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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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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...
Did you know that people actually thought that the airplane would have no real purpose? WOW...were they wrong!    On December 17, 1903, less than 10 people showed up to watch Orville and Wilbur Wright make history. In fact most papers(only 3...
November 4, 1922, the day Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamen! Interesting facts: 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 Carnarvon died....
  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 the eye sockets for eyes.  Many mummies, male and female, were buried with extra hair...
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...
Leif Eriksson Day is October 9th.  What do YOU know about the Vikings? Did You Know?  1. Those horned helmets, you often see with Vikings did not really exist. There weren’t any horns on their helmets.  2. In addition to a statue to Leif...
Using the News in Your Classroom: You may have heard the word IMPEACHMENT being used in the news. Some people are talking about impeachment and the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. On September 24, 2019, the Speaker of the...
Teachers, you may find this of interest to use with students to introduce them to the Supreme Court,the highest court in our country. Oyez, Oyez...The Supreme Court begins its new session the first Monday of October. Used by the Supreme Court...
Each year, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th. This is the date, in 1787, when delegates to the Constitutional Convention, signed the Constitution. They had met for 116 days, at the State House(now called Independence Hall), in...
With the return of school, the issue of cell phones in the classroom is again being discussed. Most kids own cell phones. It is estimated that most children get their first phone at the age of 10! As a teacher, what is either your policy or your...

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