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Everyone loves a sale. Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Back to School Sale August 4th and 5th.Use code BTS20 for up to 25% off everything in my store. Great time to purchase bundles! Visit my store:Gail's TpT Store

NEW RESOURCE: Learn about microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protists and virus with this informative web quest. Students will also learn about famous people who work with microbes, including Louis Pasteur, Alexander Fleming, Joseph Lister, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek and Edward Jenner. Students will also learn about helpful and harmful microbes. The web quest also mentions the coronavirus, has a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a Teacher Page with extension activities and links. There are 12 webquestions in the resource.
MICROBES! A Webquest

Downloadable FREEBIE Activities for Distance learning. Perhaps, you will find these links of value to use during school closings.

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Check out the August issue of Highlights for Children and read my article on Thomas Dambo's Trolls!


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

Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

Very excited that my latest book from Red Chair Press has been released. The book is available at and 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 AUGUST:

1. FREEBIE ON APPLE FACTS: This interactive notebook on Apples has several activities and 17 interesting fun facts about apples.Apple Facts INA
2. FREEBIE: CONSTITUTION Fun Facts!Learn some fun facts on the Constitution. Activity for Constitution Day! Each year, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th.Constitution Day Freebie
3. Mummy Facts:Amazing Mummy Facts
4.Antibullying:Antibullying Freebie INA
5. FAKE News:Fake News: Interactive Notebook Activity

6. Brain Awareness:BRAIN FACTS!

Highlighted Resources for AUGUST:

1. FAKE NEWS. FAKE NEWS: The term FAKE News seems to be used a lot these days! This Interactive Notebook activity also has extension activities:FAKE NEWS!

2.Need information to use with your students on map skills? Included are notes, lots of activities to use with your students(4-8th grade) and website resources. Also included, a 10 question web quest, comprehension questions and some fun facts on the topic of maps and geography of the world.Maps and Geography

3. Geographic Secret Messages: Students find the answers to geographic questions and then use the first letter of the answer to arrive at a secret message. When the questions are answered, the "secret" term(a geography term) will be revealed! There are 5 geographic messages to solve.Geographic Secret Messages and Secret Messages 2

4.Mesopotamia, called the cradle of civilization, is where archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest historic people.People called the Sumerians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Akkadians and Assyrians, all called the area home. These people left behind many ideas which we still have today. This unit of study includes notes, map work, a webquest, activities and resources.Mesopotamia, A Unit fo Study(and Webquest) Have students learn aboutHammurabi, the important lawmaker of ancient times with this biographical reading passage. Additional, there are several Did You Know? facts and comprehension questions. Hammurabi: A Reading I also have a bundle of resources on this topic:Mesopotamia: A Bundle of Resources A reading on Enheduanna, First Known Poet in History(Mesopotamia): Enheduanna, First known Poet: A Reading

5. This product covers an introduction to the Phoenicians and their contributions to the world(Alphabet, color purple, first sea traders).Notes, extension activities and links and several comprehension questions, too. Let's Learn about the Phoenicians With this biographical reading passage, students will learn about Hannibal, the famous general of ancient times. There is a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, map activity and a teacher page with extensions and links and the key.Hannibal: A Reading I also have a bundle on this topic: Phoenicians, A Bundle of Resources
I also have a reading on Hanno, Phoenician explorer: Hanno: A Reading

6.Learn all about mummies of the world. Included: Bog Mummies, Otzi, Chinchorro Mummies, Taklamakan Desert Mummies, Egyptian Mummies and more. 12 informative text questions/comprehension questions/extension activities, key, fun facts: Mummies! A Webquest Check out this play on King Tut!King Tut: A Reader's Theater Script

7. With this biographical reading passage, students will learn about Hatshepsut,the first female Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. There is a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extensions and links.Hatshepsut: A Reading I also have a similar resource on Ramses: Ramses:A Reading". I have a bundle on all things Egyptians: Egyptians: A Bundle of Resources

8.Early Humans/Prehistoric Cultures includes notes, lots of additional resources, websites and activities.This resource also includes a web quest with 12 web questions.Prehistoric Man:Unit/Webquest

