NIE Newsletter: April 2019

April Newsletter 2019

Welcome to April! Included in this newsletter, you will find resources on distracted driving, animal cruelty prevention, financial literacy, math, and more. 

News & Announcements

Congratulations to our Regional Spelling Bee Champions!

Congratulations to the spellers from around the county who participated in regional bees sponsored by our newspapers! These amazing kids will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee that takes place outside of Washington, DC at the end of May.

Here are their amazing stories:

Charlotte Observer: Matthew Cosentine – J.M. Alexander Middle School

“With ‘dryad,’ 8th-grader wins Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee”

Fresno Bee: Achuth Vinay – Fugman Elementary School

“One Fresno family has two county spelling bee champs. Can he match his sister’s national title?”


Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Maitri Kovuru – McLean Middle School

“Unprecedented: Spelling Bee competitors were so good they ran out of words”

Miami Herald: Simone Kaplan – St. Boneaventure School & Prodrigo Medinilla – Pinecrest Preparatory Middle High

Sacramento Bee: Logan Swain – Arden Middle School & Samhita Kumar – Winston Churchill Middle School

IMPORTANT: End-of-Year NIE Subscription Confirmation: All teachers will be receiving an affidavit email this week from If you do not receive your email by April 8, please check spam or junk folder, and be sure that you put our email address on your “safe” list and alert your school and district as well.  If you did get the email, please confirm your affidavit as soon as possible. This is required for all teachers enrolled in the 2018-2019 NIE session

NEW!  Digital Educational Subscriptions: We have officially rolled out our teacher only, full access digital subscription to enhance your lesson plans; includes unlimited access to the newspaper’s website, mobile apps and the eEdition.  This educational subscription will be discounted at over 90% off the regular subscription rate and available exclusively to teachers. The offer is now located in your account under the  “Read Today’s Paper” tab.

Due to popular demand, we have also created an offer for any administrative staff that would be interested in this same deal! If you have any questions or know anyone that is interested please let them know that they can contact us directly at with the subject line “Educational Subscriptions Help” and we can help get them set up!

Get Inspired with NIE!

This section features feedback and comments from teachers like you around the country who are using NIE. Check here every month to find inspiration, fresh ways to incorporate NIE into your curriculum, and what other classrooms are saying!

If you would like to submit class feedback to be featured here, just send an email to with the subject line: “NIE feedback”. We always love hearing from our teachers and students!

April is…

Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Make sure your high school students hear about safe driving at every possible opportunity. April is the perfect month to incorporate the topic into your lessons throughout the month. Our Drive to Stay Alive guide provides an overview of the issues related to driving and safety.


Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. This Humane Education supplement, Be Kind to Animals, was created in partnership with the American Humane Association. It will help students learn compassion for all living things, both human and non-human. For more Humane Education resources visit the American Humane web site.

math-monthMathematics Awareness Month. Get your students excited about math! By The Numbers is a guide for middle grade students that offers practical classroom math applications. You can use your eEdition for many of the activities. You can also check out our other math supplements. Have fun exploring!

poetry-monthNational Poetry Month. Poetry is a very fun and special form of writing – take the opportunity to celebrate poetry with your class. You can use our Poetry and Rhyming Worksheets, a guide with 9 worksheets that covers these poetry-writing styles: Acrostic (2), Ballad, Cinquain, Clerihew, Haiku, Rhyme, Rhythm, and Riddles.

Special April Dates

April 7-13 National Library Week. Like newspapers, libraries have had to adapt with the advancement of technology. Now libraries do more than just house books- they have become resource centers, shelters and academic spaces. Looking for a fun way to celebrate? Why not try this Harry Potter Haiku exercise! Want to celebrate the whole month? Check out Education Worlds entire National Library Week collection! There are projects and lesson plans ranging grades K-12.

April 10 – National Siblings Day. While not everyone has siblings, you can use our Nurturing Family and Friends guide to encourage your class to be loving and nurturing to those close to them – whether siblings, or friends. This is an excellent character development lesson that your students will love. There are two grade level lessons, one for K-3, and one for 3-7.

April 22 – Earth Day. Get your students excited about our earth. In Earth Patrol, students learn the difference between garbage, trash, yard waste, recyclables and household hazardous waste—and where it all goes. Our This Land is Your Land booklet takes students on a journey across our beautiful country to learn about several national parks, and our Occupations of the Land educates about natural resources and products such as wood, food crops, animals, minerals and petroleum that grow on, or are extracted from, the land.

Monthly Calendar

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

  • 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.

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!

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!

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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