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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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  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...
                                                   1. In 2020, a Norway Spruce tree from Oneonta, New York, was selected as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. When workers were setting up this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, they...
Geographic Activities to Foster Geographic Awareness.   1. A fun way to show our  Globally Interdependent World: Assign a partner and have the students check the labels on their tops to see where they are made.  Do the same for their shoes. Have...

 November is Thanksgiving time and most of us will be celebrating with a turkey dinner. Did you know that the Native American Indians were raising turkey as far back as 1000 A.D. ? Did you know that the Aztecs, of Mexico, were raising...
1. Over the years, many people took samples of Plymouth Rock. Today, it is now 1/3 the size it was during the time of the Pilgrims. 2. The sailors on the Mayflower didn’t care for the Pilgrims and called them “flib-gabbety puke stockings” because...
  This year, 2021, Diwali or Deepavali, begins on November 4th and lasts for 5 days.   It's a happy time of year and is the biggest holiday in the country of India.  Practiced mainly by people of the Hindu faith, many other people enjoy taking...
    What Became of the Mayflower? Ever wonder what became of the Mayflower? The ship sailed with 102 Pilgrims over the Atlantic to North America, in 1620. If you are expecting to find it docked to some pier, or in a museum, you’d be wrong. ...
  November 4, 1922, the day Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamen   Interesting facts: 1. Lord Carnarvon was bitten by a mosquito, while in Egypt and died days later. It is said that the lights in Cairo, Egypt, went out when...
  With Halloween around the corner, you may find these MUMMY FACTS of interest to share with your kids.   1. Mummies of pharaoh (kings) had onions place in theeye sockets for eyes. Many mummies, male and female, were buried with extra...
On November 3, 2020, Americans will vote in the election for the next  President of the United States.  Each state has a number of “electoral votes”, depending on the state’s representatives to Congress (based on population of the state) and each...

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