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Learn about the history of Halloween!

§ October 30th, 2012 § Filed under History, Teacher resources § No Comments

Image by EDSITEment

Wednesday is Halloween, and it’s about more than just costumes and candy. Learn about the history of this spooky holiday, including its origins as an ancient Celtic festival and celebration of the fall harvest.

This lesson plan from EDSITEment compares how we celebrate Halloween to another cultural celebration, Los Días de los Muertos in Mexico, celebrated on November 2nd.

EDSITEment, presented by the National Endowment for Humanities, provides teachers, students, and parents with a variety of learning materials.

More Halloween related resources include a look at the history of the Salem Witch Trials and life in Puritan New England, found here, and an analysis of Washington Irving’s literary classic, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, found here.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate

October Massachusetts Reads and Succeeds Page

§ October 24th, 2012 § Filed under Teacher resources § 1 Comment

This year the Boston Herald celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation. Check out our latest publication in the Mass Reads & Succeeds series with a page focused on Adult Literacy.

Learn about Rafi Chaprut, an ESOL volunteer and 2011 Massachusetts Literacy Champion, First Literacy’s 23rd Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, The Immigrant Entrepreneur Interview Series, and the Boston Book Festival.

Massachusetts Reads and Succeeds is a series dedicated to the people and organizations whose efforts in literacy make our state a great place to live and learn.

Read the Massachusetts Reads and Succeeds Page here.

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Massachusetts Reads and Succeeds

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate

Resources for United Nations Day

§ October 24th, 2012 § Filed under Current Events, History, Teacher resources § No Comments

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Photo by: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Today is United Nations Day, which celebrates the charter of the United Nations, the international organization committed to promoting world peace and cooperation.

The United Nations was developed in 1945 to replace the League of Nations after World War II. It includes 193 countries and has six official languages.

Using this activity guide from National Geographic Education, students can learn about what makes unions and alliances and the importance of conflict resolution and being part of a group.

The United Nations has an education website, CyberSchoolBus, which includes resources curriculum guides for teachers about world issues such as human rights, world hunger, poverty, and peace.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate

Learn about Gravity with Fearless Felix!

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


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

Harvard hip to new learning curve

§ October 10th, 2012 § Filed under Current Events, Math, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

Harvard University graduate students are making math and science cool for students through their educational rap program EDUtainment. The video series combines education with fun raps, skits, and classroom activities. Lybroan James created the program to help students better relate to the material.

EDUtainment hopes to launch their website by next month and have content and guides for teachers by next year.

Read the full Boston Herald article here.

Watch the video with EDUtainment creators below.

Brianne Costa

NIE Associate

Print Newspaper Delivery Suspended Oct. 8

§ October 3rd, 2012 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers – Print newspaper delivery will be cancelled Monday, October 8 for the Columbus Day holiday.

You can still access the Boston Herald Smart Edition during all school holidays. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Print Delivery Quota filled for 2012-2013 School Year

§ October 2nd, 2012 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Attention Teachers - The quota for print newspapers for the NIE 2012-2013 school year has been filled. We are no longer taking orders for print delivery.

If you are a teacher interested in ordering the Boston Herald for your school, we strongly encourage you try our online Smart Edition, which many teachers have been using successfully in the classroom.

The Smart Edition is an exact replica of the print Boston Herald, but it's available online. We also just launched a new iPad app this year, and it can be read on e-Readers like the Nook or Kindle.

You can order unlimited quantities of the Smart Edition here.