9. Show kids that pretzels, shoes, chewing gum, peanuts, tulips and candy all have a history with my Everything Has a History series ! For the beginning of the school year, show kids that even pencils, pens and paper have a history! Pencil, Paper, Pens: A Webquest I also have a bundle on this topic: Everything has a History: Bundle of Resources

10. Countries in Focus: TEN countries are in the bundle:Countries of the World: A Bundle of Resources

11. Learn about the U.S. Constitution(Constitution Day is September 18th in 2017). Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee series of plays, this Reader's Theater Script is on the "Father of the Constitution", James Madson(1751-1836). With 13 audience questioners, a Did You Know Section, comprehension questions, a Teacher Page with extension activities, key and additional links, students will learn about the writing of our important government document, the Constitution.James Madison,"father of the Constitution, A Reader's Theater Script

NEW:CHECK out my new BOOM Learning Store! I have created Boom Decks on 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.
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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!

Check out my series of Children's Books from Aadarsh Publishing!

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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!

    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)

    IN THE NEWS: 07/31/2020:

    A few years ago, scientists found microbes that lived over 100 millions years ago. They were buried in dirt underneath the seafloor in the South Pacific Ocean. The single-celled organisms, that lived before the dinosaurs, were able to be woken up and brought back to life. The tiny life forms responded to nutrients and oxygen. The ancient microbes were found in sea sediment gathered 328 ft. beneath the 20,000 ft.floor of the ocean.

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    West of Paris visitors to the Rambouillet Forest may be surprised at what they may come upon. WALLABIES. Native to Australia, specifically, the island of Tasmania, a group of the hoppers escaped from a zoological reserve back in the 1970s. They were never recaptured. Today, there are at least 150 Wallabies calling the forest home. With no natural predators, they seem to be thriving in France. The highway has place road signs(yellow with a black kangaroo) to warn motorists that they may come across one of these marsupials while driving in the area.

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    A school in Virginia has become the first public school system in the WORLD to use drone to deliver books to kids. Students can order a book from over 150,000 titles. The drone delivers a book right to their door.The program was started in mid June to help kids keep up their reading skills during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Have you ever tried to find a ball under a cup out of several that are shuffled around? A study by researchers at Harvard did this with 21 adults, 21 children and a 22 year old parrot. Colorful pom-poms were placed until cups and were moved around. Participants had to follow the moving cup to keep track of which cup had a pom-pom.The results, the African grey parrot, Griffin, did the best on the memory test. He outperformed the children and was slightly better or equal to the adults!Photograph from

    Elephants and farmers in Botswana don't often get along. The elephants trample their crops, planted near the Chobe River, where the elephants go for water and the fertile grasses growing there. Dogs barking, fences and farmers banging pots, haven't seem to detract the elephants, who especially roam in the night hours. A new idea, from Elephants Without Borders, seems to be working to keep the wild elephants from damaging farmer's crops. Solar powered Strobe lights(disco lights) have been placed to create a light barrier along the perimeter of the farmers' fields. The different color lights, whose patterns are changed weekly, seem to be keeping the elephants away from the crops. Note:A similar idea was tried in the country in India(southwestern India-Calicut) back in 2018.

    This balloon ride is going to be an out of this world experience when passengers lift off in 2021. Along with a pilot, eight people , on each trip, will embark on a six hour round trip to the edge of space! The Space Perspective's vehicle uses hydrogen (helium is in short supply) to inflate the balloon that extends about the length of a football field. The cabin will offer 360 degree views from 100,000 ft. above the earth. The ride, which will begin at the Florida's Cecil Spaceport and/or Kennedy Space Center, will end when the balloon vehicle splashes down to the ocean and the passengers are retrieved and brought back to shore. Start saving your money, as a ticket will cost about $125,000!

    Scientists are saying the world's biggest whirling mass of dust nicknamed the "Godzilla Dust Cloud" is heading to the USA. Specifically, the dust storm is likely to hit the southeastern parts of the country.Originating in the Sahara Desert,trade winds often bring dust clouds on a 5000 mile trip to North America. This, however, is the largest such dust storm in at least 50 years. The storm can been seen by the astronauts at the International Space Station.

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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.