NIE Newsletter: September 2017

September is here and school is back in full swing! We have some great resources to share with you this month.

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September is…


National Library Month. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Encourage your students to get their library cards and remind them that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement, lifelong learning, and fun! Check out I Love Libraries for more information and resources.

Count_on_CharacterNational Courtesy Month. Take some time to show good manners and be courteous to those around you! View the Count on Character supplement on NIE Institute. Students discover that good citizenship begins with respect, honesty, kindness and overall good character.

HispanicPoliticsHispanic Heritage Month. Check out the Hispanic Heritage section found under the Diversity tab on NIE Institute for several great educational supplements to expose students to the Hispanic culture and help them explore diversity, geography and the Spanish language.

Special September Dates

911September 11 – Remembrance Day. In the United States, Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the people killed in the 2001 September 11 attacks. View this special Remembering 9/11 lesson outline with interviews, stories, and important details from the September 11, 2001 attacks.

constitution_daySeptember 17 – Constitution Day. This day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S., or by naturalization, have become citizens. View Celebrate Constitution Day to engage your students with activities and discuss the Bill of Rights, how a bill becomes a law, and much more!

earth-lighting-equinox-articleSeptember 22 – Autumn Equinox. The fall season has officially begun! There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. This marks the beginning of a new season. Click here and here for information, history, and special activities.

Monthly Calendar

SeptThis calendar provides a subject-specific focus for each day of the week with activities for every school day of the month and year: Monday – Language Arts, Tuesday – Social Studies, Wednesday – Math, Thursday – Science, Friday – Thematic for each month with topics of Newspaper Knowledge, Character Education, Critical Thinking, Life Skills, Careers, and Moral Reasoning. View September.

Woody & Chloe Chapter Book

WC 1-teaser emailSunday, September 10 we launched the first chapter in our Woody & Chloe series. Bring your elementary students on a 10-week reading adventure to follow our favorite pups, Woody & Chloe, as they travel across the Kentucky waterways via boat in the chapter book, Dog Paddling Across the Bluegrasswritten by Leigh Ann Florence and illustrated by Chris Ware. Your students will learn about the difference between lakes and oceans, Parts of the river, Water cycle, Watersheds, Barges, Docks, marinas, Waterfalls, Gorges, and more. Each Tuesday, a new chapter will be added. You can find the chapters with activities and a podcast on the Woody & Chloe main page.

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