News Quiz, November 24

§ November 24th, 2014 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Learn about current events in a fun way with this interactive, Jeopardy-style quiz board based on last week’s top stories in the Boston Herald! Access the quiz here or find a text only version of the questions at the bottom of the page. Answers will be posted next week!

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1. This past week, firefighters in Boston warned the public of the dangers of parking your car in front of what?

2. A new Pro Shop was revealed last week at this sports complex, home to the Bruins and Celtics.

3. SkreensTV is a new device that compiles all television services onto one screen, made by an engineer from what Massachusetts town?

4. What futuristic devices are being used alongside surgeons in the operating room?

5. This week, a popular book-to-movie series premiered part one of a two part movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, called what?

6. Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao will exhibit her work at what Boston art museum?

7. Marathon survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis has been using her fame and inspiring story to raise money for which nonprofit?

8. This popular agricultural trend includes growing produce in cities and urban areas.

9. What popular “That Was Easy” office supply chain announced it will close 170 stores this year?

10. This week, President Obama vowed to give legal status to how many of our country’s immigrants?


Geography Awareness Week Resources

§ November 18th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

This week, November 16 through 22, we celebrate Geography Awareness Week. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to educate young people about geo-spatial awareness and their impact as global citizens and excite them about geography in general.

The theme of 2014 Geography Awareness Week is “The Future of Food,” educating us on how geography plays a role in the food we eat.

Here is a list of resources to bring Geography Awareness Week into your classroom.

1. National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week page lists a bank of curriculum resources focusing on this year’s “The Future of Food” theme, including “Planet Food,” “Staple Food Crops of the World,” and “The Geography of Food in Film.”

2. Pigskin Geography is a special curriculum guide for Boston Herald in Education teachers. It follows the NFL Football schedule and educates students about the geography of the team locations each week. It’s a fun activity for football lovers of all ages.

3. The Five Themes of Geography is a curriculum guide available on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page that teaches the five themes of geography, location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions, with the help of the Boston Herald newspaper.

Find Pigskin Geography and The Give Themes of Geography on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page here.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to access the curriculum page. Subscribe by filling out an Order Form here. 

Weekly News Quiz, November 17

§ November 17th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive, Jeopardy-style quiz board of last week’s Boston Herald top stories here. Or, use the text only version of the questions and answers below. Enjoy!


1. Voters will be able to register to vote using their iPhones and tablets by the next presidential election, taking place in what year?

2. The new Mass Health website, which re-launched over the weekend and will allow residents to sign up for health insurance online, is called what?

3. Governor-elect Charlie Baker is being compared to which former Massachusetts GOP governor?

4. Last Tuesday we celebrated the dedicated service of the American military with what holiday?

5. Last week, this European space probe succeeded in landing on a comet, a major breakthrough for future space research.

6. Which Massachusetts town is the first in the nation to propose a ban on tobacco sales?

7. As part of a promotional event last week, F-15 fighter jets soared at a low altitude over Boston and to Cape Cod, leaving from Barnes Air National Guard base in what Massachusetts town?

8. Which Massachusetts college raised $12,000 in a little over one day to save their independent student-run newspaper, The Daily Free Press?


1. 2016.

2. The Connector.

3. William F. Weld.

4. Veteran’s Day.

5. Philae.

6. Westminster.

7. Westfield.

8. Boston University.

Weekly News Quiz, November 10

§ November 10th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find a fun, Jeopardy-style interactive quiz board of our News Quiz here. The questions are based on current events and articles from last week’s Boston Herald top stories. Find a text only version of the Questions and Answers below.


1. Which candidate won the Massachusetts gubernatorial election?

2. Our new Governor-elect is from which Massachusetts town?

3. For the first time in 8 years, both the US House of Representatives and US Senate hold a majority in which political party?

