The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program is proud to offer its NIE teachers the following creative learning guides. All come in classroom sets of 30 copies unless otherwise noted.
To order any of the educational publications on this page, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, name and address of your school, the grade that you teach and phone number.
A Parent’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act (EMS)
This English/Spanish curriculum supplement is intended to help parents understand the basics of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), including what the ACA means to children and families; who is eligible for insurance coverage under the ACA; how the Health Insurance Marketplace works; how to find a certified Navigator or other assistance and how to access other available resources. This resource was created in partnership with Allegany Franciscan Ministries.
All Aboard: Tampa Bay's Railroad History (EM)
Railroads were integral to the development of the Tampa Bay region as an economic center, transportation hub and tourist destination. Prior to the 1880s, much of Tampa Bay was rural, sparsely populated frontier, and Port Tampa was just a small harbor for local fishermen. All Aboard illustrates the immense social and economic impact that the railroad has had on our region, discusses the past, present and future of rail technology and fosters discussion about potential future rail development in Tampa Bay. All Aboard was created in partnership with the Friends of Tampa Union Station and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.
All About the Benjamins: Understanding the Value of Thrift (S)
As Benjamin Franklin once said, "an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest". This financial literacy curriculum will educate students about Benjamin Franklin and Thrift Week through engaging stories that illustrate key economic concepts, provocative questions to debate and discuss, helpful tips for personal money management and newspaper activities correlated to the Common Core State Standards. All About the Benjamins was created in partnership with The James Madison Institute.
Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature (S)
Science fiction is a literature of imagination, of ideas and thought experiments, of “what if.” Setting a story in an unfamiliar environment allows authors to explore the potential consequences of political, social, technological and ecological change; of issues such as war, terrorism, climate change, pandemics and overpopulation; and the possible effects of these on individuals and society. Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature introduces students and teachers to this vibrant and diverse genre. This publication was produced in partnership with the Altrusa International of Tampa Bay Wilma B. Hogan Foundation, the Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and the University of South Florida Humanities Institute.
Anatomy of the Tampa Bay Times (EMS)
This poster illustrates the different elements typically found on Page One and inside the Tampa Bay Times.
Answers on Tap (MS)
It all begins with a raindrop. But after that raindrop falls from the sky, where does it go? It depends on where that raindrop lands. Tampa Bay Water, the regional wholesale drinking water utility, takes that raindrop — and millions more — from three different sources and blends them together. This supplement, produced by Tampa Bay Water in partnership with NIE, explores how water journeys from these three sources, and what we can do to protect and conserve water. This supplement contains informational text and activities in conjunction with Language Arts, math and science standards.
Arbor Day 2014 (EM)
Trees provide enormous environmental, social and economic benefits to our community. For example, trees remove pollutants from the atmosphere, improve water quality, reduce erosion and water runoff and provide wildlife habitat. Learn all about the benefits of trees and how you can help keep Tampa’s urban forest healthy and thriving with this NIE publication, created in partnership with TD Green Streets, the Arbor Day Foundation, the City of Tampa, the University of South Florida and the UF/IFAS Extension.
At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: Florida's Journey from Separate toward Equal (MS)
Discrimination is defined as the unfair treatment of a person, racial group or minority based on prejudice. Decades of not treating people with equality and respect spawned the civil rights movement. The Civil War ended in 1865. Yet it took black Americans many decades and a long difficult fight to get what Abraham Lincoln had intended them to have: equality. This supplement, created in partnership with the Altrusa International of Tampa Bay Wilma B. Hogan Foundation, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and the Florida Humanities Council, explores the larger issues of intolerance, prejudice, racism and stereotyping in the context of Tampa Bay's past and present.
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Ancient Egypt: Art & Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur Pour L'Art (MS)
This full-color teaching poster focuses on Ancient Egypt: Art and Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. This supplement, created in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, focuses on the exhibit of the same name that will be featured at the museum from December 17, 2011 through April 29, 2012. The activities and information provide a cross-curricular look at art and its relationship to history, science and Language Arts.
Art in Transition: Albrecht Durer's Renaissance Art (EMS)
This teaching poster, focused on German artist Albrecht Durer, is filled with educational activities students can try at school or at home. This project was created in partnership with the Fine Arts Museum of St. Petersburg.
