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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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Fun May Activity: Celebrate Leprechaun Day, May 13th. Did You Know?  1. Leprechaun Day is May 13th (YES...there is such a day!) 2. The National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, is dedicated to the folklore and mythology of Ireland.   3...
  In 2022, Space Day is May 6th. Held the first Friday in May, the day to recognize space and spark young people in science, was in 1997. In 2001, astronaut John Glenn promoted the day as International Space Day.   1. Write THREE facts you...
  FUN HAIR FACTS!   1. Did you know that your hair grows fastest in warmer weather? 2. Men’s hair grows faster than women's hair. 3. Next to bone marrow, only hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body. 4. The word “shampoo” comes from...
2/3 of all Americans have a library card. If you don't have a library card...this would be a great time of year to get one.  And, what's great about a library card... it's  FREE!  Fun Facts to Share with Kids: 1. The word "library...
  PLANET EARTH: FUN FACTS by Gail Skroback Hennessey   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%...
          Arbor Day 2019 is April 26th.  It’s a time to celebrate trees!  Can you think of THREE ways in which TREES are important to us?   Did You Know? The Botanical Gardens Conservation International  announced that there are 60,065...
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?   A cyclist in England snapped a photograph of some very unusual pigs. They looked like sheep with their...
Photograph of Hans Christian Andersen taken by Gail Hennessey in Copenhagen, Denmark Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen!(April 2nd) Click here for downloadable version: It is said that Hans Christian Andersen based his story, The Ugly...
APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!  April Fools’ Day is coming. I remember when I was young eager to tell my father that his shoes were untied so he’d look down and I could say,”April Fools Day”. I remember kids calling the local zoo and asking for Mr....
William Shakespeare   In Great Britain, March 18-24th (2019) is Shakespeare Week!  The anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death is April 23rd.  What do YOU know about this famous writer?   Did You Know? 1. Did you know that there are...

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