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Welcome to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft reaches giant planet

§ July 6th, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, Science § No Comments

Credit: The Associated Press

The newspaper shows students how science is applied in real-life examples.  What is the latest happening with NASA?

A 1/4 scale model size of NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft is displayed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, July 1, 2016. The spacecraft is on the final leg of a five-year, 1.8 billion-mile voyage to the biggest planet in the solar system. It's expected to reach Jupiter and go into orbit around the planet on July 4. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Read full article and view photo gallery at BostonHerald.com

Geography Awareness Week Resources

§ November 18th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

This week, November 16 through 22, we celebrate Geography Awareness Week. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to educate young people about geo-spatial awareness and their impact as global citizens and excite them about geography in general.

The theme of 2014 Geography Awareness Week is “The Future of Food,” educating us on how geography plays a role in the food we eat.

Here is a list of resources to bring Geography Awareness Week into your classroom.

1. National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week page lists a bank of curriculum resources focusing on this year’s “The Future of Food” theme, including “Planet Food,” “Staple Food Crops of the World,” and “The Geography of Food in Film.”

2. Pigskin Geography is a special curriculum guide for Boston Herald in Education teachers. It follows the NFL Football schedule and educates students about the geography of the team locations each week. It’s a fun activity for football lovers of all ages.

3. The Five Themes of Geography is a curriculum guide available on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page that teaches the five themes of geography, location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions, with the help of the Boston Herald newspaper.

Find Pigskin Geography and The Give Themes of Geography on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page here.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to access the curriculum page. Subscribe by filling out an Order Form here. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

§ September 23rd, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, History, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. Celebrate the month by learning about inspiring Latino innovators in literature, science, sports, and more.

This great list of children’s books from PBS Parents includes a variety of titles that tell the stories of famous Latinos such as Pablo Neruda, Sonia Sotomayor, Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo, and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month has a website dedicated to the month long celebration of history and culture. It includes a page devoted to teachers and lists resources to use in the classroom.

Hi-Tech Heroes: Hispanic Explorers in Science is a downloadable PDF curriculum guide from the NIE Teacher website. This bilingual resource and activity guide that highlights the achievements of Eloy Rodriguez, Ellen Ochoa, Mario Molina, and more.

Student Voices responses: Reducing energy waste in MA

§ April 15th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, Science, Student Voices § No Comments

Check out what some local students had to say in response to page 18 of the March 4 Boston Herald Smart Edition article “State may not meet ‘green’ mandate” and the prompt below:
Massachusetts may not meet the country’s goals for greenhouse gas emissions set for 2020 unless serious action is taken. We are predicted to reduce the harmful contributor to global warming by 20 percent instead of the legally required 25. Recommendations include reducing methane leaks from natural pipelines and helping energy and gas utilities meet their energy saving goals. Why is it important for Massachusetts to reduce their energy waste? What can we all do on a smaller scale to “go green” and help our state?

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It is important for Massachusetts to reduce its energy waste because No. 1, it will help save money in the state budget and No. 2, it’s the governor’s responsibility to do that.

As our governor, Deval Patrick needs to reduce expenses in Massachusetts. There are many ways to reduce this waste and to save money in the state budget. State-owned buildings can model what we do in our classroom at Dexter Park Elementary School. We monitor our light use to help stop wasting electricity.

State buildings can open up as many shades as possible because sunlight is free and electricity costs money. Another way shades help to cut down waste is to keep shades closed on cold days to keep heat in. Another idea to reduce waste is to shut building doors to keep heat in or out of individual rooms. Also, in the hot months, use the shades to keep heat out and cooler air in. This cuts down on air conditioner and electricity use.

Above all else, when electronics are not in use, shut them off to cut down on energy waste!

On a small scale, to help our state to “go green” we can recycle old tires that people just throw away so the state can use them to make rubber pipes to replace leaking metal gas pipes. Rubber pipes won’t wear out as easy as the metal ones. This is extraordinary for two reasons. It cleans up our environment, helping us “go green,” and will eventually prevent gas leaks.

We can run tire drives like can drives to collect tires from people who need to dispose of them or just donate them. Other ways we can help our state is to recycle everything possible that is recyclable, which will clean our roads, towns and the state of Massachusetts.

Another idea is to start a campaign to educate kids like us on ways they can help to “go green.” We can create posters and send them to all Massachusetts schools. We will call it The D.P. (Dexter Park’s and Deval Patrick’s) Energy Waste Agents! Let’s spread the word!

