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News Quiz, November 24

§ November 24th, 2014 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Learn about current events in a fun way with this interactive, Jeopardy-style quiz board based on last week's top stories in the Boston Herald! Access the quiz here or find a text only version of the questions at the bottom of the page. Answers will be posted next week!

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1. This past week, firefighters in Boston warned the public of the dangers of parking your car in front of what?

2. A new Pro Shop was revealed last week at this sports complex, home to the Bruins and Celtics.

3. SkreensTV is a new device that compiles all television services onto one screen, made by an engineer from what Massachusetts town?

4. What futuristic devices are being used alongside surgeons in the operating room?

5. This week, a popular book-to-movie series premiered part one of a two part movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, called what?

6. Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao will exhibit her work at what Boston art museum?

7. Marathon survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis has been using her fame and inspiring story to raise money for which nonprofit?

8. This popular agricultural trend includes growing produce in cities and urban areas.

9. What popular “That Was Easy” office supply chain announced it will close 170 stores this year?

10. This week, President Obama vowed to give legal status to how many of our country's immigrants?


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. 

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.

Weekly News Quiz, November 3

§ November 4th, 2014 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers and students! Test your current events knowledge with our Weekly News Quiz based on last week's Boston Herald top stories. Find an interactive, Jeopardy-style quiz board here, or try the text version of the questions and answers below.


1. Police officers working in Massachusetts area schools want to be armed with this type of weapon.

2. The MA Health Council wants to put adult monitors in what area of school busses to ensure student safety?

3. Former Governor William F. Weld gave students a talk as a part of this Boston Herald student program.

4. After the final gubernatorial debate, which MA candidate was a few points ahead in the polls?

5. The Bruins dressed up as characters from this popular children’s movie for their annual visit to Boston Children’s Hospital.

6. This beloved former mayor of Boston passed away this week. He was the city's longest serving mayor.

7. Some states are requiring a mandatory quarantine for troops and nurses returning from West Africa for how long?


1. Pepper Spray.

2. The back of the bus.

3. Campaign Smart.

4. Charlie Baker (R).

5. Frozen.

6. Tom Menino.

7. 21 days.