Be Tobacco Free (MS)
Over the past few decades, tobacco use among young people has been declining. However, far too many young people are still using tobacco. Today, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes. Be Tobacco Free presents the facts and explodes the myths about tobacco; explains how Big Tobacco uses marketing to target young people; and suggests strategies for avoiding or quitting tobacco use. Be Tobacco Free was produced in partnership with the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center, the Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance, the Pasco County Health Department and the Pinellas County Health Department.
Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Abuse (MS)
Dating violence is a serious problem in the United States. One in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence has substantial negative effects on the mental and physical health of young people, as well as on their school performance. This supplement, created in partnership with the Verizon Foundation, ABC Action News and six regional domestic violence agencies, focuses on helping preteens and teens gain the knowledge and learn the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships and protect themselves online and offline.
Celebrate Freedom (S)
What would Thomas Jefferson say if he could see the United States today? Each year, students in the state of Florida are expected to recite a key passage from the Declaration of Independence and to spend at least three hours in the classroom studying this important document. Celebrate Freedom carefully examines this key passage, helping students better understand its meaning and why it is still important to us today. Celebrate Freedom was created in partnership with The James Madison Institute.
Challenge yourself to get healthy! (MS)
This year, challenge yourself to get healthy. Make a change to fresh, healthy meals and snacks and get your body moving! Starting a new lifestyle can be difficult, but this NIE curriculum supplement, created in partnership with All Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares, has lots ideas, tips and tricks to help you live a happy, healthy and active life.
Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps (MS)
Maps are as old as language. Mapmakers communicate information with pictures that tell stories. For millennia, maps have shaped how we see the world, leading us to new places and ideas. Science, technology, culture, economics, politics, art, history – all of these can be found in maps. This publication, produced in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Humanities Council, is based on the exhibit of the same name that will be featured at the History Center from September 21, 2013 - February 16, 2014 and focuses on maps as informational text
Coasters 101 (MS) - UPDATED
Your pulse quickens, your stomach churns, your eyes water, your heart rate increases, you lose all sense of time and space. You cannot tell which way is up, down or sideways. The effect of riding roller coasters is tremendous. This Coasters 101 educational poster, created in partnership with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, explains what causes your sense of unbalance and excitement on a roller coaster. This poster will teach you all about physics.This poster has been updated to include new information focused on Falcon's Fury and the 2014 Florida Standards.
Dirt to Plate (MS)
One of the best ways to get healthy and stay healthy is to add more fruits and vegetables to your meals. This publication, created in partnership with All Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares, offers teens and families lots of great information on fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs; tips for starting your own garden, large or small; delicious recipes and cooking secrets; nutrition and food safety facts; and more.
Dream Big! Choose Wisely!
The youth of Pasco County face many challenges as they grow into adulthood, and the statistics related to underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, gangs, bullying and cyber bullying can be overwhelming. In this NIE publication, we hope you will learn what the community is doing to keep Pasco County a safe place for families and how you can help. This project was created in partnership with the Pasco County's Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), Pasco Sheriff's Office and the District School Board of Pasco County.
The Florida Everglades was once a vibrant, free-flowing wetland, known as the River of Grass. It covered 4,000 square miles in Central and South Florida, stretching from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Florida Bay. Over the last century, drainage and development reduced the Everglades to half its size. Take a Journey through the Everglades in the pages of this NIE tab.
Find the Fun (MS)
Produced in partnership with Communities Putting Prevention to Work Pinellas, Find the Fun focuses on fun ways to foster health and well-being and prevent obesity by encouraging physical activity and healthy eating. The associated website, FindtheFunNow.com, is a free online tool for finding fun and healthy activities throughout Pinellas County.
Fire Prevention (EM)
On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day. The best way to avoid injury in case of fire is to be prepared. This Newspaper in Education publication, produced in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and the City of Seminole Fire Rescue Department, will educate you about fire dangers and provide tips for you to be prepared.