According to a Boston Herald article, Massachusetts has been ranked No. 1 for saving energy for the last three years, and if we want to stay on top we need to step up our game, recycle and cut down on our waste."

-Stephen Gaj, Kritika Khati and Gavin Sullivan

Dexter Park Elementary School

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated. Check out our next Student Voices writing prompt about young people in politics here.

Student Voices Writing Prompt #3

§ March 4th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Science, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

Thank you to the teachers who have participated in Student Voices, a new program that gives students the chance to have their opinions on current events published in the print Boston Herald. Read some of the latest student submissions here.

Teachers must be subscribed to the Boston Herald Smart Edition to participate in Student Voices. Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here!

 

Here is the next writing prompt:

Read the article “State may not meet ‘green’ mandate” on page 18 of the March 4 Boston Herald Smart Edition, then answer the following writing prompt.

Massachusetts may not meet the country’s goals for greenhouse gas emissions set for 2020 unless serious action is taken. We are predicted to reduce the harmful contributor to global warming by 20 percent instead of the legally required 25. Recommendations include reducing methane leaks from natural pipelines and helping energy and gas utilities meet their energy saving goals. Why is it important for Massachusetts to reduce their energy waste? What can we all do on a smaller scale to “go green” and help our state?

Use the Calendar tool in the Smart Edition to access past issues. Instructions on using the Calendar tool are found here.

Deadline: Thursday, March 27

Please email your responses with an individual photo of each student to Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com.

*If you send photos you must have a signed media release form from a parent or guardian. Download the Media Release form here.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

 

Winter Sports Science: Sochi 2014

§ February 3rd, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

Go for the gold with your class! The 2014 Winter Olympics ceremonies begin this Thursday, February 6 in Sochi, Russia.

This curriculum and activity guide explores the science behind some of the most popular winter Olympic games, such as bobsledding, skiing, curling, figure skating, and hockey. Your students will learn about gravity, balance, physics, as well as how weather and harsh winter elements can affect an athlete's performance.

Download the Winter Sports Science guide here.

Note: You must be a Smart Edition Subscriber to access our curriculum. Order the Smart Edition here.

Add Art into your STEM program with "STEAM"

§ May 22nd, 2013 § Filed under Art, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

A great resource from the Sun Sentinel in Southern Florida, STEAM is an interactive PDF with 5 activity guides that integrate art into the STEM program. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, includes an Art activity with each unit to give students a creative outlet for what they’re learning.

Activities include learning about the math and engineering behind airplanes or the science and technology of food production, with the added component of designing an airline brochure or new packaging for a food ingredient.

Adding art and a chance for students to be creative enhances and accelerates the STEM learning experience. You can find the PDF guide for STEAM here.

Celebrate National Wildlife Week March 18-24

§ March 18th, 2013 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

Image from National Wildlife Federation

Today starts the 75th annual National Wildlife Week, themed "Branching out for Wildlife." Check out the NIE Teacher Blog for activity guides from the National Wildlife Federation that will inspire your students to appreciate and sustain local wildlife and the environment.

Read the blog here.

Study: Mass. 8th-graders elite in math, science

§ December 12th, 2012 § Filed under Current Events, Math, Middle School, Science § No Comments

A new study ranks Massachusetts 8th graders among the world’s top performers in math and science. A Trends in Mathematics and Science study found the Commonwealth's students tied for 2nd place in science behind Singapore and 6th place in mathematics, behind South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan.

The academic performance tests were given to 2,075 students in 56 randomly selected public schools across the state, participating with 8 other states in the country. Students competed with over 600,000 students worldwide.

The United States ranked 9th overall in math and 10th overall in science.

Read the full article here.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate

Learn about Gravity with Fearless Felix!

§ October 16th, 2012 § Filed under Current Events, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

Skydive

Photo by AP/Balazs Gardi

This past weekend the world watched Austrian thrill seeker Felix Baumgartner land on his feet after a 24 mile jump from space. The 9 minute free fall reached speeds of 833.9 miles per hour and broke the sound barrier.

Read yesterday’s article in the Herald about “Fearless Felix” here.

Students can learn about the science behind Felix’s jump as well as the history of gravity and space travel. NIE teachers can access and download the “What’s up with Gravity?” curriculum guide at this NIE Resources page.

Brianne Costa

NIE Associate

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