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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. 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...
Although highlighted in this month, anti-bullying awareness should be practiced every day of the year.  If you SEE bullying taking place, SPEAK UP!   1. Check out this short video at the Cartoon Network about joining the "I Speak Up" campaign...
Oyez, Oyez...The Supreme Court begins its new session the first Monday of October. Used by the Supreme Court Marshall to call the Supreme Court to order, the word OYEZ means “Hear Ye”. The word originates from the Latin word which means “to...
  The International Day of Peace is held every year on  September 21st. Also called Peace Day, the first celebration was adopted by the United Nations in 1982. It would be in 2001, that nations of the world established September 21st as...
    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 House(now called Independence Hall...
  “Why do we have to learn this stuff” is a common question my students would ask me while learning about Julius Caesar and the fall of the Roman republic or other topics in social studies. Of course, I would explain that the past is important...
With the new year about to begin, I’d like to share my A-Z Teaching List. A-Always exhibit an interest in what you are teaching. If you think it’s important , your students will, too. Have an assessment for how to grade your students. B- Be...
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(only 3 carried...

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