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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, FACES, Muse and other publications. She currently writes often for Highlights for Children and Jack and Jill Magazine. She also is the author of 35 children's books and 8 books for teachers.
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A most unusual parade in Cairo, Egypt, happened on Saturday, to honor 22 very important mummies(18 kings and 4 queens), including Ramses 2 and Queen Hatshepsut ( first female ruler of ancient Egypt). The royal mummies, dating back more than 3000...
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...
  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 2023, the theme for world Water Day is “Be the Change”, encouraging people to change the way they use the precious resource...
  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...
  In the News: A walrus, the size of a cow, found itself off the coast of Ireland, the first ever confirmed spotting of a walrus in Ireland! Native to the Arctic, scientists think the walrus was on an iceberg and fell asleep as the iceberg...
Chinese New Year Factoids   Kung Hei Fat Choy! Kung Hei Fat Choy! That’s Happy New Year in Chinese. 2021 is the Year of the OX (Buffalo). OX people are thought to be hard workers, honest, responsible, motivated and take things slowly. Some say...
Valentine’s Day and the Heart Factoids   1. At one time, Valentine’s Day was also the day to celebrate Groundhog Day!    2. Ever wonder why lace is associated with Valentine’s Day? Seem the word comes from a Latin word, “laques”meaning “net.”...
  Martin Luther King's birthday is January 15th.  Share these Factoids with your students.   Did you Know?   1. The only non-president to be honored with a national holiday is Martin Luther King. 2. Only George Washington and Martin Luther...
  Inauguration Day Facts!   Did You Know? 1. The First Inauguration Ceremony to be on television was in 1949, for President Harry S. Truman.  2. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was actually lassoed by a cowboy who came up to him on a horse...
  Looking for a possible Interactive Notebook Activity to use with kids just before the holidays (or the week you return in the new year)?   Bonne annee(French) Frohes neues Jahr(Germany)  Felice anno nuovo(Italian)  Gott nytt ar(Swedish...

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