April Fool's Day! Reading, Fun Facts/Activities

FAKE News!Can you Tell The REAL News?

Women's History Month: A Webquest

Women Trailblazers.Test Your Knowledge Activity

Women's Suffrage Bundle

A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts on Famous Women

A Bundle of Readings on Famous Women

Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer(A Reading)

Hypathia, First Known Women Mathematician(A Reading)

Pi Day Freebie(March 14)

History of Candy, A Webquest!

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!

FAKE News!Can you Tell The REAL News?

My Book- Fashion Rules!

My Book-Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

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

Click here to learn more:Reader's Theater Scripts (Biographies in US History)


Is That FAKE News?

Anti-Bullying Resources

Need a quick activity?
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!




Landmarks from Around the World

Calender of Resources for the Year:

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In JANUARY, Cliff and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. WHERE did the years go? Happy Anniversary to us! An early celebration on AMA Waterway River Cruise in 11/2022

I was interviewed for the December 2022 issue of The Children's Book Insider!

New:Check out my interview with Feathered Quill(Oct/22)at this link:Feathered Quill Interview with Gail

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

"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 Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com 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:

FREEBIES: 1. Ireland/St. Patrick's Day: Ireland and St. Patrick's Day Freebie

2. April Fool's Day:April Fool's FREEBIE

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

4. Pi Day: Pi Day Freebie

5. Water Facts: Water Facts Freebie

6. FAKE News:Fake News! Freebie

Highlighted Resources for MARCH:

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 Month: A Webquest

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

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

5.Learn about AMELIA EARHART.Amelia Earhart, A Reader's Theater Script

6. Check out this biographical reader's theater play on ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, an amazing first lady!Eleanor Roosevelt

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, Rachel Carson, Marie Curie,Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, 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), Mary Anning, Artemisia, Enheduanna, Agnodice, Hypatia, Aglaonike, Aida de Acosta, Hatshepsut and Sophie Brache.
  • 9. Learn about IRELAND and St. PATRICK'S DAY with this web quest on Ireland includes 12 questions and lots of extension activities! Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills:Ireland and St. Patrick's Day, A Webquest

    Check out my GREEN GAME ACTIVITY: The Green Game: Test your GREEN knowledge!

    10.Reader's Theater Script on McSean, a Leprechaun: A Visit with a Leprechaun

    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 Reader'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 Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts

    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.Women's Bundle of Ten Reading Passages

    All can also be purchased separately.

    14. Show students that Patriotism has no GENDER: Female Spies during the Civil War: Revolutionary War Female Spy, Reader's Theater Script

    Female Soldiers in the Civil War: Women Soliders during the Civil War, A Reader's Theater Script

    and WW2 Female Soldiers:Women Pilots during WW2, A Reader's Theater Script

    15. Bundle on Women Suffrage includes: Susan B. Anthony, The Silent Sentinels and A Road Trip Across the USA for Women's Suffrage:Women's Suffrage Bundle

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

    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)

    Click here:Gail's TpT Store

    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(geshrwh@hotmail.com) of your purchase and I will email the resource by the next day. ALL my resources are $3.85.

    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



    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:03/24/2023:

    Plant your Pants! Sounds like a great idea to get children to learning about soil. In England, each year, there is a Plant your Pants program where you are encouraged to find a pair of 100% cotton undies and bury them in about 6 inches of soil. After two months, you need to check your buried undies. If they have holes and look eaten away, that means your soil is healthy and different microorganisms are munching on them. If, your undies look pretty much like you last saw them, your soil needs better nutrients. Give it a try this growing season! Learn more at this link: Plant Your Pants!

    Illustration from Country Trust

    Maybe, contact someone about this program and encourage readers to give it a try. Perhaps, a tie-in with soil and its importance to being full of nutrients?

    The BLOB is coming. Sounds like a sci-fi movie but a 5000 mile wide clump (or blooms)of sargassum seaweed(really 300 species of brown algae) is heading for Florida from the Gulf of Mexico! It is so big, that it can been seen from space and the gigantic blob of seaweed is GROWING. Estimated to include 13 million tons, the blob of seaweed is expected to reach the Florida coast by summer. It is a big concern as not only does the seaweed smell(think rotten eggs) and make a mess on the shore as the tides brings it in, the seaweed draws the oxygen out of the water which isn't healthy for marine life.

    Photograph from Yahoonews

    Three King Penguins at a zoo in the country of Singapore got some badly needed surgery. Their eyes were very cloudy, affecting their vision. A veterinary ophthalmologist gave the penguins custom-made lenses to help their sight! It is believed to be the first time cataract surgery was done on penguins.

    Photograph from CBS

    Paleontologist say they have found the remains of a species of plant-eating sauropod dinosaurs in China that had a world record size neck. It is estimated that the neck of the maenchisaurus sinocanadorum was 10 ft. longer that a school bus! Although found in the late 1980s, the fossils, of three vertebrae ,were just recently studied and the determination made.

    Illustration from CNN

    Pompeii was a city destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Since the city's rediscovery, about 250 years ago, archaeologists have been uncovering the city, buried in ash and stone, and have made some amazing finds. Learn about Pompeii at this link:Kids:National Geographic Weeds and grasses growing in Pompeii can damage the very old buildings so an unusual crew has been called in to help keep the grass and weeds down...sheep. About 150 sheep have been given the task of chopping to their hearts content. The sheep also supply fertilizer to the grounds adding needed nutrient to the soil. Interestingly, before the invention of lawnmowers, a family of sheep herders were employed to use their sheep for this very purpose. In fact, the same family, is supplying the sheep, today!

    Photograph from CNN


    Click here:Past News Stories

    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:
    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.

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