What are you thankful for?

Throughout the year, we get to celebrate, or show how grateful we are, for certain people and things on holidays.

On some holidays, kids get to stay home from school, and parents get the day off work. Those are great days for the whole family to hang out together, celebrating!

On Arbor Day and Earth Day we show our appreciation for the earth and its natural resources. On President’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we take time to remember, and show our gratitude for, the great leaders of our country who struggled for our rights and freedoms. On Veteran’s Day we say thanks to the men and women who have fought and died protecting our nation all over the world. On Labor Day we give thanks, and a day of rest to those people who work hard at their jobs all year long. On Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Grandparents Day we show how grateful we are for our loved ones.

As you can see, the list goes on and on. That’s because we all have a lot to be thankful for! We can be thankful for our health, our families, our friends, and much more. But you know what? We don’t have to wait for a holiday like Thanksgiving to say we’re grateful. You can show how grateful you are every day!

A great way to show gratitude is by being polite and saying “thank you” and “you’re welcome.”  Being loyal and faithful to your friends and family shows gratitude. Just treating other people, young and old, with respect shows gratitude. Handshakes, hugs and kind words show gratitude, and make other people grateful to you! And you know what’ s the best part? You can spread a little gratitude all year long!

What or who are you grateful for? On a piece of paper make a list of all of the things and/or people you are grateful for.

Information is from the Washington Times NIE and the NIE Institute.

Thanksgiving Newspaper Activities

Here are some easy ways to integrate the newspaper into your curriculum (many of these ideas are cross-curricular):

1. ART: Look through the newspaper for advertising that catches your attention. Find at least four examples of ads you like. What are the reasons the ads are so enticing? Create a list of what made the ad stand out (for instance, was it the use of a border, the amount of white space, the colors, etc.).

Now look through the newspaper and find at least 10 items(words, phrases, photos or graphics can be used) for which you are thankful this season.

Create a Thanksgiving collage, employing some of the techniques you liked in your chosen advertisements; you may want to replicate the concept of the ad in your collage.

2. CAREER EDUCATION: Many employers hire seasonal help beginning this time of year to help with the holiday rush. Look through today’s classified help wanted ads and see how many opportunities you can find for seasonal jobs. Which of the jobs do you think you’d enjoy most? Least?

3. ENGLISH/ LANGUAGE ARTS: Thanksgiving is a holiday seeped in tradition. For instance, every November, a Presidential pardon is issued to save a turkey from becoming Thanksgiving dinner; the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is always televised that morning live from New York; etc.

Find examples of other Thanksgiving traditions mentioned in today’s newspaper. Write a persuasive essay (including an introduction, body and conclusion) about why one of these traditions should be kept or eliminated. Your essay should include your opinions but should also be backed up with facts and statistics (either found in your newspaper, online or in your library).

4. GEOGRAPHY: The college football season is winding down. Look at today’s sports section and find information about at least three college football teams that will be playing in ballgames during the Thanksgiving weekend.  If you wanted to visit all three cities where the games would be played, what would be the smartest route to take and in what order would you want to visit? (Assume you’ll be traveling by car.)

Using a United States map, calculate how many miles you’d travel. What geographical features would you cross on your path (i.e. rivers, mountain ranges, deserts, etc.)?

Find the latitude and longitude of each city in your list. What states are represented in your list? What regions?

Use the weather map in today’s newspaper to describe the probable weather in each of your chosen cities at this time of year.

5. HISTORY: Thanksgiving in America is traced back the pilgrims and Native Americans. Using today’s news stories as your guide, write a news article as if you participated in or observed the first Thanksgiving. Be sure to include possible quotes from some of the people who would have been present.

When your article is completed, look at today’s news to decide how to write a good headline. Now, write your own headline for your story. Remember – the goal of a headline is to briefly describe the article and to draw in the reader.

6. MATHEMATICS: You’ve been assigned to make the Thanksgiving feast at your house this year, using only $50.  Use the grocery ads and any published recipes to decide what you’ll make. Since this is your Thanksgiving feast, you’re welcomed to be creative in what you cook. Decide on a main course, at least two side dishes and a dessert. Use the grocery ads to determine the following:

-The total cost to purchase the ingredients needed, including the appropriate sales tax for your community (remember your $50 budget); and

-The percentage of your funds that will be spent on each item in your meal-the main course, both side dishes and the desert.

