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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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                                                     1. In 2023, a Norway Spruce tree, from the state of New York, was again selected as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It is 80 ft. tall. Head gardener for Rockefeller Center, Eric Pauze, had...
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...
Halloween Fun Facts 1. Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. Fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia.(Yikes-try pronouncing both words!) Did you know that many hotels don't have a 13th floor?(Well, actually there...

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