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Olympics-themed Educational Resources

§ July 28th, 2016 § Filed under Current Events § No Comments


Kids Go for the Gold learning with these new Olympics-themed Educational Resources from Use the e-Edition to find Boston Herald newspaper articles surrounding the Olympics, coupled with the activities and worksheets from, to lead your students in exciting lesson plans.

Product Manager for, Kevin M.A. Nguyen, describes the benefits of working with the resources offered by "With’s Summer Olympics worksheets and activities, children can learn how math, social studies, and language arts skills relate to a real-life event. These resources not only help get kids excited about learning over the summer break, they also encourage children to build vocabulary, exercise graphing skills, increase reading comprehension, develop global awareness, and more. believes that the best educational opportunities take advantage of experiences that kids feel passionate about in the real world and tie them to learning fundamental skills."

Make sure to take a look at the free  “Ode the Olympics” workbook.

Plagiarism in the professional world

§ July 21st, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, Journalism § No Comments

Credit: AP

From a very young age, students are taught to never plagiarize someone else's work. While they are told of the perils of taking someone's words or work as their own, often times it can be hard for a student to see the implications of plagiarism outside of a school setting.

However, prominent in this week's news cycle, students are able to see exactly how the world reacts to plagiarism. Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention included verbatim phrases from a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Mrs. Trump has received enormous backlash since the speech was delivered Monday night.

Find more information and articles in the Boston Herald. Plagiarism charges mar Melania Trump's moment

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)

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Great ways to teach Black History Month

§ February 25th, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, History, Teacher resources § No Comments

February is Black History Month. How have you been incorporating black history into your classroom? NIE offers black history curriculum guides that you can use as a great resource to teach your students about African American heritage. You can access these guides on the Curriculum page on the Boston Herald NIE website.

Also, check out what other local Massachusetts schools are doing to teach their students about Black History Month and watch this Boston Herald video. Eye On Education: Newburyport School Teaches Black History Month Through Online Game

Student Activity: Caucus vs. Primary

§ February 10th, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, Teacher resources § No Comments

Early February is an exciting time in the 2016 election, as the first rounds of primaries and caucuses are officially underway. But what exactly is a primary and a caucus?  We know they play a very important role in the presidential election and receive a great deal of media coverage. Yet, do we really know what each entail?

As a class, discuss the differences between a primary and a caucus. Create a venn diagram that highlights what is unique to a caucus, what is unique to a primary and what the two have in common. Then, read articles in the Boston Herald e-Edition about the Iowa Caucus and the NH Primary. Research both event and use real examples that support your description of a caucus and a primary.

To get started, search your Boston Herald e-Edition and read these two articles: Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation's first primary and Watching Monday: What to look for in the 2016 Iowa caucuses

Follow the presidential election with NIE

§ February 2nd, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, NIE News, Teacher resources § Tagged , , , , , § No Comments

With Iowa kicking off the first official caucus, the presidential election is heating up and will only continue to get hotter from here. With more caucuses and primaries approaching, as well as endless debates, rallies and events, look to NIE to receive your up-to-date information. Our coverage of the election will provide teachers with simple resources to use in their classrooms.

We offer several Curriculum guides relating to the election process and the U.S. government, such as Electing the President: A Guide to the Election Process, available to all NIE subscribers.  Not an NIE subscriber yet? Sign up for free here!

We will also be incorporating more election details and activities into our Weekly News Quiz, Facebook, and our NIE Activity of the Day on Twitter, @BostonHeraldNIE. Search #NIEactivity or reference the live Twitter feed on the homepage.

For more details on last night's Iowa caucus, read this article at

Student published in Boston Herald: April's Student Voices selection

§ April 17th, 2015 § Filed under Current Events, Student Voices § Tagged , , , , , , , , , § No Comments

Congratulations to this month's Student Voices writer, Katrin O'Grady, a student at the Montrose School in Medfield.  You can check out Katrin's article published on here.

Many Bostonians are unaware that at the intersection of Wellesley, Weston, and Newton exists a Nordic skiing hub.

In fact, the Weston Ski Track is the only cross-country ski facility with snowmaking capabilities within two hours of Boston. Weston Ski Track shares land with the Leo J. Martin Golf Course, both owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The DCR leases the land to the Weston Ski Track in the winter on a contract basis.

For 40 years, the two sports have shared the same space without a hitch; however, recent modifications by the DCR to improve golf on the facility have decreased available ski turf.

