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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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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,...
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...
Click here for free downloadable version.    PLANET EARTH: FUN FACTS  Did You Know? Scientists say that it takes about 500 years for plastic to decompose. The Ring of Fire located in the...
Download this FREEBIE here. "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." —Eleanor Roosevelt   In 1978, a school district in California, organized a “Women’s History Week.” By 1981,...
Click here for this free interactive notebook activity. The National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, is dedicated to the folklore and mythology of Ireland. In Irish folklore, there are only male leprechauns....
The Iditarod, held in the state of Alaska, begins this coming weekend! (March 4th) Fun Facts to Share with Students! Danish explorer Vitus Bering was the first European to discover Alaska. The year was 1741. A lamp is lit at the beginning of...

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