Flight 2014: Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Aviation (MS)
On Jan. 1, 1914, a small biplane piloted by aviation pioneer Tony Jannus lifted from the water in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., with one paying passenger. Twenty three minutes later, the plane landed in Tampa, Fla., launching the world’s first regularly scheduled commercial airline flight and flying into the annals of aviation history. Flight 2014 celebrates the centennial of Jannus’ historic flight and explores the history of aviation, the science and technology of flight, and the impact of aviation on our world.
Floridians and War (MS)
Today’s students will become tomorrow’s voters and leaders, responsible for making decisions about when and how the United States should become involved in conflict or war. They must be prepared to understand the causes, history, geography, politics and consequences of conflict and war and how they relate to local, national and global issues in our increasingly interconnected world. While governmental institutions declare war, it is the average citizen who fights. This publication, sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Armed Forces History Museum, takes a look at war and conflict through the eyes of those who served in those wars and conflicts.
Gangs 101: Busting the myths and revealing the consequences (MS)
Gang activity and bullying are prevalent on high school campuses throughout Florida. Students are faced with intimidation, violence, and fear from gang members, and need the skills to make educated choices in those situations. This curriculum was created in partnership with the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County, and Crime Stoppers.
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Go Green Volume VI (M)
Go Green is a sustainability curriculum supplement aimed at showing students how to become responsible citizens of the planet and how to respect all of the resources that it has to offer. Go Green was created by the Herald-Tribune in partnership with Publix Super Markets, Inc. and Florida Press Educational Services, Inc.
The Healthy mind-body connection (S)
This adult-oriented publication focuses on staying healthy while growing older. Let’s face it, we are all growing older, and that is a good thing. It’s all about balance, and the people at DACCO (Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Coordinating Office Inc.) understand that wellness plays a major role in the treatment of substance use disorders and associated conditions. Being physically healthy goes hand in hand with being mentally healthy. This educational publication, geared toward college students and adults of all ages.
High Five 2012: The Integrated Language Arts and Journalism Curriculum (M) - PDF only
The NAA Foundation, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, developed High Five in an effort to address concerns about student achievement. High Five provides an integrated, three-unit curriculum that includes reading, writing, journalism, grammar, linguistics and visual literacy. All materials are age-appropriate for middle-school students. The curriculum uses the daily newspaper as a textbook and information source. Each unit, aligned to Common Core State Standards, is designed to be used as a stand-alone piece.
Hillsborough County Drug Free (MS)
Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy and our healthcare and criminal justice systems and endangering the futures of young people. This bilingual supplement, created in partnership with the Hillsborough Prevention Collaborative, Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, provides information about the effects of drugs and alcohol so teens can make informed, positive, drug-free choices.
It's About Time (MS)
A child falls into a swimming pool. A bicycle and a car collide. A pedestrian is struck by a car. And a race against time and distance begins. A trauma patient's chances of survival increase dramatically if he or she receives care immediately following an injury. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently received the designation as a Provisional Level II trauma center and has teamed up with the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education to teach young people how to be safe and avoid accidents before they happen.
LarGoing Green (EMS)
The city of Largo has earned Silver-level Green Local Government certification for its commitment to green practices and sustainability. Learn about their recycling facilities, programs and events in this 16-page tabloid publication. This publication was created in partnership with the city of Largo recycling department.
LEGOLAND: Everything Is Awesome (E)
This STEM-focused teaching poster, targeted to second and third grade students, features curriculum centered on LEGOLAND® Florida's eight educational programs. This publication was created in partnership with LEGOLAND® Florida.
Lights On Tampa 2014: Explore, engage, enjoy (MS)
Lights On Tampa is a major cultural event that brings free, public access to light-based public art. This publication, created in partnership with the City of Tampa and Lights On Tampa, explores the art, science and technology of light by examining the artistic works making up Lights On Tampa 2015.
Like it. Learn it. Love it. LiveFree! (MS)
Bullying, gang violence or substance abuse can be an obstacle to learning and can contribute to a climate of fear and intimidation. Students deserve to be educated in an environment that is both physically and emotionally safe. This Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education publication, focusing on substance abuse prevention, bullying prevention, and conflict resolution, was created in partnership with LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County, Operation Par and Pinellas County Schools.
