Thinking about how you think can become confusing, making the brain one of the most complicated organs to study. NBC Learn’s eight-part video series on the brain is divided into easily-understood concepts, which together create a broader view of how versatile and mysterious the human brain can be.

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Complete Sixth Grade
Sustainability Curriculum

Publix Super Markets, Inc. has joined efforts with FPES (Florida Press Educational Services) to bring this program to sixth grade students. This FREE NIE Program will show your sixth grade students how to become responsible members of the planet, and to respect all of the resources that it has to offer.


Flip Chart for Interactive White Boards
Note: Only classrooms with white boards will be able to run this file.

Complete supplement as PDF

Teachers Guide

Lesson plans for use with the e-Edition on Interactive White Boards

Included are basic lessons for an Elementary, Middle and Secondary classroom that can be utilized to introduce Language Arts and Social Studies activities.

Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plan
Middle and High School Language Arts Lesson Plan
High School Social Studies Lesson Plan
Elementary Social Studies Lesson Plan
Elementary and Middle School Language Arts Lesson Plan

USA Weekend Teacher Guides

New Teacher's Guides are available every Monday, complete with monthly themes highlighted in a weekly lesson and a monthly activity sheet.

Click here to download guides from USA Weekend

Common Core State Standard
SL.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: An essay of a current news event is provided for discussion to encourage participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the article. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event within the news, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.


'Ladies and gentlemen, let the 74th Hunger Games begin' on screens this week

Look for an advance feature about the film. Are fans your age quoted?
Can you find local movie theater listings in the paper or its website? Prove it.
Some adults feel Suzanne Collins' books and the new movie are too violent for middle school readers and maybe even students in the early teens. List reasons why you agree or disagree.

The Hunger Games, a sure-fire blockbuster, hits movie theaters around the country with 12:01 a.m. showings early this Friday. It'll be seen at 270 wraparound-screen Imax theaters, as well as multiplexes here, there and everywhere. The sci-fi drama stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemswort and Jennifer Lawrence, a 2011 Oscar nominee for Winter's Bone. Singer Lenny Kravitz also is in the cast.

With action, romance and young adult best-seller book origins, the film has something for everyone – just as Harry Potter did. It's also compared to another hit series. "From the [audience survey] tracking I've seen, the film has much broader appeal than the Twilight films, both in terms of age and of gender," says industry analyst Bruce Nash of Beverly Hills, Calif.

The film, based on a 2008 novel that started a three-book series by Suzanne Collins, is about an undemocratic future nation called Panem in which a girl and a boy from each of the country’s 12 state-like districts are chosen by government lottery to fight for food and survival in annual "Hunger Games." The battles are broadcast to entertain the elite and control the masses. Some violence has been toned down to earn a PG-13 rating, though a congressman thinks it's inappropriate for teens. "The very movies that contribute to violence can be seen by teenagers because they get a PG-13," says Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Mich.

Reviewer says: "Fans of The Hunger Games are going to be incredibly pleased with this exceptional movie. It gives them everything they were expecting in addition to things they weren’t. . . . It's a rousing, highly emotional and epic film." -– Germain Lussier, rating it at 8 out of 10 at

Blogger says: "The Hunger Games looks like it's going to open bigger at the box office than Twilight." -– Joal Ryan at

Reader says: "We Hunger Games fans are dealing with a common fear. Let’s call it Adaptaphobia, the fear that the film adaptation of our favorite books -- especially the young adult books that sparked our imaginations -- will ruin the story forever. We all had that fear with Harry Potter and, to a lesser extent, Twilight." -- Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe reporter

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