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'Daily Show' Joke Has One Direction Fans Terrorizing Twitter

Discussion prompts & video archive.


NIE Special Report


Who doesn’t like to eat?

Turn the fun of food into a great science experience to start off the school year using a new science content reading Is there a gene for liking broccoli? and an accompanying activity Taste this!

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



Online Extras (Updated every Monday)


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



Pro-democracy protests draw tens of thousands in Hong Kong

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

Archive of Geography quizzes

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

This week's lesson:

What threatens the world most?

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Archive of past lessons
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Millions of miles from Earth, a U.S. spacecraft orbits Mars to explore its atmosphere

-- Front Page Talking Points Archive


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Daily Science Webcasts


Africa - Surma Stick

Stick fighting among the Surma tribe of Africa is fierce and violent. But they do it in the name of love.
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-- Sep 30, 2014



This week's word in the news: DYSFUNCTIONAL 

DEFINITION:
Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group.


FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s the genesis of gridlock and dysfunctional government: A trio of Republican candidates for the state House has delivered a manifesto demanding no compromise or consensus building with Democrats in the next term.
The Detroit News -- 09/29/2014