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

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Reader's Theater Scripts(Biographies in Ancient History):

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Anti-Bullying Resources

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World Landmarks: Lots of fun things to use with your students!

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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!

JUNE Freebies:

1. Ice Cream Fun Facts: ICE CREAM FUN FACTOIDS


3. Fake News! A Freebie:Fake News! Freebie

4.Hans Christian Andersen:Hans Christian Andersen, A Freebie

5. Giraffe Freebie:Giraffe Freebie

KEEP the Learning Going this SUMMER:Parents and Teachers of Summer School, you may find these resources of interest:

1.Summer Activity: Learn about some of the famous landmarks around the world. This web quest includes: Uluru Rock, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mt. Everest, Dead Sea, Rock of Gibraltar, Great Pyramid, Suez Canal. Stonehenge, Sahara Desert,Abu Simbel, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. There are comprehension questions and several extension activities: World Landmarks: A Webquest

2.Taj Mahal:Explore World Landmarks are great to introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. About one page of reading, discussion questions,mapskill activity and extension activities.Taj Mahal: A Reading

3.Eiffel Tower:Explore World Landmarks introduce kids to some popular world landmarks. About one page of reading, discussion questions, mapskill activity and extension activities all help students learn some informative facts about famous world landmarks in the world.

Eiffel Tower: A Reading Passage

4.Uluru(Ayers Rock):Explore World Landmarks are great to introduce kids to some popular world landmarks around the world. Great for a Friday activity, for social studies/LA classes or when you are going to have a substitute. About one page of reading, discussion questions,mapskill activity and extension activities all help students learn some informative facts about famous world landmarks in the world.Ayers/Uluru Rock.Ayers Rock(Uluru): A Reading Passage

5. Learn about the Statue of Liberty with this web quest:Statue of Liberty, A Webquest

6. US Landmarks: Learn about U.S. Landmarks with this fun/informative web quest. There are 12 web questions, several extension activities. There is also a key.US Landmarks: A Webquest

7. Learn about Mt. Everest:Mt. Everest: A Webquest

8. Sir Edmund Hillary: A Reading Passage:Sir Edmund Hillary, A Reading Passage

9. Arctic: A Webquest:Arctic: A Webquest

10. Antarctica: A Webquest:Antarctica,A Webquest

11. Soccer: The History of Football:Soccer(The History of Football),a Webquest

12. Countries of the World(Webquest):Countries of the World(Webquests)

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)

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

    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:7/2/2022:

    The Mayflower sailed again this summer and just arrived at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, having left England on April 29th. The 50 ft. replica of the ship that brought 102 Pilgrims over from Plymouth, England, in 1620, retraced the similar 3500 mile journey. This time, instead of passengers, the ship was powered by robotics and had no crew. Along the way, the autonomous ship collected information about microplastics pollution, whales and other scientific studies. It is thought to be the largest ship to make a sailing across the Atlantic with only robotic power.

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    Scientists say a Cambodian fisherman may have caught the world's largest freshwater fish. Measuring 13 ft.long, the stingray topped the scale at 661 pounds! Nicknamed,"Boramy" or "full moon"", the fish was caught in the Mekong River. The stingray was released BACK into the river after first being given a tag so its behavior can be monitored.

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    The world's oldest tree, called "Methuselah"", in California, has competition. The Great Basin bristlecone pine was holding the record of about 4800 years old. Now, scientists have found a tree in the Chilean Andes, called "Gran Abuelo"(Spanish for Great Grandfather) which is estimated to be 5400 years old. An alerce tree, scientists used a computer modeling program to date the tree. Using dendrochronology, counting the tree's rings, which is the usual method of determining the age of a tree, is currently being done to determine which tree is truly the OLDEST tree in the world.

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    Scientists say they have discovered the world's largest plant. About 3x larger than the city of Manhattan, the seagrass was found off the coast of western Australia. Using genetic markers, the scientists determined it is actually ONE plant and is estimated to be 4500 years old!

    Low water levels have revealed an ancient city in the country of Iraq. Dating back 3400 years, the city, with a fort and palace, was started in the Bronze Age. Additionally, artifacts with Mesopotamian script called cuneiform were also unearthed. With the water levels of the Mosel Dam rising again, the city has once again become submerged.

    Back in 2018, while excavating for a future industrial park, workers found a giant stone. As they continued to dig, the ruins of a well preserved ancient Mayan city. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, near Merida, Mexico, the city dates back to 600-900 AD and was the home for more than 4,000 people.It was announced this week that archaeologists have found the ruins of pyramids, palaces and plazas in the site named Xiol (meaning "spirit of man" in Mayan). Additionally, a burial ground was also discovered.

    Photograph from Whtc

    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!