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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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Children are certainly not seeing the world demonstrating the concept of peace. Is there really anything we can do to foster the concept when our news continually shows just the opposite? The International Day of Peace is held every year...
A new eight-story museum on the National Mall opens on September 24th and it was 100 years in the making. Called the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum was first discussed back in 1915, when African American Civil...
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15th–October 15th. It was originally established, in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week, by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it became a month-long celebration. Some people...
With the new year about to begin, I’d like to share my A–Z Teaching List. If you have suggestions, please share. A–Z Teaching List Always exhibit an interest in what you are teaching. If you think it’s important, your students will, too. Have an...
  National Aviation Day is August 19th: All About Flying   National Aviation Day was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, on the birthday of Orville Wright, who first piloted the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903.   Did You...
  FACTS ABOUT THE OLYMPIC GAMES!     1.  The Heraia was an event honoring Hera, Zeus’ wife. Held ever 4 years,unmarried women participated in their own games. The event was a running event. It was in 1900 that...
COOL facts about Ice Cream Did you know that JULY is National Ice Cream Month in the USA? It was established by President Ronald Reagan, in 1984. National Ice Cream Day is the 3rd Sunday in July. Learn some fun facts about ice cream!   One...
I am a retired teacher but you can't take the 'teacher' out of me. I am always looking at things and seeing a teachable moment. I hope you find the ideas which I post of value to use with your students! On July 2nd, the Tour de France...
Cool Brain Factoids The brain is made up of five main parts: the brain stem, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, cerebellum, and the cerebrum.  Learn some cool facts about your brain! Share these facts with students. • Did you know...
Flag Day is Here! Teachers might find this resource of value as a possible Interactive Notebook Activity. Fun Facts about Flags: 1. A vexillologist is someone that studies flags! 2. Most flags have the colors red and...

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