4. Which candidate won New Hampshire’s gubernatorial election?

5. Massachusetts voters rejected a bill that would repeal a decision to add what to our state?

6. Massachusetts voters passed a bill that would allow all employees to earn what?

7. This Patriots player will make an appearance in two movies filmed in the Boston area, Ted 2 and Entourage.

8. This space movie about an astronaut trying to find life in other galaxies opened last week.


1. Charlie Baker (R)

2. Swampscott.

3. Republican/GOP

4. Jeanne Shaheen (D)

5. Casinos.

6. Sick time.

7. Tom Brady.

8. Interstellar.

Student Voices November Prompt

§ November 7th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

Student Voices gives students a unique opportunity in publishing and journalism. See this month’s prompt, as well as the Student Voices rules, below.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to participate in Student Voices. Don’t have the Boston Herald in your classroom yet? Order here.

Read the article “Patrick: Mass in ‘better place’ than 8 years ago” on page 24 of the November 5 Boston Herald, then answer the following prompt.

After the results of the 2014 midterm elections, Governor Deval Patrick stated that he believes Massachusetts is a better place now than it was 8 years ago, but that there is still more work to be done. Do you agree with Patrick’s statement? Why or why not? Do you have faith in Governor-Elect Charlie Baker? What changes do you think we need to make forMassachusettsto become a better place to live? 

Email responses to Brianne Costa at by Wednesday, November 26. Note: Responses must be emailed by a teacher. Responses emailed directly from students will not be accepted. 

You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Students’ responses will be published right here on the NIE Blog, and one student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper!

Any questions? Contact Brianne at or call 617-619-6220.

Weekly News Quiz, November 3

§ November 4th, 2014 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers and students! Test your current events knowledge with our Weekly News Quiz based on last week’s Boston Herald top stories. Find an interactive, Jeopardy-style quiz board here, or try the text version of the questions and answers below.


1. Police officers working in Massachusetts area schools want to be armed with this type of weapon.

2. The MA Health Council wants to put adult monitors in what area of school busses to ensure student safety?

3. Former Governor William F. Weld gave students a talk as a part of this Boston Herald student program.

4. After the final gubernatorial debate, which MA candidate was a few points ahead in the polls?

5. The Bruins dressed up as characters from this popular children’s movie for their annual visit to Boston Children’s Hospital.

6. This beloved former mayor of Boston passed away this week. He was the city’s longest serving mayor.

7. Some states are requiring a mandatory quarantine for troops and nurses returning from West Africa for how long?


1. Pepper Spray.

2. The back of the bus.

3. Campaign Smart.

4. Charlie Baker (R).

5. Frozen.

6. Tom Menino.

7. 21 days.


Weekly News Quiz, October 27, 2014

§ October 27th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive, game-show style board for our Weekly News Quiz here. Or find a text-only version of the questions and answers below.


1. Last week, Amazon unveiled their newest line of what popular eReader?

2. This internet television startup is trying to fight back after the Supreme Court ruled that they violate copyright laws.

3. Dunkin Donuts, whose leader revealed that they will not meet their sales forecast this year, is based in what Massachusetts town?

4. The current season of which popular cooking show takes place in Boston?

5. Which country won a bid to supply new subway cars for the MBTA?

6. Taxi owners and drivers have formed a new group to fight ridesharing companies such as these. Name one of two.

7. Mayor Martin Walsh’s name is currently being added to city signs all over Boston, replacing the name of which former mayor?

8. ast week, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor urged Campaign Sm@art students to get involved in politics.

9. Which national sport organization is calling for shorter games (most last at least 2.5 hours) to appease the shorter attention spans of younger viewers?

10. Which NHL Bruins captain suffered a knee injury last week, keeping him on the sidelines for at least 4-6 weeks?


1. Kindle.

2. Aereo.

3. Canton.

4. Top Chef.

5. China.

6. Uber, Lyft.

7. Thomas Menino.

8. Karyn Polito.

9. NBA.

10. Zdeno Chara.


Student Voices responses: educational apps

§ October 27th, 2014 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Congratulations to our Student Voices writer for September, Diego Duarte from Everett High School, found on here. 

Check out what students had to say about in response to page 20 of the September 8 Boston Herald article “Student apps made grade” and the prompt below:

New iPhone and Android apps, such as iStudiez Pro, Studious, and MyHomework Student Planner, make keeping track of class schedules and homework assignments easy. Remind, Classdojo, and Edmodo let you connect with your teachers outside of class time. Do you think it’s a good idea to use apps to help with school? What are your thoughts on using apps to connect with your teachers? If you have used an app for school before, what did you think of it?

