May Math

From the NIE guide, A Plan for All Seasons” distributed by the NIE Institute.

The month of May can be a busy one for anyone who is buying gifts for Mother’s Day or school graduations. May is often the month when people also start looking for Father’s Day gifts or gifts for June weddings.

The newspaper is an important resource for many who have several gifts to purchase and very few dollars to spend.  If a reader looks through the retail (display) and the classified ads, a good bargain may be waiting for just the right customer.

Here are some activities you can use with the newspaper on calculating savings on items in ads.

1.  Create a list of some the gifts that you or others in your family plan to buy in the month of May. 

2.  Use your newspaper to find an advertisement for something that would be appropriate for each person on your gift list.  Find the gifts that are on sale at a certain percentage off the regular price.  The regular price must also be included in the ad.  Make a chart using the following headings:

Person              Gift             Regular Price     Percentage Off         Reduced Price

Total cost (Regular Price)                           Total cost (Reduced Price)

Total Amount Saved with Sales Price

3. When you complete your work, calculate the total amount you would spend at the regular price and at the sale price.  You may want to add in any local or state taxes.

Newspaper activities for May 2015

Check out these daily lesson plans using the newspaper for the month of May. 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 calendar, click here

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Welcome Larimore 6th grade students!

Wednesday, April 22, the 6th grade students from Larimore, N.D. visited the Grand Forks Herald downtown office. They are pictured here with Herald Publisher Korrie Wenzel.  The students participate in the Grand Forks Herald Newspapers in Education Program.

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Celebrate Earth Day with these Newspaper Activities

Every day is Earth Day for people who care about the environment. But for one day each year, people all over the world join forces to call attention to the beauty of the Earth and the ways in which we can protect it.

Here are a number of activities to help you call attention to this special day.  These activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide distributed by the NIE Institute.

1. Talk about environmental problems in your community. Have students find a newspaper story about one of those problems. Ask them how they would solve the problem, then have them write a letter to the editor of the newspaper expressing their thoughts.

2. Have students look through the newspaper’s advertisements for products that are promoted as environmentally friendly or safe for the environment. What conclusions can they draw from their findings? Encourage discussion.

3. Ask students to pick one product advertised in the newspaper and discuss the effects that product might have on the environment.

4. Instruct students to look through the newspaper for items that can be recycled. Ask them to list the items and find out if each can be recycled in your community. Conclude by having students come up with their own ways to recycle the newspaper (use as wrapping paper, line the bird cage, etc.). Encourage them to be creative.

A Curriculum Guide to Teach Environmental Education 

Click here to download the guide

Here is a 53 page guide you can download from the EGBAR Foundation titled “THE EGBAR Clean-Up Challenge.”  This curriculum was developed to help educators effectively and easily integrate environmental education into their classroom teaching. This curriculum guide covers a variety of environmental issues such as: sources of pollution, hazardous wastes, recycling, energy, renewable and non-renewable resources, global warming, and environmental laws. Each lesson is designed with a student objective, grade level recommendation, list of materials, discussion of teaching strategies for the lesson, and an opportunity to extend the lesson through additional activities. For each lesson there is an accompanying student activity sheet. The activity sheet is ready for you to copy and can be used as an independent assignment or cooperative learning activity.

Super Science Day

Check out SUPER SCIENCE DAY on Sunday, April 19, from 1-4 pm at Purpur Arena 1107 7th Ave S. in Grand Forks.  Super Science Day features hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for families with FREE admission.

Super Science Day 2015

Visit http://www.dakota-science.org/

High Schools – we need your Class of 2015 information

ORDER FROM CLASS OF 2008Attention area high schools

The Grand Forks Herald will be publishing the Class of 2015 special section on Sunday, May 10.  High schools – if you haven’t sent in your information yet, please do so by Friday, April 10.  A detailed letter was sent to area schools last month.

This keepsake section will feature graduates from high schools through out our North Dakota and Minnesota circulation area. Remember information must be received by Friday, April 10.

If you have any questions call Lisa Gibson at (701) 787-6753 or (800) 477-6572 ext. 1753.

Newspaper activities for the month of April

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

Download the calendar by clicking hereApr

Fun Easter Ideas

Here are some Easter ideas from FamilyFun Magazine and TNS. After dyeing and decorating your Easter eggs, turn them into sweet-faced critters. Just peel off the shells to begin.

Also be sure and check out Kid-Friendly Tips to Create Fun Easter Memories from American Profile Magazine.