NIE Newsletter: October 2017

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Happy Fall! We hope you are enjoying the excitement of the approaching holiday season. This month, we’ve highlighted several informative lesson resources on bullying prevention, anti-drug awareness, and some fun Halloween resources. We hope you enjoy this October newsletter!

October is…

bullyingNational Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. Bullying has devastating effects on children, including anxiety, depression, school avoidance, and loss of self esteem. Use this month to educate students on the destructive and heartbreaking effects of bullying. Teach them to recognize patterns and signs, stand up and speak out against harassment and intimidation, and to reach out for help if they are struggling with anxiety or depression due to bullying. We have many resources that can help. View anti-bullying resources here.

WiseWirelessWith social media now playing a significant role in students’ lives, the problem can be hidden and often compounded. View Get Wise About Wireless and Living Life Online to educate kids and their families about the importance of phone, tablet, and computer safety and responsible use, and how to deal with cyber-bullying.

StaySmartNational Substance Abuse Prevention Month. In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. View our anti-drug, alcohol, and tobacco awareness resources and educate your students on the dangers of addiction with informative and engaging lessons.

Special October Dates

150px-Columbus-day.svgOctober 9 – Columbus Day. This day remembers the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. View Columbus Day to explore history, learn about alternative celebrations, view photos and videos, and explore speeches.

Whats_in_a_WordOctober 16 – National Dictionary Day. Noah Webster, American lexicographer, was born on October 16, 1758. The objective of this day is to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills, and seeks to improve vocabulary. View What’s in a Word for word origins, meanings, spelling and other exciting word play!

Key_Idea_NEW_FINAL.fwOctober 23 – 31 – Red Ribbon Week. This powerful campaign is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Take the opportunity to educate your late elementary, middle and high schoolers on how to live a drug-free lifestyle and why it is so important to do so. View Red Ribbon ideas for educators to find ways to participate, or special downloads including a fact sheet, infographic, coloring pages, pledge forms, and more.

NIE 2017.10 NewsletterOctober 31 – Halloween. The days are shorter and the leaves are falling. Halloween is a favorite holiday among many as it provides an opportunity to dress up in fun costumes, watch scary movies, and snack on yummy treats. Take the opportunity to go over Halloween safety tips with students who plan to trick-or-treat. Read up on the history of Halloween and explore origins, photos, videos, and a fun, informative graphic.

Monthly Calendar

OctThis 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 October.

Woody & Chloe Chapter Book

WC 1-teaser emailOur special series is in full swing, with chapters 1-3 currently posted. 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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