African American Trailblazers(6 Reader's Theater Scripts)

History of the State of the Union Address, A Webquest

Ireland and St. Patrick's Day: Test Your Knowledge Challenge

Ireland and St. Patrick's Day, A Webquest

A Visit with McSean, a Lebrechaun, A Reader's Theater Script

Women's History Month: A Webquest

Women's History Month:Test Your Knowledge Challenge

A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts on Famous Women

A Bundle of Readings on Famous Women

Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer(A Reading)

History of Candy, A Webquest!

Mesopotamia: A Bundle of Resources

Phoenicians, A Bundle of Resources

ALL Things Egyptian!

FAKE News!Can you Tell The REAL News?

Revolutionary War Bundle

Civil War Bundle

Learn About Our Government Bundle

Writers: A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts

STEM BIographies! 6 Reader's Theater Scripts

STEM BIOGRAPHIES, Reader's Theater Scripts (Part 2)

Everything has a History!)*also sold individually

Civics:Learn about Our Government: A Bundle of Resources!

U.S. Landmarks!

World Landmarks!

My Book- Fashion Rules!

My Book-Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

Reader's Theater Scripts(Biographies in Ancient History):

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Is That FAKE News?

Anti-Bullying Resources

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Bell Ringers!

In the News!
Updated regularly

Mrs. Portulaca Purpilopilis

and the Purple Adventure Goggles


The Wooden Cookie Box Story The Wooden Cookie Box

DBQ Activities!

Facts to Wow your Friends!

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

Teaching Ideas!


Geography Activities

Geography Ideas!

Purpleannie's Travels

Crossword Puzzles!

Short Reads of interest

Dive into Career Choices

Teaching Tips A-Z

Mrs. Waffenschmidt
Science Fun!




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"If I can not do great things, I can do small things in a great way."Martin Luther King Jr.

"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)

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:
Fashion Rules!

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!

Check out Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps which is available at and Mrs. 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!

Highlighted FREEBIES for MARCH:

1. Ireland/St. Patrick's Day:Ireland and St. Patrick's Day Factoids

2. April Fool's Day:April Fools' Day, Freebie

3. Women's History Month: Women's History Month: A Freebie

4. Pi Day:Pi Day, Interactive Notebook Activity

5.Water Facts: Water Facts!

6. State of the Union Freebie:MARCH 7thState of the Union Address, Freebee

7. World Book Day Freebie:World Book Day,Fun Book Facts!

8. Fake News:
Fake News. What is it?Can you Spot it?


1. March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. Use this web quest(extension activities) to learn about 14 women that have made contributions to our world: Women's History, WebquestI also have a Women Trailblazers: Test Your Knowledge Challenge activity: Women Trailblazers, Test Your Knowledge Challenge

2. Learn about the contributions of some of our FIRST LADIES with this webquest: First Ladies of the USA, A Webquest

3. Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn about BESSIE COLEMAN. Bessie was the first African American female pilot in the USA AND the first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot's license! Bessie Coleman:Bessie Coleman, Aviator: A Reader's Theater Script

4. HATSHEPSUT, the woman who became KING of ancient Egypt. Use this Reader's Script as a fun/informative lesson on this famous woman in history. Hatshepsut, Woman Ruler of Ancient Egypt

5.Learn about AMELIA EARHART. Comprehension/discussion questions/extension activities and links, too.Amelia Earhart

6. Check out this biographical Reader's theater play on ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, an amazing first lady. Eleanor Roosevelt, A Reader's Theater Script

7. Susan B. Anthony: Reader's Theater Script: Susan B. Anthony, A Reader's Theater Script

8. Elizabeth Blackwell: Reader's Theater Script: Elizabeth Blackwell, A Reader's Theater Script

* I also have Reader Theater Scripts on Katherine Johnson,(The Computer that Wore Skirts):Katherine Johnson, A Reader's Theater Script Rachel Carson,Rachel Carson,A Reader's Theater Script Marie Curie,Marie CurieHarriet Tubman,Harriet Tubman Rosa Parks,Rosa Parks Sacagawea,Sacagawea Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Florence Harding, Mary Todd Lincoln, Martha Washington, Dolly Madison, Louisa May Alcott, Rachel Carson, Narcissa Whiteman(Oregon Trail) and Jane Goodall. I have reading passages on Sojourner Truth, Phillis Wheatley, Caroline Herschel, Catherine Moore Barry(Revolutionary War Heroine), Joan of Arc, Mary Anning, Artemisia, Enheduanna, Agnodice, Hypatia, Aglaonike, Aida de Acosta, Hatshepsut and Sophie Brache, Ada Lovelace.

