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Highlighted Resources for SEPTEMBER:

  • 1.Why do we have to Learn this? Share this reading on how our Past has Shaped our Present!
  • The Past Shapes Our Present Reading Activity

    2.Learn about Prehistoric Man: Earliest Cultures

    Earliest Cultures, A Mini Unit!

    3. All things Maps! Notes, Activities, Webquest

    Maps and Geography:Let's Map It!

    4.Everything has a History, even Pens,Pencils and Paper!Pencils, Pens and Paper: A Webquest

    5. Everything has a History, even CandyHistory of Candy Webquest!

    6. Everything has a History, even SHOES!History of Shoes Webquest!

    7. Everything has a History, even PRETZELS!yHistory of PRETZELS!(a Reading Activity)

    NEWS:Hillary Clinton has made history becoming the first woman ever to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party(the Democratic Party)Check out this resource:Hillary Clinton: A Reader's Theater ScriptHillary Clinton

    In the News:Harriet Tubman's image to be placed on the $20 bill! Learn about Harriet Tubman with this Reader's Theater Script:Harriet Tubman

    NEW:Twenty Reader's Theater Scripts(Biographies in Ancient History)published by Social Studies School Services:Check it out:Gail's Latest Book

    Check out my new series of Children's Books!

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    Check out my video interview at Author, Gail Hennessey

    Visit Rachel Lynette's Minds in Bloom Blog to see my Guest Blog,"Got A Minute,Three or Five?"(Tips for things to do when you a few minutes of class time).Click

    EXCITING NEWS: My SECOND Purple Turtle Story was made into a cartoon.Click here to watch:Purple Turtle and the Safari Adventure Purple Turtle Story, Purple and the Cupcakes, was made into an animated cartoon! Check it out here:Purple Turte and the Case of the Missing Cupcakes!

    My latest CLIPART! THINGY LETTERS!Lots of Fun...From Utah to Colorado, to New York to New Jersey and around the my home and inside my garage, once I started I saw letters of the alphabet all around me! Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words, to make Mother's Day/Father's Day cards or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option).CLICK HERE!
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    Check out my Pinterest page to see all my resources in one easy place!Click here to learn more:Gail's Social Studies Emporium(and More)

    My Latest Reader's Theater Scripts:Go to the link and click "Preview" to see a sample of the Reader's Theater Script you may find of interest:
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington Carver: The Peanut Man
  • Thomas Edison, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Marie Curie,Scientist
  • Jacques Cousteau, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Revolutionary War Spies(Culper Spy Ring).A Visit with Female Agent 355
  • A California Gold Rush Prospector!
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • William Shakespeare
  • <Bessie Coleman,Aviator
  • Marian Anderson
  • Leonardo da Vinci,"Renaissance Man!"
  • Michelangelo!
  • Sacagawea
  • Sequoyah
  • Tuskegee Airman!
  • The Bus Ride That Changed History(A Visit with Rosa Parks)
  • Harriet Tubman

  • Simon,A Victim of the Black Death
  • Marco Polo
  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Love Brewster,Interview with a Pilgrim

  • McSean, the Leprechaun, A Reader's Theater Script

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    IN THE NEWS TODAY: 8/28/2016:

    A fisherman in the country of the Philippines has found what may be the world's largest pearl. Measuring 1 ft. wide and 2.2 ft. long, the pearl tips the scale at about 75 pounds. The fisherman kept it under his bed for ten years thinking it would bring good luck! A pearl is created inside a clam(mollusk) when a piece of sand gets inside the shell. The marine creature continues to secretes layers and layers of calcium carbonate around the irritant. Just like a tree's rings, a pearl also has rings which a scientist can use to determine the age of the pearl. If this find is indeed a pearl, it could be worth an estimated $100 million dollars.Photograph

