Curriculum Resources

With a minimum order of 10 papers per delivery, teachers are entitled to complimentary teacher curriculum guides. These teacher guides have lesson plans and ideas on how to use the newspaper in your classroom. Teacher guides cover such subjects as math, environmental science, journalism, language arts, economics, multiple intelligences, social studies, geography, elections and much more. Check out our teacher guide library to see what is available and a brief synopsis of each guide.

All guides are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this software on your computer, click on the icon at the bottom of the page to down load. Some guides are available in Interactive White Board format. See link at the bottom of the page.


Are You Ready for the Real World?

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subjects covered: Financial Literacy, Social Studies

Correlated to national financial education standards, written by the Center for Economic Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Covers employment, moving out, banks, savings, investing, credit and budgeting.
Columbia Bank


Banking

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subjects covered: Financial Literacy, Economics

Covers all aspects of banks: how they started, what services they provide, saving & checking accounts, credit and other topics.
US Bank


Be Money Smart

  • Grade level: 3-12
  • Subjects covered: Financial Literacy, Social Studies

Educates young people on how to prepare for their financial future. Covers income, budget, credit, taxes, saving, investing & insurance. Produced in association with Junior Achievement.
Selco


Bullying, Focus on Prevention

  • Grade level: Elementary & Middle School
  • Subjects covered: Character Education, Social Studies

Comprehensive bullying prevention program assists teachers, administrators, parents and students in developing and implementing a detailed school-wide action plan that strengthens physical, social, and psychological safety and reduces the incidence of bullying.


By the Numbers: Mathmatical Connections in Newspapers

  • Grade level: Middle grades
  • Subject covered: Math

Worksheets and lesson plans use the newspaper to relate math concepts to real life as a basis for motivating study. Includes math scavenger hunts, proportions, averages, measurement, money and financial literacy.
Moss Adams


Cereal Bowl Science

  • Grade level: All grades
  • Subjects covered: Science

Five modules begin with a commonplace activity experienced every day. Each activity includes an experiment that uses scientific steps of observation, prediction, experimentation, finding a solution and communicating the results. Three NIE lessons for each experiment.


Citizens Together: You and Your Newspaper

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subjects covered: Social Studies, Government, Bill of Rights

“Citizens Together” integrates newspapers into study of the Bill of Rights. Seven lessons include objectives, a list of materials needed, procedures and worksheets. Two of the lessons are for all grades, the other 5 are divided into middle and high school levels.


Civics, Math and Fine Arts Lessons Power Pack

  • Grade level: 3-12
  • Subjects covered: Math, Art, Social Studies

Divided into activities for grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. Learning outcomes, grade-appropriate activity sheets, links to websites with resources for educators on the topics.


Count on Character

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subjects covered: Character Education, Social Studies

Kids discover that good citizenship begins with respect, honesty, kindness and overall good character.
Serenity Lane


Creating a Classroom Newspaper

  • Grade level: Elementary
  • Subjects covered: Journalism, Language Arts

This guide is designed for five days of instruction. It allows your class to practice, prepare and create its own newspaper. Each day’s work has been organized with a teacher’s lesson plan, student worksheets labeled “Reporter’s Notebook” and ideas for additional activities call “On Assignment.” A check list for production is included.


Creating a Student Newspaper, Press Ahead: A Teacher’s Guide

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subject covered: Journalism

Both a teaching tool and a planning guide for creating a student newspaper. Background on the sections and elements of a paper, plus forms for students to gather data and organize their thoughts. Detail on assignments, staffing and production. Includes press ethics, tabloid journalism and online newspapers.


Critical Thinking through Core Curriculum: Using Print & Digital

  • Grade level: 3-12
  • Subjects covered: Social Studies, Financial Literacy, Environment, Health, Technology

In the age of Web sites, blogs and social networking, critical thinking skills are more important than ever. Students learn to weigh the merits of information, draw comparisons, sift competing interests and make judgments based on the reliability and track records of sources. Lesson plans and activity sheets by grade level on the following 5 topics: financial literacy, nutrition, the environment, character education and information technology.
PacificSource


Diversity: Changing Face of America

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subjects covered: Diversity, Social Studies

America’s minority groups and the contribution they make to our society.


Drug Awareness

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subject covered: Health

A booklet for distribution to students as a discussion starter. Includes a test of drug names, descriptions of how drugs affect the mind and body, legal issues, myths about alcohol and prevention tactics. “News capsules” suggest newspaper activities for further learning.
Serenity Lane


Elections

  • Grade level: 4-9
  • Subjects covered: Social Studies, Government, Civics

Provides activity ideas to focus on candidates, issues, resources and the election process. Ten lessons in each of four modules: citizen responsabilities, issues & candidates, role of the media, election results and reflection to total 40 lessons.


