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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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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, on January 28,1887. 3. Snow can be colors other than...
With more and more tourists visiting Antarctica each year(estimates are about 40,000 people), scientists have detected a problem with some of the penguins, native to the continent. Seems the birds are getting germs from the tourists and this...
Written on a clay tablet, an ancient cuneiform letter of complaint is the world’s oldest such letter ever found. Cuneiform was an early writing system. The letter dates back to about 1750 BCE! Read more about this artifact. Where was the ...
Looking for a possible Interactive Notebook Activity to use with kids just before the holidays (or the week you return in the new year)? Bonne annee (French) Frohes neues Jahr (Germany)  Felice anno nuovo (Italian)  Gott nytt ar (...
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 2018, a Norway Spruce tree from Wallkill, NY, was selected as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It is 72 ft. tall. 2.  The tallest Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was 100 ft. tall (1999). 3. Trees usually arrive in New York city...
On December 1, 1955, a tired seamstress living in Montgomery, Alabama, made history. Rosa Parks was an African American woman who broke the law when she refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus for a white passenger. Her act of civil...
Perhaps you will find this resource of interest to use with your students during the Thanksgiving holiday. Ever wonder what became of the Mayflower? The ship sailed with 102 Pilgrims over the Atlantic to North America, in 1620. If you are...
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...
    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 puke stockings...

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