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Weekly News Quiz, September 29

§ September 29th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers, we are unable to embed the Weekly News Quiz question board this week due to technical difficulties. Please access the interactive quiz board here or see the questions and answers below.


1. The United States proceeded with air strikes on which Middle Eastern country?

2. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found out that he will be tried for terrorism in what US city?

3. What celebrity businessman plans to make automatic calls in New Hampshire in support of Scott Brown?

4. Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker apologized for a political gaffe after he called a female reporter what?

5. Hyundai’s new Fuel Cell Car runs completely on what element?

6. At an MIT technology conference last week, scientists posed the theory that jobs in manufacturing and elderly care will soon be taken over by what?

7. Utility company National Grid expects the price of what to increase by 37% this winter?

8. The Red Sox plan to add 160 of these to Fenway Park.


1. Syria.

2. Boston.

3. Donald Trump.

4. "Sweetheart."

5. Hydrogen.

6. Robots.

7. Electricity.

8. Seats.


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.

Weekly News Quiz, September 22

§ September 22nd, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers, we hope you are enjoying the Weekly News Quiz with your class. Each Monday, we will post a fun, Jeopardy-style news quiz based on the previous week's top stories from the Boston Herald.

If you can't see the quiz below, find it here.

Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order now.

Here is a text only version of the questions and answers from this week's quiz.


1. Which Boston building, while undergoing restorations last week, was rumored to contain a hidden time capsule?

2. What is the name of the horse racing tracks that will be closing down soon to make way for a new casino?

3. What is the name of the new operating system Apple unveiled last week?

4. Car manufacturer GM announced plans to start including what in their new cars?

5. Last week we celebrated the anniversary of the ratification of what historic American document?

6. What popular coffee chain opened its first location on the West Coast last week?

7. Which country voted for its proposed independence from the United Kingdom last week?

8. Which African country will Massachusetts doctors be traveling to in order to help fight the outbreak of the Ebola virus?

9. Which candidate for Massachusetts governor is currently ahead in the polls?

10. True or False: Polls show that a majority of Americans agree with President Obama's strategy for combating the ISIS terrorist group.


1. The Old State House.

2. Suffolk Downs.

3. iOS 8.

4. Wireless Internet (wifi).

5. The Constitution.

6. Dunkin Donuts.

7. Scotland.

8. Liberia.

9. Martha Coakley.

10. False.

Constitution Day newspaper activities

§ September 17th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, History, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Today, September 17, we celebrate the ratification of the United States Constitution. Learn more about our nation's history and government with the following free curriculum guides, available to teachers who have subscribed to the Smart Edition.

Access the curriculum page here and enter your curriculum username and password that were emailed to you in your welcome email.

Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

  • The Power and the Glory: The Constitution gives an overview of the history of writing the Constitution and the issues it addressed. The guide includes activities for students of all ages and levels to relate the writing of the Constitution to today's hot button issues.
  • The Constitution and Today's Newspaper has students find examples in the Boston Herald Smart Edition of the Constitution at work in our society.

Please contact Brianne at or 617-619-6220 if you have trouble accessing the curriculum guides.

Weekly News Quiz, September 15

§ September 15th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Teachers, enjoy our first Weekly News Quiz!

Every Monday, the NIE team will post a new quiz based on Boston Herald articles from the previous week. Questions are based on current Boston Herald Smart Edition articles in a variety of topics to test students' knowledge of current events in a fun, Jeopardy style quiz game.

If you are having trouble accessing the News Quiz below, find it here.

Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Find a text version of the News Quiz questions and answers below.


1. Name two of the three new devices that Apple unveiled last week.

2. Name two of the student apps listed in the September 8 Boston Herald article “Student Apps Make Grade.”

3. Earlier this month, two people had to fight off a great white shark when it knocked them out of their kayak in which Massachusetts town?

4. Which local grocery store chain recently resumed normal operations after six weeks of company-wide protests and disputes?

