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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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Kung Hei Fat Choy! Kung Hei Fat Choy! That’s Happy New Year in Chinese. 2020 is the Year of the RAT. Those born under this Chinese zodiac sign are said to have lots of energy and to be optimistic people. Sometimes, people born under the sign...
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 King are...
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...
   With two articles of impeachment against Donald J. Trump,(the 45th president of the United States), became only the 3rd president in U.S. history, to ever be impeached. Impeachment is the process of removing a president from office for...
With this being the time of year for the story, A Christmas Carol, it's a great opportunity to learn about its author,Charles Dickens. One of the most famous writers of all times,Dickens also wrote Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two...
Fun Facts: 1. In 2019, a Norway Spruce tree from the village of Florida, New York, was selected as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. 2.  The tallest Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was 100 ft. tall (1999). 3. Trees usually...
On December 1, 1955, a tired seamstress living in Montgomery, Alabama, made history. Rosa Parks was an African American woman who broke the law when she refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus for a white passenger. Her act of civil...
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 turkeys...
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  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.  That’s because the Mayflower most...

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