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Smart Camp—Week Six

§ August 12th, 2011 § Filed under Smart Camp, Teacher resources § No Comments

 

My how the summer has flown by—it’s already the final week of Smart Camp! We hope you will share the Smart Edition activities you practiced this summer with your students in the fall.

Our last activity focuses on advertising, which should be especially interesting because of the upcoming tax free weekend. Students will get a better understanding of advertising by researching companies online to determine which company offers a better price. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.

Deal or No Deal? Advertising Activity
Whether they are wearing team jerseys sponsored by local businesses, or viewing a webpage with popup ads, students are exposed to advertising everywhere. But just because a company advertises a price, it doesn’t always mean it’s the best deal.

Have your students find an advertisement for a product or service in the Boston Herald Smart Edition. Students should visit the company’s website and read more about the company’s services, products, and pricing. Students should see if the company lists special offers online, and if there are any stipulations for sale prices.

Next students should visit two competitor’s websites that offer similar products or services. Students can make a chart that includes each company, their products or services, and their pricing information. Was the offer advertised in the newspaper the best deal? Students should share their findings with the rest of the class.

Smart Camp–Week Five

§ August 5th, 2011 § Filed under Smart Camp, Teacher resources § No Comments


Attention Smart Campers– Here is your Week Five activity. This week we will use the Letters to the Editor section of the Boston Herald to examine opinions on current events. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.


Letters to the Editor Activity
The Letters section of the Boston Herald is an important part of the newspaper because it gives readers the opportunity to share their opinions.

Read the Letters section in today’s Smart Edition. Then select a letter, and use the calendar tool or search box to find the same news article referenced in the letter. Students should read the article and decide if they agree or disagree with the opinion expressed in the letter. Then students should write a paragraph explaining why they agree or disagree with the author of the letter.

Extension Activity– Students may write and submit their own Letter to the Editor.

Smart Camp–Week Four

§ August 1st, 2011 § Filed under Smart Camp, Teacher resources § No Comments

This week’s Smart Camp activity focuses on editorial cartoons. Students will deconstruct editorial cartoons in the Boston Herald and then practice writing their own. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.

Courtesy of the Boston Herald

Editorial Cartoons Activity
Editorial Cartoons are the perfect example of the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In an editorial cartoon, the artist shows his or her opinions through drawings. The cartoons are often humorous, bur they can show the subject in an unflattering light.

With your class, look at today’s editorial cartoon in the Boston Herald Smart Edition. Then discuss the following with your students:

  • What is the artist trying to express in the cartoon?
  • How does the artist portray the subject of the cartoon? Give examples to back up your answer.
  • Do you think the cartoon was effective in expressing the artist’s opinion? Explain why or why not.
  • How would the same idea differ if it was expressed in words, rather than pictures?

Next, have students search the Smart Edition for a story that interests them. Have students draw their own editorial cartoon to go along with the article, and then share it with the class.

Smart Tip—the editorial cartoons are located in the Editorials section. You can find the page number for Editorials by referring to the index on page two of online newspaper.

After you complete the activity, share your experience with other Smart Campers by leaving a comment on this blog post.

Smart Camp–Week Three

§ July 22nd, 2011 § Filed under Smart Camp, Teacher resources § Tagged § No Comments

With the high temperatures that are keeping everyone indoors, there’s never been a better time to be a Smart Camper! This week’s project is to create a Newspaper Time Capsule. It’s a fun way to engage students in discussions about current events. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.

Newspaper Time Capsule
Have your students  imagine that they were selected to make a time capsule that students in the year 2111 will read. To help students of the future understand what life is like today, your students should choose three different news stories from the Boston Herald Smart Edition that they think encompass the most important issues of our time.

Students can use the calendar tool to read back issues of the newspaper, and use the search tool to find specific information. After students have selected their articles, they should share them with the class and explain why they chose them for the time capsule.

After you complete the activity, share your experience with other Smart Campers by leaving a comment on this blog post.

Smart Camp–Week Two

§ July 15th, 2011 § Filed under Smart Camp, Teacher resources § No Comments

Attention Smart Campers– Now that you’ve become familiar with the Boston Herald Smart Edition, it’s time to practice some fun online activities!

This week you have a choice between the Smart Edition Scavenger Hunt or the Smart Edition Quiz. Both of these activities help test student’s knowledge of key navigation tools in the online newspaper. You can complete these activities with students, or practice them on your own.

Complete directions for these activities can be found in the Smart Edition Teacher Guide. When you’re done, share your experiences right here on the NIE Blog.

Don’t forget,  if you are participating with students and time permits, you can read and discuss a  selection from your Living Life Online packet.

Smart Camp–Week One

§ July 8th, 2011 § Filed under Smart Camp, Teacher resources § Tagged , , , § No Comments

Welcome Smart Campers! We hope you’re ready to have fun using the interactive Smart Edition this summer.

The NIE Blog is an important part of Smart Camp. Here you’ll find the weekly Smart Edition activity, ask questions, and share ideas with other teachers. (Although students can participate in Smart Camp, the NIE Blog is just for teachers.)

Week One Activity
This week we will become familiar with key tools in the Smart Edition, and learn to navigate the online newspaper.

  1. Download and review the Smart Edition Teacher Guide here. The teacher guide also contains all of the activities we will be covering during Smart Camp.
  2. Watch the short Smart Edition video on the NIE Homepage. You’ll see real teachers and students using the online newspaper.
  3. Log-on to the Smart Edition with your username and password.
  4. Read the newspaper using key features of the Smart Edition such as the calendar tool to read back issues, the search tool to find specific information, and the print tool.
    • If you are participating with students, ask each student to read an article that interests them. Then ask students to share a  summary of what they read with the rest of the class.
  5. After you complete the activities above, feel free to share your thoughts right here on the NIE Blog.

Bonus Activity— If you are participating with students and time permits, read and discuss a different selection from the Living Life Online packet each week. It’s a great way to incorporate online safety skills into the Smart Camp program.

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