5. Name the Republican and Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor after last week’s primary election.

6. True or False: If Martha Coakley is elected governor of Massachusetts she will be the first woman in the state to hold the position.

7. Last week, President Obama will publicly outline his strategy for dealing with which terrorist organization?

8. A Massachusetts doctor was infected with which contagious disease while working with patients in Liberia?

9. Which NFL team beat the New England Patriots in their season opener after a comeback in the second half of the game?

10. Which Boston Red Sox player confirmed last week that he is suffering from an injury to his hand and wrist that may require off-season surgery?


1. iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and the Apple Watch

2. iStudiezPro, Studious, MyHomework Student Planner, Remind, Classdojo, Edmodo

3. Plymouth.

4. Market Basket.

5. Charlie Baker (R) and Martha Coakley (D)

6. True.

7. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

8. The Ebola virus.

9. The Miami Dolphins.

10. Dustin Pedroia.

Let us know what you think of the News Quiz by posting a comment below!

Questions or comments? Email Brianne at or call 617-619-6220.

Student Voices: September Writing Prompt

§ September 9th, 2014 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Welcome back to school! Don't miss out on the first round of our Student Voices publishing opportunity for the new school year. 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 Smart Edition to participate in Student Voices. Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Read the Boston Herald article “Student apps make grade” on page 20 of the September 8 Smart Edition, and answer the following prompt in 300 words or less:

Share your thoughts on apps for school! This month we want to know what you think about using apps to help with school organization and communication. 
New iPhone and Android apps, such as iStudiez Pro, Studious, and MyHomework Student Planner, make keeping track of class schedules and homework assignments easy. Remind, Classdojo, and Edmodo let you connect with your teachers outside of class time. Do you think it's a good idea to use apps to help with school? What are your thoughts on using apps to connect with your teachers? If you have used an app for school before, what did you think of it?
Email responses to Brianne Costa at by Friday, September 26. Note: Responses must be emailed by a teacher. Responses emailed directly from students will not be accepted.
Please include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.
Students' answers will be posted right here on the NIE blog, and one student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper!
Any questions? Please contact Brianne Costa at or call 617-619-6220.

Student Debt and Lifetime Earnings Calculator

§ September 5th, 2014 § Filed under High School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Image: Fusion

High school students are busy thinking about college, and college students are busy thinking about graduate school. See the risks and rewards of continuing education with this Student Debt and Lifetime Earnings interactive calculator from Fusion.

The calculator lets you input your own information and see the risks and rewards of pursuing a higher education. The chart compares the incomes earned with high school, college, Masters degrees and more. Find out if you should “take the plunge” and see how long it would take for your education to pay for itself.

See the true costs and benefits of higher education and try the calculator tool here.

Welcome back to school from NIE

§ September 4th, 2014 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

The NIE team hopes you had a safe and fun summer and are ready for a great start for the school year! Online access to the Boston Herald Smart Edition begins on Monday, September 8. Didn’t order the Smart Edition yet? Fill out an order form here.

Free back to school webinars

Learn all that the Boston Herald in Education program has to offer during two free webinars. We will help you integrate the newspaper into your classroom by covering our new Common Core curriculum guides and Student Voices publishing program. Register today by emailing Brianne at Choose between September 23 at 3 pm and October 8 at 3:30 pm.

Curriculum Access

Your free subscription to the Boston Herald Newspapers in Education program gives you access to over 50 downloadable curriculum guides spanning every subject and grade level. Curriculum is password protected and available to NIE teachers only. Access the curriculum page here.

New curriculum is available this year, including:

Updated Pigskin Geography
World War I at 100
21st Century Skills
Farm to Table
Media Literacy
You, an entrepreneur

Student Voices is back

This unique publishing opportunity gives students the opportunity to be published on the NIE blog. One student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper. Look for prompts right here on the NIE blog.

New activity

Students and teachers alike will enjoy a weekly news quiz based on the week’s top Boston Herald Smart Edition stories. Check back on the NIE blog each week for a new quiz.

Any questions? Email or call 617-619-6220. Enjoy the school year!