NIE Newsletter: October 2018


It’s October!

We hope you are enjoying all things Fall! In this newsletter, you’ll find several great lessons on topics including bullying prevention, social media safety, anti-drug awareness, and more! We hope you enjoy this October newsletter, and as always, email us at with any questions, concerns, or feedback!

NEW! All About Elections & Government: NIE 4-Week Lesson Series

With the mid-term elections in full swing leading up to the November 6 culmination, now is a great time to use our brand new, NIE exclusive lesson plan on Government & Elections. This 4-week series can be used for upper elementary, middle and high school grade levels. Topics include government branches, political parties, legislation, laws at national, state and local levels, lobbying, political campaigns, primaries and caucuses, and others. You can access the series at your NIE site on the Lesson Resources page. Just look for the image pictured here! We hope you enjoy, and please feel free to share any feedback on the series with us at

What’s Growin’ On?WGO-Freno-Fair-Cover

This 16-page educational supplement, focusing on California Agriculture on the Move, will teach students how food travels from the farm to their homes. This year’s edition will explore agricultural transportation – the movement of agricultural commodities such as apples, milk, flowers, nuts, cattle, fish, cotton, and lumber to destinations all over the world. It’s geared toward students in grades 3-8.
And don’t forget to visit The Big Fresno Fair,  October 3-14, 2018!

N.C. State Fair Supplement

Nothing Could be Finer! North Carolina teachers, check out this 12-page supplement to help incorporate the N.C. State Fair into your lesson planning. Students will learn about apples, being a beekeeper, how to win a robotics contest, the legend of Smokey Bear, the sceince of roller coasters and much more! Sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs.

My Town: Woody & Chloe Chapter Book

2018 Main HeaderOur special series is in full swing, with chapters 1-4 currently posted.

Bring your elementary students on a 10-week reading adventure to follow our favorite pups, Woody & Chloe, in the chapter book, My Town, written by Leigh Ann Florence and illustrated by Chris Ware.

October is…

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.

bullyingNational Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. Bullying has devastating effects on children, and can lead to 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 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 bullying 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.

Special October Dates

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 why it is so important to live a drug-free lifestyle and how to do it. Find ways to participate with Red Ribbon ideas for educators, or get the fact sheet, info-graphic, coloring pages, pledge forms, and more at special downloads.

NIE 2017.10 NewsletterOctober 31 – Halloween. 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.

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