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In the News: President Donald Trump was impeached(for the 2nd time) on January 13th, because of the siege on the Capitol on January 6th. The charge was "Incitement of insurrection".Unlike the first impeachment, this time, 10 Republicans joined the Democrats and voted that Trump should be impeached. What is Impeachment? Use this resource to share with students what Impeachment is and its history. There are 10 web questions on this topic(including the Order of Succession and the Checks and Balances between the three branches of government). There is also a short Did You Know? section and several comprehension questions. The Teacher Page includes the key and several extension activities.

"If I can not do great things, I can do small things in a great way."Martin Luther King

Try doing an act of kindness for someone, today!

"The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all."(Dear Abby)

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt


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My latest article just came out in the January issue of Highlights for Children! I interviewed Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom, two women Arctic Explorers(first female team to solo at the North Pole). After a brutal winter and having to extend their time at the pole due to the Coronavirus, Sunniva and Hilde returned home after 14 months. WOW,these two brave citizen scientists have since RETURNED to the Arctic for another winter at the Arctic to observe and collect data.

8/1/2020: My latest book, Fashion Rules!, my latest book from Red Chair Press, is now available for purchase:
Fashion Rules!

11/2020: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps has won another children's book award,a Northern Lights Book Award Winner! Thank you!

7/2020:Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps won a 1st place Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Picture Books 6 & Older category. Thank you, Story Monsters!

3/24/20:Excited to have my latest children's book, Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps, chosen as a 2019 Story Monster Approved winner!

Check out Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps which is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!

Highlighted FREEBIES for JANUARY:

  • 1.Inauguration Day FREEBIE: Inauguration Day Freebie
  • 2.FAKE News: FAKE NEWS Freebie

  • 3. Snow Factoids: Snow Factoids

  • 4. Happy New Year! New Year's Eve Customs from Around the World

  • 5. State of the Union Freebie: State of the Union Freebie
  • 6. Learn about Hans Christian Andersen, famous fairytale writer: Hans Christian Andersen Freebie
  • 7.Groundhog Day Freebie: Groundhog Day Freebie
  • 8. Anti Bullying: Antibullying Freebie

  • Highlighted Resources for JANUARY:

  • 1. INAUGURATION DAY is January 20th: Taking the oath of office, a big parade and evening balls(not in 2021 with the pandemic), Inauguration Day is a very busy day for the incoming President. This web quest has lots of information about Inauguration Day through the years. Inauguration Day, A Webquest
  • 2. Webquest on Martin Luther King: Martin Luther King,A Webquest I also have a Reader's Theater Script on Martin Luther King: Martin Luther King, A Reader's Theater Script
  • 3. Australia Day is 1/26. Learn about the country of Australia with this webquest: Australia,A Webquest
  • 4. Snowmen: 4 READINGS: The earliest drawing of a snowman was found in a book dating back to 1380! The book,"Book of Hours" was found in a library in the country of the Netherlands. This resource has four snowmen reading passages:1. Famous sculptor, Michelangelo, was hired to make a snowman for a wealthy person in Florence, Italy.2. A snow man is used each April, to help predict the weather during a festival in the country of Switzerland.3. One of the earliest written comments about snowmen dates back to 1690. Two snowman were left to guard Fort Schenectady, in New York, during a blizzard with very tragic consequences!4. The world's record for the largest snowman, Olympia, was constructed in 2008. 13 million pounds of snow were used to make the amazing snow-woman! As of 2020, the record still stands. Each short reading passage includes following directions to identify answers. There are also several extension activities and a Did you Know? section.Snowmen: Reading Passages
  • 5. Ben Franklin: Benjamin Franklin's birthday is January 17, 1706. A "founding father" of our country, Franklin was also a writer, inventor, statesman, post master and librarian! Learn about Franklin with this fun/informative ten question web quest. There ares Fun Facts and lots of extension activities. There is also a Test Your Knowledge Quiz on Ben Franklin.Ben Franklin: A Webquest and More

  • 6. Polar Bears: Did you know that a polar bear can swim up to 100 miles non-stop? Did you know that a polar bear doesn't hibernate like other bears do in the winter? Learn about this amazing mammal with this fun and informative webquest. Additional extension activities and resources are also provided. Polar Bears, A Webquest

  • 7. History of Pretzels: Use this reading passage to show students that everything has a history, even pretzels! The resource includes a reading passage, a Did You Know? section of fun facts about pretzels. For example: Baldies are what saltless pretzels are called! There is also a short map skill activity to show students the location of where pretzels originated. There are comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities and links. Pretzels: A Reading

  • 8. SHOES: Show kids that even shoes have a history with this fun/informative web quest. There are 9 web questions, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher page with directions, extension activities and the key.Great for a Friday, day before a vacation or just when you'd like to show kids that history is all around us! Shoes, A Webquest

