Interview with a Groundhog, Reader's Theater Script

Valentine's Day Webquest!

History of Candy, A Webquest!

Edgar Allan Poe(Author of Tell Tale Heart), Reader's Theater Script

African American Trailblazers(Bundle of 6 Famous People)

Black History Month, A Webquest

Presidents, A Webquest

Martin Luther King, A Reader's Theater Script

Martin Luther King Jr. A Webquest

History of the State of the Union Address, A Webquest

A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts on Famous Women

A Bundle of Readings on Famous Women

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

Purple Turtle Premium Home Schooling Program. Click for subscription information!

Click Here for catalog:Social Studies School Service/Resources for Teachers, Parents,counselors,more!

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

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In JANUARY, Cliff and I will be celebrating 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 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 FEBRUARY:

  • 1.Groundhog Day Freebie: Groundhog Day Freebie
  • 2. Chocolate Factoids(INA):Chocolate Fun Facts

  • 3. Presidential Trivia: Presidential Frivia

  • 4. Black History Share with your students some of the factoids of contributions of African Americans.Black History Factoids

  • 5. 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 Factoids

  • 6. State of the Union Freebie:(February 7th)State of the Union Freebie
  • 7. Learn about Hans Christian Andersen, famous fairytale writer: Hans Christian Andersen Freebie

    Highlighted Resources for FEBRUARY:

  • 1. The State of the Union Address is scheduled for Feb/2023: 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.State of the Union Address, A Webquest

  • 2. History of Candy: History of Candy: A Webquest

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

  • 4. Red GameThe Red GameThis activity is also included in my Valentine Webquest/Extension activities.

  • 5. Presidents: Use this webquest to learn more about our different presidents:Presidents, A Webquest

  • 6. Black History Month: Black History Month: A Webquest

  • 7. 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, Aviator: A Reader's Theater Script
    Michelle Obama:Michelle Obama, first African American First Lady: Michelle Obama: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Marian Anderson:Marian Anderson, A Reader's Theater Script
    * Katherine Johnson: Katherine Johnson(The Computer that Wore Skirts): A Reader's Theater Script

  • 8. George Washington,Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles: George Washington(Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles), A Reading
  • 9. 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
  • 10. African American Trailblazers BUNDLE: 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)

    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( 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:01/29/2023:

    Hekashepes was about 35 years old when he died more than 4300 years ago. His mummy was recently found in the country of Egypt. Archeologists say the mummy may be the oldest ever found in Egypt. In very good condition for his age, Hekashepes was found with lots of gold covering his body. His underground burial site was near the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser,the oldest pyramid found in Egypt(built 1279-1213 BC). To date, the oldest mummies to be found were found in the country of Chile. Some of the Chinchorro mummies are said to be 7000 years old! On the topic of mummies, some museums are now using the word "mummified person" in place of the word "mummy" saying the term adds more humanity to the human remains. What do you think?

    A large amount of eggs were recently found in India. The eggs, 256, belonged to dinosaurs, specifically, titanosaurs! Laid millions of years in the past, scientists say the fossilized eggs may have been preserved when volcanic lava covered the eggs. Scientists uncovered 92 clutches(nests) of dinosaur eggs in an area of central India, called the Dhar.Photographs from BBC

    An unusual GREEN comet, discovered last year by astronomers, is coming into the Earth's area of the solar system. Scientists say it has been 50,000 years since it last appeared. Called C/2022 E3(ZTF), the comet will be closest to the Earth in the beginning of February.

    Illustration from Yahoo

    There are many places on the Earth where the internet doesn't exist or is very spotty. Do you utilize the internet each day? What are some of the things you use the internet?
    Photograph from Pixabay

    Molly Sampson, 9, Maryland, loves searching for fossils and asked for insulated chest waders for Christmas. Waders would enable Molly, who loves searching for fossils,to continue her hunt for a tooth of a Otodus megalodon(one of the largest giant sharks that lived 13 million years ago), even in the cold waters of winter. On Christmas Day, Molly got two gifts. First she got the waders and second, she found a whopper of an extinct shark tooth. After breakfast, Molly, wearing her new waders, went search near Calvert Beach, along with her dad and sister. The Christmas morning was COLD, only about 10 degrees but that didn't stop Molly from wading knee-deep in the low tide waters searching for a fossil tooth. She spotted what was a 5 inch "meg" tooth, the largest ever found in her area. It isn't her first fossil discovery. She's already found over 400 teeth but none the size of this discovery. Molly gave the tooth to the Calvert Marine Museum to confirm the identity of the tooth where the curator confirmed it was the tooth of an Otodus Megalodon that probably was about 45-50 ft. in body length. Molly wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up. She is off to a great start!

    Photograph from mom's Facebook page.


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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:
    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!