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What is NIE?

Newspapers In Education (NIE) is an exciting interactive program that engages students in learning by providing teachers access to the Austin American-Statesman ePaper for use in their classroom. The NIE program is designed to make reading newspapers a fun and beneficial learning experience.

NIE is a worldwide effort in which school textbooks and teacher materials are supplemented with the use of the local newspaper. This is accomplished everyday by providing a “living textbook” in a format that is less intimidating and more appealing to students.


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

This Week's lesson:
Ireland responds quickly to save a beloved zoo

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This Week's lesson:

New era: Private U.S. rocket and capsule propel 4 astronauts to space station

Commercial space travel takes a significant step forward with the arrival of three American astronauts and one from Japan at the International Space Station aboard a craft owned by a business rather than NASA, the U.S. space agency. Last week's ...

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This Week's lesson:

Why is covid-19 exploding again?

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NASA's Night Sky Network

A monthly column on the latest space discoveries and technologies for elementary students (Updated Monthly)

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How well do you keep up with the world around you? Take this week’s quiz to test your knowledge of recent national and world events.

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

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This week's word in the news: POLARIZED

DEFINITION:

Marked by a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Well, maybe not quite that many, but the numbers have been trending upward in recent years as legislators and large blocs of voters are struggling to find their place in an increasingly polarized political environment.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 11/23/2020

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New materials on vaccines and immunizations will be coming soon but first We Engage 4 Health is asking we help them by taking part in phase 2 of their "Power of Stories" research project to help them bring the most effective informational format to the classroom.

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The Coronavirus Learning Companion features comic-basis stories and hands-on-activities for all age levels to help better understand the purpose and science behind COVID-19 public health recommendations.

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

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This Week's lesson:

Tired health workers brace for holiday spike


With more than 82,000 people hospitalized, U.S. health authorities braced for further increases in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths as the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerated. The CDC issued a “strong recommendation” that Amer...

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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 Audio webcasts: An exclusive partnership with Pulse of the Planet, updated daily with two-minute sound portraits of Planet Earth. Tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sounds.

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