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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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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...
A total solar eclipse to cover the USA from coast to coast hasn’t occurred since 1918, and one to exclusively occur only over the United States hasn’t happened since Revolutionary War days (1776). However, that will change on August 21st. On that...
Many of you are on vacation, but perhaps you are teaching summer school or are looking for an activity to use with your kids during the summer months. The 2017, Tour de France began on July 1st and ends on July 23rd. It's considered the world's...
Wishing those of you who are now on Summer Break a very relaxing time. As someone that taught for 33 1/2 years, the very first FULL day of vacation was always the beginning of possibilities of things to do that I didn't get to do during the school...
I found this recent news story of interest and wanted to share. Perhaps, it might be a writing prompt for your students.  Imagine reaching the summit of Mount Everest. Now, imagine reaching it TWICE in one week. Anshu Jamsenpa, of India, set a new...
Flag Day is coming, a day to honor the flag of the United States.  Flag Day is June 14th. Fun Flag Facts: A vexillologist is someone who studies flags! Most flags have the colors red and white. Only Vatican City and the country of Switzerland...
I am a strong believer in having kids on task throughout the class session. Lessons rarely finished “early” and if they did, I always had something for the kids to do until the class ended. I usually didn’t give students “free time” to start...
TREES! Interactive Notebook Activity by Gail Skroback Hennessey Click here for a free downloadable version.  Arbor Day 2017 is April 28th. It’s a time to celebrate trees! Did You Know? The Botanical Gardens Conservation International announced...

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