Wednesday, April 22, the 6th grade students from Larimore, N.D. visited the Grand Forks Herald downtown office. They are pictured here with Herald Publisher Korrie Wenzel. The students participate in the Grand Forks Herald Newspapers in Education Program.
Every day is Earth Day for people who care about the environment. But for one day each year, people all over the world join forces to call attention to the beauty of the Earth and the ways in which we can protect it.
Here are a number of activities to help you call attention to this special day. These activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide distributed by the NIE Institute.
1. Talk about environmental problems in your community. Have students find a newspaper story about one of those problems. Ask them how they would solve the problem, then have them write a letter to the editor of the newspaper expressing their thoughts.
2. Have students look through the newspaper’s advertisements for products that are promoted as environmentally friendly or safe for the environment. What conclusions can they draw from their findings? Encourage discussion.
3. Ask students to pick one product advertised in the newspaper and discuss the effects that product might have on the environment.
4. Instruct students to look through the newspaper for items that can be recycled. Ask them to list the items and find out if each can be recycled in your community. Conclude by having students come up with their own ways to recycle the newspaper (use as wrapping paper, line the bird cage, etc.). Encourage them to be creative.
A Curriculum Guide to Teach Environmental Education
Here is a 53 page guide you can download from the EGBAR Foundation titled “THE EGBAR Clean-Up Challenge.” This curriculum was developed to help educators effectively and easily integrate environmental education into their classroom teaching. This curriculum guide covers a variety of environmental issues such as: sources of pollution, hazardous wastes, recycling, energy, renewable and non-renewable resources, global warming, and environmental laws. Each lesson is designed with a student objective, grade level recommendation, list of materials, discussion of teaching strategies for the lesson, and an opportunity to extend the lesson through additional activities. For each lesson there is an accompanying student activity sheet. The activity sheet is ready for you to copy and can be used as an independent assignment or cooperative learning activity.
Check out SUPER SCIENCE DAY on Sunday, April 19, from 1-4 pm at Purpur Arena 1107 7th Ave S. in Grand Forks. Super Science Day features hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for families with FREE admission.
The Grand Forks Herald will be publishing the Class of 2015 special section on Sunday, May 10. High schools – if you haven’t sent in your information yet, please do so by Friday, April 10. A detailed letter was sent to area schools last month.
This keepsake section will feature graduates from high schools through out our North Dakota and Minnesota circulation area. Remember information must be received by Friday, April 10.
If you have any questions call Lisa Gibson at (701) 787-6753 or (800) 477-6572 ext. 1753.
Here are some Easter ideas from FamilyFun Magazine and TNS. After dyeing and decorating your Easter eggs, turn them into sweet-faced critters. Just peel off the shells to begin.
Also be sure and check out Kid-Friendly Tips to Create Fun Easter Memories from American Profile Magazine.
Information and activities are from A Plan For All Seasons: Using newspapers in grades 3-8 to make the most of holidays and seasonal events. Written by Ann West, NIE Consultant and distributed by the NIE Institute.
April Fools’ Day is often celebrated with harmless pranks and foolish happenings. In real life, many of us feel foolish on occasion about something we may have said or done without thinking.
The pages of the newspaper often contain news of people who have been foolish in some way. Some people in the news may have not thought before they acted; others may have gotten caught doing something they should not have done, leaving them feeling foolish.
Create an April Fools’ Day Hall of Shame by selecting photos or names of people in the newspaper who have said or done something foolish. These people may be famous people or they may not be so well known. You may even want to find comic strip characters who have done or said somthing foolish.
Clip from the newspaper one or two examples of foolish people and mount the names or faces on a sheet of construction paper. Explain the following items.
1. WHO the person is
2. WHAT the person said or did
3. WHEN this person said or did it
4. WHY you think this person deserves a place in the Hall of Shame
It’s the newspaper, of course. Unfortunately, some people can’t read the newspaper or even the word “STOP” on the big red sign at the end of the road. The inability to read is a problem for millions of people throughout this country.
But even if you think you’ve mastered the skill, think again. Learning to read — and to read well — is a lifelong process that can only be accomplished by, well, reading. Reading books, newspapers, the back of cereal boxes, instructions for a computer game, directions to your friend’s house, and more. Every day!
Besides, it’s fun. Can you imagine what life would be like without being able to read? B-O-R-I-N-G!
Not only that, if we don’t read well, we don’t write well. And almost everyone knows how important it is to be able to write well, whether we’re sending e-mail to friends or doing a book report.
Read Well, Write Well is a newspapers in education tab filled with lots of activities including:
• Newspaper reading and writing activities for school and for home.
• A short story written especially for this supplement by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones, co-authors of the popular Bailey School Kids book series and the Bailey City Monsters series.
• Lend a hand — special activities for children to complete with a brother, sister, or others who could use extra help with reading and writing.
• Fun facts about reading, writing — and newspapers.
This tab was produced by KRP and distributed by the NIE Institute.
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.)