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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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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...
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 for their shoes. Have the students do a safari search with their partner looking...
  This year, 2018, Diwali or Deepavali, begins on November 6th and lasts for 5 days.   It's a happy time of year and is the biggest holiday in the country of India.  Practiced mainly by people of the Hindu faith, many other people enjoy taking...
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!   Interesting facts: 1. Lord Carnarvon was bitten by a...
    1. 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 13th floor?(Well, actually there IS a 13th floor...
    1. Pumpkins are thought to have originated in Central America, specifically Mexico. Some seeds found date back to 5500 B.C. 2. Top pumpkin growers are U.S. farmers, growing more than 1.5 billion each year.   3. The word pumpkin...
  Did You Know?  1. Those horned helmets, you often see with Vikings did not really exist. There weren’t any horns on their helmets.  2. In addition to a statue to Leif Ericksson in the countries of Norway and Iceland, there are statues of...
    DiD You Know? 1. Did you know that George Washington had apple trees and liked to prune them in his spare time?  2. The “winter banana” or “melt-in-the-mouth” were terms for apples during colonial days.  3. Apples float on water because...

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