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For those of you about to go on Summer Vacation, Happy Summer! For everyone else, continue to stop by my website as I will continue to update my website regularly during the summer months!

From 2 July to 6 July, my resources will be on sale at TES. I think the sale is only in Great Britain and Australia. Check them out:Gail's Teacher Emporium

Highlighted Resources for July:

  • 1. Get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Brazil with this country in Focus: Brazil!
  • Brazil,Country in Focus

    2. Learn about the History of the Olympics:Learn about the history of the games which began in ancient Greece, both past and present with this informative webquest. There are 10 questions as well a number of fun facts. Extension activities are also included(and the key).

    History of the Olympics!

    3. Learn about the country of Greece, the country where the Olympic Games first originated!It's Greek to Me!

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

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

    6. 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 4/16: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!

  • Colour Fairies: Go Go's Flying Lesson
  • Colour Fairies: Yay Yay Gets Her Wand
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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

    (6/14/16)VERY 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!
    THINGY LETTERS!(clipart)

    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:
  • 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: 6/30/2016:

    Fireworks are an invention from the Chinese to the world. The colorful light shows create lots of smiles when fireworks brighten up the night sky. Not all creatures like the light shows. Dogs especially dread the noise of fireworks. The sounds of fireworks really hurts their sensitive ears. A town in Italy, Collecchio, has taken action to help their four legged population. They banned fireworks with noise and have decided to purchase future fireworks from a company which produces silent ones. Would a firework display lose its enjoyment if they were silent? What do you think of Collecchio's new law?

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    The European Union will be losing an important member with the vote in Great Britain to withdraw from the organization. The EU was formed to assist countries in Europe with travel and business. Until the vote this week, its membership include 28 European countries. Due to the vote, which was not what Great Britain's Prime Minister favored, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his resignation.

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    For what is thought to be an historic first, members of the Democratic party led by Congressman John Lewis began a sit-in on June 22nd in the House of Representatives. The reason for the action is that they want Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote on gun control legislation which he has refused to bring up to the members,for a yes or no vote. When told to leave the floor, the protesting members refused and the presiding leader of the House called for a recess.

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    A twenty-two pound block of butter was found not in a supermarket but buried about seven feet down in a peat bog in Ireland. The "bog butter" is thought be about 5000 years old and one of the oldest such butter finds! Scientists say the creamy white butter has the aroma of strong cheese and, is still edible, but not recommended. The cool, highly acidic and low oxygen environment of bogs helped to preserve the butter.

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    Five sports are being considered for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The International Olympic Committee will be review skateboarding, surfing, karate, rock climbing and baseball/softball to be added to the list of sports. Not all those sports on this list will be added. If you could select one of these sports to be included, which would it be and why?

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    Hundreds of documents were found in the mud near the Walbrook, now a buried stream, in London, England. Written on wood, the tablets date back to when Romans lived in the city and are about 2000 years old. One of the decoded messages is an IOU where a person promises to repay a debt.The date of the note is 57 AD!

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    Every year, it is estimated that eight millions TONS of plastic trash is dumped into the oceans of the world. Along the coast of Oregon, Angela Haseltine Pozzi has organized volunteers to collect the plastic that has washed up along the shore. To date, more than 18 tons of trash has been collected along 300 miles of coastline. Washed and sorted, Pozzi turned the trash into unique sculptures. Seventeen of her marine artwork is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Called "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea", Pozzi hope to create awareness about the plastic polluting our oceans. Did you know that scientists estimate approximately 315 billions pounds of trash is currently in the oceans of the world?

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    The world's longest railway tunnel opens this week in the country of Switzerland. The tunnel is 35.5 miles long and is two miles longer than the current record tunnel, found in Japan. It has taken twenty years to build the tunnel that goes through the Gotthard Mountain, part of the Alps. It will cut the time traveling from the city of Zurich to Milan, Italy,by almost two hours! Learn more about the country of Switzerland. Click here:Learn about Switzerland

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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.