NIE Newsletter: November 2018

Can you believe it’s November? Most schools have now been in session for three months and with the fall months are upon us, leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall, the  weather is changing, and the holidays are just around the corner!

This November we wish you and your students a very Happy Thanksgiving!  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.

We would love to hear 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…

National 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. 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.

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 22 – 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.

My Town: Woody & Chloe Chapter Book

2018 Main HeaderOur special series is in full swing with just a few weeks left, so we hope that you bring your elementary students on this 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.

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 newspaper’s local sponsors.

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