Environmental Awareness

  • Grade level: 4-9
  • Subjects covered: Environment, Science

Covers 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, list of materials, teaching strategies and how to extend the lesson through additional activities.
NW Natural


Financial Planning

  • Grade level: High School
  • Subjects covered: Financial Literacy, Social Studies

A workbook for distribution to students teaching the elements financial planning, career pathing, budgets, saving & investing, using credit and insurance. Students learn to apply the lessons to their own money to take control of their finances.
Register-Guard Federal Credit Union


First Things First: Using the Newpaper to Teach the 5 Freedoms

  • Grade level: All grades
  • Subjects covered: Social Studies, Government, Bill of Rights

A framework for implementing social studies across content areas using instructional activities from the newspaper to teach the five freedoms of the First Amendment and how they are realized in American society. Each lesson includes learning objectives, materials, applicable Common Core State Standards, procedures, reproducible handouts, assessment tools and adaptations.


Food for Thought

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subjects covered: Health, Nutrition

This section offers a fun approach to the study of nutrition as wells as social, economic and cultural connections to food. Covers food sources, nutrition, international cuisines and food in the news.


Geography & the Newspaper: Community Connections: Level 1

  • Grade level: Elementary
  • Subjects covered: Social Studies, Geography

Level One blends mapping skills with a discussion of the various communities to which everyone belongs as individuals. Students learn to make and interpret maps and about local, regional, state and national identity, government and community.


Geography & the Newspaper: Community Connections: Level 2

  • Grade level: Middle School
  • Subjects covered: Social Studies, Geography

Level Two is designed for students with a basic grasp of maps and a sense of the levels of government and geographic division. It covers how communities create and maintain their identities, and how geography affects local economies, lifestyles and community identity.


Give Them the Keys: Promoting Adolescent Literacy through Newspapers

  • Grade level: Middle & High School
  • Subjects covered: Literacy, Language Arts, Reading

Keeping adolescents engaged and learning is a monumental task, and teachers always seek ways to help students stay focused in the classroom. Newspapers provide one vehicle for engagement as students read nonfiction text and learn about the world around them. Organized by units, so teachers can choose what works in conjunction with their curriculum. Each lesson includes objectives, applicable standards, a list of materials, an anticipatory set, instructional procedures, a formative assessment and resources needed. Adaptations for ELL students provided.


Ideas, Ideas!

  • Grade level: Elementary
  • Subject covered: Language Arts

107 hints, suggestions and ideas for using the newspaper as a tool for more stimulating & effective teaching. Grouped in four areas: creative writing, working with words, speech & discussion and potpourri.


Introducing News Literacy

  • Grade level: Middle School
  • Subjects covered: Media Literacy, Language Arts, Social Studies

How to read and understand news and current events. Overviews critical elements in news understanding and healthy processes for determining source inforamtion and bias. Correlated to national and common core state standards. 213 pages.


Literacy Strategies with Newspapers: A Good Read

  • Grade level: Secondary
  • Subjects covered: Reading, Literacy

Incorporating literacy into every lesson will have an impact on student engagement, retention and lifelong learning. Uses anticipation guides and concept maps as models for reading articles related to your topic of instruction. Lesson plans & handouts.


Newspapers Maintain the Brain: Enhance Basic Skills

  • Grade level: All grades
  • Subjects covered: Math, Language Arts, Social Studies

Unlike textbooks, which are several years outdated by the time they get into students’ hands, the newspaper comes alive with information. The newspaper expands the curriculum with an unlimited amount of information to use as background for learning activities. Lesson ideas for Language Arts, Math and Social Studies with 23 activity sheets.


Now I Get It: Improving Comprehension

  • Grade level: All grades
  • Subjects covered: Reading, Language Arts

12 lesson plans and activity sheets addressing reading for perspective, evaluation strategies, communication, evaluating data and applied language skills. Plans and sheets for secondary, with basic elementary handouts on the same topics included at the end of the guide.


Positive Thinking

  • Grade level: 4-9
  • Subjects covered: Character Education, Social Studies

Helps kids understand that they can achieve success, that their attitudes and skills can improve, and that through the appropriate techniques, positive thinking can become the habit of choice.


Reading First: Phonics, Comprehenstion & Vocabulary

  • Grade level: Elementary
  • Subjects covered: Reading, Language Arts

In response to the “no student left behind” Act. Phonemic awareness and phonics for PreK-2. Reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension for grades 3-5. Includes a special note to parents.
McDonalds


Talking About Freedom: Guide to the 1st Amendment

  • Grade level: Secondary
  • Subjects covered: Social Studies, Government, Bill of Rights

Classroom handouts from a Freedom Forum advertising campaign initiate discussion to provoke thinking on the Bill of Rights. Teaching activities and discussion questions.


Touching the Kaleidoscope of Your Mind: Activities for Multiple Intelligences

  • Grade level: All grades
  • Subjects covered: Language Arts, Math, Music

Helps teachers develop a wider variety of learning opportunities. Organized according to the 7 intelligences of MI theory. While the ideas at the beginning of each section are for primary students (K-6), they become progressively more difficult. The 2nd half of the guide is for secondary students.



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