Halloween Safety

Here are some Halloween safety tips from KidsHealth.org to keep your little ghouls and goblins safe.

1. Choose a light-colored costume or add glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume so your kids can be easily seen.

2. Don’t buy a costume unless it’s labeled “flame-retardant.” This means the material won’t burn.

3. Make sure wigs and beards don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses, or mouths.

4. Don’t let your children wear masks – they can make it difficult for kids to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger children draw pictures of what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the makeup on themselves.

5. Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause kids to trip.

6. Avoid long or baggy skirts, pants, or shirtsleeves that could catch on something and cause falls.

7. Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are flexible.

8. Accompany young children (under age 10) on their rounds. But make sure they know their home phone number, the cell phone numbers of parents and any other trusted adult who’s supervising, and how to call 911 in case they get lost.

9. For older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own, make sure you approve of the route they’ll be taking and know when they’ll be coming home. Also be sure that they: carry a cell phone, if possible go in a group and stay together, only go to houses with porch lights on, walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never walk through alleys or across lawns), never go into strangers’ homes or cars, cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.

10. Give kids flashlights with new batteries.

11. Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you and your children know.

12. When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they’re safely sealed and there are no signs of tampering, such as small pinholes, loose or torn packages, and packages that appear to have been taped or glued back together. Throw out loose candy, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.

13. Don’t allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.

14. Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home, too. Remove lawn decorations, sprinklers, toys, bicycles, wet leaves, or anything that might obstruct your walkway. Provide a well-lit outside entrance to your home. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.

WIN CASH! Enter The Valley’s Got Talent Show

To download and print the flyer, click here

Do you like to sing, dance or play a musical instrument?  Do you have a band or comedy act?  If so, here is a great opportunity for people of ALL AGES to showcase their stuff in The 4th Annual Valley’s Got Talent Benefit Show!  You could win cash! Grand Prize is $500, 2nd prize is $250 and 3rd prize is $100.

Register now to be a part of the live auditions on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-4:30pm at Red River High School in Grand Forks.  Call 701.780.9607 or email gfexchange club@gmail.com.  Hurry, the deadline is November 9 to register.

The FREE LIVE SHOW will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 2-4:30pm at Red River High School in Grand Forks.

This event is sponsored by the Grand Forks Exchange Club.  Proceeds will benefit the children of our community.  Visit http://www.gfexchangeclub.org/ to learn more.


They came all the way from Leeds, N.D.

Monday, October 13, we had visitors from Leeds High School.  Mrs. Moser and her sophomore students came to the Grand Forks Herald to learn about the newspaper and explore career opportunities.  They participate in the Herald’s Newspapers in Education Program.

Leeds sophomore students in the paper storage room at the Grand Forks Herald Production Plant on October 13, 2014.


Newspaper Activities for October 2014

Check out these daily lesson plans using the newspaper for the month of October. This calendar provides a subject specific focus for each day of the week with activities for every school day of the month: Monday – Language Arts, Tuesday – Social Studies, Wednesday – Math, Thursday – Science, Friday – Newspaper Information.


Staying Safe Online

Staying Safe Online
Staying safe online isn’t very different from staying safe in the real world. Let’s take a look at how you can apply the safety tips that you already know to your online activities.  Information is from the Washington Times NIE tab, “Delete Cyberbullying.”

1. Beware of strangers—When you’re outside with your friends, you wouldn’t talk to a stranger who stopped his car next to you. Be just as cautious online. It’s even easier for someone online to pretend that he or she is someone that he is not. When you’re online, only talk to people who you know and be sure never to agree to meet someone in person whom you’ve only met and chatted with online.

2. Protect your identity—In school, you don’t let other people use your name. Take the same precautions online. Make sure to protect your name, address, phone numbers, and credit card information when you are online. You never know, someone might like your identity better than their own!

3. Install locks—At home you lock your doors and windows. Do the same with your computer. Make sure that you or your parents have installed a security suite that contains anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software, and keep it up-to-date. By using this software, you can keep unwanted people like hackers and cyber-thieves out.

4. Too good to be true—When you’re watching TV, you’ll often see commercials advertising a miracle weight loss drug. Often these claims are too good to be true. Companies and individuals use the Internet the same way. Be sure while you’re online that you stay away  from deals that seem fishy. Only provide personal information to sites you’ve contacted and after you’ve determined they are legitimate and the connection secure.

5. Show others the respect you deserve—You’ve been taught to treat others with respect, whether it’s at school, while playing a sport, or at the dinner table. It shouldn’t stop when you go online. Be respectful of others. If you wouldn’t say it in person, why say it online?

6. Expensive free stuff—Free stuff is great, if it really is free. Online you’re inundated by things that seem to be free—free software, free ring tones, free email, free screensavers, and the list goes on. Oftentimes when you download the free items, you’re also downloading malicious software that can harm your computer, track your every keystroke, and report back to thieves about every move and every transaction you’ve made. Those thieves can then take your money or even assume your identity.

7. Keep your parents in the loop—When you’re going out with friends you let your parents know who you’ll be with and when you’ll be home. Do the same online. Talk to your parents about things you see and do online. Ask them for help if you don’t know how to do  something and let them know if someone is bothering you online. Parents, ask your children to show you some of the sites they visit regularly, including their social networking pages. By being involved, you can keep an eye out for your kids, physically and virtually.

For more information about online safety or to get more information about these topics, visit the National Crime Prevention Council.

Resources for Constitution Day Sept. 17

September 17th is Constitution Day. Did you know all U.S. public schools – kindergarten through university level – are required to teach about the Constitution on Constitution Day on Sept. 17?

