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  • Johnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater Script
  • 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!
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  • 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:7/24/2017:

    Last year, a ten year old New Mexico boy was on a hike with his family when he stumbled over what Jude Sparks thought was the remains of a cow skull. Looking more closely, he saw tusks and realized it was something unusual. Scientists say he found a 1.2 million year old fossil. Specifically, Jude found the 2000 pound preserved skull of a mastodon-type elephant called a Stegomastodon. This past May, the very fragile remains were carefully removed and brought to the New Mexico State University. Further investigation is planned for the site to search for addition remains of the Stegomastodon.

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    Would you travel down two miles underneath the ocean for a chance to see the wreck of the Titanic? The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to New York, back in 1912, after hitting an iceberg. The remains of the luxury ocean liner was discovered by Robert Ballard over thirty years ago. Beginning next year, you can travel in a specially made titanium and carbon-fiber submersible. Blue Marble Private's price for the journey is $105,129. It is estimated over the years, that this would have been the comparable ticket price for first class passengers on the Titanic. Last year, scientists discovered an unusual bacteria(extremophile bacteria)that is actually EATING at the wreck of the Titanic. Within 15 years, there may be little left of the interior of the famous ship!

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    One day,in the not to distant future, you may be able to get into a tube and be transported at speeds of up to 750 mph to your destination. The Hyperloop just did a test run on a test track in Nevada. Using mag-lev(magnetic levitation)technology, the vehicle traveled at 70 mph down the track. Cofounder Sherwin Pishevar said it was a "Kitty Hawk moment" to watch a new method of transportation in action. The test lasted 5.3 seconds(the first Wright Brother's flight was about 10 seconds). Passengers, within three years, may be able to travel in a Hyperloop pod, 121 miles from LA to San Francisco, in just 30 minutes. In addition to passenger pods, Hyperloop would be able to transport cargo, too!

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    A sheet of ice the size of the state of Delaware(about 2240 sq. miles) is about to break from Antarctic's Larsen C Ice Shelf. Using satellite technology, scientists are watching the 70 mile break in the ice shelf and say when the chunk of ice "calves" or breaks away, it will be one of the world's largest icebergs! Being in a shipping lane, there is worry that such an iceberg could be dangerous to passing ships in the area. To get an idea of the size of the iceberg scientists say there is enough water to fill 463 million Olympic-size swimming pools. That's a lot of water!Photograph from

    A new sport that has galloped into the region of Scandinavia, specifically Finland. From young kids to people in their 30s, hobbyhorsing has become very popular. Usually with hand made hobbyhorses, competitors race around equestrian like obstacle course jumping fences, some as high as 4 ft. It is great exercise and competitions have been drawing more than 5000 people. Winners receive ribbons and there is a best-in-show award as well as best-turned-out rider. Stick-horse racing activities have also reached the USA. There is an American Hobby Horse series of competitions planned for this summer in North Carolina!

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    Peaceful protesting has worked for a group of boys in a school in England. Pants are the dress code for boys throughout the school year. Girls wear skirts. A group of boys wanted to be able to wear shorts in the summer time so to protest wearing long pants in summer, they decided to wear the skirts worn by girls! The school has decided to allow the boys to wear shorts next year. Do you think dress codes are a positive or a negative thing? Explain your answer. Would you have been one of the boys who would have come to school wearing a skirt? What is another PEACEFUL method to protest something for which you don't agree?Photograph from


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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)
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    "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.