Primary and Elementary Level
Along Came A Spider (Grades K-5)
This guide contains 60 lessons that help teach the sequence and components of narrative writing by using familiar, memorable nursery rhymes with techniques to help students remember to include a character, setting, action, problem and solution in their stories.
Black and White and Read All Over (Grades K-5)
Visually engage young readers with coloring pages and fun animal characters that explain a day in the life of a newspaper.
Building Self-Esteem (Grades K-5)
Students have to feel good about themselves – to feel worthy, capable and likeable – if they are going to succeed in school. This guide and student supplement offer activities that use a combination of individual and group work to bolster and reinforce student self-esteem. Student supplements available while supply lasts.
Celebrate! Every Day’s A Holiday (Grades K-5)
Celebrating Unusual Holidays and Notable Occasions
This activity book is designed to take elementary students through the calendar year using the newspaper to look into many familiar holidays, as well as many unfamiliar, new and engaging special days.
Dinosaurs and the Newspaper (Grades 3-5)
This guide contains numerous lessons about prehistory, dinosaurs, how the earth began, fossils and fossil clues, the first birds, reptiles and mammals and much more about earth science.
Dr. Seuss Meets Howard Gardner (Grades K-3)
This series of eight activities is designed for students to make connections with what they have read in popular children’s books, using a specific intelligence and the newspaper. Activities invite students to use a broad range of academic and everyday skills such as organizing information, estimating and decision making.
Fundamentals for Elementary Students (Grades K-5)
This teaching guide addresses most mandated competencies and educational objectives. Lessons focus on fundamental skill development in the major subject areas.
It's NIE for K-3
Seventy-six activities designed to help primary teachers discover that the newspaper is a perfect workbook even for beginning readers. The activities include language arts, writing, science/health, math, news knowledge and social studies.
Multiple Intelligences: Implementing with Newspapers (Grades K-5)
Based on the work of Harvard psychologist, Howard Gardner, this guide is a collection of eight newspaper-related activities for Grades K-5. Students will make connections with what they have read in the stories by using a specific intelligence and the newspaper.
Newspaper Activity Centers (Grades 1-8)
This guide describes file folder activity centers and bulletin board ideas for using the newspaper. The activities can be easily adapted to any grade or skill level and offer students the opportunity to practice reading skills, obtain information and enjoy learning.
Newspaper Activities with Young Children (Grades K-3)
This guide contains 52 ideas for using the newspaper with preschool and primary children. The activities are divided according to the different developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood: Cognitive Development, Language Development & Literacy, Physical Development, Socio-Emotional Development and Aesthetic Development.
Newspaper Fun with Garfield (Grades K-3)
Forty-five activities illustrated with Garfield, which can be used for enrichment in small groups, for whole group instruction, to create center activities, or for parent/child activities at home.
NIE . . . It’s Elementary (Grades K-6)
A general to using the newspaper in the elementary grades, this publication provides over 70 activities in a variety of curriculum areas. The activities are organized by section of the newspaper. This is an excellent publication for introducing elementary teachers and students to the many uses of the newspaper in language arts, social studies and mathematics.
Reading to Follow Directions (Grades K-3)
Designed to help beginner readers read and follow directions as they work on initial alphabet sounds, sight words and simple sentences. Every activity uses the newspaper as a primary source and guides the student to look for specific letters, words and phrases in print.
Research-Based Reading Instruction Using the Newspaper: Based on the US Dept. of Education, Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read, a report on successful research-based reading instruction, this guide focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills using the newspaper. Dr. Darla Shaw, who is well known in NIE circles for her Frameworks guide written for Mass. and CT state language arts standards, wrote the guide. The Reading First guide is a great fit with the national education movement's focus on researched-based reading concepts.
Upper Elementary, Middle and Secondary Levels
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A Plan For All Seasons (Grades 3-8)
Creative activities and top-notch graphics focus on specific holidays and seasonal events. Students have special interests as the seasons change. The forty-eight activities in this guide capitalize on these interests to motivate students to apply skills and concepts.
