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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.

Student Voices Writing Prompt #4

§ April 3rd, 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

Thank you to the teachers who have participated in Student Voices, a new program that gives students the chance to have their opinions on current events published in the print Boston Herald. Read some of the latest student submissions here.
Teachers must be subscribed to the Boston Herald Smart Edition to participate in Student Voices. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here!
Here is the next writing prompt:
Read the article “A high school senior, and selectman, too” on page 19 of the April 3 Boston Herald Smart Edition. You can also read the article at this link. Then, answer the following writing prompt:

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?

Use the Calendar tool in the Smart Edition to access past issues. Instructions on using the Calendar tool are found here.
Deadline: Thursday, May 1

Please email your responses with an individual photo of each student to Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com.

*If you send photos you must have a signed media release form from a parent or guardian. Download the Media Release Form here.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

 

Student Voices Writing Prompt #3

§ March 4th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Science, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

Thank you to the teachers who have participated in Student Voices, a new program that gives students the chance to have their opinions on current events published in the print Boston Herald. Read some of the latest student submissions here.

Teachers must be subscribed to the Boston Herald Smart Edition to participate in Student Voices. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here!

 

Here is the next writing prompt:

Read the article “State may not meet ‘green’ mandate” on page 18 of the March 4 Boston Herald Smart Edition, then answer the following writing prompt.

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?

Use the Calendar tool in the Smart Edition to access past issues. Instructions on using the Calendar tool are found here.

Deadline: Thursday, March 27

Please email your responses with an individual photo of each student to Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com.

*If you send photos you must have a signed media release form from a parent or guardian. Download the Media Release form here.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

 

Newspapers in Education Week is March 3-7

§ March 3rd, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Newspapers in Education week begins today!

This downloadable NIE Instructional Calendar provides a subject-specific newspaper activity for each day of the school year. Here are this week’s activities to try with your class:

Monday: Language Arts

Rank each item on the front page in order of importance. Why did the news stories get the placement that they did?

Tuesday: Social Studies

In news articles, identify cultural differences between foreign countries and ours. Make a categorized list of cultural differences by country.

Wednesday: Math

Have students read a story and discuss the importance of numbers to the story. Have them rewrite the story without numbers. Can they still tell the same story?

Thursday: Science

List major science-related problems facing today’s society. Assuming it is 100 years from now, write about how the problems were solved.

Friday: Critical Thinking

Look at a feature article closely to see what words and sentences help to make you have certain feelings about the article. Make a list of these words and sentences.

NIE Week is a great time to help keep our program going. Make a donation today at Fundraise.com/BostonHerald and you can help give free access to newspapers and education tools to students, as well as fund our Student Voices publishing opportunities, teacher technology workshops, media tours of the Boston Herald, and more.

Donate today at Fundraise.com/BostonHerald

 

Updated Student Voices Information

§ February 10th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, 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 our new “Student Voices” program. We’re looking for submissions right away.

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!

 

Here is our first Student Voices Journalist of the month, senior Brittany Pine from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Please contact Brianne Costa with any questions at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or 617-619-6220.

Deadline approaching: get your students published!

§ February 4th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

NIE Teachers,

The deadline for the first Student Voices submission is fast approaching. Read the writing prompt below, based on a Smart Edition article, and submit your students’ responses by this Thursday.

One response will be chosen to be published in Sunday’s print edition of the Boston Herald!

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!

Get started today:

Here’s your first writing prompt! Read the Boston Herald article “Sochi to be ‘mobile games’” on page 20 of the Monday, January 27 issue. (Smart Edition tip: use the calendar tool to access this past article.)

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first of the Olympic games to feature mobile apps that allow fans to receive constant updates, such as tracking your favorite Bruins players as they represent their home countries and getting up-to-the-minute skiing and figure skating statistics. What are some of the benefits of these technological advancements in the 2014 Olympics? How will you be using technology to take part in the Sochi games from your own home?

Deadline: Thursday, February 6

Don’t have the Smart Edition in your classroom yet? Order here to participate.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

Winter Sports Science: Sochi 2014

§ February 3rd, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

Go for the gold with your class! The 2014 Winter Olympics ceremonies begin this Thursday, February 6 in Sochi, Russia.

This curriculum and activity guide explores the science behind some of the most popular winter Olympic games, such as bobsledding, skiing, curling, figure skating, and hockey. Your students will learn about gravity, balance, physics, as well as how weather and harsh winter elements can affect an athlete’s performance.

Download the Winter Sports Science guide here.

Note: You must be a Smart Edition Subscriber to access our curriculum. Order the Smart Edition here.

Introducing “Student Voices”

§ January 28th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers,

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for your students — the chance to have their work published in the print Boston Herald newspaper every month with our new “Student Voices” program. We’re looking for submissions right away.

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!

 

Get started today:

Here’s your first writing prompt! Read the Boston Herald article “Sochi to be ‘mobile games’” on page 20 of the Monday, January 27 issue. (Smart Edition tip: use the calendar tool to access this past article.)

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first of the Olympic games to feature mobile apps that allow fans to receive constant updates, such as tracking your favorite Bruins players as they represent their home countries and getting up-to-the-minute skiing and figure skating statistics. What are some of the benefits of these technological advancements in the 2014 Olympics? How will you be using technology to take part in the Sochi games from your own home?

Deadline: Thursday, February 6

Don’t have the Smart Edition in your classroom yet? Order here to participate.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

 

 

How to use the Calendar Tool in the Smart Edition

§ January 28th, 2014 § Filed under Teacher resources, Uncategorized § No Comments

Did you know that with the Smart Edition you can access up to 30 days of past Boston Herald issues?

Here’s how:

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

2. Once on the Home Screen, click on any link to get inside the newspaper.

3. After logging in, go to the top left corner of the screen and click on the blue button that says Calendar.

4. Once the calendar appears, select the date of the issue you would like to read and click.

That’s how you use the Calendar tool to access past issues in the Smart Edition!

If you have more questions about using the Smart Edition, download the Smart Edition Teacher Guide here. For tablet and iPad users, you can download our Smart Edition for iPads and Tablets here.

You can also contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or 617-619-6220.

State of the Union Address discussion activities

§ January 27th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Tomorrow President Barack Obama will deliver the 2014 State of the Union Address. Students can watch the press conference on live television or on the White House live stream, which will include graphics, data, and charts to help explain the issues mentioned. Watch the State of the Union Address streaming live here.

This lesson plan from PBS includes a hand out explaining the history of the State of the Union Address. There is also a worksheet for students to take home Tuesday night. Half the questions are for before the conference is aired, and the other half is analysis questions to complete after Obama’s speech. This lesson is great for social studies, civics, current events, and government classes in grades 7-12.

Don’t forget to check out the Smart Edition this week for analysis and reactions from Boston Herald’s top political reporters. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

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