Yak’s Corner
A print and online children’s news magazine published on 32 Thursdays from September through May for Michigan kids ages 6-13. Each eight-page issue is filled with educational and entertaining stories about places, people and events in Michigan and around the world. The Yak’s Corner online page also includes “Yaktivities” for each issue, a Yak Art Gallery, student writing and more.
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Online fun and educational activities for our youngest readers, their teachers and families, including two week’s worth of free Kid Scoop Download Edition learning packets. Each six-page packet focuses on a curriculum-based theme.
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Announcements for 21 April, 2014:

2014 Ford Freedom Award Program

"The Power of Perseverance" is the theme of the 2014 Ford Freedom Award Program which is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services in partnership with Michigan K.I.D.S., the Detroit Newspapers in Education nonprofit for The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. The 2014 Ford Freedom Award Program profiles people who have demonstrated the kind of perperseverance and tenacity, that is at the core of the African American experience and has sustained its greatest leaders. The 2014 Ford Freedom Program honeree is Nelson Mandela. The 2014 Ford Freedom Award Program Scholar is Myrlie Evers-Williams.
This program includes:
  1. Access to 10 or more e-Editions (electronic replicas) of The Detroit News from Mon thur Fri, May 5th - May 18th, 2014
  2. One FREE delivery of the 16-page "The Power of Perseverance" student supplement on Friday, May 9th.
  3. 12-page online password protected teacher guide at http://nieonline.com/detroit/members.cfm
  4. Full-color classroom poster mailed

2013-14 Great Michigan Read: Annie's Ghosts

The Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read is a book club for the entire state. With a focus on a single book, it aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our history. The 2013-14 Great Michigan Read, Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret, is a 2010 Michigan Notable Book written by Washington Post Associate Editor and Detroit native Steve Luxenberg.

Click here for more information about Annie’s Ghosts, and to learn about special opportunities for high school teachers, including the current delivery scheduled by DNIE of a 16-page Newspaper Program Guide.

You may also click here to view the Newspaper Program Guide online.
The password is greatmiread2013.

Anti-bully Survey

The goal of the survey is to determine how much — and in what ways — bullying affects students in Michigan schools. From the responses in the first survey, the answer is: A lot.

In the survey, students said verbal bullying is the most common kind of bullying experienced by Michigan students — threats, put- downs, mean remarks or gossip. Indirect bullying — spreading rumors, making threatening gestures or keeping people out of a group — is the second worst kind of bullying, according to the survey, followed by physical bullying and cyberbullying on the Internet.

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Click here to submit your survey results

Weekly Lessons
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NIE Special Report

Back by popular demand: Writers Speak to Kids

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Narwhals - Dance of a Thousand Whales

Ever been on a crowded elevator? Uncomfortable, yes, but imagine doing it with an 8 foot tusk. Welcome to the world of the narwhal.

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Uranium workers dying after working Namibia mine, report warns

Answer FIVE Geography questions each week based on major news events.

Archive of Geography quizzes

Diversity, multiculturalism, worldwide events. You'll find plenty for classroom discussions in this listing of events.

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The Green Room: Conservation for the Classroom offers lessons from the National Wildlife Federation to educate and inspire people to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat

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Today's word: statute
Definition: A written law passed by a legislative body.
NASA's Space Place is a monthly column on the latest space discoveries and technologies for elementary students
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Track news stories around the world


Questions based on stories in your Detroit News to spark classroom discussions.

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