All Together Now = Living and Learning in a Multicultural Society (4-12)
Multi-cultural literature is not about helping minority cultures adapt to a majority culture-it is about all of us learning together. We all come from different cultures and backgrounds. This guide looks at the role the newspaper can play in developing children’s skills in a multicultural society.
Art Concepts in the News (Grades 5-12)
This guide provides activities that can be used in the instruction of art in the general classroom or in the art classroom. It provides teachers with a variety of art concepts that can be applied through use of the newspaper.
Black History and the Newspaper Volume I (Grades 4-12)
Each student activity page focuses on a different subject: government, politics, civil rights, the arts, music, entertainment, business, industry, technology, agriculture, space exploration, science, medicine, sports and education as it highlights outstanding black individuals in each field. The activities help you link this important topic to today's news and information all year long.
Black History and the Newspaper Volume II (Grades 6-10)
Just like our first volume, this instructional guide is a terrific way to link such an important diversity topic to today’s news and information. Every fourth activity page begins a new subject: literature, education, the military, government, civil rights, business, science, and technology (just to name a few), as it highlights outstanding black individuals in each field.
Careers (Grades 7-12)
This guide exposes students to a wide range of career possibilities and helps them explore the paths that seem right for them. A detailed graphic divides the working world into 15 basic fields. Each field then contains many different jobs, which can be categorized by the education or training they require.
Celebrate Diversity (Grades 4-12)
Diversity means a wide range of cultures and subcultures that represent different values, beliefs, ideologies, behaviors, symbols, rituals, customs, languages, norms, styles, etc. This guide focuses on six areas of diversity. It is designed to provide teachers with many opportunities and choices.
Celebrate Theatre (Grades 7-12)
Theatre is a useful and exciting teaching tool. Use this guide and the societal concerns reflected in real-life examples in newspapers to help students develop creative thinking, problem solving and communication and socialization skills.
Challenges and Choices (Grades 3-12)
Students are confronted by a multitude of challenges. Each challenge forces choices and the newspaper can provide the information students need to make those choices. This guide presents challenges in six content areas: Information Explosion; Personal; Citizenship; Global; The Arts; The Future. Each activity is designed to give students practice in identifying issues and posing solutions.
Character Education Through the Newspaper (Grades 3-12)
Explore character education through the newspaper. Students will discover definitions and real-life examples of responsibility, loyalty, respect, integrity and much more.
Civic Education in the Newspaper – Using Current Events to Teach Social Studies (Grades 6-12)
This instructional guide provides both the teacher and the student with a deeper understanding of civics and social studies. Lessons relate to American history and culture, government, economics, geography, and current events. Each activity page includes the instructional goal, a correlation explanation, step-by-step activity instructions, and a chart for organizing newspaper information.
Citizens Together (Grades 3-12)
Students will apply reading, writing and thinking skills and use the most current information available - the newspaper - to explore the individual freedoms protected in the Bill of Rights. Five specific rights explored include: Your Right to Know; Your Right to Express Your Opinion; Your Right to Assemble; Your Rights in the Legal System; Your Right to be Secure. Includes elementary, middle and secondary level activity sheets.
Creating a Classroom Newspaper (Grades 3-12)
Students will practice, prepare and create their own newspaper. This guide combines reading and writing skills and organizes each day's work with teacher lesson plans and student activity sheets on elementary, middle and secondary levels.
D R A W I N G Conclusions about the 90’s (Grades 6-12)
Using Political Cartoons to Investigate the Decade
This teaching guide contains a thumbnail history of editorial cartoons and instructions on how to dissect a cartoon. Analysis questions promote critical thinking and enhance cognitive skills.
Earth Watch For a Cleaner and Safer Environment (Grades 4-10)
Promoting Environmental Awareness
This three-part book focuses on today’s environmental issues. Each exercise includes a detailed instructional lesson, a “facts” box and a full page of student activities.