Monet's London: (EMS-1)
In Jan., 2005, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg opened the much anticipated "Monet's London" exhibit, a remarkable collection of 150 works, including a dozen by French impressionist Claude Monet, focused on Industrial Age London and the Thames River. This beautiful color teaching poster is filled with educational activities students can try at school or at home.
Newspaper Fun with Raymond! (E)
This educational card series, created in partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays, features Rays mascot Raymond and is targeted to elementary school students in grades kindergarten through third. Use this set with the Tampa Bay Times for enrichment activities with small groups, for whole group instruction or to create reading center activities that best meet the needs of your students. For additional fun, send home a card for a parent/child activity.
Newspapers in Your Life (EMS) - PDF only
This curriculum, developed by the American Press Institute and the Newseum of Washington, DC, features six lessons focused on media literacy and aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Lesson plans incorporate existing Newseum resources into activities and student worksheets. Newspapers in Your Life is geared toward middle and high-school students, but includes extension activities for elementary students.
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Operation: Nutrition. Think.Eat.Grow (E)
Healthy lifestyle choices are a crucial component to student success. This NIE publication brings important nutrition and fitness activities directly to elementary school classrooms, so that students may learn about daily caloric balance, physical activity, and healthy food choices. This curriculum was created in partnership with Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Passport to Flavor (MS)
Food is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Across the world, food plays a key role in how we live our lives and interact with each other. The world is full of a variety of vegetables and fruits that can be prepared in many different ways. This publication, created in cooperation with All Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Kohl's Cares, encourages students to think about exploring new foods they have never tried before. Consider this publication to be a passport to flavor, from traditional dishes to new takes on old favorites. This supplement contains informational text and activities in conjunction with Language Arts and health standards.
Past Forward Tampa Bay (MS)
Produced in partnership with AIA Tampa Bay, Past Forward Tampa Bay explores the diverse architecture, history and cultures of Tampa Bay. Among other interactive activities included in the publication is a map revealing the locations of AIA Tampa Bay's Tour of Tampa Bay Architecture, an innovative, self-guided multimedia walking tour that uses QR code technology to explore historic and notable architecture in Tampa Bay so that teachers, students and community members can discover the unique history of our community at their own pace. Past Forward Tampa Bay was supported by grants from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.
2015 Plugged In: News, views and issues that affect our lives every day (S)
"Addiction isn't fun. Addiction is lonely, terrifying and insidious." Throughout much of the last century, scientists studying drug abuse labored in the shadows of powerful myths and misconceptions about the nature of addiction. Today, thanks to science, our views and our responses to drug abuse have changed dramatically. As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior. This educational publication, geared toward college students and adults of all ages, was created in partnership with DACCO.
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Project Weather (E)
Weather is all around us. Did you know Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth? Learning about weather is easy in the Tampa Bay area, thanks to the Bay News 9 Weather Experts and the Times Newspaper in Education program. The Times NIE program, in partnership with Bay News 9, wants to give elementary school teachers a learning tool geared specifically to help their students have fun while learning about weather. The activities and information are focused on STEM and Language Arts standards.
Reading with the Rays 2015
Once again your Tampa Bay Rays have teamed up with the Tampa Bay Times NIE program to create a lineup of free summer reading fun. The goals of the Reading with the Rays: Read your way to the ballpark program are to encourage children to read more and to visit the library regularly before they return to school this fall. This tabloid publication has quotes from players, parent tips and lots of book lists. This year's spokesperson is Evan Longoria. For more information about this summer reading program, go to tampabay.com/nie/raysreading. Participating counties: Chartlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.
Recycle Pasco! (EMS)
Recycling saves energy and saves the environment. Learn about the many recycling facilities, programs and events available to Pasco County residents and view the winners of the annual Pasco Art of Recycling contest. This publication was created in partnership with Pasco County Utilities.
ROBOTICON Tampa Bay (MS)
The world’s first industrial robot was built in 1953. By 1973, robots had made it to space, and by the 1990s, robots were exploring volcanoes and performing surgery on human patients. In 1997, the Sojourner robot rover landed on the moon, and in 2004, the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars. Today, robots are used in research, manufacturing, medicine and the military in addition to households and entertainment. Learn about the field of robotics and the FIRST robotics programs for K-12 students in ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, produced in partnership with the Eureka! Factory, Hillsborough County, the Economic Development Innovation Initiative and Comcast NBCUniversal.
