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Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

§ September 23rd, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, History, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. Celebrate the month by learning about inspiring Latino innovators in literature, science, sports, and more.

This great list of children’s books from PBS Parents includes a variety of titles that tell the stories of famous Latinos such as Pablo Neruda, Sonia Sotomayor, Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo, and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month has a website dedicated to the month long celebration of history and culture. It includes a page devoted to teachers and lists resources to use in the classroom.

Hi-Tech Heroes: Hispanic Explorers in Science is a downloadable PDF curriculum guide from the NIE Teacher website. This bilingual resource and activity guide that highlights the achievements of Eloy Rodriguez, Ellen Ochoa, Mario Molina, and more.

Weekly News Quiz, September 22

§ September 22nd, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers, we hope you are enjoying the Weekly News Quiz with your class. Each Monday, we will post a fun, Jeopardy-style news quiz based on the previous week’s top stories from the Boston Herald.

If you can’t see the quiz below, find it here.

Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order now.

Here is a text only version of the questions and answers from this week’s quiz.


1. Which Boston building, while undergoing restorations last week, was rumored to contain a hidden time capsule?

2. What is the name of the horse racing tracks that will be closing down soon to make way for a new casino?

3. What is the name of the new operating system Apple unveiled last week?

4. Car manufacturer GM announced plans to start including what in their new cars?

5. Last week we celebrated the anniversary of the ratification of what historic American document?

6. What popular coffee chain opened its first location on the West Coast last week?

7. Which country voted for its proposed independence from the United Kingdom last week?

8. Which African country will Massachusetts doctors be traveling to in order to help fight the outbreak of the Ebola virus?

9. Which candidate for Massachusetts governor is currently ahead in the polls?

10. True or False: Polls show that a majority of Americans agree with President Obama’s strategy for combating the ISIS terrorist group.


1. The Old State House.

2. Suffolk Downs.

3. iOS 8.

4. Wireless Internet (wifi).

5. The Constitution.

6. Dunkin Donuts.

7. Scotland.

8. Liberia.

9. Martha Coakley.

10. False.

Constitution Day newspaper activities

§ September 17th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, History, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Today, September 17, we celebrate the ratification of the United States Constitution. Learn more about our nation’s history and government with the following free curriculum guides, available to teachers who have subscribed to the Smart Edition.

Access the curriculum page here and enter your curriculum username and password that were emailed to you in your welcome email.

Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

  • The Power and the Glory: The Constitution gives an overview of the history of writing the Constitution and the issues it addressed. The guide includes activities for students of all ages and levels to relate the writing of the Constitution to today’s hot button issues.
  • The Constitution and Today’s Newspaper has students find examples in the Boston Herald Smart Edition of the Constitution at work in our society.

Please contact Brianne at or 617-619-6220 if you have trouble accessing the curriculum guides.

Weekly News Quiz, September 15

§ September 15th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Teachers, enjoy our first Weekly News Quiz!

Every Monday, the NIE team will post a new quiz based on Boston Herald articles from the previous week. Questions are based on current Boston Herald Smart Edition articles in a variety of topics to test students’ knowledge of current events in a fun, Jeopardy style quiz game.

If you are having trouble accessing the News Quiz below, find it here.

Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Find a text version of the News Quiz questions and answers below.


1. Name two of the three new devices that Apple unveiled last week.

2. Name two of the student apps listed in the September 8 Boston Herald article “Student Apps Make Grade.”

3. Earlier this month, two people had to fight off a great white shark when it knocked them out of their kayak in which Massachusetts town?

4. Which local grocery store chain recently resumed normal operations after six weeks of company-wide protests and disputes?

5. Name the Republican and Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor after last week’s primary election.

6. True or False: If Martha Coakley is elected governor of Massachusetts she will be the first woman in the state to hold the position.

7. Last week, President Obama will publicly outline his strategy for dealing with which terrorist organization?

8. A Massachusetts doctor was infected with which contagious disease while working with patients in Liberia?

9. Which NFL team beat the New England Patriots in their season opener after a comeback in the second half of the game?

10. Which Boston Red Sox player confirmed last week that he is suffering from an injury to his hand and wrist that may require off-season surgery?


1. iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and the Apple Watch

2. iStudiezPro, Studious, MyHomework Student Planner, Remind, Classdojo, Edmodo

3. Plymouth.

4. Market Basket.

5. Charlie Baker (R) and Martha Coakley (D)

6. True.

7. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

8. The Ebola virus.

9. The Miami Dolphins.

10. Dustin Pedroia.

Let us know what you think of the News Quiz by posting a comment below!

