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Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will fall on the same day tomorrow. This won’t happen again for another 70,000 years! Check out these Hanukkah newspaper activities for your class and keep checking back throughout the month of December for more holiday themed activities!
- Jewish people observe many traditions during Hanukkah, including eating foods fried in oil, playing the dreidel game, and giving gifts or “gelt” (money) to children. Ask students to compare and contrast Hanukkah to Christmas and other winter holidays. Have them make a comparison chart illustrated with pictures and graphics cut out of the newspaper.
- The menorah is a special candle holder that holds nine candles; one for each of the eight days of Hanukkah and a ninth candle called the shamas. The shamas is lit every night and used to light each of the other candles, one each day. Send students on a search for menorahs in newspaper advertisements. Have them make a menorah poster with information about this important Jewish ritual.
- Talk with students about how the dreidel game is played. Then have them write a how-to story and discuss games we play in observance of other holidays.
Check out these Thanksgiving newspaper activities for your class! And keep checking back into December for more Holiday themed newspaper fun!
- Talk about food as symbols. For example, Indian corn is often used as decoration during the Thanksgiving season because the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn. The Pilgrims survived their first harsh winter in America thanks to the corn harvest. Illustrate this concept by having students research other Thanksgiving foods to see if they are symbolic. Then have them search newspaper ads for foods that are used to stand for or represent something else. Ask them to share their examples with the class.
- Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter gift-giving season. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. Have students watch the newspaper on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Have them chart the number of stores that have scheduled after-Thanksgiving sales and specials. Extend the activity by having each student pretend he or she is going on a shopping excursion the day after Thanksgiving. They can “shop” for a specific item(s), comparing prices in the newspaper. Or they can map out their day by pinpointing which stores they want to go to and how to get there. They can do this individually or in small groups.
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November is Family Literacy Month. Celebrate with a week of activities your family can enjoy with the newspaper!
Does your child have access to the Boston Herald Smart Edition? It is an exact copy of the print newspaper available online to local schools. Have their teacher order it here!
Check the Boston Herald’s business section, BizSmart, and find an article relating to technology.
Go to the sports section and read an article together about your family’s favorite local team.
Pick 5 words from the headlines and ask your child to think of a word that rhymes with each one.
Create a game in which each family member gets a point for finding certain letters or words in the paper.
Go through the movie reviews and develop your family’s own rating system for movies viewed at home or in the theater.
Search classifieds ads for a job your child might want to have someday.
Help your child write a practice letter to the editor about a topic of interest.
For Family Literacy events and activities in your area, check MassLiteracy.org throughout the month!
This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. From September 15 to October 15, we highlight the achievements of Hispanic scientists, artists, musicians, politicians, and more.
Hispanic Heritage Month’s official website has a page devoted to teachers. It lists resources for use in the classroom from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and more.
The NIE teacher site has new curriculum guides available for download to NIE teachers, including “High Tech Heroes: Hispanic Explorers in Science” a bilingual resource and activity guide that highlights the achievements of Eloy Rodriguez, Ellen Ochoa, Mario Molina, and more. You can download the guide here.
The NIE team hopes you had a safe and wonderful summer. Online access to the Boston Herald Smart Edition begins this Monday, September 9. If you have already received an email with your username and password, please keep in mind that you still won’t be able to log on until Monday.
If you haven’t ordered your classroom copies of the online Smart Edition, order now! If you order 10 or more copies by September 15 you will be entered for a chance to win an iPad mini for your classroom.
Kickoff the school year with Pigskin Geography! The Patriots face off against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, September 8. NIE teachers have access to this free curriculum guide, which teaches national geography using the NFL football schedule.
Students are getting ready for back to school with the latest tech gadgets. For laptops, the 2013 Macbook Air and the Acer Aspire S7 touchscreen are now faster than ever. The Microscoft Surface RT and Kindle Paperwhite are the newest recommendations for portable tablets and eReaders. As for smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 1020 doubles as a professional-quality camera!
Iff your students are looking for something to read on their new device, sign up now for the Boston Herald Smart Edition!
Read the rest of the Boston Herald school technology recommendations here!
Studies show that healthy lifestyle choices are a key component to students’ success. Keep your new students informed about healthy eating and exercise habits with these resources.
Operation Nutrition is a guide to nutrition, exercise, and healthy activities for students. Learn about what foods to buy at the grocery store, “super foods,” healthy drink choices, and exercises to get moving. Download the PDF guide here.
Let’s Move, an initiative to end childhood obesity started by Michelle Obama, has a blog as well as resources and tips for schools to do their part in keeping students healthy and active. Find out more here.
Dear NIE Teachers,
Print delivery for the school year ends this Friday June 14th. We wish you all a safe and happy summer as we make an announcement about the future of the NIE program:
As this school year comes to an end, we wish to thank you for having the Boston
Herald in your classrooms and sharing our news with your students for the past 25
years. We are especially proud of the fact that many of our current news-makers
and loyal readers were first introduced to the Herald by educators like you and
we look forward to supporting future generations of young learners for years to
With time comes change and this past decade has seen technological wonders that
have changed how we teach, how we learn, how we conduct business and how we connect
to the world. This September, the Boston Herald will no longer deliver print copies
of the newspaper to schools and will instead concentrate all our efforts in providing
you and your students the most complete and convenient news experience thru the
electronic Boston Herald Smart Edition.
The online Boston Herald provides features that go beyond print and the NIE Team
is ready to help you and your students learn to use it. Sample the Smart Edition,
as well as treats from local legend Kick*ss Cupcakes, at our free summer workshop
and dessert tasting! The event will be held at the Boston Herald in the historic
Seaport Center on August 21st from 10-12pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot! Learn more here.
Sign up for the Smart Edition now and we’ll see you in September!
-The NIE team
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A great resource from the Sun Sentinel in Southern Florida, STEAM is an interactive PDF with 5 activity guides that integrate art into the STEM program. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, includes an Art activity with each unit to give students a creative outlet for what they’re learning.
Activities include learning about the math and engineering behind airplanes or the science and technology of food production, with the added component of designing an airline brochure or new packaging for a food ingredient.
Adding art and a chance for students to be creative enhances and accelerates the STEM learning experience. You can find the PDF guide for STEAM here.
Be sure to check out the new NIE Teacher Blog post about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, celebrated in May. It highlights First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program, which aims to fight childhood obesity, and includes useful websites and resources for keeping students active and healthy.
Find the blog post here and be sure to subscribe for more helpful tips!
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