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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"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)

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

My latest article just came out in the January issue of Highlights for Children! I interviewed Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom, two women Arctic Explorers(first female team to solo at the North Pole). After a brutal winter and having to extend their time at the pole due to the Coronavirus, Sunniva and Hilde returned home after 14 months. WOW,these two brave citizen scientists have since RETURNED to the Arctic for another winter at the Arctic to observe and collect data.

8/1/2020: My latest book, Fashion Rules!, my latest book from Red Chair Press, is now available for purchase:
Fashion Rules!

11/2020: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps has won another children's book award,a Northern Lights Book Award Winner! Thank you!

7/2020:Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps won a 1st place Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Picture Books 6 & Older category. Thank you, Story Monsters!

3/24/20:Excited to have my latest children's book, Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps, chosen as a 2019 Story Monster Approved winner!

Check out Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps which is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com Mrs. 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!

Highlighted FREEBIES for MARCH:

FREEBIES: 1. Ireland/St. Patrick's Day: Ireland and St. Patrick's Day Freebie

2. April Fool's Day:April Fool's FREEBIE

3. Women's History Month: Women's History Month Freebie

4. Pi Day: Pi Day Freebie

5. Water Facts: Water Facts Freebie

6. FAKE News:Fake News! Freebie

Highlighted Resources for MARCH:

1. March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. Use this web quest(extension activities) to learn about 14 women that have made contributions to our world: Women's History Month: A Webquest

2. Learn about the contributions of some of our FIRST LADIES with this webquest:First Ladies Webquest

3. Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn about BESSIE COLEMAN. Bessie was the first African American female pilot in the U.S. A. AND the first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot's license! Bessie Coleman: A Reader's Theater Script

4. HATSHEPSUT, the woman who became KING of ancient Egypt. Use this Reader's Script as a fun/informative lesson on this famous woman in history. Hatshepsut, A Reading Passage

5.Learn about AMELIA EARHART.Amelia Earhart, A Reader's Theater Script

6. Check out this biographical reader's theater play on ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, an amazing first lady!Eleanor Roosevelt

7. Susan B. Anthony: Reader's Theater Script:Susan B. Anthony,a Reader's Theater Script

8. Elizabeth Blackwell: Reader's Theater Script: Elizabeth Blackwell, A Reader's Theater Script

* I also have Reader Theater Scripts on Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson, Marie Curie,Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Florence Harding, Mary Todd Lincoln, Martha Washington, Dolly Madison, Louisa May Alcott, Rachel Carson, Narcissa Whiteman(Oregon Trail) and Jane Goodall. I have reading passages on Sojourner Truth, Phillis Wheatley, Caroline Herschel, Catherine Moore Barry(Revolutionary War Heroine), Mary Anning, Artemisia, Enheduanna, Agnodice, Hypatia, Aglaonike, Aida de Acosta, Hatshepsut and Sophie Brache.
  • 9. Learn about IRELAND and St. PATRICK'S DAY with this web quest on Ireland includes 12 questions and lots of extension activities! Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills:Ireland and St. Patrick's Day, A Webquest

    Check out my GREEN GAME ACTIVITY: The Green Game: Test your GREEN knowledge!

    10.Reader's Theater Script on McSean, a Leprechaun: A Visit with a Leprechaun

    11. March is NATIONAL PEANUT MONTH: Fun/informative web quest to learn about the peanut.Includes fun facts, extension activities and comprehension questions. Great for a Friday activity! History of Peanuts Reader's Theater Script on George Washington Carver.George Washington Carver, A Reader's Theater Script

    12. I have a Bundle on 10 Famous Women Reader's Theater Scripts. Women's History Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts

    All can also be purchased separately. 13. I have a Bundle on 10 Famous Women Reading Passages which also include a Fun Fact section, extension activities, map activity, comprehension questions.Women's Bundle of Ten Reading Passages

    All can also be purchased separately.