Questions or comments? Email Brianne at or call 617-619-6220.

Student Voices 2014-2015 Information

§ August 19th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers,

Your students have an exciting opportunity to have their work published in the print Boston Herald newspaper every month with the “Student Voices” program. We’re looking for submissions from budding journalists each month of the school year.

Here’s how it works:

  • During the first week of the month: Check the NIE blog for writing prompts based on Boston Herald articles. Give your students a chance to read, think, and respond to the questions with their own valuable opinions in up to 300 words.
  • Email us your students’ responses and a photo, along with a signed media release form from a parent or guardian, by the deadline posted with the prompt (Submissions must be sent in by a teacher who is subscribed to the free Boston Herald Smart Edition. Submissions sent by students will not be considered. ) Some of the best answers will be displayed on the NIE blog.
  • One student response will be published in the print edition of the Boston Herald every month!

Questions? Please email or call 617-619-6220.


Register for Boston Herald Smart Camp

§ June 2nd, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Smart Camp, Teacher resources § 2 Comments

Learn new technology skills this summer and have some fun during Boston Herald Smart Camp. This four week online summer learning camp will teach you how to use the Boston Herald Smart Edition before the start of the new school year. Each week you’ll try a new Smart Edition activity with guidance from the Boston Herald NIE team. Teachers can participate in Smart Camp by themselves or with students as part of a summer learning program. Come fall, you’ll be prepared to implement engaging Smart Edition activities into your curriculum.

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

All educators who enroll in Smart Camp before July 7 will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Order the Smart Edition here and be sure to check off “Get Smart Camp Access” to be entered to win.

How Smart Camp Works:  

Teachers can participate “live” from July 7 through August 1, or work at your own pace throughout the summer.

Each Monday during the month of July, you’ll find a new Smart Edition activity on the NIE blog. Teachers will complete each week’s activity either by themselves or with a group of students, and they’ll have help from our NIE expert Brianne Costa. By the end of each week, comment on the blog post to share your experience.

To Register: Order the Smart Edition here and check off “Get Smart Camp Access.”

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

Smart Edition Summer Camp starts on July 7.

Student Voices responses: Young people in politics

§ May 27th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices § No Comments

Check out what some local students had to say in response to page 19 of the April 3 Boston Herald Smart Edition article “A high school senior, and selectman, too” and the prompt below:

Patrick Reynolds just turned 18 and is still a senior in high school, and he was just voted town selectmen of North Attleboro. Reynolds raised his own campaign money, went door to door, and asked his friends and their parents to vote for him, winning the town’s 4-way election. What are some of the benefits of having a young person in a position of leadership in politics? How can young people become more interested and involved in politics?

“The newly elected town selectman of North Attleboro, Patrick Reynolds, is 18 and still in high school. Having a young person like Reynolds in office can greatly benefit politics. For starters, I think it helps more young people understand politics when they see someone their own age in a leadership position. It also gives us hope that even though we are young, our ideas are still heard and respected. Speaking as a college student, I sometimes find politics to be centered on keeping policies the same as they always have been as opposed to understanding that we need to change and adjust with the times. For instance, political discussion in school has lately revolved around the first African American President or the possibility of the first woman President. While I do agree that some policies and laws should remain the same, in today’s world times are changing and politicians like Patrick Reynolds will only help more individuals come to terms with that. In my opinion, young people really do want to understand politics and be involved in change. I strongly agree that 18 year old Patrick Reynolds will greatly serve his town of North Attleboro. Although he may be the first selectman to not have a high school degree, his victory is well deserved. He had to raise his own campaign money and canvas door to door, all while worrying about exams and keeping a social life. I can only hope that Reynolds’ new position will help more young people come to understand politics and become interesting in contributing to change. This will help our future generations adapt to change much easier and not be afraid to speak up and get involved.”

-Lindsay Costa, Salem State University

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated.

May will be the last round of Student Voices for the school year. Check out the prompt about regulations on e-Cigarettes here and submit to by Friday, May 30.

Student Voices Writing Prompt #5

§ May 9th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, Student Voices § No Comments

May will be our last round of the Student Voices writing contest for the school year, so please don’t hesitate to participate! It’s a great opportunity for students, and it’s easy!

First, have students read the article “Boston official: curb use of e-cigs” here or on page 10 of the May 1 Smart Edition.