My experience is that using apps for school and education makes learning simple, fast, and exciting. For example, in my computer class my teacher uses Google Docs to send our homework or class work to us and if we have a question we can simply comment on the homework.  My history teacher uses the app Edmodo for discussions. That way, if a student doesn’t like to express themselves in class they could do so with the app. There are many apps for any type of school work or class. In my opinion, this is going to be the future of education because today people are using technology for taking notes or even to send them to other students. School is easier with the use of technology. For example, I use my phone as an organizer so I know what time to do my homework and when a project is due. I use my laptop to search for information if I need it during class or if I need to write something down. When I need help on something, I just email my teacher or chat with him on Google +. I get that some schools don’t trust their students with using technology, but why punish everyone because one person can’t handle using technology? Give the privilege to students and if they abuse it, take it away from that one person. If they want to limit the use of their technology, there’s probably an app for that or maybe someone will make one. But don’t allow it right away. Give it to the students slowly and let them start to use technology to see what they can come up with. In conclusion, technology should be part of education because it’s the most useful tool and it’s easy to be productive while using technology. - Diego Duarte, Everett High School

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in Student Voices. We are still accepting submissions for our October writing prompt about social media in our society, here. Submit to by the end of this week.


Weekly News Quiz, October 20

§ October 21st, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

The Weekly News Quiz for the week of October 20 can be found in an interactive game show format here. If you are having trouble accessing the quiz board, a text only version of the questions and answers can be found below. Enjoy the game!


1. Last week, Boston hosted the tenth annual conference in what area of technology, solidifying it as a leader in the field?

2. Apple unveiled these two new devices at a meeting last week.

3. Last week, this leader publicly declared new views on controversial topics in the Catholic religion.

4. As the economy grows this month, more people in Massachusetts have been seeking what?

5. Massachusetts health officials are stepping up vigilance after scares of an outbreak of this contagious disease.

6. This organization sued the state of Massachusetts last week for the names of certain organizations that have imported and exported monkeys.

7. As part of Boston Herald’s Campaign Sm@rt, a veteran strategist spoke to Boston students about the struggles for what types of political candidates?

8. Last week, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants made his first State of the Judiciary Speech, calling for reform to the sentencing for what kind of offenders?

9. The new internet only option for this premium cable channel is expected to change the market for basic cable plans.

10. True or False: Television ratings for the National Football League (NFL) have decreased since numerous scandals involving players over the past few months.


1. Robotics.

2. iPad Air 2 and a new iMac desktop computer.

3. Pope Francis.

4. Jobs.

5. Ebola.

6. PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

7. Females and minorities.

8. Drug offenders.

9. HBO.

10. False. (They have increased.)

National Bullying Prevention Month

§ October 14th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Infographic: Custom Ink, with statistics from the National Bullying Prevention Center. The statistics are startling, but they also provide hope.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. According to a national study, 18 percent of Boston teens are bullied at least once a week, and 32 percent of students see at least three incidents of peer bullying per month. But eight out of ten local teens also report that they are willing to stand up against bullying and do something about it.

How can you teach your students to stand up against bullying?

  • Boston Herald in Education teachers can download these free curriculum guides to help teach about the consequences of bullying. Character Matters uses newspaper activities to teach students the importance of values such as respect, tolerance, and citizenship. Living Life Online is a great introduction to internet safety and how to prevent and deal with cyber bullying. Access these curriculum guides here. 

*You must be a Boston Herald in Education teacher to access the curriculum guides. Order here.

  • Wednesday, October 22 is National Unity Day, which is dedicated to putting an end to bullying. Students are asked to wear orange to send a message of support and solidarity to victims of bullying.
  • Students can also participate in Custom Ink’s 4th Annual Be Good to Each Other Campaign by designing and wearing their own anti-bullying t-shirt or buying a shirt designed by a celebrity. 100 percent of the profits go to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Find more information about the Be Good to Each Other Campaign here. 

Together we can stand up against bullying in schools.

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