Off the Shelf: Ms Ruby and the Gigi Squad
Grades: K - 5

Video Description: New November 2022! Author Vickie Rodgers reads her book “Ms. Ruby and the Gigi Squad,” a true story of love and intergenerational friendship. In addition to reading the story, Vickie shares information on how and why she wrote the book and provides questions for student discussion.

From the Author: The award winning book, Ms. Ruby and The Gigi Squad-Friendship Comes in All Ages is a heartwarming true story of a group of four children known as The Gigi Squad who befriend a delightful ninety-three year-old former WWII US Cadet Nurse named Ms. Ruby.

Learn more about the book and the author at her website.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: OTS-13**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing the video, engage students in the discussion questions Vickie provides at the end: Do you know an older adult in your life? Can you think of fun things and activities you can do or have done with them? Do you have a local senior center where you could deliver your own Sunshine Bag to a resident? What would you put in it? What would your included letter say?
  • As part of your character education/SEL study, have students offer their reactions to the book and discuss its themes in class discussion, think/pair/share duos, and/or in journal entries.
  • As part of your language arts study, discuss the characters and plot of the book and have students create a drawing of their favorite moment from the story.


*Topical videos are filmed on location in the classroom/workspace/laboratory, in studio, or a combination of both to explain and/or demonstrate specific concepts, events, topics, or processes.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.