According to ConstitutionFacts.com, the government mandate says “Educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year.”

Here are some teaching materials available to assist you.

1. ConstitutionFacts.com  This site provides a series of free educational resources and Internet links to help educators comply with the new federal regulation requiring the development of student programming to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year. You can also read the Federal Register announcement of the Constitution Day Mandate.   www.constitutionfacts.com/

2.  Celebrate Constitution Day NIE Tab

The Newspaper Association of America Foundation and the Bill of Rights Institute have produced this educational tab designed to help teachers and students celebrate this important milestone in the nation’s history.

The tab is available for download by clicking here

Note: if you are going to print this pdf, make sure to adjust your print setting to fit on page. The pdf is bigger than 8.5 x 11 (normal print size.)

3.  Constitution Day Newspaper Scavenger Hunt

Download the Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt by clicking here  

Sight Word Activities Using the Newspaper

Information and activities are from the NIE Institute.

Fry’s Instant Sight Words and the Newspaper
This resource provides the first 600 sight words identified by Dr. Edward Fry as important for students to learn through about 4th grade and in adult education, with practice phrases and sentences, and a variety of newspaper activities.

Download the pdf by clicking here

Newspaper Activities for Learning Fry’s Instant Sight Words

Sight Words In the News — You can easily have your beginning reader practice sight word recognition by using the newspaper! This works very well, because sight words make up more than 50% percent of most every day reading material. Newspapers are loaded with sight words! You’ll need a highlighting marker or scissors, glue and paper to go on this treasure hunt.

Write the sight words that you wish to target on a list or on flashcards. It’s important for early learners to have a model to match. For more experienced readers, you can show the list or model briefly and then have them find the target words from memory.

Give the student a newspaper that can be cut up or marked upon. Use the highlighter to color the target words wherever they are found. Use the scissors and glue to cut the words out and paste them onto a new page to make a collage. You can use this activity again and again! Just choose new target words & grab the newspaper.

Fry’s Newspaper Bingo — Have students work in groups to find 25 or more Fry words in the newspaper. Have students write nine of the words on their bingo card. Place all the cut out words in a pile. Draw words from the pile. If players have the word on their card they will mark that spot. The first player to get three in a row, either down, across or diagonal, wins. The bingo board is on the last page of the download.

Newspaper Letters to Form Fry Words — Cut out letters from newspaper headlines. Use the letters to form Fry words.

Word of the Day — The teacher should find one or more sight words in the newspaper each day to place on a vocabulary board. Then have students find that word used in sentences in the newspaper. Have students write that word on their own vocabulary list. Keep adding daily words to this vocabulary list. Have students use this list when reading and to practice the words.

Newspaper Flashcards — Find five sight words in large bold headlines that your students need to practice. Paste or laminate each word from the newspaper on a separate card. Hold the cards in a pile showing students one at a time. Work through them several times to see how quickly students can read them. Add two or more new words every day and continue to practice them all.

Newspaper Concentration / Memory Game — Help students find eight Fry’s words in the newspaper that students needs to practice. Discuss the meaning and context of the words. This helps memorization. Have students make 2 cards for each word. Shuffle the cards and place them upside down in 4 rows of 4 cards. Take turns turning over 2 cards and read each as it is turned. If the 2 cards are the same word, that player keeps them and takes another turn. Cards that do not match are turned face down again in the same place. Continue playing until all the cards have been matched. The player with the most cards wins!

These activities adopted from Tips for Sight Words, www.allinfoaboutreading.com.

Scatter sight words from newspaper headlines, face-up, around the classroom. Use one copy of the word for each child playing the game. That is, if three children are playing, use three copies of each word. Call a word from the list and challenge the students to be first to find and run to the target word. You can make this as competitive or cooperative as you’d like, or even try to beat previous records.

Hide sight words from newspaper headlines around the classroom. Have students find them and return to you to read. When one word has been read, the student can go out and look for another.

From the front cover of the newspaper the teacher will call out sight words for students to find. Students will find the word and then write it down followed by the full sentence that it was found in. This helps students understand the meaning and usage of the words.

The teacher will choose a paragraph or two from the newspaper that contains several Fry words. Have students read the section and highlight the Fry words they find. Now read the text in unison, but allow the student to read the highlighted words alone. Remediate students that missed some of the words.

Read a sight word together in the newspaper several times, spell it out loud, then have students blot out a letter with a marker. Read the word again, visualizing the missing letter. Be sure to spell again on each round. Continue to blot out letters, then read and spell until the word is no longer visible. Now have students write the word in a sentence.

Have students find Fry words in the newspaper. Then have students cut out the words and place them in alphabetic order. Students could also write a sentence using each word.

Have student trace over sight words found in headlines and regular text in the newspaper. This will help them remember words and develop printing skills in small and large sizes.

Remembering 9/11 Educational Tab

Today is the 13th Anniversary of 9/11.  Many students were very young or not even born on 9/11. Although it may be painful, let’s remember those who passed and those that sacrificed to try to save others.  For the 10 year Anniversary the NIE Institute produced the special newspapers in education tab, “Remembering 9/11.”   The tab has a lot of good information and is available for you to download by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamist extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane was crashed into a field near Shanksville PA.

Often referred to simply as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism. Nearly 3,000 people were killed during the attacks including more than 400 police officers and firefighters and 266 passengers and crew on the four planes. This was the most deadly terrorist attack in U.S. history.

Click here to download a copy of the tab

Note: if you are going to print this pdf, make sure to adjust your print setting to fit on page. The pdf is bigger than 8.5 x 11 (normal print size.)