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Vikings, A Reader's Theater Script(Leif Eriksson Day: 10/9)

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8/28/2021: Fashion Rules! was a finalist in the 2021 American Book Fest, Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction. So Exciting!

7/2021: Fashion Rules! won Honorable Mention for Picture Books 6 and older by Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!

8/1/2020: My latest book, Fashion Rules!, my latest book from Red Chair Press. Click here:
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11/2020: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps has won another children's book award,a Northern Lights Book Award Winner! Thank you!


7/2020:Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps won a 1st place Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Picture Books 6 & Older category. Thank you, Story Monsters!

3/24/20:Excited to have my latest children's book, Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps, chosen as a 2019 Story Monster Approved winner!

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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!




Highlighted FREEBIES for OCTOBER:


1. 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.Freebie: Halloween!


2. FALL means PUMPKINS.Pumpkin Fun Facts


3. Mummy Facts:Mummy Factoids!


4. This interactive notebook on Apples has several activities and 17 interesting fun facts about apples.Apple Fun Facts


5. Vikings: Vikings! Freebie for Leif Eriksson Day(October 9th)


6.Antibullying:Antibullying Freebie


7.Fake News: Fake News Freebie



Highlighted Resources for OCTOBER:


1.The Supreme Court starts its new session 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? .Check out my ORANGE Game. There are 24 statements and several extensions. This resource challenges kids about their knowledge of all things ORANGE. Great for a fall activity! I also have other Color Games: RED, GREEN, BLUE , PURPLE and YELLOW. Orange Game Activity


3. Columbus: A Reader's Theater Script:Learn about Christopher Columbus with this informative play. There are 10 questioners asking questions of Columbus. Additionally, comprehension questions and discussion questions are included.Christopher 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(Reading)


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(including writing in the content area), and additional links for teachers: All Things Halloween: A Webquest


6. ALL Mummy Webquest: Included: Bog Mummies, Otzi, Chinchorro Mummies, Taklamakan Desert Mummies, Egyptian Mummies and more. 12 informative text questions/comprehension questions/extension activities, key, fun facts:Mummies, A Webquest


7. King Tut: Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities.Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/nformative 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). Great for LA classes, a fall activity, or for a substitute lesson! Pumpkins: A Webquest


9. Hispanic Heritage Month is September-October 15th: Check out this webquest 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 and resources are included. Hans Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script


11. Vikings: Leif Eriksson Day is October 9th.Studying the Vikings? Check out this script on the Vikings and Leif Ericsson and his father, Erik the Red. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series of plays, Leif Ericsson and his father, Eric the Red are guests on Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show. They share information about their lives and the Vikings. There is a Did You Know? section of fun facts, reading comprehension questions and a teacher section with lots of extension activities, links and the key. THE VIKINGS, A Reader's Theater Script


12. Johnny Appleseed: Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series. This biographical Reader's Theater Script is on John Chapman, better remembered as Johnny Appleseed. He is known for his kindness toward other people and all living creatures, his efforts in conservation and the many apple trees he started during his life.There area 8 Audience Questioners in the complete resource. There are 12 Did You Know? fun facts about apples, 9 comprehension questions, a teacher page with 9 extension activities, the key and additional links of interest. Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated : March 11th and/or September 26th.Johnny Appleseed, A Reader's Theater Script


13. History of Candy: Use this web quest to show students that EVERYTHING has a history, even candy! History of Candy, A Webquest


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)

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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:
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Marco Polo
  • Columbus,a Reader's Theater Script
  • Ferdinand Magellan, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Louisa May Alcott, A Reader's Theater Script
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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:
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    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!


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    IN THE NEWS:9/21/2021:

    With the terrible forest fires in California, there is fear that some of the oldest and biggest trees in the world, the sequoia, are in danger. There are over 2000 sequoias in the Sequoia National Park.To protect the world's largest tree by volume, the General Sherman, fire fighters have wrapped the base in protective fire-resistant aluminum blankets. Standing 275 ft. tall and 36 ft. in diameter, it is hoped this wonderful tree, estimated to be over 2300 years old, will be saved from the raging forest fires.

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    With global warming, causing glaciers to melt, the people of Switzerland are trying to save the snow covered Mount Titlis (10,623 ft. tall).In winter, skiers, flock to the area to ski. Specially made white polyester fleece blankets were placed over the snow. It took about six weeks to cover the snow covered area, about the size of 14 football fields, with the blankets. White reflects the sunlight and kept the sun's rays from melting the snow. The snow cover protects the glacier ice which is underneath the snow. Once the weather turns colder, the blankets will be removed for ski season.

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    Scientists have discovered the remains of an extinct penguin that was the size of a child! Thought to roam the area of present day New Zealand more than 27 million years ago, the penguin stood almost 5 ft. tall. Called the Kairuku waewaeroa (meaning long legs), the almost complete skeleton was found by a group of children who belonged to a natural history club. The tallest penguin in today's world is the Emperor penguin, which can reach about 4 ft. tall.

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    Using DNA collected from the remains of frozen woolly mammoth, scientists will try and bring back the extinct creatures. Well, sort of... It may take about six years and the animal will be a new, not exact version of the woolly mammoth that walked the planet about 4000 years ago.The elephant is a relative of the woolly mammoth. Using DNA collected from teeth, tusks, hair of the woolly mammoth, scientists plan to add elephant DNA and place a seeded embryo into an Asian elephant to carry until birth. More like an elephant, the new creature would be able to live in colder climates, thanks to the DNA from the woolly mammoth.

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    Scientists in Germany and New Zealand are training cows to use a "toilet" to urinate. So far, 11 out of 16 calves have successfully been potty-trained. Why train cows to use a specific area, a fenced in area with artificial grass? It is believed that the "mooloo"", as the area has been called, can help the environment. It is estimated that cows urinate about 8 gallons a day! That's a lot of nitrogen that turns to ammonia that is harmful to water supplies.If cows can also be trained to do ALL their bathroom needs in a mooloo, the manure can be harvested to create energy.

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    Did you know that there is a space cemetery? Actually the place is called Point Nemo (meaning "no one" in Latin). Located in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean, and about 1400 miles from the closest island, it is here where scientists direct space trash. Since 1971, approximately 260 pieces of space crafts, including the Russian space station Mir and a Chinese space station called Tiangong-1, have been sent. Much of the space trash disintegrates on entry but still lots of pieces reach the "space cemetery".

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    About Gail:

    I 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 35 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing and Odd History Series by Red Chair Press).

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
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    * Special thanks to EducationWorld for letting me use this image of my "alter ego" as Mrs. "Waffenschmidt!