NIE Newsletter: November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! We wish you all the best as you enjoy this special month of giving thanks. We are so thankful for all of our teachers and students; and we hope that the NIE program has been a valuable resource for your classroom.

I wanted to highlight a comment we received from a teacher like you who is currently utilizing NIE, that shows the impact our program is having in classrooms like yours:

I am looking forward to using the CDT with my class along with the other things that you are providing.  The news, and the discussion that goes with it, is a valuable part of our learning community.  Fifth graders are working to understand the world around them today and how they fit in now and will be building the world throughout their lives. Through our studies of environmental sciences the students are paying close attention to the development of the centre region. 

– Karen, 5th grade teacher, PA

We love hearing from our teachers, especially showcasing how your class is using NIE, and want to feature your comments in upcoming newsletters! Please send them to with the subject line: “NIE feedback“. Thank you!

November is…

WIT-Front-Image-OLNational Native American Heritage Month. On August 3, 1990 President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. Educate your students on the rich culture and heritage of American Indian tribes. View and download our special supplement, Washington Indian Tribes Today. Also, visit the government’s website honoring this month and see this page for teaching resources and activities.

mil-family-appreciation-lp-header-2017Military Family Appreciation Month. Visit this page at for information about this special month of recognition and educate your students. Find ideas to recognize military families here.

Celebrating_FlightNational Aviation History Month. Aviation history refers to the history of development of mechanical flight — from the earliest attempts in kites and gliders to powered heavier-than-air, supersonic and spaceflights. View our special supplement, Celebrating Flight which chronicles the history of flight from unmanned balloons through the Wright Brothers historic first powered flight to man’s exploration of outer space. You can also view the Aviation History Online Museum for articles, galleries, videos, and much more.

NIE 2017.11 NewsletterNational Gratitude Month. Encourage your students with a quick morning activity throughout the month of November. Each morning, have students write down one thing they are thankful for, and why. Or, have a “Thankful Thursday” each Thursday this month. View this article to find ideas and inspiration for gratitude challenges that can be implemented for your class.

Special November Dates

veteransNovember 11 – Veteran’s Day. This U.S. holiday is dedicated to American veterans of all wars. View the Our Veterans, Our Stories supplement for primary source materials about Veterans throughout history and stories on topics like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Or view the Our Veterans Sharing Their Stories supplement which focuses on veterans from all walks of life including biographies on African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Women, and Japanese Nesei (2nd generation).

kids_of_characterNovember 13 – World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day is an international observance first introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. It is observed in many countries. Take the opportunity to recognize kindness with your class. View the Kids of Character supplement and check out page 6 for the Kindness lesson and activities.

Ult_Hol_Activity_GuideNovember 23 – Thanksgiving Day. View Thanksgiving for facts, origins, topics, videos, and more to share with your students. Check out this page for coloring pages, crafts, recipes, and more. View our special Holiday Activity Guide and check out page 56 for Thanksgiving activities that can be done using your eEdition.

Monthly Calendar

NovThis 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 November.

Woody & Chloe Chapter Book

WC 1-teaser emailOur special series is more than halfway complete, with chapters 1-8 currently posted, but you can start anytime. Bring your 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.

Our Sponsors

header-thank-youThank you to the local businesses, non-profit organizations, and subscribers who donate to support our NIE program. Together, we are helping over 200,000 K-12 students around the country to develop reading skills, grow as critical thinkers, and become engaged citizens in their local communities through no-cost access to the eEdition (digital newspaper) and other educational resources. Teachers, parents, students, and interested individuals can click here to find your site’s local sponsors.

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