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For all of you that will soon be on Summer Break, have a wonderful vacation. I will continue to update my website throughout the summer months!

Looking for some activities to use with your students as summer vacation approaches? Need something for a Friday afternoon or before a holiday break? I have lots of Reader's Theater Scripts(see below) biographies on famous men and women in history, science and language arts. Additionally, you may find these highlighted resources of interest:
  • 1. 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.Everything has a History, Even Shoes!

  • I also have resources on the history of peanuts,tulips, peanuts, chewing gum and candy. Great for end of the year activities.
  • 2.Need reading material in social studies?This humorous historical fiction shares the custom of the 18th century of wealthy women wearing very towering hairstyles. Women wore hair about 3 ft. tall and this caused lots of problems.With sugar water and beef tallow used to keep the hair in place, bugs and mice were attracted to the hair. Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetrap Shoppe, is about a woman who makes a trip to a special jewelry store in London, England, to purchase sterling silver mousetraps to prevent any embarrassing moments at the upcoming Moonlight Ball. Wouldn't you just be mortified if a MOUSE jumped out of YOUR hair into a fancy teacup or scurried down your back as you were dancing at the ball? Can be used as a listening activity. Comprehension and extension activities(writing in the content) are included: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetrap Shoppe

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Learn about some of the famous US Landmarks! Learn about U.S. Landmarks with this fun/informative web quest. There are 12 web questions, several extension activities: US Landmarks: A Webquest
  • 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 new series of Children's Books!

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    Visit Rachel Lynette's Minds in Bloom Blog to see my Guest Blog,"Got A Minute,Three or Five?"(Tips for things to do when you a few minutes of class time).Click

    EXCITING NEWS: My SECOND Purple Turtle Story was made into a cartoon.Click here to watch:Purple Turtle and the Safari Adventure Purple Turtle Story, Purple and the Cupcakes, was made into an animated cartoon! Check it out here:Purple Turte and the Case of the Missing Cupcakes!

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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:
  • Albert Einstein: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Dr.Seuss: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:6/18/2017:

    Almost everyone has read a story by Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel. A museum has opened in Springfield, MA, dedicated to the life of Dr. Seuss. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has never before seen artwork of Dr. Seuss as well as lots of illustrations from his many children's books. Visitors can see his boyhood bedroom and lots of colorful rooms including his grandparents' bakery.You can also see on display his bowtie collection, all 117 of them! For those of you that hope to become a writer some day, here is an interesting example of never giving up. Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 publishers before finding someone to publish his story, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street"!

    Photograph from Check out this Reader's Theater Script on the life of Dr. Seuss:
  • Dr.Seuss:A Reader's Theater Script

  • A new law in the village of Bergun/Bravuogn,in the Swiss Alps will surprise visitors. Photographs have been banned. Seems the village is so beautiful, town leaders are concerned that people seeing photographs posted by tourists might get depressed! Signs are posted in the tiny village near St. Moritz stating fines may be charged to those taking photographs.

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    An almost complete preserved tiny baby bird has been found in amber. The bird, dating back about 100 million years, was found in the country of Myanmar(in Asia). Scientists say the baby bird is the most complete ever found in amber. You can still see a partial wing and its feathers along with its skull,feet and tail.

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    If you live on the east coast, you may be in for an unusual sky. NASA is planning(perhaps the morning of June 11th) to place red and blue-green vapors into the atmosphere. The research rocket will released the canisters of colorful vapors from a height of about 96-124 miles. The colorful clouds should be seen from North Carolina to New York. The green and red is not harmful to humans. NASA hopes the experiment will supply information on the ionosphere, the upper levels of our atmosphere. Photograph of the rocket from

    The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner is Ananya Vinay. The sixth grader from Fresno, CA, won the spelling bee by correctly spelling the word, "marocain"(dress fabric). Other words which Ananya correctly spelled included gifblaar, wayzgoose and hypapathe. In addition to a trophy, Ananya, who hopes to become a doctor, won about $40,000 in cash and prizes. It is the first time, since, 2013, that there wasn't a tie!

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    NASA's Parker Solar Probe will be heading on a very unique journey to the sun in 2018. It will be the first mission to a star ever undertaken by NASA. The 10 ft. long probe will be coated with 5 inches of carbon to protect it from solar emissions and radiation. The probe is headed for the corona, the outermost part of the sun. Named for a living astrophysicist, Eugene Parker, the probe will carry a clip with a photograph of Parker as well as a message to the sun from the scientist. It is hoped that the probe can approach within 3.7 million miles of the surface of the sun and gather information about solar winds and the corona.Illustration from

    Imagine reaching the summit of Mount Everest. Now, imagine reaching it TWICE in one week. Anshu Jamsenpa, of India, set a new women's record for a double ascent of Mount Everest in one season. Even more amazing, this is the FIFTH accent of Mount Everest by Jamsenpa! Another woman, Lhakpa Sherpa made the record books, too. She has the most summit climbs by a woman with an amazing eight ascents At 29,028 ft.,(some say it is now 29,035), Mt. Everest stands about 5 1/2 miles above sea level! It is located between Nepal and China.Note: If you measure from the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is actually higher than Mt. Everest.

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    Click out this webquest on Mt. Everest:Mt. Everest: A Webquest


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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.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World, Highlights for Children, 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.