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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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Earth Hour is coming. Here is a way to participate in developing environmental responsibility and awareness that climate challenges facing our planet need to be global. In its 6th year~ people around the world are being asked to shut off electric...
A sign of the times that more and more people are reading e-books. Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.~ which has published their encyclopedias for more than 200 years~ has announced that they will cease publishing their print editions~ focusing on their...
Perhaps~ the webquest I develop on Ireland might be of interest~ too: http://www.gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?cyberhuntireland.htmlI've also included resources that might be helpful such as listening to Gaelic~ reading an Irish story~ listening to...
I developed plays based on the To Tell the Truth Game Show on several of our First Ladies. Perhaps~ you may find them useful to use with your students during this month which highlights the contribution of women.Go here to download(free) the...
Whenever astronaut John Glenn left on a mission as a fighter pilot~ he'd tell his wife~"Well~ I'm going down to the corner to buy some chewing gum". He said the same thing on Feb.20~ 1962~ when he left to board the Mercury capsule~ on a mission to...
John Quincy Adams brought his pet alligator to the White House He also liked to skinny deep in the Potomac River. A reporter once sat on his clothes until he gave her an interview! John F. Kennedy was the first president to have been a Boy Scout...
When you think of Christmas, probably,the book which has been made into the most movie and television specials is,A Christmas Carol.With the 200th birthday, of British writer, Charles Dickens, on Feb.7,1812,I thought this might be a great time to...
Some will say that teachers shouldn't offer incentives in their classroom, I am not one of them. I think just like adults appreciate being recognized for their efforts, it helps to have some type of incentive program in the classroom.I used "Golden...
Kung Hei Fat Choy!That's Happy New Year in Chinese.2012 is the Year of the dragon, the most honored of all years of the Chinese zodiac. On the Chinese calendar, called Yuan Tan,the year is 4710. Chinese New year is not always held on the same day...
Imagine, knowing that your birthday would always fall on the same day each and every year. Would it be helpful if you knew that all holidays would also be celebrated on the same day? Our current calendar, called the Gregorian calendar, has been used...

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