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Is That FAKE News?

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World Landmarks: Lots of fun things to use with your students!

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HOT off the PRESSES! Check out the February issue of Highlights for Children, with my article,"Cool Music".

"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!

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

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

Eleanor Roosevelt


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Very excited that my latest book from Red Chair Press has been released. The book is available at and 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!

NOTE: The country of Iran is in the news. This would be a great opportunity to introduce young people to the culture and history of Iran.Let's Learn about the Country of Iran!

The country of Australia is also in the news with horrible fires. This might also be an opportunity to introduce students to the country of Australia.Let's Learn about the country of Australia


  • 1. Fake News:FAKE News, a FREEBIE!

  • 2. Chinese New Year Factoids:Chinese New Year

  • 3. Snow Factoids:Snow Factoids

  • 4. State of the Union Freebie:State of the Union is Feb.4, 2020

  • 5. Chocolate Factoids(INA):Chocolate Facts(INA)

  • 6. Presidential Trivia: Presidential Trivia Freebie(INA)

  • 7. Black History Share with your students some of the factoids of contributions of African Americans. There are several extension activities you can have the students do, too.Black History Freebie

  • 8. Share with students these fun facts about the history of Valentine's Day and facts about the human heart. Includes several extension activities.Valentine's Day Freebie

  • Highlighted Resources for FEBRUARY:

    1. Valentine's Day: Check out my webquest on Valentine's Day and the human heart: The History of Valentine's Day, A Webquest

    2. Reader's Theater Script on an interview with Sarsaparilla, a Groundhog: Great for Groundhog Day! Learn about groundhogs and the history of groundhogs “predicting” the weather: Comprehension questions, teacher page with extension activities and more: Interview with a Groundhog, A Reader's Theater Script
    3. Show kids that everything has a history with my web question on the History of Candy: History of Candy: A Webquest
    4. Check out this PRESIDENTIAL Challenge Activity. Just what do you know about the presidents?TEST Your Knowledge about the Presidents!
    5. Red Game
    The RED Game.
    This activity is also included in my Valentine Webquest/Extension activities.
    6. Presidents' Day: Use this webquest to learn more about our different presidents:Presidents: A Webquest
    7. Black History Month: Black History Month Webquest
    8. Black History Month- I have lots of Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of Reader's Theater Scripts including: *Tuskegee Airmen: Tuskegee Airmen, A Reader's Theater Script
    *Harriet Tubman:Harriet Tubman, A Reader's Theater Script
    *Rosa Parks: Rosa Parks,A Reader's Theater Script
    *George Washington Carver: George Washington Carver, A Reader's Theater Script
    *Martin Luther King: Martin Luther King, Jr., A Reader's Theater Script
    Bessie Coleman:Bessie Coleman, A Reader's Theater Script
    Michelle Obama: Michelle Obama, first African American First Lady: Michelle Obama: A Reader's Theater Script
    Marian Anderson:https:Marian Anderson, A Reader's Theater Script
    * Katherine Johnson: Katherine Johnson(The Computer that Wore Skirts): A Reader's Theater Script 9. Four short reading passage on different topics of snowmen in history. There are also several extension activities and a Did you Know? section. SNOWMEN in History! READing Passages
    10. George Washington- Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles: George Washington, a Reading
    11. Abraham Lincoln: Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn about Abraham Lincoln. The fun/informative play uses the format of Abraham Lincoln being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about his life. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series. Abraham Lincoln, A Reader's Theater Script
    12. African American Trailblazers BUNDLE: African American Trailblazers:Reader Theater Scripts
    This bundle contains six of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show format Reader's Theater Scripts. The bundle includes Bessie Coleman, Tuskegee Airmen, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and George Washington Carver.

    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!

  • Colour Fairies: Go Go's Flying Lesson
  • Colour Fairies: Yay Yay Gets Her Wand

  • Check out my blog on Education World: Click here:EducationWorld Blogger

    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:
  • 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

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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!

    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: 02/18/2020:

    In the Venezuela Urumaco region and Colombia's Tatacoa Desert ,scientists have uncovered the fossil remains of a really big turtle. Living about 13 million years ago, the car-sized Stupendemys geographicus, swam in freshwater rivers and lakes.It is estimated that the turtle could grow to 13 ft! Although NOT the largest ever turtle(that record goes to Archelon), the unearthed shell of the Stupendemys measured 9.4 ft.

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    Radio burst in space(called FRBs) are not uncommon but scientists are very interested in a recent discovery. Scientists have noticed radio sounds which have a pattern. The sounds start every 12 days and for 4 days, the FRBs continue twice an hour. The signals then stop only to restart in the next cycle. The source of the signals isn't clear but is thought to come from a galaxy 500 million light-years from Earth. WOW! Could someone really be trying to contact us from somewhere in space?

    UPDATE(2/14): SADLY, this record was broken when temperatures reached a never before record for Antarctica of 69.35 degrees!You may not think a temperature of nearly 65 degrees is newsworthy until you learn that the temperature was recorded on the continent of Antarctica! In fact, the reading on the thermometer, in the first week of February, is the warmest ever recorded on the northern tip of Antarctica! Sadly, this part of the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming areas in the world. Check out this free reading on Antarctica: Antarctica FREEBIE

    Bowie is a bit shy, which isn't unusual for young cheetahs. To help him with emotional support, he was given his very own... support dog! The Labrador retriever, Nandi, was introduced to Bowie, a resident at the Turtle Back Zoo, in West Orange, NJ. The two have become BFFs, having been together since they were only a few weeks old. Not only calming young Bowie, Nandi is his playmate. Did you know that there are less than 7000 cheetahs left in Africa? The zoo hopes that Bowie will create an interest in cheetahs and the need to protect them.

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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. 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.