Learn about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims with this informative web quest!There are ten informative text web quests, extension activities, fun facts. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.Mayflower and Pilgrim Webquest

    6. 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: A Visit with Love Brewster, A Pilgrim(Reader's Theater Script)

    7. SAVE with this Native American Bundle Resource. Includes my Reader's Theater Script on SacagaweaSacagawea and SequoyahSequoyah . It also includes my fun/informative web quest on Native Americans.(Overview of different Native American tribes, famous Native Americans in history, and contributions of Native Americans in arts, government, language and more!The Trail of Tears, shelters, contributions(i.e: hockey, lacrosse, ideas in government, words in English and more).Great for Native American Heritage Month(Nov).Native Americans, A Bundle of Resources

    8. The adventures of substitute teacher, Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles. This adventure,Thanksgiving: Mrs. Purpilopolis and the Purple Adventure Goggles, has students travel back to learn about the very first Thanksgiving. While wearing the purple adventure goggles, the students are witnesses to history being able to see and hear history as it is happening. Lots of factual information/discussion questions included:Thanksgiving,Mrs.Purpilopolis and the Purple Adventure Goggles

    9. Geography Week is November 10-16: Check out these Geographic Secret Message activities: Geography, Secret Messages

    10. What exactly is impeachment? In U.S. History, only two presidents have had charges of impeachment. Those presidents were Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither were convicted and finished out their terms of office. A third president, Richard Nixon, was going to be impeached but he resigned, pressured by members of his own Republican party, before he was impeached. There are 10 web questions on this topic(including the Order of Succession and the Checks and Balances between the three branches of government). There is also a short Did You Know? section and several comprehension questions. The Teacher Page includes the key and several extension activities.What is this Word Impeachment?A Webquest

    11. Diwali:Diwali(Oct.27th)

    READINGS on Famous Women:Phillis Wheatley(poet),Aida De Acosta(first woman to fly a powered aircraft), Sojourner Truth(abolitionist, women's rights activist, author), Joan of Arc,Caroline Herschel, Mary Annings,Aglaonike(Greek Astronomer), Hypatia(First Known Woman Mathematician), Agnodice(First Female Doctor?), Enheduanna(First Known Poet), Sophie Brahe(Astronomer and Horticulturist of the Renaissance), Hildegard of Bingen (first musical play, write/abbess of the Middle Ages), Artemesia(Female Naval Commander-Persian War)

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    Bookmark Bios!Great for a bell ringer activity for Women's History Month.Click here to purchase:Bookmark Bios! Women in Modern Times(1700s on)
    Check out FREEBIE of TWO Bookmark Bios:Sample of TWO Bookmark Bios

    Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option):ClipArt: Alphabet Thingy Letters!

    Check out my series of Children's Books from Aadarsh Publishing!

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    My Latest Reader's Theater Scripts:Go to the link and click "Preview" to see a sample of the Reader's Theater Script you may find of interest:
  • Galileo Galilei, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Moon Landing!A Reader's Theater Script
  • Wright Brothers: A Reader's Theater Script
  • World War 2 FEMALE Pilots(WASP)
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Civil War: Women Soldiers, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Mathew Brady, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Crusades
  • Sir Isaac Newton, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Lewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater Script
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Constitution: A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution: A Reader's Theater Script
  • A Visit with Joshua Crabtree,An American Revolutionary War Tory: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Charles Dickens: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Johnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Albert Einstein: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Katherine Johnson:Scientist/Mathematician
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington Carver: The Peanut Man
  • Thomas Edison, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Marie Curie,Scientist
  • Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Revolutionary War Spies(Culper Spy Ring).A Visit with Female Agent 355
  • A California Gold Rush Prospector!
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • William Shakespeare
  • Bessie Coleman,Aviator
  • Marian Anderson
  • Leonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"
  • Michelangelo!
  • Sacagawea
  • Sequoyah
  • Tuskegee Airman!
  • The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)
  • Harriet Tubman

  • Simon,A Victim of the Black Death
  • Marco Polo
  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Love Brewster,Interview with a Pilgrim

  • McSean, the Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script

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    I remember the saying "Sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you". Personally, I never thought this to be true. Words are very powerful and negative words can hurt-a lot! Each day, thousands of young people experience some sort of bullying, either in words and/or actions. These two sites have great resources which might be of help to classroom teachers, parents and young people:
    Stop Bullying!
    Click here to learn more about Anti-Bullying Activities to use in the classroom.Stand up to Bullying!

    To any young people visiting my website. Please,if you are being bullied, seek help...SPEAK TO AN ADULT today!And, if you SEE something that looks like bullying-SAY something to an adult!

