6th Grade Students from Larimore, N.D.

Wednesday, April 16, the 6th grade students from Larimore, N.D. visited the Grand Forks Herald downtown office. They are pictured in the Herald community room.

This same group visited the Grand Forks Herald production plant last May as 5th graders. Here is a picture of them at the Herald production plant last year.

Spring Holidays

From KRP’s The Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide. Here are some holidays that are observed in the spring.

The Christian observances of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, and the Jewish Passover are important religious holidays that fall in March or April. The Eastern Orthodox Easter, called Pascha, also falls into this time period.

Spring holy days provide many opportunities for you to discuss such concepts as tolerance and respect for each other’s beliefs. Begin a discussion of tolerance by explaining to students that tolerance means to put up with practices and beliefs that are different from your own. Then ask them to find five items in the newspaper: stories, photos and comics that are examples of tolerance or intolerance. Conclude by asking them to describe the effects of the acts of tolerance or intolerance in each example.

Instruct students to find a newspaper photo that shows diversity among a group of people. Ask: What differences do you see between the people pictured? Have students discuss the level of tolerance or intolerance portrayed in the photo.

Free online Earth Day book

Check out this free online Earth Day book made available by author Artie Knapp.

Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet - tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash, Thurman the turtle decides it’s time to take action.

A shortlist finalist for the 2012 national Green Earth Book Award.

Click on the link below to access the book: 



Safe Kids Day is Saturday, April 12

If you are looking for a fun family activity, check out Safe Kids Day this Saturday at Red River High School in Grand Forks.

Safety Topics will include: Water, Poison, Wheeled Sports, Child Passenger Safety, Home, Fire, Sports, Falls, ATV, Power Tools, Gun, Pedestrian, Distracted Driving, Railroad, Farm and more!

Texas Roadhouse will have meals available for $5.


10:30 – Red River Valley Gymnastics will be performing followed by a presentation on sports safety

11:30 – Fire Fighter Presentation by the GF AFB Fire Department

12:30 – Bike Tune Up Presentation by the Ski & Bike Shop

1:00 – Life Savers Award Presentation

Come out and support Safe Kids Grand Forks!

High School Newspaper Staff from Roseau, Minn.

Thursday, March 27  we had a visit from Mrs. Olsen’s high school newspaper staff from Roseau, Minn. The students receive the Grand Forks Herald each day during the school year through our Newspapers in Education Program. Mrs. Olsen uses the newspaper as a teaching tool. On the tour, the students learned how the newspaper is produced each day from start to finish. They also had the chance to visit with employees in various departments of the Herald.  Thanks for visiting us.  We enjoyed your interest and enthusiasm for our work!

Don’t miss the Art Wise Elementary Art Show!

You are invited to the Art Wise Elementary Art Show at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks April 8-10.  Hours are 4pm – 8pm each day. There will be artwork on display from every K-5 student in our area. There will also be art activities, live stage performances, face painting, make and take art stations, demonstrating artists and concessions. Free admission – bring the whole family!  For more information visit www.artwise4kids.com

Happy Snow Day! A look at a snowflake’s six sides

Here’s a look at a snowflake’s six sides from Bill Marvel at The Dallas Morning News and McClatchy Tribune.  

By Bill Marvel, The Dallas Morning News

Next time it snows, take a minute from sledding or skating or snowball fights to look closely at snowflakes. A dark piece of cloth, such as a wool mitten,and a magnifying glass will help.

Almost all snowflakes look like stars with six points,or flowers with six petals. But why six? Why not eight or five or for that matter, 20?

Four hundred years ago, a scientist named Johannes Kepler thought he knew the answer, and he wrote to a friend about it. Each snowflake, Kepler wrote, starts with a round droplet of frozen water. So far, so good. If you arrange pennies on a table and pack them as closely as possible, you will find that each penny touches exactly six other pennies. No more, no less. Thus, Kepler said,if you pack round droplets of ice closely together, each will be surrounded by exactly six other round droplets.

In the same way, he announced,each snowflake begins with a six-sided cluster of ice droplets,and it grows from there. Sort of like a bee honeycomb. Good guess, but Kepler was wrong.

Scientists discovered the real reason several centuries later. Snowflakes are six-sided because of the way atoms stick together. Each molecule of water is made up of one big oxygen atom and two little hydrogen atoms. Think of two little cherries stuck to a big apple, like ears.

The hydrogen atoms will stick to the oxygen atom, but they will not stick to another hydrogen atom.

As the temperature falls below freezing, water molecules in the air start sticking to one another, forming ice. Like people shaking hands, each oxygen atom grabs one of the hydrogen atoms of another molecule.That molecule, in turn,grabs the hydrogen atom of yet another molecule,until six of the molecules link together in a tiny six-sided crystal called a hexagon.

As that ice crystal falls through the air,it bumps against other molecules of water that stick to the corners of the hexagon and freeze. Pretty soon, the original crystal starts to grow six long arms. Meanwhile, the arms start to grow branches. Repeat the process often enough — say,about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times —and you get a snowflake just big enough to see.You could look at snowflakes all day during the thickest blizzard and never find two that perfectly match. You could look for the rest of your life ,in fact. That’s because, like people,each snowflake encounters different conditions as it goes through life — different air currents, different temperatures,different moisture — and so it forms differently. Like people, no two snowflakes are exactly alike.

Spring Cleaning

Information and activities are from the NIE guide, 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.

This is the time of year when people start thinking about spring cleaning the house and making any necessary repairs to the inside and the outside.  At times, cleaning and repair work can be done by professionals who offer such services.  The newspaper’s classified ads usually publish a service directory.  This directory has information placed by people who do general cleaning and repair or offer services in a specialty area.


1. Work with a partner to identify some of the typical household clenaing and repair projects that are often done around the house (or condo, or apartment, etc.).  Be specific as you prepare your list of six things that should be done around the house or yard.  An example is given to start you on your way to creating a “to do” list.

2. After you have completed your list, scan the classified ads in your newspaper to find services or goods and materials that could help you complete each task.  Clip the actual ad and tape it beside each task in the list.  A different ad should be used for each task.

April Fools’ Day Activities

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