  • 9. Chinese New Year (Learn about the country of China with this webquest): Want to introduce your students to the country of China during Chinese New Year? This web quest gives students an overview to the country including map skill questions, learning about the panda bears, the Great Wall of China, The Terra Cotta Solders and lots more. Extension activities and links as well as the key are also included. The 12 page resource has 10 informational web questions:China, A Webquest In 2021, Chinese New Year begins on February 12th.
  • 10.Groundhog Day: A Reader's Theater Script: A Visit with a Groundhog, A Reader's Theater Script Sarsaparilla is a groundhog who is invited to Ms. Bie Ografee's talk show to tell about the life of a groundhog and the history of the holiday, Groundhog Day. "Audience" members ask questions of the guest who hopes to get a job as a weather forecaster like many of her famous "cousins"". Groundhog Day is celebrated in the USA and Canada on February 2nd. I address this fact in the play.
  • 11. The State of the Union Address is scheduled for Feb/2021: This web quest shares the history of the address with 10 web questions, a Did You Know? Section, Extension Activities including a worksheet that students can be assigned.State of the Union Address, A Webquest

  • NEW:CHECK out my new BOOM Learning Store! I have created Boom Decks on World Capitals, World Landmarks, US Landmarks,Presidential Trivia,Famous Women, Maps/Geography,Everything has a History, Even Candy! and All Things Halloween.Gail Hennessey's Boom Cards.

    READINGS on Famous Women:Phillis Wheatley(poet),Aida De Acosta(first woman to fly a powered aircraft), Sojourner Truth(abolitionist, women's rights activist, author), Joan of Arc,Caroline Herschel, Mary Annings,Aglaonike(Greek Astronomer), Hypatia(First Known Woman Mathematician), Agnodice(First Female Doctor?), Enheduanna(First Known Poet), Sophie Brahe(Astronomer and Horticulturist of the Renaissance), Hildegard of Bingen (first musical play, write/abbess of the Middle Ages), Artemesia(Female Naval Commander-Persian War)

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    Bookmark Bios!Great for a bell ringer activity for Women's History Month.Click here to purchase:Bookmark Bios! Women in Modern Times(1700s on)

    Check out FREEBIE of TWO Bookmark Bios:Sample of TWO Bookmark Bios

    Use my THINGY letters to have kids write spelling words, vocabulary words or as an art activity! Have students try and guess what some of the THINGY Letters are.(also have Black/White option):ClipArt: Alphabet Thingy Letters!

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    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:
  • Louisa May Alcott, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Galileo Galilei, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Moon Landing!A Reader's Theater Script
  • Wright Brothers: A Reader's Theater Script
  • World War 2 FEMALE Pilots(WASP)
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Civil War: Women Soldiers, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Mathew Brady, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Crusades
  • Sir Isaac Newton, A Reader's Theater Script
  • Lewis and Clark: A Reader's Theater Script
  • The Vikings: A Visit with Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Constitution: A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution: A Reader's Theater Script
  • A Visit with Joshua Crabtree,An American Revolutionary War Tory: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Charles Dickens: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Johnny Appleseed:A Reader's Theater Script
  • Albert Einstein: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Rachel Carson: A Reader's Theater Script
  • Katherine Johnson:Scientist/Mathematician
  • 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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    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!

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    IN THE NEWS: 1/16/2020:

    Someone painted a drawing of a pig. Not really newsworthy until you learn that the painting was done about 45,000 years ago. Scientists dated calcite deposits on the cave painting to determine the age of the artwork. Archaeologists found the dark red ochre drawing in a cave in Indonesia. Specifically, the cave drawing was found on the island of Sulawesi and in the Leang Tedongnge Cave.It may be the oldest animal cave painting ever found.The work of art was also signed. The artist left two hand prints near the back of the pig s body! Note: A cave painting found in South Africa, dating back about 73,000 years is believed to be the world's oldest cave drawing.

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    On January20,2021. President Elect Biden will be sworn into office as the 46th president of the United States. On January, 17th, the Delaware Humane Association will hold an InDOGUATION, for the Bidens' dog, Major. Major, a German Shepard, was a rescue dog and will be the first shelter dog to ever live in the White House. The event will take place on Zoom at 3pm EST and is being called the "world’s largest virtual party for dogs"". If you have a pooch, you are encouraged to sit with your pet during the ceremony. There will also be a dog selected as Major's "Secretary of Rescue Dogs"". For a $10 donation, you can nominate your pet for this post and can watch the Zoom event. Learn more at this link: DHA Picture from DHA

    In Russia, specifically the area called Siberia, scientists have found a frozen woolly rhino! The rhino, about 3-4 years old, with hazel colored fur, is estimated to be about 20,000 years old and is amazingly preserved. In fact, paleontologists found the last meal it had eaten, still inside its stomach! Most of its organs were still in its body,too.

    Photograph from Siberian Times

    The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The city was quickly buried in volcanic ash. Archeologist have made amazing discoveries over the years. Now, a "snack bar" has been unearthed (actually more than one)AND with some of the food items STILL in the pots. Some of the remains archeologists found in the pots at the "frescoed thermopolium"(meaning hot sell) included duck, pig, fish, snail and goats. Additionally, the snack stand still had beautiful and colorful paintings on display. Learn about Pompeii at this link:Pompeii

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    "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)

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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. I am the author of 8 books for teachers and over 30 books for children(Purple Turtle Series by Aadarsh Publishing). In 2019, my new series of three books, "Odd History" will be published by Red Chair Press.

    My work has appeared in most children's publications including:
    Appleseeds,Scholastic's Super Science,Scholastic's Science World,Highlights for Children,Jack and Jill,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.