    Check out my Pinterest page to see all my resources in one easy place!Click here to learn more:Gail's Social Studies Emporium(and More)

    IN THE NEWS TODAY:11/19/2019:

    The National Zoo in Washington,DC, is saying goodbye to Bei Bei, a 4 year old panda. Pandas are native to the country of China and the pandas found outside of China are on loan. In 1984, China announced that all pandas when they reach the age of 4, must be returned to China. Bei Bei, named by former First Lady Michelle Obama and the first lady of China, will be going in style on his own Boeing private plane. Called the Panda Express, he will even have a song playlist to listen to during the long journey back to China as well as his special favorite foods including apples, sweet potatoes, biscuits and bamboo.

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    Everyone loves cookies including astronauts at the International Space Station. A special oven is being shipped to the ISS this week so the astronauts can try baking cookies in space. It will be the very first time cookies will be baked at the International Space Station. Scientists wonder if the lack of gravity effects baking.What about the shape of the cookies, will the cookies be flat? Crumbs are a concern as they can get into the different instruments so every morsel will have to be watch. Chocolate chip cookies will be made and hopefully, be a yummy treat for the astronauts.

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    It's lunchtime. Time to seek out your friends and enjoy lunch. For some, it's a time when the stomach gets into knots, wondering who you will find to sit with in the cafeteria. A private K-12 school in Wisconsin has started assigned seating for their eight person round tables. The seating will always be changing.

    >lk was originally planned for several months ago, however, there was an issue when only ONE of the spacesuits was the size needed for a woman astronaut. It took several months to get another ready. The first American female astronaut to do a space walk was Kathryn Sullivan in 1984.
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    It can get VERY hot in the country of Qatar. So hot, that the temperatures can reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit! With such sweltering temperatures, people tend to stay indoors in air-conditioning. To encourage people to go outside, the capital city of Doha has installed OUTSIDE air conditioning systems! The cool air is being pumped into outdoor malls and markets. Last year, their soccer stadiums were set up with air-conditioning units. Additionally, near the markets, the main road has been painted a pretty shade of blue! Blue absorbs less heat than black so it its hoped this will also help lessen the temperatures.

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    An amazing mummy discovery was made in Egypt. Thirty coffins, with their mummies(preserved bodies), were found. Discovered near the city of Luxor, the mummies are believed to be 3000 years old, and include the bodies of both men, women and two children. The mummies were NOT unwrapped. Archeologists say that the coffins of men were depicted with hands made into fists and the coffins of women were depicted with open hands. The wooden coffins are very well preserved with hieroglyphics(ancient Egyptian writing) and their colorful paint, red, white and turquoise, still evident. The coffins will be available for viewing next year at the Grand Egyptian Museum, in Cairo, Egypt.

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    Animals have taken selfies but never a plant. Scientists, at the London Zoo, say Pete the fern(maidenhair fern), just took the world's first plant selfie! Pete, like all plants, creates bio matter as it grows.Through photosynthesis, sugars are produced, some which end up in the soil. Bacteria living in the soil create energy as they break down these sugars. Fuel cells placed in the soil harnessed this energy which powered a small camera. SNAP, a photograph of Pete was taken! In fact, Pete was able to take 20 selfies every 20 seconds! Scientists hope this technology will help study remote shady areas, such as the Amazon Rainforest, where solar power is not an option.

    In Japan, black cows are having a tough time dealing with horseflies that land and bit them. Researching the fact that zebras don't seem to have the problem that the cows had with flies, scientists applied white paint(animal friendly) and turned a number of cows into "zebra cows".Farmers were using pesticides to cut down on the flies but the flies developed a resistance to the pesticides. Besides, pesticides are not eco-friendly. The experiment used two groups of three cows. Two painted like zebras, two others with black stripes and two were left in their natural state. The flies didn't land on the white areas so the amount of fly bites was cut in half! The downside to the experiment is that the paint would have to be reapplied after a few weeks.


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    "The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to compromise."FDR
    "If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."(Ben Franklin)
    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."(Mahatma Gandhi)
    "School is a building that has four walls-with tomorrow inside."(Lon Watters)
    "We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."(Senator Ted Kennedy)
    "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." (Robert Byrne)

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    About Gail:

    I have retired from teaching after 33 1/2 years in the classroom. Of that time, I taught Grade 6 Social Studies teacher for 31 1/2 years.I earned my BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies from SUNY Oneonta, New York, and my MST in social studies education from Binghamton University in New York. In 1988, I was awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies. Additionally, in 1988, I was also awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award by the National Council for the Social Studies. I am the author of 8 books for teachers and over 30 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing). In 2019, my new series of three books, "Odd History" will be published by Red Chair Press.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World,Highlights for Children,Jack and Jill,National Geographic World, Ranger Rick, Cobblestone, Faces, Muse Magazine,Contact Kids, US Kids,Action Magazine(Scholastic),Girls' Life,Boys' Life,American Girl, Instructor,Creative Classroom,Middle Years,Time for Kids,Scholastic News,Scholastic News Zone, Time for Kids , Ask Magazine, Dig,Calliope, Cobblestone, FACES, Studies Weekly, Glo Adventurer, and more.