NIE Newsletter: February 2019

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It’s February! In this month’s newsletter you will find resources on Black History month, teen dating violence awareness, heart health, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and more.

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February is…

Pride_in_ColorBlack History Month. Celebrate the rich history and pride of African Americans. We have many excellent supplements on our site, including Pride in Color, which takes a look at the history and cultural contributions of African-Americans, and explores where African-Americans have been and how far they have come. There are also supplements dedicated specifically to the accomplishments of African American educators, inventors, writers, musicians, and those in science and technology fields, a special Civil Rights supplement, and one on Martin Luther King, Jr. View the Black History section of your NIE site to find these excellent resources.

healthy_habitsAmerican Heart Month. A month-long US observance, this is a great opportunity to commit to a healthy lifestyle and educate your students on how to have a lifetime of heart health by starting early with small choices. View our supplement, Healthy Habits 101 for an easy and engaging lessons on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a fun section on heart health. You can also check out the American Heart Association‘s special Educator page for activities, lesson plans, and PE programs you can implement.

breaking_cycleTeen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. View Breaking the Cycle, a supplement focusing on helping preteens and teens gain the knowledge and learn the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships and protect themselves online and offline. You can check out our Online Safety section for additional supplements.

Special February Dates

Chinese New Year 2019February 5-19 – Chinese New Year.  Although celebrations start at the end of January, Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th, and ends on February 19th. 2019 is the Year of the Pig . In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. You can learn more about Chinese New Year traditions, Myths and Taboos, as well as count down to the new year with this great calendar resource. They also have craft projects like Paper Cutting Arts, Door Decorations and Fortunes.

Red HeartFebruary 14 – Valentine’s Day. Use your daily eEdition and have your students complete a fun digital activity with this St. Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt! Students will look in the eEdition for the different clues you call out. You can have them participate individually, in pairs, or on teams of 3-5. If you do not have enough devices for your students, you can even complete this activity together as a whole class.

_ElectingThePresidentFebruary 18 – President’s Day. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. After the holiday, plan to incorporate our supplement, Electing the President: A Guide to the Election Processinto your lesson plans for the week. Students will learn about all aspects of elections as required by state standards, including: Voter Registration, Primaries & Caucuses, Party Conventions, General Elections, the Electoral College, the role of the media in setting the public agenda, and many other social studies, civics and government standards.

Upcoming Events

odu-header-imageJoin us as we present One Day University at selected sites! Spend a fascinating day with award-winning professors from around the country. You’ll experience thought-provoking talks and countless engaging ideas – all in one day. And don’t worry, there are no tests, no grades and no homework. Just the pure joy of lifelong learning!

Kansas City:  Presented by The Kansas City Star
March 09, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
The Nelson-Atkins Museum
Special price: $119 – Use promo code: KC119
Click here to view event details and register!

Raleigh:  Presented by The News & Observer
March 16, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
McKimmon Conference & Training Center
Special price: $119 – Use promo code: Raleigh119
Click here to view event details and register!

Miami:  Presented by the Miami Herald
March 30, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
The Miracle Theatre
Special price: $119 – Use promo code: Miami119
Click here to view event details and register!

Sacramento:  Presented by The Sacramento Bee
March 31, 2019 |  9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento
Special Price: $119. Use promo code: Sacramento119
Click here to view event details and register!

Charlotte:  Presented by The Charlotte Observer
April 06, 2019  |   9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
UNC Charlotte Center City
Special Price: $119.  Use promo code: Charlotte119
Click here to view event details and register!

The California Central Valley Spelling Bee:  Registered school champions took the online written test in January. The top spellers will progress to the oral competition on March 6, 2019 in Rocklin.  Click here for details.

Monthly Calendar

FebThis calendar provides a subject-specific focus with activities each day of the week, for every school day during the month. View February.

  • 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.

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