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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.
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?
2. The Connector.
3. William F. Weld.
4. Veteran’s Day.
8. Boston University.
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)
4. Jeanne Shaheen (D)
6. Sick time.
7. Tom Brady.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-619-6220.
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.
2. iPad Air 2 and a new iMac desktop computer.
3. Pope Francis.
6. PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
7. Females and minorities.
8. Drug offenders.
10. False. (They have increased.)
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.
Test your students’ knowledge of current events with our Weekly News Quiz, based on last week’s top Boston Herald articles.
Access the interactive Jeopardy-style board for our Weekly News Quiz here. A text only version of the questions and answers are below. Enjoy!
1. This program allowed local Boston students who are members of the Boston Debate League to meet Mayor Walsh at the Boston Herald headquarters last week.
2. High profile democrats, such as a member of the band Dropkick Murphys, have been financially backing which gubernatorial candidate?
3. A recent “stop and frisk” study has accused the Boston Police Department of what?
4. A statue of this famous writer, who was born in Boston, was unveiled in Boston Commons last week.
5. Famous Olympians are supporting Boston’s bid to host the Olympics for which year?
6. Recent lower gas and heating costs are due to the fall in the price of what?
7. Which app beat out Facebook as the most popular social sharing app for youth?
8. This mobile app is helping the federal government track child predators.
9. Which sport started their season last week with a win for the Boston team?
10. After a bad start to the season, the New England Patriots won against this previously undefeated team last week.
1. Campaign Sm@rt.
2. Charlie Baker (R).
3. Racial Profiling.
4. Edgar Allen Poe.
6. Crude Oil.
8. Operation Predator.
10. The Cincinnati Bengals.
Access the interactive board for this week’s News Quiz here. Or use the text version below.
All questions are based on last week’s top news stories in the Boston Herald.
1. This respiratory infection has been making its way around New England and baffling doctors.
2. The Director of the Secret Service resigned last week over a September 19 incident in which an armed man was found where?
3. True or False: Martha Coakley (D) and Charlie Baker (R) are close to a tie in the polls for the Massachusetts gubernatorial race.
4. Where can you follow the Campaign Smart Program, which teaches students how candidates prepare for a debate and allows you to weigh in with your opinions?
5. What new social media site has been recently gaining popularity as an ad-free answer to Facebook?
6. Last week, MIT Media Lab received 10 million dollars to study this facet of the Internet.
7. Last week, a large volcano erupted where?
8. Which politician was quoted last week as saying that ISIS terrorists do not pose an “existential threat” to the U.S.?
9. Oprah Winfrey was honored last week at which esteemed Massachusetts University?
10. A thief stole money from a boy scout and his mother outside of a grocery store in this Massachusetts town.
2. The White House.
6. Social Media.
8. Joe Biden.
Teachers, we are unable to embed the Weekly News Quiz question board this week due to technical difficulties. Please access the interactive quiz board here or see the questions and answers below.
1. The United States proceeded with air strikes on which Middle Eastern country?
2. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found out that he will be tried for terrorism in what US city?
3. What celebrity businessman plans to make automatic calls in New Hampshire in support of Scott Brown?
4. Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker apologized for a political gaffe after he called a female reporter what?
5. Hyundai’s new Fuel Cell Car runs completely on what element?
6. At an MIT technology conference last week, scientists posed the theory that jobs in manufacturing and elderly care will soon be taken over by what?
7. Utility company National Grid expects the price of what to increase by 37% this winter?
8. The Red Sox plan to add 160 of these to Fenway Park.
3. Donald Trump.
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.
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