NIE Newsletter: December 2019

Happy Holidays!

It’s December!  In only a few short weeks school will be out for winter break and before you know it we will welcome 2020!  We wish you and your students a wonderful holiday season filled with fun and great memories!

News & Announcements


Teacher Survey

We want your feedback! We will be sending out a survey to all NIE teachers next week — look for it in your email. For completing the short survey, you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card! Thank you in advance.



Spelling Bee:  Last chance to enroll!

Reminder, enrollment for the Scripps National Spelling Bee ends on December 20, 2019! Be sure to register your school!  Find out about our regional bees here.


Woody & Chloe:

Our chapter book, Out of Sorts, concluded last month, but all chapters, activities and podcast are still available on our website throughout the entire year. If you did not get a chance to include this in your curriculum, there is still time. Find all the details here.

Weekly Lesson Prompts

New weekly lesson prompts are available each Monday throughout the school year, with the exception of the winter and spring holidays. Enhance your core curriculum using the eEdition. Visit the page here.


December Lesson Resources…

Have some fun with your students this December!  We have a wide-range fun and engaging Winter Holiday activities, puzzles and word games found on our website





December special days include…

Bill of Rights Day – December 15

This is the day the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution— known as the Bill of Rights —became effective. Here are some resources from the National Constitution Center to incorporate into your lesson plans.


Wright Brothers Day – December 17

The Wright brothers were American brothers, inventors and aviation pioneers. This day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Find some great classroom resources from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to engage your students.


Be Kind Holiday Affirmation

Before school is out for winter break, wrap up the semester with an affirming exercise. Instruct each student to fold a piece of paper in half, and write their name on the outside. Then, have the students pass the paper to their left, and each person will write down one good quality about the person on the front of the paper. Emphasize that no negative comments are allowed. Continue passing to the left until the student receives their paper back. Each student will go home with a sheet full of positive and encouraging words, a treasure they will hold onto for years. For more information on incorporating kindness in your classroom see our website.

Local Interest…

We are currently selling beautiful, heirloom-quality books. If you live in one of these markets, consider buying one for yourself, a family member or a friend. They make great gifts!  Save $10 off the regular price now!

Fort Worth Memories, Volume II:  This book will feature historic photos of life in and around Fort Worth from the 1940s through the 1960s. Collections from partnering organizations and contributions from our readers will make this book a unique pictorial retrospective of our community.


Wichita Memories, Volume I: This book will feature a glimpse of the Greater Wichita area from the early years to 1939 through stunning historic photos. We are thrilled to include photos from our readers, in addition to photos from the archives of Kansas Aviation Museum, Kenneth Spencer Research Library at University of Kansas, Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society, Wichita State University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, and Wichita Public Library.

Our Sponsors

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