Halloween Newspaper Activities

From KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide…

Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, is an ancient celebration that can be traced to the early Catholic Church and “All Saints Day,” an observance in honor of saints. However, in the 5th century B.C., in Celtic Ireland, people began celebrating All Saints Day as the Celtic New Year and developed customs designed to ward off spirits who came back to Earth that day looking for living bodies to possess.

Halloween was brought to America in the 1840s by Irish immigrants fleeing their country’s potato famine. Although the belief in spirit possession had waned, many of the customs that had developed over the years were still being observed. One custom — dressing up like ghosts and goblins and “begging” for candy and gifts — remains a popular Halloween tradition today.

•Have students search the newspaper for ads with a Halloween theme. Have them cut out pictures and graphics that they think best symbolizes this age-old holiday. They can use their cutouts to make a poster or bulletin board display.

•Ask students to talk about Halloween safety. Then ask them to create a newspaper ad to encourage trick-or-treaters to be careful this year.

•Have students search the newspaper for a real or fictitious character to dress up as this year. Ask each to describe in writing or draw the costume he or she would wear.

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.

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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