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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Substitute's Adventure Goggles help kids witness history-Short Reading Activities

I am very excited about my new short stories for social studies and I hope teachers will find them of value!
Substitute Mrs. Purpilopolis brings her purple backpack filled with Purple Adventure Goggles and takes kids on an adventure to witness historical events. The stories are about 9-10 pages and present historical topics in a fun and very informative way.
The first adventure has students travel back to learn about the life of Alexander Graham Bell. 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 fun and informative information is presented in this short story.
* Discussion questions are included.
Use as an extension activity teaching American History~ famous biographies or for a short reading in Language Arts.
Extension Activities:
*A "Day in the Life "writing exercise pretending to be either Alexander Graham Bell or Thomas Watson could be done where students include 4 facts learned in the reading.
*Students could also do an interview pretending to be Alexander Graham Bell and a reporter. These are just two suggestions as extension activities after using the short reading.

* Draw a purple picture of something in history!
I plan to write more Mrs. P and the Purple Adventure Goggles. Please share any thoughts of historical events you might like to see in future stories....
Check out the three adventures:(demos are available)
Alexander Graham Bell:
George Washington:
The first Thanksgiving:

Grades 5 and up(maybe...4th depending on the level of readers)
Gail Hennessey