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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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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...
You are sitting in a restaurant and a server brings over a glass of water and drops a plastic straw next to the glass. Any idea how many plastic straws are thrown away in the USA every day? It is estimated the number is 500 million(yes, a day)....
Check out my latest article, "Art for the Sea", in the current issue of Highlights for Children. All of Angela Pozzi's amazing art sculptures were created from plastics that washed ashore along the cost of Oregon. This article would be a great...
  Flag Day (June 14th) is a day to honor the flag of the United States.   Use these Flag Facts with your students as a possible Interactive Notebook Activity:   Fun Flag Facts: 1. A vexillologist is someone that studies flags!    2...
I recently saw this story on the news and thought what an amazing young man! Perhaps, you may find it of interest to use with your students as an Interactive Notebook Activity using the News.   Gerald Hodges, Arlington, Texas, was a good...
Seems like almost every day, this term is being used. Just WHAT is Fake News? Can you tell the difference between fake and real news?   Use this activity to start the discussion on what is Real and Fake News.   1. A cyclist in England snapped a...
Arbor Day 2018 is April 27th.  It’s a time to celebrate trees! Can you think of THREE ways in which TREES are important to us? Did You Know? 1. The Botanical Gardens Conservation International  announced that there are 60,065 different...
  PLANET EARTH: FUN FACTS   Did You Know? 1. Scientists say that it takes about 500 years for plastic to decompose. 2. The Ring of Fire located in the Pacific Ocean is the largest zone of active volcanoes. 75% of the world’s volcanoes are here...
  William Shakespeare   The anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death is April 23rd. What do YOU know about this famous writer?   I though you may find the following information of interest to share with your students.   Photograph...
*Photograph taken by Gail Hennessey in Coperhagen, Denmark Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen! (April 12th) Did You Know? 1. In  2012, a fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen was found. It is believed to be his very first story, written as...

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