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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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Do you love chocolate? If you do, you may want to hide a few bars away for a future date. Seems that chocolate may be running out and, in the not so distant future.   Researchers say that chocolate, which comes from cacao beans, may be a thing of...
INTERESTING FACTS  ABOUT THE FAMOUS GAMES of ANCIENT GREECE! 1. In ancient Greece, unmarried women participated in their own games. Held ever 4 years, the event was held to honor Zeus’ wife, Hera. The event was a running event. In 1900, women...
Here are some fun and interesting facts about snow! 1. One inch of water is about six inches of wet snow or 12 inches  of fluffy snow. 2. The world's largest snowflake was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. It fell in Fort Keogh, Montana...
    Did you know that people actually thought that the airplane would have no real purpose? WOW...were they wrong!  On December 17, 1903, less than 10 people showed up to watch Orville and Wilbur Wright make history.    In fact most papers(...
Looking for a possible Interactive Notebook Activity to use with kids just before the holidays(or the week you return in the new year)? NEW YEAR’S EVE TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Gail Hennessey  Bonne annee (French) Frohes neues Jahr (...
With this being the time of year for the story, A Christmas Carol, it's a great opportunity to learn about its author, Charles Dickens. One of the most famous writers of all times, Dickens also wrote Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two...
    1. In 2017, a Norway Spruce tree from State College, PA, was selected as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It is 75 ft. tall. 2.  The tallest Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was 100 ft. tall (1999). 3. Trees usually arrive in New...
          Geographic Activities to Foster Geographic Awareness.   1. A fun way to show our  Globally Interdependent World: Assign a...
  
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,...
  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...

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