Getting acquainted with your newspaper

Here are a few activities to help your students become familiar with the newspaper.  These activities are taken from the following publication:  National Newspaper Foundation: Newspaper In Education – A Guide for Weekly/Community Newspapers.

To download a pdf of this worksheet, click here

LABOR DAY

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Labor Day is a federal holiday. There is usually no work or school on this day and it is the unofficial end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?  

This is what I found in the NIE Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide, written by Terri Darr McLean and produced by KRP, Inc.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is the day we celebrate America’s working men and women and their social and economic achievements. Although some labor groups sponsor celebrations, Labor Day for most people is a day of rest and recreation. It also has become a symbol for the last day of summer.

• Students will enjoy learning about the many jobs held by America’s workers. Start by pointing them to the classified ads section of the newspaper. Have them identify as many different jobs listed as possible within a set amount of time.

• Explain to students that the American labor force is made up of four occupational groups: white-collar workers (clerical, professional and technical, sales, managers), blue-collar work-ers (operatives, craftworkers), service workers (private household, etc.), and farm, forestry, and fishing workers. Next, have students categorize the help wanted ads in the newspaper according to these occupational groups. What conclusions can they draw about jobs in their community?

Ask each student to write a classified ad for his or her “dream job.”

• Allow students to do some career matchmaking for their favorite comic strip characters. Remind them to consider the characters’ traits, likes and dislikes, and other factors that might determine their career choices. As an extension activity, have students write letters of recommendation for their characters.

Awesome Authors’ Book Reviews Week 5

Today’s featured Awesome Authors’ book reviews and illustrations are from Cora Kirby-Gable, age 8 and Fiona Hendrickson, age 6.  These appeared in the Grand Forks Herald on Sunday, August 17.

Book reviews from the Awesome Authors will be published every Sunday in the Herald for the next 3 weeks.

Tips to prepare for school – Part 3

Here is Part 3.  School will be starting soon. Here are some quick tips to help parents and kids get ready for the upcoming school year from McClatchy-Tribune.

Setting the family alarm clock to hit those early, early — did we mention early? — morning classes is only part of the challenge of going back to school.

OK, first, you have to pick out that crucial first day outfit. Not too fussy. Not too plain.

After that, there are lots of questions for kids and parents. What do you need to know about school? What are some healthful snacks and lunches? What questions should parents ask their kids about their day? How do parents help establish good study habits?

Today we will look at health and nutrition, super snacks, a good night’s sleep, staying  in shape and lunches.

 

Awesome Authors Week 4

Today’s featured Awesome Authors’ book reviews and illustrations are from Grace Carriere and Eleece Reilly.  These appeared in the Grand Forks Herald on Sunday, August 10.

Book reviews from the Awesome Authors will be published every Sunday in the Herald for the next 4 weeks.

Tips to prepare for school – Part 2

School will be starting soon. Here are some quick tips to help parents and kids get ready for the upcoming school year from McClatchy-Tribune.

Setting the family alarm clock to hit those early, early — did we mention early? — morning classes is only part of the challenge of going back to school.

OK, first, you have to pick out that crucial first day outfit. Not too fussy. Not too plain.

After that, there are lots of questions for kids and parents. What do you need to know about school? What are some healthful snacks and lunches? What questions should parents ask their kids about their day? How do parents help establish good study habits?

Today we will look at tips for getting involved, people you should know at your child’s school and dealing with bullies.

COMING SOON … health and nutrition, super snacks, a good night’s sleep, stay in shape and lunches.

Tips to prepare for school – Part 1

School will be starting soon.  Here are some quick tips to help parents and kids get ready for the upcoming school year from McClatchy-Tribune.

Setting the family alarm clock to hit those early, early — did we mention early? — morning classes is only part of the challenge of going back to school.

OK, first, you have to pick out that crucial first day outfit. Not too fussy. Not too plain.

After that, there are lots of questions for kids and parents. What do you need to know about school? What are some healthful snacks and lunches? What questions should parents ask their kids about their day? How do parents help establish good study habits?

Today we will look at first day jitters, preparing to study, connecting with your kid and helping with homework:

COMING SOON … tips for getting involved, people you should know at your child’s school and dealing with bullies.

Linda Niemi and Lisa Deffendall, of McClatchy Newspapers, and Jody Mitori, of McClatchy-Tribune, contributed to this report.

Attention Grand Forks Parents

In today’s Grand Forks Herald (8/8/14), you’ll find a special section called “Spotlight on Excellence” produced by the Grand Forks Public Schools.  It is a great resource for if you have a student attending Grand Forks Public Schools. It lists all of the Grand Forks Public Schools, their addresses, phone numbers and the names of the principals.  You’ll also find school registration dates and times,open house dates,  GFPS 2014-2015  calendar, plus a lot more useful information.