Yak’s Corner
A print and online children’s news magazine published once each month from September through May for Michigan kids ages 6-13. Each 12-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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Michigan K.I.D.S. is the Detroit Newspapers in Education (DNIE) non-profit for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News that provides digital e-Editions of the Free Press and The News, related online and print teaching resources, and other services to schools across Michigan.

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Announcements for 3 May, 2016:

Order Yak’s Corner for your classroom

Yak’s Corner news magazine for kids is delivered monthly in a 12-page format. The remaining editions this year will be published on www.dnie.com on March 9, April 13 and May 11. The print version is available for delivery to schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties for all classrooms who sign up to receive free access to the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News e-editions.

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The 2016 Ford Freedom Award Program

Men of Courage. Advancing the Narrative for African-American Men

The Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, and Detroit Newspapers in Education are pleased to bring Michigan schools the 2016 Ford Freedom Award Program celebrating Men of Courage.

This 3-piece educational program includes a 16-page student supplement, a classroom poster, and an online teacher guide. In addition, students in grades 4 through 8 are encouraged to enter an essay contest.

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Weekly Lessons


Classroom Caption Contest!
Win a book by creating a caption for this week's lesson

This week's lesson:

Earth Day questions about the future

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Archive of past lessons
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Tap the wealth of information in your newspaper as a teaching tool:

Modern pioneers: Two Swiss pilots take solar plane around the world without fuel

-- Front Page Talking Points Archive

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

The National Wildlife Federation lesson plans are designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards and organized by grade level.

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Daily Science Webcasts

Passenger Pigeons - They Darkened the Skies

Once one of the most abundant bird species on earth, Passenger Pigeons were hunted to extinction.
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-- May 3, 2016

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

This week's quiz
Quiz Archive
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Most High School Seniors Aren't Ready For College

Discussion prompts & video archive.

Kenya burns vast piles of elephant tusks as it seeks ban on trade

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

Archive of Geography quizzes

A new lesson from the Fighting With Food project guides middle and high school students through the chemistry of how metals get into water, the toxicity of lead, and how nutrition can help combat the health effects of lead exposure.

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NASA's Space Place

A monthly column on the latest space discoveries and technologies for elementary students

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This week's word in the news: TREATABLE

Possible to treat; responsive to treatment: a treatable disorder.

She likened current attitudes toward mental illness to the 1980s attitude toward AIDS, even though diseases of the brain are generally as treatable today as diseases elsewhere in the body.
The Denver Post -- 05/02/2016