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. 

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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


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!  

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FREE Resource Our Veterans Sharing Their Stories

Who are Veterans?

They are men and women who, for many reasons, donned the uniform of our country to stand between freedom and tyranny; to take up the sword of justice in defense of the liberties we hold dear; to preserve peace and to calm the winds of war.

Your mothers and fathers, your grandparents, your aunts and uncles, your neighbors, the shop owners in your community, your teachers, your favorite athlete, a Hollywood star, and your political leaders… each one could be a veteran.

But as much as they may differ by gender, race, age, national origin, or profession, they share a common love for our great nation; a love great enough to put their very lives on the line, if need be, to guarantee the way of life we enjoy today, and to secure that way of life for tomorrow’s generations.

The title of veteran must be earned. It is a title endowed by a grateful nation on citizens whose shoulders were broad enough to carry the weight of our common defense.

It is a title that speaks of courage and sacrifice in the face of mortal danger. It is a title that speaks of compassion and heartbreak in the wake of the terrible cost of war. And it is a title that speaks of love of country, and of a belief in America’s goodness, and our strength.

This supplement, distributed by the NIE Institute, focuses on veterans from all walks of life including bios on African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Women, and Japanese Nesei (2nd generation). It will also help schools, teachers and students conducting Take a Veteran to School Day and Thank a Veteran at Work Projects.

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Veterans Day Resource

The men and women who have served in the United States armed forces have their own special day each year. Veterans Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918, is a time to celebrate American veterans’ patriotism and willingness to sacrifice their lives for our country.

At first, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and was set aside to honor veterans
of World War I.
It was changed in 1954 to include veterans of all wars. In 1968, with the
passing of the Uniform Holiday Bill, Veterans Day was slated to be celebrated on the
fourth Monday in October. That move proved so unpopular that the official Veterans Day
holiday was returned to Nov. 11 in 1975.

• As Veterans Day approaches, watch your newspaper for stories about local veterans. Ask students to read the stories and underline quotes that illustrate pride, patriotism, and love for our country.

• Invite a veteran to speak to your class about his or her experiences. Prior to your guest’s visit, have students make a list of reporter’s questions to ask and, afterward, write a story based on what they learned.

• Have students look through the newspaper for stories about world conflict. Ask: Are United States servicemen or women involved in any way? If so, ask students to identify the U.S. role in the conflict.

Activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide from the NIE Institute.

Here is an informative guide on the World War II Memorial in Washington,D.C.  from The Washington Times. 

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Newpaper activities for the month of November

Check out these daily lesson plans using the newspaper for the month of November. 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.

To download the November calendar click here