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

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  • 1. Halloween:This possible Interactive Notebook activity is a fun activity to use around Halloween! There are 12 Fun Facts about the holiday with several activities to do with the students.Halloween Interactive Notebook Activity

  • 2.FALL means PUMPKINS:Pumpkin Facts!

  • 3. Ancient Egypt and mummy go together like peanut butter and jelly! Halloween is also a great time to discuss mummies.Amazing Mummy Facts, Possible Interactive Notebook Activity

  • 4. Fall is Apple time! This interactive notebook on Apples has several activities and 17 interesting fun facts about apples.Apple Facts!

  • 5. Leif Eriksson Day is October 9th. What do YOU know about the Vikings? Click here:What do YOU know about the VIKINGS!

  • Highlighted Resources for OCTOBER:

  • 1.The Supreme Court starts its new session the first Monday in October.This web quest will introduce students to the Supreme Court. There are several extension activities and additional links as well as the key:Supreme Court:A Webquest

  • 2.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.The Orange Game: An Activity

  • 3.Learn about Christopher Columbus with this informative play. Additionally, comprehension questions and discussion questions are included,extension activities, too!Columbus, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 4. Beautiful illustrations! In this story, "Purple and the Pumpkin Race",Purple, Zing and Squirty are exciting about participating in the annual pumpkin race. After they carve out their pumpkin to sail, the race begins. Sounds like lots of fun but something goes very wrong!Purple Turtle and the Pumpkin Race!
  • 5. Halloween Webquest: With 12 informational web questions, this resource is just the thing to use as a learning tool about the holiday of Halloween. Bats, Owls, pumpkins, the human skeleton, the origin of Halloween, superstitions, and famous stories in literature, are covered. There are comprehension questions, lots of fun facts, extension activities, and additional links for teachers:Halloween, A Webquest

  • 6. ALL Mummy Webquest: Kids love mummies. Great for Halloween time(or for a unit of study on ancient Egypt) Learn about mummies of the world.12 informative text questions/comprehension questions/extension activities, key, fun facts:Mummies, A Webquest

  • 7. King Tut: Learn about King Tut. Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities included. Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/informative Friday activity. King Tut, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 8. Pumpkin Webquest: This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities).PUMPKINS! A Webquest

  • 9. Hispanic Heritage Month is September-October: Check out this web quest on Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic Heritage Month: A Webquest

  • 10 This Reader's Theater Script introduces kids to fairy tale writer,Hans Christian Andersen. His story, The Ugly Duckling, some say was actually about him. Great activity for Anti-Bullying Month in October to go along with reading of this fairytale.Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities are included.Hans Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 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:
  • 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:
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    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!

    IN THE NEWS TODAY:10/17/2018:

    An asteroid recently got some visitors. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency landed several robots onto the surface of an asteroid in an historic achievement. It is the first time that this has been done. The asteroid, Ryugu, which is about 180 million miles away from the Earth, has little gravity so the moving robots hopped around, traveling about 49 ft. with each movement. During their short life span(about 17 hours), the robots collected data and beamed it back to earth. It is hoped that the data collected will help scientist learn more about asteroids.

    Photograph of asteroid from Due to low waters, the Ataturk Dam in the country of Turkey has unveiled very old cave drawings on some of the rocks. Dating back to the Stone Age, scientists estimate the drawings may be over 2.6 million years old! Surprisingly, the drawing spotted by local fishermen, are in good condition. One drawing shows a hunt of a wild goat. Another shows men with horses chasing a type of animal. There are no plans to protect the drawings which will again disappear from view if the dam waters rise. Photograph from

    At one time people thought a 1000 pound pumpkin was impossible. Almost each year a new record size pumpkin makes the news. This fall, Steve Geddes, of New Hampshire, has taken the world record for a pumpkin grown in North America. His whopper of a pumpkin was 2,528 pounds! Now, the thought of someone growing a 3000 pound pumpkin is being talked about as a possibility. Geddes pumpkin smashed the previous record, in 2017, of a 2363 pound pumpkin. In case you are wondering the world record is held by a Belgian named Mathias Willemigns. In 2016, his giant pumpkin weighed in at 2,624 pounds!

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    Check out these fun pumpkin facts:PUMPKIN FUN FACTS

    During the summer, eight year old Saga Vanecek was swimming in Lake Vidosten, in Sweden, when she spotted something unusual.Turns out that what Saga found was a 33 inch sword(about 3ft. Long) and not just any sword, a pre-VIKING sword believed to be about 1500 years old! Saga, whose family moved from the USA to Sweden last year, found a sword of metal, wood and leather, the first of its kind ever found in the area known as Scandinavia. Archaeologists are searching the Lake to see whether there may be other Viking artifacts. Thus far, a brooch has also been uncovered thought to date back to 300-400 CE. With a drought this summer, the lake levels were low and it is believed the is why Saga was able to spot the sword. Saga's discovery will be going on display at the Jonkopings Lans Museum. When Saga first held up what she had found, she called to her dad and said she had found a sword in the lake. She's being called the "Queen of Sweden" for her discovery.

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    Scientists have uncovered a new species of dinosaur. Found in South Africa, the Ledumahadi mafube(“giant thunderclap at dawn”), weighed a whopping 26,000 pounds when it roams the planet. Thought to be a relative of the brontosaurus, the huge dinosaur lived an estimated 200 million years ago. It is believed that like other sauropods(like the brontosaurus) this new species walked on all four legs and was a plant eater. Interesting, too, is the fact that the Ledumahadi is related to a dinosaur found in the country of Argentina, on the continent of South America. At one time, it is believed that there was a giant continent called Pangea making walking from one continent to the other very easy at that time!

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    Starting in November, a cafe in Tokyo, Japan, will have robotic servers, thanks to Ory Lab, a developer of robots. The unique experiment, using 4ft. tall robots to bring food to customers, is more than a novelty idea. It will give people with severe disabilities a chance to have a job. The robots, weighing about 40 pounds, can be operated by people who are unable to come to work. A tablet or computer with internet is what operates the robotic server, who has a built-in camera and microphone in its head. If the experiment works, it is hoped that a permanent cafe will be operating by the 2020 Olympics, to be held in Japan.

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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:
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