All Things Halloween: A Webquest


All Things Halloween: Boom Cards!

History of Candy: Boom Cards!

MUMMIES!A Webquest

King Tut: A Reader's Theater Script(King Tut Day is 11/4)

Everything has a History!)*also sold individually

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

U.S. Landmarks!

World Landmarks!

Pumpkins, A Webquest!



FAKE News!Can you Tell The REAL News?




My Book- Fashion Rules!



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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:
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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 NOVEMBER:


1. Pumpkins:Pumpkin Facts

2. Mayflower: What became of the Mayflower? A Reading Passage

3. Mummy Facts: Mummies!

4. Antarctica: Antarctica!

5. Turkeys: Turkey Factoids

6.Geography Awareness Week Ideas: Geography Awareness Week


Highlighted Resources for NOVEMBER:


1. Orange Game: Looking for a Friday activity? Something for your students to do with a substitute or following testing time? Maybe you'd like a learning challenge for over the summer months.Check out my ORANGE Game. There are 24 statements and several extensions. This resource challenges kids about their knowledge of all things ORANGE. Great for a fall activity! I also have other Color Games: RED, GREEN, BLUE , PURPLE and YELLOW. The Orange Game. Test your ORANGE Knowledge

2. Want a fun and informative activity to teach your students about the history of Thanksgiving? This webquest has ten informational text questions on the history of Thanksgiving(including the Macy's Day Parade). TURKEY facts, too! Thanksgiving, A Webquest

3. Learn about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims with this informative web quest!There are ten informative text webquests, extension activities, fun facts. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower! Mayflower and Pilgrims, A Webquest

4. Pumpkin Webquest: This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities). Pumpkins, A Webquest

5. A Ms. Bie Ograffee Reader's Theater Script, an interview with Love Brewster, a Pilgrim of Plymouth Colony.Love was an actual member of the 102 Pilgrims that came to America. He was about nine years old. The play includes info on Mayflower, first winter and Thanksgiving feast. Fun facts,Comprehension questions, extension activities, links: A Visit with Love Brewster, a Pilgrim. A Reader's Theater Script

6. SAVE with this Native American Bundle Resource. Includes my Reader's Theater Scripts on Sacagawea and Sequoyah. It also includes my fun/informative web quest on Native Americans.(Overview of different Native American tribes, famous Native Americans in history, and contributions of Native Americans in arts, government, language and more!The Trail of Tears, shelters, contributions(i.e: hockey, lacrosse, ideas in government, words in English and more).Great for Native American Heritage Month(Nov). Native Americans, A Bundle of Resources

7. The adventures of substitute teacher, Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles. This adventure has Mrs. Purpilopolis and the Purple Adventure Goggles take students back in time to learn about the very first Thanksgiving. While wearing the purple adventure goggles, the students are witnesses to history being able to see and hear history as it is happening. Lots of factual information/discussion questions included:Mrs. Purilopolis and the Purple Adventure Googles, Thanksgiving!

7. King Tut Day is November 4th. Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities,Great for informative text/listening standards.Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/informative Friday activity: King Tut, A Reader's Theater Script

8. Geographic Awareness Week is in November: Check out these resources: Boom Cards: World Capitals: World Landmarks Webquest: World Landmarks, BOOM Deck

Maps and Geography:Maps and Geography, A Webquest

Geographic Secret Messages:Geographic Secret Message Activity

9. Boom Cards: Everything Has a History, Even Candy! History of Candy Boom Cards: World Landmarks World Landmarks: World Landmarks, Boom Cards

US Landmarks: U.S. Landmakrs, Boom Cards

Maps and Geography: MAPS and GEOGRAPHY, Boom Cards


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)

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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!



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  • Colour Fairies: Go Go's Flying Lesson
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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:
  • 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





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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!


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    IN THE NEWS:10/27/2021:

    A new hotel, the Voyager Class, is planning to open in 2027...in space. The hotel rooms will include fantastic views of the earth and allow for 280 guests to experience weightlessness during their stay, around 3 days. Would you like to one day stay at such a hotel in space? Why, why not?

    Illustration from CNN

    The remains of a little crab was found in fossilized amber (tree resin). The remains, dating back 100 million years, were found in the country of Myanmar. Called Cretapsara athanata, the crab that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, is believed to be the the best such crab fossil ever found. The amazing discovery, made in 2015, was being sold by a street vendor in a city in Myanmar.

    Photograph from CNN

    Paleontologists have discovered a long ago sea scorpion that was the size of a dog! The fossilized remains were unearthed in China. Called Terropterus xiushanensis, the arthropod lived about 435 million years ago. Related to horseshoe crabs, the massive sea scorpion was about 3.3 ft. long. It is thought that the creature used their long claws lined with teeth for catching prey.

    Illustration from LiveScience.

    A Crusader's sword, encrusted with marine life, dating back 900 years, was found by a diver in the Mediterranean Sea near the country of Israel.

    Someone really likes dinosaurs and just purchased Big John, the skeleton of a triceratops. Originally found in the state of South Dakota, the fossilized remains are in excellent condition. The dinosaur got its name from the Greek for "three horned face".This specific skeleton is thought to be the largest ever found and sold for over 8 million dollars! It was purchased at an auction in Paris, France, by someone in the United States.

    Learn about the triceratops: Triceratops Facts

    How many walrus are on the planet? If you'd like to help count them, you can do so right from your living room. Using satellite images, volunteers are being asked to scan images to help count their numbers. The WWF (World Wildlife Federation) with the British Antarctic Survey have started a five year program called "Walrus from Space".Tracking of albatross, seals, penguins and even whales have been spotted from space but this is the first time the satellite images will be used to count walrus, specifically the Atlantic sub-species. Global warming and decreased sea ice (used by walrus for raising their babies and to hunt), is having a negative effect on the walrus population. If you are at least 10 years old and interested in becoming a "Walrus Detective",check out the information at this link: Walrus from Space

    Photograph from Pixabay.





    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!