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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 studies education. In 1988, Gail was named Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year by the New York State Council for the Social Studies. In the same year, she received the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. Gail has written professionally for Time for Kids, various Scholastic publications, Cobblestone, EducationWorld.com, Boys' Life, Ranger Rick and other publications. She also is the author of a number of books for teachers and young people, including To Tell the Truth Plays: Biographies in U.S. History and the Purple Turtle series of children's books. Her website is http://www.gailhennessey.com.
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          Geographic Activities to Foster Geographic Awareness.   1. A fun way to show our  Globally Interdependent World: Assign a partner and have the students check the labels on their tops to see where they are made.  Do the same...
  
November is Thanksgiving time and most of us will be celebrating with a turkey dinner. Did you know that the Native American Indians were raising turkey as far back as 1000 A.D. ? Did you know that the Aztecs, of Mexico, were raising turkeys...
  Pilgrim Factoids: 1. Over the years, many people took samples of Plymouth Rock. Today, it is now 1/3 the size it was during the time of the Pilgrims. 2. The sailors on the Mayflower didn’t care for the Pilgrims and called them “flib-gabbety...
Perhaps you will find this resource of interest to use with your students during the Thanksgiving holiday.   What Became of the Mayflower? Ever wonder what became of the Mayflower? The ship sailed with 102 Pilgrims over the Atlantic to North...
  King Tut Day, yes there really is such a day on the calendar, is celebrated every November 4th. It was on November 4, 1922, that Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamen!   NOTE: FREE DOWNLOAD OF THIS INFORMATION:   ...
  Click here for the free downloadable version.    Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. Fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia. (Yikes-try pronouncing both words!) Did you know that many hotels don't have a...
Learn about Pumpkins! Pumpkins are thought to have originated in Central America, specifically Mexico. Some seeds found date back to 5,500 B.C. Top pumpkin growers are U.S. farmers, who grow more than 1.5 billion each year. The word pumpkin...
Click here for free downloadable version. Perhaps, you will find this helpful to use on the International Day of Peace. The International Day of Peace is held every year on September 21st. Also called Peace Day, the first celebration was adopted...
Click here for a free downloadable version. Each year, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th. This is the date, in 1787, when delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. They had met for 116 days, at the State...
With the new school year beginning, it's a great way to start a discussion on why we study HISTORY? Encourage students to give responses. "Why do we have to learn this stuff" is a common question my students would ask me while learning about...

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