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

Try doing an act of kindness for someone, today!

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

Highlighted Resources for MARCH

  • 1.March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH.Use this web quest(extension activities) to learn about twelve women that have made contributions to our world:Women's History Month Webquest

  • Includes: Elizabeth Blackwell,Clara Barton,Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Susan B Anthony,Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Curie, Sacagwea and Sonia Sotomajor.

  • 2. Introduce your students to the history of APRIL FOOL'S DAY! This resource provides a reading for students as well as lots of interesting famous April Fool's Day pranks (Ex: A video on a spaghetti harvest in the country of Switzerland caused people to call to ask where they could buy a spaghetti tree!Extension activities,a Test your April Fool's Day IQ and comprehension questions.April Fool's Day: Reading and Activities

  • 3.Learn about the contributions of some of our FIRST LADIES with this informative webquest:First Ladies of the United States: A Webquest

  • I also have Reader's Theater Scripts on First Ladies including Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Abigail Adams, Dolly Madison, Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Lady Bird Johnson and more.

  • 4. National Peanut Month is in March. Everything Has a History, Even Peanuts!A Webquest:Everything has a History:Learn about the Peanut

  • 5. National Week of the Ocean is celebrated the end of March/early April. Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue Web quest.There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities and links.Use as part of a unit on oceans or as an activity for a Friday or before a vacation break.Exploring the Ocean: A Webquest

  • NEW:Twenty Reader's Theater Scripts(Biographies in Ancient History)published by Social Studies School Services:Check it out:Gail's Latest Book

    Check out my new series of Children's Books!

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    Visit Rachel Lynette's Minds in Bloom Blog to see my Guest Blog,"Got A Minute,Three or Five?"(Tips for things to do when you a few minutes of class time).Click

    EXCITING NEWS: My SECOND Purple Turtle Story was made into a cartoon.Click here to watch:Purple Turtle and the Safari Adventure Purple Turtle Story, Purple and the Cupcakes, was made into an animated cartoon! Check it out here:Purple Turte and the Case of the Missing Cupcakes!

    My latest CLIPART! THINGY LETTERS!Lots of Fun...From Utah to Colorado, to New York to New Jersey and around the my home and inside my garage, once I started I saw letters of the alphabet all around me! Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words, to make Mother's Day/Father's Day cards or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option).CLICK HERE!
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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:
  • Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Dr.Seuss: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
  • Marco Polo
  • 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:
    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!

    IN THE NEWS TODAY: 3/28/2017:

    Scientists have found a whopper of a dinosaur footprint in northwestern Australia. It may be the largest dinosaur footprint ever found. The 5ft 9 in. print is as big as an adult man and dates back 140 million years. Paleontologists, scientists that study dinosaurs, say the footprints belong to a herbivore(plant eater)called a sauropod. Sauropods had longnecks,four legs and very tiny heads.

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    For all those who wear eyeglasses,imagine not needing to purchase a new pair of lenses when your prescription changes. Engineers at the University of Utah think that day is coming. A lenses has been developed that changes automatically! The new lenses don't use plastic but a type of colorless liquid, glycerin, contained in a rubber-like membrane. The frames contain a rechargeable battery. Using computer technology, the user inputs their prescription into a smartphone app. A Bluetooth connection measures the eye prescription and instantly updates the eyeglass lenses. Unfortunately, the current eyeglasses using this hi-tech technology aren't very attractive. However, it is expected that within three years a more marketable version will be available.Photograph from

    A frog discovered in South America is fluorescent. It glows green. Herpetologists (scientists who study reptiles and amphibians) say that the "hypsiboas punctatus" is the world's first fluorescent frog! The brownish-green polka tree frog doesn't appear this way in the dark but does when ultraviolet light is shone on it. Creatures like fireflies are bioluminescent meaning that have the abilitiy to create their own light. Fluorescent creatures absorb short wavelengths and re-emit them at longer wavelengths creating the green glow. Several types of fish and even sea turtles have this ability but scientists didn't think that amphibians did, until now. Found in the country of Argentina, it is believed the fluorescent frog may use its powers to communicate or to attract a male.

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    Construction works excavating at a construction site in China have made an amazing discovery, a 6ft. tall pyramid-shaped tomb.Found inside a 98 ft. long chamber, the actual age of the tomb has yet to be determined. Archeologists suggest the tomb may date back to the Han Dynasty(202BC-220 AD). Found in the Zhengzhou region of China, the tomb is being called the "pyramid of Zhengzhou".

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    Ramses 11 was called Ramses the Great and was a powerful pharaoh(king) of ancient Egypt. A statue believed to be made in his honor was recently unearthed in a mud pit in a neighborhood in the northeastern section of Cairo, Egypt. Cairo is the present day capital of the country of Egypt. The broken figure is 26 ft. tall and dates back about 3000 years. Ramses ruled Egypt for sixty-six years beginning in 1279 BC. Archaeologists hope to reconstruct the massive statue to be placed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum opening next year.

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    "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)

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    About Gail:

    I have 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.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World, Highlights for Children, 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.