7. MUSIC: Christmas is known for a variety of music. Your assignment is to create a song that will establish Thanksgiving as a musical holiday.  Work with at least two classmates on this project. Clip out at least 10 headlines and divide them into their parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.). Your goal is to create a Thanksgiving song that incorporates only the words you’ve cut out (you do NOT have to use all the words you’ve clipped, but you cannot use any words you haven’t!). Use any familiar tune to set your words to music, and share with the class.

8. NEWSPAPER KNOWLEDGE: Write the word T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G down the left-hand portion of a plain piece of paper.  Look through the newspaper to find examples of articles, advertising and/or photos that begin with each letter. Write a phrase to describe the word’s significance to today’s news and identify where in the newspaper you found it. (EXAMPLE: T-echnology: this refers to section D of today’s newspaper, which is labeled Business and Technology and includes stories about new technological developments in music, computers, games and more.)

9. SCIENCE & HEALTH: Many fitness clubs and weight-loss programs encourage people not to overindulge during the holidays. But, because it always happens, those same organizations count on increasing their membership as soon as Christmas is over.  Develop a strategy to help your family avoid gaining weight this holiday season. Use grocery ads to design a healthier menu for your family’s holiday meals.  Also look in today’s newspaper for physical activities your family can enjoy together during your vacation.

10. SOCIAL STUDIES: Different people celebrate Thanksgiving in different ways.  Look through today’s newspaper to find ways that area groups and families are celebrating the holiday throughout our region and throughout America. Other countries also celebrate holidays similar to our Thanksgiving (obviously not started for the same reason). Find examples of such countries. Research in the news, the Internet and in your library to find out the major differences in how the holidays are celebrated outside of the United States.

 

Activities provided by: Emily R. Workman, NIE Program Director, The Benton County Daily Record & Northwest Arkansas Times, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Edition and distributed by the NIE Institute.

It’s a big one!

Just under 3.91 — Weight in pounds.

$4 — Retail price.

 34 — Advertising flyers.

 300 — Additional labor hours for printing/packaging.

 700 — Advertising flyer pages.

The Thanksgiving paper will be available at local retailers for those who don’t subscribe to the Herald.  The papers’ girth will prevent it from being stocked in the Herald vending machines. 

Thanksgiving Day’s Herald will be the biggest paper of the year. For more information visit grandforksherald.com.

 

Lake-snow effect

Snow piled high in a parking lot after a lake-effect snow storm in Buffalo, New York. Credit: Flickr user:~Sage~.

What’s the deal with lake-snow effect in the Buffalo, NY area? Find out what it is and what causes it — on the SciJinks web site. 

http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/lake-snow/

Credit: NOAA/NASA SciJinks (http://scijinks.gov)

Also check out Aaron’s Weather Talk http://www.grandforksherald.com/content/aarons-weather-talk-lake-effect-snow

Road to Wellness: Driving Tobacco and Cancer Off the Map

In recognition of “The Great American Smokeout” today, check out this newspapers in education tab called, The Road to Wellness: Driving Tobacco and Cancer Off the Map. This educational supplement was developed by the Geographic Health Equity Alliance, a national network managed by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the NIE Institute.

 Click here to download this 16-page 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.)

 

Thanksgiving Newspaper Scavenger Hunt

Check out this newspaper scavenger hunt. See how many of the following Thanksgiving-related items you can find in your newspaper:

1. A food that you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving

2. A place you’d like to visit during Thanksgiving

3. Something for which you’re thankful this year

4. Information about a Thanksgiving-related event in your area

5. Someone who has reason to be thankful this year

6. The word “thanks” or “Thanksgiving” in today’s newspaper

7. The word “turkey” or a photo or graphic of one

8. The thing in today’s news that you think the first Thanksgiving guests would be surprised by the most

Provided by Emily R. Workman, NiE Program Director, The Benton County Daily Record & Northwest Arkansas Times, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Edition and distributed by the NIE Institute. 