Exploring the Dimensions of Thinking (Grades 3-12)
Students will identify and apply a variety of thinking processes or skills in many different contexts. Classrooms where thinking can flourish are characterized by cooperation on problems, sharing of ideas among students, time for reflection, tolerance of diversity and mistakes, and rich sources of information. Includes activity sheets on elementary, middle and secondary levels.
Exploring Your World with Newspapers (Grades 3-12)
The newspaper is the vehicle as students explore the world around them. Activities in this curriculum guide integrate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as students explore the Newspaper, the World of People, Issues, Community Resources, the Environment and the Arts.
Finding the Right Job for You (Grades 9-12)
Getting a job is a skill like any other. You need to know how to read the want ads, do research, write a resume, fill out an application and behave during an interview. This guide encourages you to let your interests lead the way, followed by practical information on research, newspapers, networking, resumes, job applications and interviews.
Football Fan Fare (Grades 4-12)
This guide helps students and teachers follow their favorite football teams in various leagues - professional, collegiate, amateur and high school - as they put to work skills learned in various content areas. Eighteen activities in each content area - Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics - motivate students to reach for the sports and other pages of the newspaper.
From Writers to Readers (Grades 6-12)
The activities in this guide are designed to be used in either a Writer’s Workshop program or a traditional writing curriculum. This is an approach to writing instruction that focuses on the student as the author, while encouraging a positive and relevant lifetime reading habit by engaging them with an authentic text – the newspaper.
Geographic Challenge (Grades 3-12)
There's a wave of excitement in classrooms when geography and the newspaper come together. Through business, advertising, sports, weather, comics and front-page news, students get a taste of the excitement of basic geography and the importance of geographic literacy in our daily lives. This guide contains 60 pages of activities for varying ability levels.
Geography in the News (5-12)
This guide, prepared by the editors of Parade Magazine, is designed to help your students understand the five themes of geography and use them to make sense of our constantly changing world and the stories they read in the newspaper. It will also help students develop research skills, critical thinking skills and use the newspaper to discuss and debate international issues.
Heroes & the Newspaper (Grades 4-12)
Activities in this guide use the newspaper to study people who make a positive contribution to humanity - historic and modern day heroes. Students relate historic figures to events in today's newspaper and identify people who are doing heroic deeds today. The guide includes activities grouped in three different levels.
Hispanic Heritage: A Salute to Latino Americans (Grades 4-9)
Celebrate Hispanic American men and women from every walk of life who have made outstanding contributions. The activities link important diversity topics to today’s news and information.
In My Opinion: The Newspaper and Persuasive Writing (Grades 7-12)
This curriculum guide focuses on editorial writing and the persuasive role of the newspaper. In My Opinion takes a process approach to both research and writing and helps students identify points of view and good argument and practice them.
This guide focuses on helping students develop higher-level thinking skills using the newspaper. Students need to be problem solvers and lifelong learners. The newspaper is a logical instructional medium for this cause. It is an authentic, real-world text, one that will engage students and provide the information they will need to make decisions throughout their lives.
Keep It Real, Newspapers, the Ultimate Informational Text (Grades 5-12)
This teacher’s guide provides educators with specific activities to help students develop and extend their ability to comprehend informational text structures and organization.
Library Fun (Grades 4 and up)
Newspaper Activities for the Library
The activities in this guide are designed for cooperative and independent use. Activities link newspapers with other library resources.
Life Skills in the News (Grades 6-12)
This guide is appropriate for all students, from those at-risk to those highly motivated. It provides 76 activities designed to help develop and apply practical living and consumer skills through the use of the newspaper. The four sections of this guide include Life Essentials, Language and Communications, Lifestyles and Success. Each section provides comprehensive applications for development of consumer skills.
Mastering the Message (Grades 4-12)
This curriculum guide focuses on media literacy as a companion piece to Messages and Meaning: A Guide to Understanding Media. It contains detailed activities that lend themselves to performance assessment. Lessons will revolve around constructing the news, news and politics, and the role of public relations. Each activity is followed by a set of evaluation criteria, or rubrics, for the activity.
