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

Election Day Resource

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day. It isn’t a presidential election year, but there are still items to be voted on.

Here is a great resource for using the newspaper to teach younger students about elections. It is called Election Primary and was written by Debbie Lerner and Eileen Bergman, Educators with Ann West, NIE Consultant.

It is 36 pages and can be downloaded by clicking here

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.

WIN CASH! Enter The Valley’s Got Talent Show

To download and print the flyer, click here

Do you like to sing, dance or play a musical instrument?  Do you have a band or comedy act?  If so, here is a great opportunity for people of ALL AGES to showcase their stuff in The 4th Annual Valley’s Got Talent Benefit Show!  You could win cash! Grand Prize is $500, 2nd prize is $250 and 3rd prize is $100.

Register now to be a part of the live auditions on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-4:30pm at Red River High School in Grand Forks.  Call 701.780.9607 or email gfexchange club@gmail.com.  Hurry, the deadline is November 9 to register.

The FREE LIVE SHOW will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 2-4:30pm at Red River High School in Grand Forks.

This event is sponsored by the Grand Forks Exchange Club.  Proceeds will benefit the children of our community.  Visit http://www.gfexchangeclub.org/ to learn more.

 

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.

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE