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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!

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

Looking for a fun activity to show kids that everything has a history? Check out my resource on the PRETZEL!

Did You Know?
  • In 2015, archaeologists found what is said to be the oldest pretzel. Found in Regensburg, Germany, the remains of two pretzels about 250 years old were found, beneath the floor in what had been a bakery.
  • In 2015, a pretzel weighing 1728 lb(783.81 kg) was made. Measuring 29ft. 3 in(8.93 m) long, the pretzel is currently the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest pretzel.
  • The phrase "tying the knot" comes from a Swiss tradition where at a wedding, the couple would make a wish and break a pretzel.
  • Learn more about the history of the pretzel with this resource(reading, comprehension questions,map activity, additional facts and extension Activities:Everything has a History, Even Pretzels!

    Highlighted Resources for MAY!

  • 1. May 14th- Lewis and Clark Expedition started, in 1804!Learn about Sacagawea with this Reader's Theater Script. Sacagawea is a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life and contributions to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There are 10 questioners, a Did You Know? fun fact section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities, the key and additional links:Sacagawea: A Reader's Theater Script

  • 2. MAY 29th,1953: First Person Reaches Top of Mt. Everest.Learn about Mt. Everest, Nepal,Sir Edmund Hillary,Tenzing Norgay and the Yeti with this fun web quest! Activities,interesting facts and comprehension review,too.Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.Mt. Everest: A Webquest

  • 3. With spring, comes the sprouting of tulips. Tulips have a very interesting history. Sharing information about the history of the tulip is a great way to show kids that EVERYTHING has a history.Reading passage, Did You Know? fun facts, comprehension questions, Map-skill activity, Teacher page with extension activities and key:Everything has a History, Even the Tulip!

  • 4: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

  • NEW:Twenty Reader's Theater Scripts(Biographies in Ancient History)published by Social Studies School Services:Check it out:Gail's Latest Book

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    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!

    My latest CLIPART! THINGY LETTERS!Lots of Fun...From Utah to Colorado, to New York to New Jersey and around the my home and inside my garage, once I started I saw letters of the alphabet all around me! Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words, to make Mother's Day/Father's Day cards or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option).CLICK HERE!
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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:5/18/2017:

    Four families of mallard ducks have taken up residence at the CapitolReflecting Pool just outside the Capitol, in Washington, DC. To help the baby ducklings climb in and out of the pool, duck ramps were installed. Without the ramps, the ducklings could die from exhaustion or drown trying to get out of the water. Some people think the ramps were a waste of taxpayers' dollars but tourists are snapping photographs of the little guys attempting to use the ramps.

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    Have you ever had the flu? Scientists think they may have a new treatment for fighting the flu and it involves the slime found on a frog! The mucus on the skin of a specific frog native to southern India has certain proteins that may be able to prevent you from getting the flu.The protein was named urumin,for a type of sword used in India, and is found on the hydropyhlax bahuvistara frog.

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    A company in the UAE thinks they have a great idea- haul icebergs from the area of Heard Island,Antarctica, to the coastline of the UAE. Icebergs have lots of fresh water and could be used to provide billions of gallons of water to the people of this desert region. Hauling an iceberg to the coast of the UAE, a distance of about 5500 miles, would take about one year. Iceberg harvesting might also have another important result. It is thought that icebergs off their coast would help to create a micro-climate creating clouds in the area which might create some rainfall. The UAE's desert region gets less than 4 inches of rain a year. Still another thought is that tourists might come to the UAE just to see an iceberg off their coast! Plans are to start hauling icebergs in 2018.Photograph from

    What can you do with 4000 snow machines? Researchers in Switzerland hope to rebuild a glacier! The Diavolezzafirn glacier located in south-eastern Switzerland is retreating about 98-138 ft(30-40 m) a year.This summer, the plan is to bombard part of the glacier with artificial snow. The snow will act like a blanket and preserve the ice below from melting. The idea may seem a bit crazy but scientists say it just may work and local residents have already raised over $100,000 for the effort. It will be the world's very first attempt to try and rebuild a glacier.

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    The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a flying machine that may soon be seen in the skies later this year. The flying vehicle which takes off vertically(like a helicopter) can travels about 25 miles per hour and looks like a extra large drone. The flying machine has eight rotors and two pontoons (so it can land on water) and will be allowed in "uncongested areas" and currently only above water area. There is no requirement to have a pilot's license to take the Kitty Hawk Flyer for a spin!

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    Archaeologists working near the city of Luxor, Egypt, have made a discovery of eight mummies. The mummies were found in wooden coffins decorated with drawing in many different colors.Along with the mummies, archeologists found one thousand tiny figurines. It is believed that the tombs containing the mummies may be over 3500 years old.

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

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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.