Then, give them the following prompt to answer in 300 words or less:

Boston’s Chief of Public Health recently went before the FDA in Washington, DC to push for stronger regulations on electronic cigarettes. Makers of e-Cigarettes claim that their products help people quit smoking, but this has not been scientifically proven. Lawmakers also worry that the packaging and labeling of e-Cigarettesappeal to children and teens and that they may be a gateway to smoking for minors. Do you think there should be tougher regulations on e-Cigarettes? Explain why or why not.

Email responses to Brianne Costa at by Friday, May 30.

Please include a photo of each writer with a copy of this media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Students’ responses will be posted on the NIE blog. One student will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper in early June.

Any questions? Please contact Brianne Costa at or call 617-619-6220.

Student Voices responses: Reducing energy waste in MA

§ April 15th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, Science, Student Voices § No Comments

Check out what some local students had to say in response to page 18 of the March 4 Boston Herald Smart Edition article “State may not meet ‘green’ mandate” and the prompt below:
Massachusetts may not meet the country’s goals for greenhouse gas emissions set for 2020 unless serious action is taken. We are predicted to reduce the harmful contributor to global warming by 20 percent instead of the legally required 25. Recommendations include reducing methane leaks from natural pipelines and helping energy and gas utilities meet their energy saving goals. Why is it important for Massachusetts to reduce their energy waste? What can we all do on a smaller scale to “go green” and help our state?







“It is important for Massachusetts to reduce its energy waste because No. 1, it will help save money in the state budget and No. 2, it’s the governor’s responsibility to do that.

As our governor, Deval Patrick needs to reduce expenses in Massachusetts. There are many ways to reduce this waste and to save money in the state budget. State-owned buildings can model what we do in our classroom at Dexter Park Elementary School. We monitor our light use to help stop wasting electricity.

State buildings can open up as many shades as possible because sunlight is free and electricity costs money. Another way shades help to cut down waste is to keep shades closed on cold days to keep heat in. Another idea to reduce waste is to shut building doors to keep heat in or out of individual rooms. Also, in the hot months, use the shades to keep heat out and cooler air in. This cuts down on air conditioner and electricity use.

Above all else, when electronics are not in use, shut them off to cut down on energy waste!

On a small scale, to help our state to “go green” we can recycle old tires that people just throw away so the state can use them to make rubber pipes to replace leaking metal gas pipes. Rubber pipes won’t wear out as easy as the metal ones. This is extraordinary for two reasons. It cleans up our environment, helping us “go green,” and will eventually prevent gas leaks.

We can run tire drives like can drives to collect tires from people who need to dispose of them or just donate them. Other ways we can help our state is to recycle everything possible that is recyclable, which will clean our roads, towns and the state of Massachusetts.

Another idea is to start a campaign to educate kids like us on ways they can help to “go green.” We can create posters and send them to all Massachusetts schools. We will call it The D.P. (Dexter Park’s and Deval Patrick’s) Energy Waste Agents! Let’s spread the word!

According to a Boston Herald article, Massachusetts has been ranked No. 1 for saving energy for the last three years, and if we want to stay on top we need to step up our game, recycle and cut down on our waste.”

-Stephen Gaj, Kritika Khati and Gavin Sullivan

Dexter Park Elementary School

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated. Check out our next Student Voices writing prompt about young people in politics here.

April is Financial Literacy Month

§ April 8th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Marketing, Media criticism, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

It’s never too early to start teaching young people to have good money saving habits, and what better time to start? April is Financial Literacy Month, and our curriculum page has an entire section dedicated to Financial Education, including a colorful and interesting activity guide, “Be Money Smart,” which introduces students to the idea of investing, saving, and managing their money. You can find the guide on our curriculum page, here.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald Smart Edition for access to our curriculum page. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Try these finance themed activities and discussions with the Boston Herald Smart Edition:

  • Become familiar with the daily BizSmart section of the Boston Herald. List some of the topics covered over a period of days. Did any of the topics affect or interest you? Were they mostly local, state, or national stories?
  • Practice making wise money choices by going “shopping” through the Smart Edition. Compare prices on the following items and list the range of prices found: milk, sporting goods, sneakers, televisions, and pizza.
  • Become familiar with the Smart Edition’s stock market pages. Then find a news story about something you think might affect a specific company’s stock.
  • Find at least two newspaper advertisements for the same product. Compare the ads and determine the best buy based on the information provided. Discuss how the advertisers are competing for your business and which approach is the most effective.

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