Mathematics in the News (Grades 4-12)
Practical math activities that help students apply skills in simple calculation, averaging, converting numbers, estimation, problem solving, computing with fractions and decimals, whole numbers and mixed numbers. Activities include simple geometry, measurement, ratios, cross-products, percentages, range, mean, median and mode, while using grocery and other retail advertising, classified advertising, financial news and indexes, sports pages, weather information and comic strips. Skills are identified for each activity.
Messages & Meaning - A Guide to Understanding Media (Grades 6-12)
Help students become informed consumers of media, able to negotiate meaning from media messages to understand themselves and the world around them. Unit topics include: Why Study Media?; Accessing Messages - Where Do I Find It?; Analyzing Messages - What Does It Mean"; Evaluating Messages - How Can I Use It?; Communicating Messages - How Do I Convey a Meaning?; Looking Ahead: Evaluating New Technologies.
Money Matters (Grades 4-12)
The activities in this guide are designed to help your students understand how to save money and how to invest it. Topics include how taxes are taken out of pay checks, setting goals, establishing bank accounts, using credit cards and investing in stocks and bonds.
Native Americans (Grades 4-10)
Students are provided with a link to the indigenous people of North America with newspaper activities, which promote cultural awareness. Twenty-six pages of lessons provide historical information and portraits of well-known leaders. Reading, writing, social studies and problem-solving skills are enhanced.
News AD Vantage (Grades 4-8)
This is a great guide for use in advertising studies of any kind. The contents focus on basic elements of advertisements, analysis of advertisements, ad design, consumerism, career education, social studies and language arts.
News Plus (Grades 3-8)
Newspaper activities for fun and learning are included in this guide. There are ideas for improving language and writing skills, practicing reading and sharpening thinking skills.
Newspaper Activities for Fun and Learning
This guide offers a wealth of activities for getting the most from a newspaper class. The activities will help keep your class informed on all the things that interest them and things that are important, while helping to improve language and writing skills.
News You Can Use to Teach (Grades 6-12)
These resource sheets highlight activities that connect the newspaper to curriculum. The activities can be used as presented or as a template to create your own activities as they relate to the newspaper and a variety of content areas. Activities for individuals, partners and groups.
Newspaper Journalism (Grades 6-12)
This guide provides 77 activities that use the newspaper as a resource for learning techniques from the world of journalism. From identifying fonts to establishing a newspaper's mission, the objectives set out in journalism instruction can be met with ease. From basic news writing to creation of summaries, comic strips and advertising, these activities introduce the highest standards for classroom newspapers and school newspapers.
Newspapers and the 'Net
(Information for teachers of all grade levels and activities for Grades 4-12)
This guide offers students experiences using the newspaper to understand current events, find information, make decisions about technology and use the Internet to learn even more.
Newspapers Maintain the Brain (Grades 4-12)
News develops every day. The beauty of the newspaper in the classroom is that it is fresh each day. This guide offers a process for learning through newspaper activities that require thought and creativity. Students will discover new worlds, uncover information, make connections and arrive at a level of understanding.
Newspapers Make the Write Connection (Grades 3-12)
The writing activities presented in this guide center around narrative/creative, informational and persuasive writing. Each lesson is presented on a reproducible activity sheet. Several models for evaluating student writing are included.
Newspapers + Math = Fun (Grades K-8)
This curriculum guide was developed around eight math standards established by the Standards of School Mathematics prepared by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Activities for each standard are divided into two grade groups: K-4 and 5-8. There is a reproducible activity sheet at each grade level for each standard.
Newspapers: Touching the Kaleidoscope of Your Mind (Grades K-6 with supplemental secondary activities)
This guide implements multiple intelligences by providing alternate activities with which students can demonstrate understanding. Included is a separate unit for each of the seven intelligences, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal. The more than 40 activities provide specific ways to tie the multiple intelligence theory to newspaper activities. A supplemental section contains 15 activities for the secondary level.