    14. Show students that Patriotism has no GENDER: Female Spies during the Civil War: Revolutionary War Female Spy, Reader's Theater Script

    Female Soldiers in the Civil War: Women Soliders during the Civil War, A Reader's Theater Script

    and WW2 Female Soldiers:Women Pilots during WW2, A Reader's Theater Script

    15. Bundle on Women Suffrage includes: Susan B. Anthony, The Silent Sentinels and A Road Trip Across the USA for Women's Suffrage:Women's Suffrage Bundle

    Includes: The Road Trip for Women's Suffrage(Reader's Theater Script, Susan B. Anthony and the Silent Sentinels(Reading) Also, sold individually.

    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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  • Colour Fairies: Yay Yay Gets Her Wand

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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:
  • Louisa May Alcott, A Reader's Theater Script
  • 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


    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: 2/27/2020:

    A wild merino sheep was found wandering around in a forest in Australia who REALLY needed a trim. Not having had a haircut in years, the sheep, nicknamed BAARACK, could hardly see with the growth covering its eyes. Brought to the Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary, Baarack was given a badly needed shearing. It is estimated that nearly 70 pounds of wool were removed!

    Photograph from LiveScience. Pretend you are Baarack and tell about a day in your life.

    An unusual King penguin was spotted and photographed in South Georgia, an island in the Antarctic. Unlike most penguins that are black and white, this one is white with yellow coloring! Of the estimated 120,000 penguins on the island, it was the only one spotted with the unique coloring. Scientists say the rare condition has to do with lacking certain pigments which give a black coloring.

    Photograph from live Science

    A drawing of a kangaroo may not seem newsworthy until you learn it is about 17,500 years old! Scientists discovered the drawing, about 6.5ft in size, in a cave in Western Australia. It may be the oldest rock painting ever found in Australia. Radiocarbon testing was done on mud wasp nest found near the cave drawings. To date, the OLDEST cave drawing found, was that of a pig, on the island of Indonesia and dates back about 45,000 years.

    Photograph from DailyMail

    After traveling almost 300 million miles, NASA's Perseverance (Percy for short) has touched down on the surface of Mars, in an area called Jezero, which scientists think was a former lake. Part of what is hoped during the two year exploration by the car-sized robot, which weighs 2,260 pounds, is to search for signs of life. It already sent some fantastic pictures from Mars, called the Red Planet. One of the FIRSTS for Percy will be to conduct a helicopter experiment,(helicopter is called Ingenuity and is the size of a pigeon) which will be the very first time flight has been done on another planet. Interestingly, NASA scientists watched the landing with peanuts, a good luck tradition that began with the 1964 Ranger 7 mission.

    Photograph from NASA

    Sweden plans to build about a dozen new bridges in the northern area of their country. Called "renoducts",the bridges are for reindeer. With increased road traffic, such crossings will enable reindeer herds and their Sami herders, to get to grazing areas more safely. The word "renoduct" comes from "ren", the Swedish word for reindeer and viaduct. Can you name 2 facts about the country of Sweden? Photograph of such a viaduct is from the Guardian.

    Archaeologists have found blue glass beads in Alaska, specifically Punyik Point, northern Alaska. Near the glass beads, plant fiber was found, probably used to string the jewelry. Using radiocarbon dating, the plant fiber date back to about 1397-1488. What makes the beads even more interesting is they are Venetian glass beads from Italy! How did these beads get to Alaska? Archaeologists think that traders brought the beads along the Silk Road to China. From there, people brought the beads across the Bering Strait to Alaska, perhaps in kayaks. These blue glass beads may be the oldest ever found in North America. The trek to cross the Bering Strait with the glass beads also would pre-date Columbus' trip across Europe to North America.

    Photograph from dailymail

    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.

    * Special thanks to EducationWorld for letting me use this image of my "alter ego" as Mrs. "Waffenschmidt!