Advocates for preserving the ski track formed Friends of Leo J. Martin Skiing (FOLJMS), a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the coexistence of both ski and golf in one facility. The group formed a year ago, when changes to the golf course raised alarm. Orange fences marked off spaces formerly used for skiing. Mounds of dirt littered the normally smooth trails. Skiable terrain was cut by 30 percent.

FOLJMS advocate Elizabeth Wilcox explained the organization’s goals: “FOLJMS has been working with the DCR as it invests in the golf facility to ensure that DCR’s work does not jeopardize the long-term sustainability of 
the ski facility.”

She added that the organization strives to demonstrate to the DCR “how changes made to the golf course impact the ski facility” and “to educate the DCR on the value that the winter facility brings to the Greater Boston community.”

In the 2012-13 season alone, the ski track boasted approximately 30,000 visits in just about four months. The ski track is home to high school and college teams and provides a healthy way for Boston and surrounding communities to stay active in the winter.  

Teachers — you can get your students published in the Herald! To participate, sign up for our free News­papers in Education program at  Keep your eye on the NIE blog  for the submission requirements.


Weekly News Quiz, November 17

§ November 17th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive, Jeopardy-style quiz board of last week's Boston Herald top stories here. Or, use the text only version of the questions and answers below. Enjoy!


1. Voters will be able to register to vote using their iPhones and tablets by the next presidential election, taking place in what year?

2. The new Mass Health website, which re-launched over the weekend and will allow residents to sign up for health insurance online, is called what?

3. Governor-elect Charlie Baker is being compared to which former Massachusetts GOP governor?

4. Last Tuesday we celebrated the dedicated service of the American military with what holiday?

5. Last week, this European space probe succeeded in landing on a comet, a major breakthrough for future space research.

6. Which Massachusetts town is the first in the nation to propose a ban on tobacco sales?

7. As part of a promotional event last week, F-15 fighter jets soared at a low altitude over Boston and to Cape Cod, leaving from Barnes Air National Guard base in what Massachusetts town?

8. Which Massachusetts college raised $12,000 in a little over one day to save their independent student-run newspaper, The Daily Free Press?


1. 2016.

2. The Connector.

3. William F. Weld.

4. Veteran's Day.

5. Philae.

6. Westminster.

7. Westfield.

8. Boston University.

Weekly News Quiz, November 10

§ November 10th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find a fun, Jeopardy-style interactive quiz board of our News Quiz here. The questions are based on current events and articles from last week's Boston Herald top stories. Find a text only version of the Questions and Answers below.


1. Which candidate won the Massachusetts gubernatorial election?

2. Our new Governor-elect is from which Massachusetts town?

3. For the first time in 8 years, both the US House of Representatives and US Senate hold a majority in which political party?

4. Which candidate won New Hampshire's gubernatorial election?

5. Massachusetts voters rejected a bill that would repeal a decision to add what to our state?

6. Massachusetts voters passed a bill that would allow all employees to earn what?

7. This Patriots player will make an appearance in two movies filmed in the Boston area, Ted 2 and Entourage.

8. This space movie about an astronaut trying to find life in other galaxies opened last week.


1. Charlie Baker (R)

2. Swampscott.

3. Republican/GOP

4. Jeanne Shaheen (D)

5. Casinos.

6. Sick time.

7. Tom Brady.

8. Interstellar.

Student Voices November Prompt

§ November 7th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

Student Voices gives students a unique opportunity in publishing and journalism. See this month’s prompt, as well as the Student Voices rules, below.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to participate in Student Voices. Don't have the Boston Herald in your classroom yet? Order here.

Read the article "Patrick: Mass in ‘better place’ than 8 years ago" on page 24 of the November 5 Boston Herald, then answer the following prompt.

After the results of the 2014 midterm elections, Governor Deval Patrick stated that he believes Massachusetts is a better place now than it was 8 years ago, but that there is still more work to be done. Do you agree with Patrick’s statement? Why or why not? Do you have faith in Governor-Elect Charlie Baker? What changes do you think we need to make forMassachusettsto become a better place to live? 

Email responses to Brianne Costa at by Wednesday, November 26. Note: Responses must be emailed by a teacher. Responses emailed directly from students will not be accepted. 

You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Students' responses will be published right here on the NIE Blog, and one student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper!

Any questions? Contact Brianne at or call 617-619-6220.

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