The Newspaper: Your Key to Better Living (Adult Education
This guide provides teachers of adult students with a series of activities that use the newspaper as a learning resource. The activities address both reading and life-skills education.
On Ice (Grades 4-12)
This guide will give students an informative look at the sport of ice hockey. It introduces students to a working knowledge of the kind of information presented in the newspaper. The skill areas touched upon by newspaper-based activities cut across the curriculum: language arts, mathematics, art, drama, map & globe skills, research and analyzing.
On The Sidelines (Grades 3-12)
An exciting collection of newspaper activities, complete with creative graphics and illustrations for use in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. These motivating activities focus on use of the sports pages for application of skills in a variety of curriculum areas.
Pathways to a Drug-Free Life (Grades 4-8)
This is a special educational guide that explores the world of drugs and their effects. Along the way, students will use the newspaper to give the subject a "real-life" edge. Students will also get a chance to know themselves better and to learn how to make responsible decisions.
Positive Thinking (Grades 4-8)
It is the purpose of this curriculum guide to help teachers demonstrate to students that they can achieve success, that their attitudes and skills can improve and that through the appropriate techniques, positive thinking can become the habit of choice.
Press Ahead (Grades 4-12)
This guide is both a teaching tool and a planning guide for creating a student newspaper. The guide also provides opportunities for students to investigate and discuss issues related to press ethics and responsibilities.
Read All About It! Your Neighborhood, Your Nations, Your World (Grades 3-12)
This guide and the newspaper will help students develop their reading skills and learn about their world. Lessons are based on five themes developed by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers to help students achieve a better understanding of the world in which they live.
Reading Realities (Grades 4-12 and adult literacy programs)
The 73 activities in this guide use the newspaper in development of reading skills - skimming, distinguishing fact from opinion, finding the main idea, interpreting editorials, analyzing themes, etc. Students are led through the news, classified and retail advertising, editorials, features and sports sections of the newspaper.
Real World Teamwork (Grades 4-12)
This guide offers a variety of newspaper activities to use in cooperative learning settings. Carefully outlined lessons integrate language arts, geography, economics and careers using different parts of the newspaper.
Science in the News (Grades 5-12)
Share your excitement for learning about science through the newspaper with your students. This guide contains 70 reproducible activities in earth science, health/nutrition, the environment, careers, technology and general science which help students develop an awareness of the crucial role science plays in their daily lives.
Speaking of Language (English as a Second Language)
This guide focuses on special development skills in structure, speaking, listening, comprehension, writing, reading, culture and vocabulary. An extensive implementation plan is also included to provide special directions and suggestions for the second language teacher or tutor in use and adaptation of the activities to meet special needs.
Special Education and Cooperative Learning (Grades K-12)
This 88-page curriculum guide provides motivational activities for students defined as those with "special needs." The book is divided into four sections by competency level (K-12), allowing teachers to meet the needs of a student no matter what the assigned grade level. The guide covers Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Life Skills.
Staying Healthy: A Guide to Life Choices (Grades 4-8)
This guide offers activities for students on the topics of nutrition, exercise, drug use and abuse, AIDS awareness and mental health.
Take It To The Bank (Grades 9-12)
This guide is an introduction to banking with practical application for teenagers who will soon be out on their own. The lessons and activities include: One Stop Financial Shopping; Back to Babylonia; American Banking - A Timeline; Exploring Modern-Day Banking; Banking 101; A Penny Saved and To Your Credit.
20-Minute Motivators (Grades 4-9)
100 Student directed activities, which provide educational objectives that can be completed in twenty minutes. The guide includes quick educational activities for social studies, mathematics, language arts, science and self-esteem.
Teacher Reproducibles (Grades 5-12)
With these reproducible activity sheets, the newspaper can become a daily source of enjoyable learning throughout the school year. The activities cover Language Arts, Mathematics, Science & Technology and Social Studies. They will help your students get the most out of their newspaper experiences.
