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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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The Iditarod, held in the state of Alaska, begins this coming weekend! (March 4th) Fun Facts to Share with Students! Danish explorer Vitus Bering was the first European to discover Alaska. The year was 1741. A lamp is lit at the beginning of...
World Book Day!Click here for the Free Interactive Notebook Activity on Amazing Book Facts! Amazing Book Facts: Did You Know? Did you know that the Chinese invented paper around 105 A.D.? Before this, people wrote on parchment (animal skin) to...
Using the News in the Classroom This week, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and co-sponsor Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) have introduced a bill to have a statue of Harriet Tubman placed in a "prominent location" in the U.S. Capitol. In...
NOTE: Click here for a free downloadable version. Trivia Dogs, cats and birds have often found a home in the White House. There have also been some unique pets such as John Quincy Adams's pet alligator, Martin Van Buren's two tiger cubs, and...
Click here for the free downloadable version. At one time, Valentine's Day was also the day to celebrate Groundhog Day! Ever wonder why lace is associated with Valentine's Day? Seems the word comes from a Latin word, "laques" meaning "net." Get...
Black History Month Dr. Carter G. Woodson organized a two-week period in February 1926 to highlight contributions of African Americans. In 1976, the month of February was established as Black History Month. The month of...
Groundhog Day is February 2nd. It's a time when people look to a groundhog to find out whether or not we will be having six more weeks of winter. The idea dates back hundreds of years when people looked to hibernating animals such as...
Download the free resource at this link. Chinese New Year Factoids Kung Hei Fat Choy! That’s Happy New Year in Chinese. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. The rooster is a symbol of confidence. Those born under this Chinese zodiac sign are said to...
Inauguration Day Facts! Possible Interactive Notebook Activity by Gail Skroback Hennessey Click here for the free download. DID YOU KNOW? The First Inauguration Ceremony to be on television was in 1949, for President Harry S. Truman. President...
The Giraffe Possible Interactive Notebook Activity by Gail Skroback Hennessey Click here for the free download of this Interactive Notebook Activity. In less than 30 years, the number of giraffes have drastically decreased by almost 40 percent....

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