Learn about our Oceans! World Ocean Day is in June

Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script

History of Candy, A Webquest!

FAKE News!Can you Tell The REAL News?

Women Trailblazers.Test Your Knowledge Activity

A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts on Famous Women

A Bundle of Readings on Famous Women

Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer(A Reading)

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):

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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"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 JUNE:

1. World Ocean Day is 6/8: World Ocean Day Freebie 2. World Giraffe Day is June 21. Giraffe Freebie
3. Brain Factoids: Brain Factoids
4. Color Me Amazed( Fun facts about colors): Color Facts
5. Cool Facts about Ice Cream: Ice Cream Fun Facts

6. Fake News: Teaching Digital Critical Literacy: Fake News Freebie

Highlighted Resources for JUNE:

1. Learn about the History of Football(Soccer) and the World, You may find this webquest of interest which also includes information on the host country of Qatar. The Ocean, A Webquest

Learn about Jacques Cousteau with this Reader's Theater Script: Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script
3. Learn about the history of the American Flag with this webquest:The History of the American Flag, 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)

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


    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:06/02/2023:

    Joseph Dituri has broken a record. He has spent 93 days under the Atlantic Ocean in the underwater research pod at the Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida. The previous record holder spent a total 73 days under the water. Dituri plans to stay 100 days under the sea. One of the experiments conducted was the effect of long term pressure on the human body. Another study Dituri conducted was the effect of muscle mass loss, something scientists fear will be a concern on long a trip to Mars. His small underwater home included a bathroom, small kitchen and two bedrooms.

    Photograph from CBSNews

    Starting last week, bus riders in Scotland can hop a "driverless bus"". Said to be the first automated bus in the world, the robot bus, as it is also called, is operated with computers that monitor 10 sensors on the outside of the vehicle. The sensor detect obstruction in the road, when to turn, etc. However, a driver IS in the vehicle just in case there is a need to take over the driving of the bus.

    Kirsten Neuschafer, from South Africa, has become the first woman ever to win a solo around the world race, completing the race in 235 days (actually 233 days, 20 hours, 43 minutes and 47 seconds). The race was 30,000 miles long and is considered the most difficult. It is nicknamed the "voyage for madmen"! With 16 starting the Golden Globe Race, Kirsten was one of a handful of competitors to complete the around the world rac,she was also the only woman to compete. First held in 1968,(winner took 312 days), it was again held in 2018 and the most current, 2022. The race started in Les Sables-d'Olonne,France on September 4, 2022 and Kirsten was the first to finish on April 27th, 2023. Without any modern navigation equipment or other assistance, Kirsten and the other competitors relied on celestial navigation. Everything needed for the journey needed to be on the sailboat(35 foot long boat called the Minnehaha) for the around the world journey and competitors were not allowed to set foot on land(or receive any assistance) during the around the world race. Rain water was caught for drinking purposes. Along the route, there were three race gates where competiors dropped off film but could not leave their sailing ships.At one point, one of the racers was in trouble Tapio Lehtinenboat's boat sank and he was in the water on a raft. Kirsten was told of his coordinates and rescued him. Kirsten isn't new to adventures as she cycled from Europe to South Africa, a distance of 9000 miles!

    Photograph from Kirsten's Facebook Page

    Spanish climber, Beatriz Flamini, may have broken a record for the longest stay in an underground cave, her own choice.She just emerged after 500 days, in a cave located in Los Gauchos(near Motril), 230 feet deep. She came out of the cave on April 14th.The purpose was to have researchers monitor her to see the effects on loneness and being under the ground for such a long time, how the brain responded to day-night cycles, circadian rhythms, etc. Bringing along 60 books, her painting supplies and her knitting supplies, Beatriz said that the time actually went quickly. She continued to exercise while inside the cave. Two cameras documented her time in the cave. She was in contact with her support team who removed waste and supplied fresh food. Beatriz was not allowed to learn of events in the world or personal tragedies.(A family member died while in the cave).Things such as perception of time was something Beatriz noticed shortly after being in the cave. She also said she did NOT talk outloud to herself during the time but did have lots of internal conversations. She said she never once thought about ending the experiment early.

    Photograph from Washington


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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!