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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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With spring, comes the sprouting of tulips. Personally, I love purple tulips. Although I try year after year to grow them in my gardens, the chipmunks seem to find them and haul the bulbs away!    Tulips have a very interesting history. Sharing...
ELEPHANT FUN FACTS!    DID YOU KNOW? 1. Did you know that elephants can be right or left tusked, similar to how humans are with their hands?   2. Quickly waving of ears, twirling of its trunk and blowing dirt are signs of an angry elephant...
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. Peacock (or other resident of...
  Water actually has a day when people focus on just how important water is to all of us. World Water Day is March 22nd. In 2018, the theme for world Water Day is “Nature for Water”. The organization says the focus for the day is  “exploring nature...
Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day Did You Know?  1. The National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, is dedicated to the folklore and mythology of Ireland.  2. In Irish folklore, there are only male leprechauns. Leprechauns are cobblers(...
    "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  —Eleanor Roosevelt   In 1978, a school district in  California, organized a “Women’s History Week”. By 1981, Congress passed a resolution establishing a National Women’s...
March 1st is World Book Day?  The day was established 18 years ago and was designated by UNESCO, as a worldwide celebration of reading books.  Over 100 countries participate World Book Day as a way to share the joy of reading books.  ...
I am taking to my soap box as this is my blog.  I taught in the public school for 33 years. Seeing a place of learning become a killing field is beyond comprehension for me. It makes me sad,  upset and...angry!  I am so upset that this...
  PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA 1. Dogs, cats and birds have often found a home in the White House.  2. There have also been some unique pets such as John Quincy Adams’ pet alligator,Martin Van Buren two tiger cubs and James Buchanan’s elephant....
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