    The National Parks Service turned 100 this week. President Obama used this week to create the largest protected area in the world. Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, originally established as a national monument in 2006, under President George Bush, has be extended to 583,000 sq. miles. That's an area 2x the size of the state of Texas! The area in the Pacific Ocean is home to an estimated 7000 marine species, 1/4 found nowhere else on the Earth. Species include sea turtles, a white octopus, blue whales, Regal Parrotfish and Hawaiian Black grouper, Hawaiian monk seals and short-tailed albatrosses. Papahanaumokuakea also has lots of coral reefs and is home to one of the oldest animals on earth, the black coral.Protecting this area from commercial fishing, will hopefully protect the diverse marine life of the area.Photograph

    Last week, the Airlander 10 made its maiden voyage in the skies over Great Britain. A hybrid of a blimp, helicopter and cargo plane, the Airlander 10 is about the width and height of a football field. It is the longest aircraft in the world and is powered with helium. With speeds of 70-90 mph, the Airlander is much slower than an airplane. However,the Airlander 10 can land anywhere and can remain in the air for up to five days. It is thought that the Airlander 10 can be used for monitoring purposes and for delivering supplies to hard to reach areas, since it doesn't need a runway.Eventually, the aircraft could also be used for passenger travel.

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    A glass bottom bridge has opened in China and it isn't for the faint of heart. Thought to be the world's highest and longest glass bottom bridge in the world, the bridge is located in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan Province, China. The bridge spans about 1400 ft. and is 984 ft. above the ground. If walking along the bridge isn't enough of a thrill, bungy jumping will also be available.

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    An unusual squid was spotted off the coast of Big Sur,California. The purple squid with the adorable big eyes was found at a depth of about 3000 ft. Usually the Opisthoteuthis ADORABILIS squid buries itself in the sediment with just its eye sticking out searching for food to>Photograph from

    The continents are moving and especially Australia has been on the move. Scientists estimate that the continent moves about 2.7 inches north each year. Because the distance is now about six feet, some changes need to be made. You may ask yourself, why does a few feet matter?The answer is that GPS systems have become a bit off due to the movement and since the coordinates haven't been changed since 1994, scientists have determined there is a need for cars and trucks to have an updated GPS system. With the introduction of driverless car and farm tractors, it is very important that the most accurate GPS is available.

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    Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed glass made from wood! Yes, glass from wood. The translucent wood looks like glass but is much more durable and stronger than regular glass. Wood is also a much better insulator than glass so buildings using "wood glass" will made a much smaller carbon footprint. The see through wood has been hit with a hammer and it does not break! Although the actual method to making see through glass is a secret,the wood glass is made using wood, epoxy and bleach.

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    I remember the saying "Sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you". Personally, I never thought this to be true. Words are very powerful and negative words can hurt-a lot! Each day, thousands of young people experience some sort of bullying, either in words and/or actions. These two sites have great resources which might be of help to classroom teachers, parents and young people:
    Stop Bullying!
    Click here to learn more about Anti-Bullying Activities to use in the classroom.Stand up to Bullying!

    To any young people visiting my website. Please,if you are being bullied, seek help...SPEAK TO AN ADULT today!And, if you SEE something that looks like bullying-SAY something to an adult!

    "The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to compromise."FDR
    "If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."(Ben Franklin)
    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."(Mahatma Gandhi)
    "School is a building that has four walls-with tomorrow inside."(Lon Watters)
    "We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."(Senator Ted Kennedy)
    "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." (Robert Byrne)
    <"The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)

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    About Gail:

    I have retired from teaching after 33 1/2 years in the classroom. Of that time, I taught Grade 6 Social Studies teacher for 31 1/2 years.I earned my BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies from SUNY Oneonta, New York, and my MST in social studies education from Binghamton University in New York. In 1988, I was awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies. Additionally, in 1988, I was also awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award by the National Council for the Social Studies.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World, Highlights for Children, National Geographic World, Ranger Rick, Cobblestone, Faces, Muse Magazine,Contact Kids, US Kids,Action Magazine(Scholastic),Girls' Life,Boys' Life,American Girl, Instructor, Creative Classroom, Middle Years, Time for Kids, Scholastic News, Scholastic News Zone, Time for Kids , Ask Magazine, Dig, Calliope, Cobblestone, FACES, Studies Weekly, Glo Adventurer, and more.