The Teen Files: Issues That Matter (Grades 6-12)
Kids have so much to deal with: Peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, safe driving, eating disorders and body image, depression, sex, smoking and more. This guide and student supplement examines some of these vital issues and strategies for dealing with them. Student supplements available while supply lasts.
The Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide (Grades 3-12)
This guide is full of information and activities that will literally make every day a special day – for you and your students. It includes holidays observed by the federal government, religious feasts and festivals, historic occurrences and birthdays – reasons to celebrate everyday aspects of American life.
The Ultimate Sunday Activity Guide (Grades 3-12)
Teachers know that the newspaper is a valuable teaching tool – but did you know that the Sunday edition is also a great aide? Sunday newspapers are one of the most comprehensive sources of information around. This guide introduces the concept of using the Sunday newspaper at school and helps students learn to incorporate it into their reading and learning activities at home.
Thoughtful Literacy Using the Newspaper:
This cutting edge guide was written by Dr. Darla Shaw. It is based on the work of Drs. Richard Allington and Peter Johnston, leaders of the Center for English Learning and Achievement/University of Albany (CELA) research team that is studying effective classrooms. In examining teacher practice, they’ve identified a set of core teaching characteristics that tend to foster thoughtful literacy and the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information effectively: • Managed choice • Multi-source curriculum • Multi-task learning • Meaningful classroom discussion
Uncommon Women (Grades 3-12)
Expand the focus of history to include activities and contributions of women from all walks of life. This guide provides biographical information about 28 women of accomplishment and newspaper activities to help students learn during Women's History Month in March.
Using the Newspaper to Teach Secondary Language Arts
This guide provides the secondary language arts teacher with a series of meaningful activity options, which use the newspaper as the learning resource.
Using the Newspaper in Secondary Social Studies
This guide directs teachers in the use of the newspaper to develop informed, thinking citizens, capable of participating in both domestic and world affairs.
Watch Your Language (Grades 9-12)
Discover the fascinating tale of the English language with the lessons and activities in this guide. The topics include: Just Plain English; It's Greek to Me; English and the Wild, Wild West; Up a Creek - Ethnic Stew; You Say Tomato, I say Tomahto; Yo, Let's Rap; and English 2000.
The Weather Page: Understanding How Weather Happens (Grades 4-12)
From basic physics and geography to explaining barometric pressure and air patterns that affect storms, this book teaches the “hows” and “whys” of weather. The easy-to-understand lessons, activity sheets, experiments and illustrations teach about the familiar (temperature, humidity, clouds, precipitation) and the more abstract (fronts, storms, jet streams) weather phenomena. Each chapter contains many surprising weather facts! Students will learn an unprecedented amount of weather information using the entire daily newspaper.
What's News? Deadline, Byline, Online (Grades 4-8)
This guide gives teachers: Timely background material on newspaper content; classic and unique instructional activities for upper elementary and middle school students with some suitable for primary and special needs; a glossary and illustration of current newspaper terminology; information on newspaper careers; a resource listing of classroom materials and children's literature on newspapers; issues and discussion topics on the First Amendment and more.
Whole Language Learning with the Newspaper (Grades 3-12)
This is a curriculum guide that describes teaching strategies using the newspaper to enhance the literate environment of the classroom with meaningful language use. The open-ended strategies are based on whole language research. The activities presented here are invitations for you and your students to enjoy language learning with the newspaper.
Women in History (Grades 4-9)
The influence of women on events, family and culture was not recorded in early history books. But women have often played key roles in history, and are expanding their roles and influence today. This guide explores how women have shaped our experiences, and how they are shaping our future. It looks at inspirational stories of women in politics, science, the arts and business -- in celebration of Women’s History Month in March.
Workshop: NIE Style (All Grades)
Everything teachers need to know about using the newspaper is in this guide. It contains over 300 activities with learning skills in language arts, math, social studies and science for elementary, middle and secondary students. It helps make the learning process fun for kids and easier for teachers.
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