Download the page by clicking here 

For Sale! Advertising Activities

For sale! If it weren’t for advertising, there would be no newspapers. The amount readers pay for their newspapers would seldom even buy the paper used for printing. But by selling ads to manufacturers, businesses, and individuals, newspapers can go about the business of keeping their readers informed. It’s not a one-sided bargain, however. Advertising in the newspaper is one of the most effective ways to reach people with a message. It’s a partnership that has worked well for many years.

Advertising is designed to sell a product, a service, or an idea. In newspapers, there are two main types of advertising: display ads and classified ads.

Display ads are the graphic ads located throughout the newspaper. They can be as large as two full pages or small enough to carry only a business’ name and phone number. Retail stores are the most frequent users of display ads.

Classified ads are found in a separate section. They are placed by individuals who want to sell cars, appliances, and other personal items. Real estate firms, car dealers, and businesses looking for workers also place classified ads. These ads can vary in size from a few lines to a full page.

Many newspapers also accept another kind of advertising called inserts. They are stand-alone sections that might be several pages long. Newspaper ads are sold by sales representatives. They work closely with their clients to produce ads that reach a specific group of people (young adults, married couples, etc.).

It’s all in the technique Advertisers use all sorts of techniques to get their messages across.

Attention-grabbing headlines: A successful newspaper ad needs agood headline to grab attention. Such a headline might make a promise orarouse curiosity. It might also appeal to a specific group of readers, suchas young adults.

Slogans: Short, catchy phrases designed to create a certain image arecalled slogans. Advertisers rely on slogans to stick in readers’ minds.

Testimonials: When a well-known person endorses, or speaks out for,a product or service, it’s called a testimonial. Athletes, television stars, andother celebrities are favorites among advertisers.

Product characters: Many advertisers rely on cartoon characters andother fictional people to advertise their products — especially products forchildren. Product comparison: When competition is heavy, comparisons betweenproducts are frequently used. A comparison ad might list one product’sadvantages over another.Repetition: A favorite technique for advertisers is repetition. Many believe the more a company or product name is seen, the better.— Adapted from World Book Encyclopedia

ACTIVITIES

1. Look through your newspaper and find examples of display advertising, classified advertising, and preprinted inserts. Share your examples with the class and talk about uses for each type of advertising.

2. Who advertises in your newspaper? Categorize the display ads in one day’s newspaper according to the products and services advertised — clothing, food, furniture, electronics, etc. Show your findings on a chart or graph.

3. Advertisements are usually designed to appeal to a specific group of people, such as young parents, teenagers, or senior citizens. The group an ad is aimed at is called the target audience. Collect at least five newspaper ads and identify the target audience for each. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

4. Pretend that you’ve been given $1,000 to spend on anything you want — or need. Then go “shopping” through your newspaper’s advertisements and jot down the items you would buy. As a class, discuss how advertising might have influenced your decisions.

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What are you grateful for?

Throughout the year, we get to celebrate, or show how grateful we are, for certain people and things on holidays.

On some holidays, kids get to stay home from school, and parents get the day off work. Those are great days for the whole family to hang out together, celebrating!

On Arbor Day and Earth Day we show our appreciation for the earth and its natural resources. On President’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we take time to remember, and show our gratitude for, the great leaders of our country who struggled for our rights and freedoms. On Veteran’s Day we say thanks to the men and women who have fought and died protecting our nation all over the world. On Labor Day we give thanks, and a day of rest to those people who work hard at their jobs all year long. On Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Grandparents Day we show how grateful we are for our loved ones.

As you can see, the list goes on and on. That’s because we all have a lot to be thankful for!  We can be thankful for our health, our families, our friends, and much more.  But you know what? We don’t have to wait for a holiday like Thanksgiving to say we’re grateful. You can show how grateful you are every day!

A great way to show gratitude is by being polite and saying “thank you” and “you’re welcome.”   Being loyal and faithful to your friends and family shows gratitude. Just treating other people, young and old, with respect shows gratitude. Handshakes, hugs and kind words show gratitude, and make other people grateful to you! And you know what’ s the best part? You can spread a little gratitude all year long!

What or who are you grateful for? On a piece of paper make a list of all of the things and/or people you are grateful for.

Information is from the Washington Times NIE and the NIE Institute.

Thanksgiving Ideas from FamilyFun Magazine

Gobble up these ideas to provide extra helpings of giggles at your Thanksgiving gathering from FamilyFun magazine!  

To download the page, click 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.)