9. Webquest on Ireland and St. Patrick's Day: Ireland and St. Patrick's Day, a WebquestCheck out my GREEN GAME ACTIVITY: The Green Game! I also have an activity: Ireland/St. Patrick's Day Test Your Knowledge Challenge: Ireland and St. Patrick's Day! Test Your Knowledge Challenge 10. I had lots of fun developing this Reader's Theater Script on McSean, a Leprechaun: McSean, a Leprechaun! Reader's Theater Script

11. March is NATIONAL PEANUT MONTH: Fun/informative web quest to learn about the peanut.Includes fun facts, extension activities and comprehension questions. Great for a Friday activity! History of Peanuts, A WebquestReader's Theater Script on George Washington Carver. George Washington Carver, A Reader's Theater Script

12. I have a Bundle on 10 Famous Women Reader's Theater Scripts. Women's History, A Bundle of Biographies All can also be purchased separately.

13. I have a Bundle on 10 Famous Women Reading Passages which also include a Fun Fact section, extension activities, map activity, comprehension questions. Woemn's History Bundle of Famous Women Reading Passages All can also be purchased separately.

14. Show students that Patriotism has no GENDER: Female Spies during the Civil War: Female Spies during the Revolutionary War! Female Soldiers in the Civil War: Female Civil War Soldiers! and WW2 Female Soldiers: Women Pilots during WW2

15. Bundle on Women Suffrage includes: Susan B. Anthony, The Silent Sentinels and A Road Trip Across the USA for Women's Suffrage: Includes: The Road Trip for Women's Suffrage(Reader's Theater Script, Susan B. Anthony and the Silent Sentinels:Reading) Also, sold individually.

16. William Shakespeare, A Reader's Theater Script: William Shakespeare, A Reader's Theater Script

Other Famous Women: Michelle Obama: Michelle Obama, first African American First Lady, A Reader's Theater Script

Marian Anderson:Marian Anderson, A Reader's Theater Script

* Reading on Sojourner Truth: Sojourner Truth, A Reading Passage

17. The State of the Union Address is coming in March(2024). This web quest shares the history of the address with 10 web questions, a Did You Know? Section, Extension Activities including a worksheet that students can be assigned.History of the State of the Union Address 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)
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

    BUY MY READER'S THEATER SCRIPTS on my website. Pay with PayPal or Venmo and email me( of your purchase and I will email the resource by the next day. ALL my Reader's Theater Scripts are $4.00.

    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


    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 2/17/2024:

    A Frenchman, Richard Plaud,has wanted to create a world record since he was a little boy. He recently fulfilled his dream , creating a replica of the famous Paris landmark, the Eiffel Tower. His structure, made from matchsticks, stands 23.5 ft tall. Using over 700,000 matchsticks(taking off the sulfur tips), and using about 51 pounds of glue, Richard worked nearly eight years to create his tallest structure of the Eiffel Tower made from matchsticks. He was just certified with the Guinness World Record for his efforts. At first, he was denied the record because he didn't use wooden matches that you could purchase in the store. Plaud started by buying matches and then taking time to remove the tips, very time consuming. He eventually contacted a company and asked if he could purchase the matches without the tips. After some consideration, the Guinness World Records agreed he deserved recognition for his amazing work of art! The previous record holder was from the country of Lebanon and made a replica of the Eiffel Tower with 6 million match sticks which stood 21.4 ft. tall.

    Photograph from NPR

    Two penguins at the Birdworld aviary in Surrey, England, have a very unique bond. Squid, a three year old African penguin, has cataracts which cause very poor vision. Cataracts create cloudy lenses on the eye making Squid partially blind. She has much difficulty getting around and especially at meal times, Squid has trouble finding her munchies. Another penguin, named Penguin, noticed the troubles Squid was having and decided to become her "guide bird." At meal times, Penguin lends a hand, making sure Squid doesn't go hungry. Penguin is also by Squid's side most of the day helping her "see" by guiding her around their living area. Interestingly, Penguin, wasn't named because he was such a sickly chick, the aviary staff didn't think he would live. Now, healthy, the name has stuck, and Squid and Penguin are close buddies. The aviary is home to more than 150 species of birds.

    Photograph from BBC

    In Canada, the remains of a ship have washed ashore on the coast off Newfoundland (near Cape Ray). The ship is thought to date back hundreds of years due to the pegs used in its wooden and copper construction. Residents in the area have secured the wreckage so the tides don't return it to the sea with hopes that experts will be able to investigate the ship's remains to determine where the ship may have originated.


    Scientists found the world's largest deep-sea reef about 100 miles from the coast of Florida. Stretching 6.4 million acres,(that’s about the size of the state of Vermont) the reef is the home of lots of marine species and several never before known species. The reef is basically white in color due to the cold temperatures at that depth. Algae and photosynthesis, found in warm water reefs, helps create reef colors.The reef can be found from around Miami, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina! Originally discovered in the 1960s, it is only recently using today's technology(multi-beam sonar and submersibles) was the amazing find actually confirmed.Since I love the color purple, I am sharing a photograph of a purple fish found living in the reef. Interestingly, scientists say that only about 75% of the oceans have been mapped. Wonder what else will eventually be discovered as scientists continue exploring the world's oceans!

    Photograph from Daily mail


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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:
    Highlights for Children,News-O-Matic,Appleseed,,Scholastic's Super Science,,Scholastic's Science World,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.

    * Special thanks to EducationWorld for letting me use this image of my "alter ego" as Mrs. "Waffenschmidt!