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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!

"The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)

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

Eleanor Roosevelt


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Freebies for November:

  • 1. November 12 -18th is Geography Awareness Week, a great time to foster geography with kids(although, it's a skill that I feel should be utilized throughout the year. I have compiled a list of Geographic Activities to Foster Geographic Awareness which I have used with my students. If you have some to add, please share! Check the geography activities out at this link:Geography Ideas for Geography Awareness Week

  • 2. King Tut Day is November 4th: Freebie on King Tut!King Tut Day: A Freebie!

  • 3. Mayflower Barn Freebie:What Became of the Mayflower? A Reading Passage(FREE)

  • 4. Turkey FUN Facts!Turkey Fun Facts: Possible Interactive Notebook Activity

  • 5.FALL means PUMPKINS:Pumpkin Facts!

  • Highlighted Resources for NOVEMBER:

  • 1. Pumpkin Webquest: This 10 web question web quest has several comprehension questions(lots of extension activities).PUMPKINS! A Webquest

  • 2. King Tut: Learn about King Tut. Learn lots of cool facts about mummies and the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Comprehension/discussion questions/ extension activities included. Great for a unit on ancient Egypt, around Halloween or as a fun/informative Friday activity. King Tut, A Reader's Theater Script

  • 3. Diwali is coming in November 2018.This reading passage introduces kids to the holiday of Diwali and includes fun facts and extension activities.Learn about Diwali!

  • 4. 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 Knowledge on All Things ORANGE

  • 4. 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 History and Turkey Webquest!

  • 5. Learn about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims with this informative web quest!There are ten informative text web quests,extension activities,fun facts. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.Mayflower and Pilgrims: A Webquest

  • 6. 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,The First Thanksgiving. A Reader's Theater Script

  • 7. SAVE with this Native American Bundle Resource. Includes my Reader's Theater Script 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

  • 8. The adventures of substitute teacher, Mrs. Purpilopolis and her Purple Adventure Goggles. This adventure, Thanksgiving: Mrs. Purpilopolis and the Purple Adventure Goggles,has students travel back 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 Goggles(First Thanksgiving)

  • New READINGS on Women in History: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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    NEW: Bookmark Bios! 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 new series of Children's Books!

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  • Check out my blog on Education World: Click here:EducationWorld Blogger

    My 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 Turtle and the Case of the Missing Cupcakes!

    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)

    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:
  • 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
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson: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
  • 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:11/11/2018:

    The Tree is here! Each year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree brings thousands and thousands of tourists to New York City. This year's Norway spruce tree comes from Wallkill, NY, and stands 72 ft. tall. Called "Shelby" by the people where the tree has stood for many years, the 2018 tree will be decorated with 50,000 lights and crowned with a 900 pound Swarovski crystal star. The official lighting is November 28th. After the holiday season is over, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity where the wood will be used to build homes. The Rockefeller Center tree has been a tradition since 1931.During the Great Depression, workers were constructing Rockefeller Center and decorated a tree, on Christmas Eve.

    Learn more about the History of the Rockefeller Tree at this link:Rockefeller Center Tree

    This year, 2018, Diwali or Deepavali, begins on November 6th and lasts for 5 days. It's a happy time of year and is the biggest holiday in the country of India. Practiced mainly by people of the Hindu faith, many other people enjoy taking part in the festive holiday season, too. During the holiday, there will be gift giving, lighting lamps(Dipa lamps) special sweet treats including Laddus(sweet wheat balls with nuts and fruits inside) and Karanjis (flour fried dumplings with coconut and sugar), praying, getting together with family and friends and fireworks to help welcome the new year. Deepawali means "festival of lights". Learn more about Diwali: Diwali

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    Marine Archeologists have discovered what is being called the world's oldest intact shipwreck ever found. The Greek trading ship dates back to about 400BC and was discovered in the Black Sea. Coils of rope were still found on the ship! Scientists say that there is little oxygen located at the depth the ship was located. Without oxygen, the ship didn't deterioration. The ship will remain where it was found so that future generations, with more advances in technology, can study the ship, too.

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    There has been 88 constellations, or patterns of stars, in the sky, until now. NASA scientists, wanting to celebrate the discoveries made by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope, have mapped out 21 new star patterns. Unlike the 88 known constellations in the sky, you can't see these new constellations without using the powerful telescope. However, NASA has a new interactive website where you can go and see some of the new constellations including the Hulk, a obelisk(think Washington Monument), Godzilla, the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower. Click here:New Gama-ray ConstellationsClick here to see the 88 constellations that you CAN see in the night sky(depending on which hemisphere you live).Constellations

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    An asteroid recently got some visitors. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency landed several robots onto the surface of an asteroid in an historic achievement. It is the first time that this has been done. The asteroid, Ryugu, which is about 180 million miles away from the Earth, has little gravity so the moving robots hopped around, traveling about 49 ft. with each movement. During their short life span(about 17 hours), the robots collected data and beamed it back to earth. It is hoped that the data collected will help scientist learn more about asteroids.

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    "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)

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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. I am the author of 8 books for teachers and over 30 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing). In 2019, my new series of three books, "Odd History" will be published 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.