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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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Freebies for October

  • 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!

  • 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:
    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!

    IN THE NEWS TODAY:9/20/2018:

    Marine Archaeologists are announcing that they think they found Captain James Cook's ship HMS Endeavour. Cook, from England, visited the Hawaiian Islands, calling them the "Sandwich Islands" and went on to be the first Englishman to travel to the east coast of Australia. He also traveled to New Zealand. Killed by native in Hawaii, his crew returned back to England on the HMS Endeavour. Later, the ship was renamed the Lord Sandwich 11 and was used as a prison ship during the American Revolutionary War. It was eventually sunk, in 1778, and archaeologists think they have discovered it off the coast of the state of Rhode Island, in the Narragansett Bay.

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    Do you like to draw? Scientists say that a stone recently discovered with crisscross red lines, may be the oldest known drawing. Found in a cave in South Africa, the drawing dates back 75,000 years. The tiny lines, made with ochre, were found in the Blombos Cave, about 200 miles from the city of Cape Town, South Africa. The prehistoric lines are about 30,000 years older than any other found to date.

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    When high school students, in a school in China, returned after vacation, they noticed something missing in the cafeteria...chairs! As part of an experiment to get kids to focus more on their studies, the chairs were removed and students are eating their lunches standing by tables. It is thought that the students won't spend their entire lunch talking and wasting study time if there aren't chairs to make them feel more comfortable. The school feels that most of the students finish their lunch in about ten minutes and just waste the rest of their lunch hour. It is hoped that the students will decide to leave the cafeteria and use the rest of their lunch for studying. What do you think of this idea? Photograph from oddity central

    Discoveries under the oceans can still be made. Scientists just discovered a coral reef about 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, SC, in the Atlantic Ocean. The reef,if pieced together, would stretch the length of the state of Delaware, or about 85 miles long. The coral reef, about 1/2 a mile beneath the surface of the ocean, could be thousands of years old. A submersible robotic called Alvin collected samples of the coral, mostly Lophelia coral, for scientists to study. The newly discovered reef may be in trouble if President Trump gets his way. He wants to open 90% of all the coastlines of the USA to oil drilling!

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    Using drone technology, a previously unknown Amazon tribe has been discovered in the Brazilian jungle, near the Peru border. It is estimated that there are still thousands of people living in isolation in the Amazon forests. The newly discovered tribe, isolated from the world, still used spears and sticks. There was also an ax seen with a stone blade tied to a piece of wood. The drone also noticed canoes made from hollowed-out tree trunks and there was an aerial shot of a thatched hut. The tribe appears to have had no contact with the outside world and the men seen walking by the drone that flew overhead, didn't seem to notice it. It is estimated that there are approximately 100 such tribes living in isolated parts of the world. Do you think these indigenous people would change if they had contact with the outside world? Why, why not. If you came across such people, would you give them anything from your culture? Why, why not?

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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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