World Ocean Day is in June

Our Flag

Summer Olympics, Learn about the Host country of FRANCE

FAKE News!Can you Tell The REAL News?

Rachel Carson, A Reader's Theater Script

A Bundle of Reader's Theater Scripts on Famous Women

William Shakespeare,a Reader's Theater Script(Birthday 4/23)

A Bundle of Readings on Famous Women

Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer(A Reading)

History of Candy, A Webquest!

Mesopotamia: A Bundle of Resources

Phoenicians, A Bundle of Resources

ALL Things Egyptian!

Revolutionary War Bundle

Civil War Bundle

Learn About Our Government Bundle

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:

Mail Gail:
Mailbox Gail Hennessey

The official U.S. time - snapshot

Color Me Amazed.

FUN facts about colors

  1. Did you know the color blue was considered that of the working class in ancient Rome? Wealthy people wouldn't wear the color blue. Barbarians painted their faces blue, especially in battle, so it was associated with wild people and not a color of the upper classes. During the Middle Ages, specifically the Renaissance, blue gained popularity and was a symbol of purity, divinity and humility.Virgin Mary was painted in blue.The Greeks and Romans didn't even have a name for the color blue.

  2. Today, blue is the favorite color of most Americans.

  3. Babies recognize the color RED as their first color.

  4. Black cars have been deemed the least safe with white being the color car least involved in accidents.(some say silver)

  5. Want to remember better? Studies suggest that we remember things in color better than in black and white.

  6. People are most attracted to the color combo of yellow and red.Studies have found that the two colors also cause an increase in appetite.(check the logos of many fast food companies and you will see these two colors used).

  7. Yellow isn't used on airplanes as a study found that the color yellow can cause nausea.

  8. Some people have a fear of COLORS. It is called chromatophobia (or chromophobia)

9. The color wheel was developed by Isaac Newton, in 1666.

10. Studies show that the color pink has a calming effect on people.

11. Can colors effect the taste of something? Studies say that orange cups make people think that a chocolate drink is tastier than other colored cups.

12. Bulls being attracted to a red cape is a myth. They have no preference to colors and any color could cause them to charge. It is the MOVEMENT that attracts the bulls(example:bullfights).

13.Did you know that there was a color called mummy brown? It was ground up mummy and was a favorite of painters of the19th century.

14. At one time (Elizabethan Era in Great Britain), only nobility could wear the color orange. Interesting before 17th century, carrots weremostly purple!

15. Purple was the color of royalty in ancient times. Originally the color came from a sea creature. Like the octopus, the murex, a spiral shellfish, had a gland that was squeezed to get tiny amounts of a yellowish liquid. The sun and air turned the liquid a bluish-red dye. Six pounds of liquid dyed just one pound of wool. It took about 10,000 murex to get enough to dye a garment.

16. The Latin word, "colos"", meaning covering or cover, is where the word "color" came from.

17. China had the world's best graphite for pencils at one time. To show that the graphic in pencils was from China, they were painted yellow (1890s).

18. Bees in an area of France were producing blue and green honey(2012). Seems the bees were eating waste from a factory that made M & Ms!