See. Wonder. Connect. A Journey through the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fl. (MS)
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg has an encyclopedic collection of art from around the globe and across the centuries, with 4,500 years of civilization represented by thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present. Integrating arts education across the curriculum helps students to develop critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills. This supplement, created in partnership with the Museum, uses a selection of artwork from across the Museum’s collections to provide a cross-curricular look at art and its relationship to history, science and Language Arts.
Springs: Florida’s Natural Wonders (MS)
A spring is a natural opening in the ground where water flows directly from the aquifer to the earth’s surface. Springs are vital headwaters, the upper tributaries, of many local rivers. Springs are unique water resources that provide natural, recreational and economic benefits. For thousands of years people have been attracted to the natural beauty and habitat of these ecosystems. This publication, produced in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, explores the springs of west central Florida and the role humans play in protecting and restoring those springs.
Smile: Your teeth and you (E)
Having a healthy mouth and teeth is important for health, speech, appearance and self-esteem. Untreated tooth decay results in pain and infection, leading to problems with eating, speaking and learning. Children with oral health problems are more likely to have problems at school and miss more days of school than children with good oral health. This publication will teach elementary children and their parents all about the importance of oral health and how to care for their teeth and mouth. Smile: Your teeth and you was produced in partnership with the DentaQuest Foundation and the West Coast District Dental Association.
13: Life at the Edge of Everything (MS)
Following the lives of a half dozen seventh-grade students at Booker T. Washington Middle School in Tampa, "13" examines the private and public world of middle schoolers. We have reprinted this award-winning Times' series, with journaling space and writing prompts for students, classroom activities for teachers to try and resources for students, teachers and parents
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (EM)
On April 15, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives. For 73 years, Titanic was alone and lost in the North Atlantic. Since the wreck was discovered in 1985, RMS Titanic, Inc. has made eight expeditions to recover more than 5,500 objects. Produced in partnership with the Mahaffey Theater and RMS Titanic, Inc., this publication focuses on Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which showcases the legendary ship's compelling human stories through more than 125 artifacts conserved from the ship's debris field. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be featured at the Mahaffey Theater from October 6, 2012 through March 3, 2013.
TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon (E)
This math-focused publication, targeted to students in grades 3-5, features curriculum centered on the TiViTz math and strategy game. This publication was created in partnership with SAS Games.
A Voice 4Teens (MS)
Are you ready to get you and your family healthy and active? Inside this publication, teens and their families will find helpful information to get you started, including cooking and shopping tips, ideas for healthy snacks to keep you energized and helpful tips to keep you healthy. This publication was created in partnership with All Children's Hospital.
Wicked Garden (MS)
According to the 2012 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, almost one in ten Florida high school students has misused prescription pain relievers or prescription amphetamines. The FYSAS also reveals that the percentage of youth reporting prescription drug misuse/abuse jumps dramatically between middle and high school. Wicked Garden, created in partnership with the AMA Foundation and All Children’s Hospital, presents the facts and reveals the myths about prescription drug abuse/misuse and provides resources for educators, students and parents.
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Zero to Cheetah (M)
Speed, power, spirit, agility ... cheetahs! The people at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens love to have fun. Caring or the animals in the parks and educating park guests are important jobs for the veterinarians and trainers. Learn all about the newest additions to the BG family, cheetahs, in this full color teaching poster. This poster was created in partnership with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Zoo Story (MS)
Originally printed over a series of Sundays in 2007, Zoo Story is a nine-part series that chronicles Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo through a period of massive expansion to become one of the best zoos in the country. Author Thomas French investigates the philosophy of a zoo, keeping captive endangered animals, and controversial breeding programs through life, death, and the paradox of freedom. This NIE publication includes lesson plans. Content alert: Some parents and teachers may find parts of Zoo Story too graphic for younger readers.
Zoominations explores the traditions, folklore and wildlife of China and Asia and the animals of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo’s Asian Gardens habitat. Based around the “Zoominations – A Chinese Lantern Festival” special exhibition, Zoominations was created in partnership with Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.