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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)

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt


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Hot off the presses. My latest article, "The Giants are Coming" was just published in the July issue of FACES Magazine(A Cobblestone publication)

Freebies JULY:

  • 1. With the 50th anniversary of the First Manned Moon Landing,check out this Interactive Notebook Activity on Space:Space Freebie, An Interactive Notebook Activity!
  • 2. Tour de France:Tour de France, Interactive Notebook Activity
  • 3. Fun HAIR Facts:Fun Hair Factoids
  • 4. Island Facts: Island Factoids
  • 5. FREEBIE:Ocean Facts:World Ocean Day FREEBIE

  • Highlighted Resources for JULY:

  • 1. July 21st is the 50th anniversary of the first Manned Moon Landing! Check out this Reader's Theater Script on the Astronauts that participated in this Historic Event!Man Walks on the Moon! Reader's Theater Script

  • 2. Learn all about Space with this Webquest:Space, the Final Frontier! A Webquest

  • 3. Everything has a History, even SHOES! Show kids that even shoes have a history with this fun/informative web quest. There are 9 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with directions, extension activities and the key. A History of Shoes, a Webquest I also have resources on the history of peanuts, tulips, peanuts, marshmallows, chewing gum and candy. Great for end of the year activities. Check out my bundle on Everything Has a History Resources:Everything has a History, A Bundle of Resources

  • 4. Learn about the Great Wall of Chinawith 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.Great Wall of China, A Reading Passage Activity
  • 5.Introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. This reading is on the the Taj Mahal!Taj Mahal, A Reading Passage Activity

  • 6. Learn about some of the world's famous Landmarks of the world. This reading is on the Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower, A Reading Passage Activity

  • 7. Learn about some of the famous landmarks around the world. This web quest includes: Uluru Rock, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mt. Everest, Dead Sea, Rock of Gibraltar, Great Pyramid, Suez Canal. Stonehenge, Sahara Desert,Abu Simbel, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. There are comprehension questions and several extension activities. World Landmarks, a Webquest

  • 8. Explore World Landmarks are great to introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. This reading is on Ayers Rock(Uluru):Ayers Rock(Uluru)

  • 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!

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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:7/17/2019:

    Divers came upon a HUGE jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall, England. The huge barrel jellyfish(also called the dustbin-lid jellyfish) was estimated at about 5 ft. in length. The human sized huge barrel jellyfish is very rare to spot. Amazingly, this jellyfish, with eight long chubby looking arms underneath its body, isn't the largest of the ocean jellyfish. A lion's mane jellyfish is the largest. With 1200 tentacles, the body of a lion's mane can reach about 120 feet in length. Think the length of a blue whale!

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    Mattel, the makers of Barbie, will be honoring astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti with a new Barbie doll. Part of the Barbie Dream Gap Project, the company hopes the doll will be a role model to young girls inspiring them that they can dream of becoming anything. Cristoforetti, is the first Italian female member of the European Space Agency.

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    A businessman has a unique idea to bring fresh water to the Arabian Gulf. He plans to bring giant icebergs from Antarctica! Fresh drinking water is in short supply in desert regions. Removing salt from sea water(desalination) is costly. Abdulla Alshehi thinks that despite dragging icebergs 5500 miles, there still would be sufficient amounts of ice left to make the idea workable. In addition to drinking water, Alshehi believes that the bergs would generate cloud formation as the icebergs melt, perhaps, causing some rain to fall on the area. Before the year is out, Alshehi will do an experiment bringing a smaller iceberg to the area to see just whether his idea will work.

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    Can you shot a basketball from the foul line? Cue 3 just made 2000 shots in a row! It's a new world's record! Cue 3 is a robot with sensors which helps him figure out the best angle and force to use. Standing 6ft. 10 in., the humanoid must be moved into position as he is unable to move on his own. Before Cue 3 stopped his foul shooting, he actually made 2020 baskets in a row to honor the 2020 Olympic Games that will be played in Tokyo, Japan.

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    A wonderful light show is on display in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A species of fireflies, photons Carolinas, are believed to be one of the only species of lightning bugs in North America to synchronize their flashing. For two weeks, thousands and thousands of male flash their bioluminescent green-yellow lights in the abdomens, about 6-8 blinks at a time and then go dark for a couple of seconds,trying to find a mating partner.Females respond just one flash.Humans who wish to visit the park to see the remarkable light show must enter a lottery, which just a small number gaining access to the park during this time. Learn about fireflies at this link:Fireflies

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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.