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Publications: English Language Arts

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All Aboard: Tampa Bay's Railroad History

All Aboard: Tampa Bay's Railroad History

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

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.

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All About the Benjamins: Understanding the Value of Thrift

All About the Benjamins: Understanding the Value of Thrift

Grade levels: Middle and High school

As Benjamin Franklin once said, "an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest". This financial literacy publication 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. All About the Benjamins was created in partnership with The James Madison Institute.

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Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature

Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature

Grade level: High school

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.

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Click here to visit the writing contest website


Anatomy of the Tampa Bay Times

Anatomy of the Tampa Bay Times

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

This poster illustrates the different elements typically found on Page One and inside the Tampa Bay Times.

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Arbor Day 2014

Arbor Day 2014

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

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.

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Click here to download TampaTreeMap.org presentation
Click here to download Tree planting and early care presentation


At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: Florida's Journey from Separate toward Equal

At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: Florida's Journey from Separate toward Equal

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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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Click here to visit the web portal.
Click here for the Living History - Harlem Academy Times multimedia report
Click here to download the pre survey.
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Click here to visit the City of St. Petersburg African-American Heritage Project.


Be Food Safe

Be Food Safe

Grade levels: Middle and High school

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in this country can be traced to foodborne pathogens. ­That is why food safety is a serious matter. This publication, produced in partnership with Publix Super Markets Inc. and Florida Press Educational Services, will enhance your awareness of foodborne illnesses and how you and your family can stay healthy.

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Tobacco Free

Be Tobacco Free

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Violence

Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Abuse

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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Celebrating Tampa Bay’s wildlife and habitats

Celebrating Tampa Bay’s wildlife and habitats

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Florida has a unique and diverse natural landscape. Only two states have more plant diversity than Florida, and 8 percent of Florida’s flora and fauna are found nowhere else in the world. This publication explores three types of ecosystems commonly found in west-central Florida: coastal, freshwater and upland. This publication was created in partnership with The Florida Aquarium, the Southwest Florida Water Management District and VISIT FLORIDA.

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Visit the project website


Challenge yourself to get healthy! (MS)

Challenge yourself to get healthy!

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares, has lots ideas, tips and tricks to help you live a happy, healthy and active life.

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Coasters 101

Coasters 101

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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Discovering Prehistoric Species

Discovering Prehistoric Species

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

Dinosaurs lived on earth for about 160 million years – from about 225 million years ago until about 65 million years ago. What did they look like? How did they act? What did they eat? Learn about these fascinating animals and the scientists who study them in Discovering Prehistoric Species, created in partnership with Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

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Click here to download the Geologic Timeline poster


Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

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.

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Flight 2014: Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

Flight 2014: Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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La Florida – Land of Flowers

La Florida – Land of Flowers: Ornamental Horticulture with Florida Native Plants

Grade levels: Middle and High school

La Florida focuses on the critical role that using native plants in ornamental horticulture can play in preserving native species, protecting Florida’s native habitats and ecosystems, and creating beautiful and sustainable ornamental landscapes. This publication was created in partnership with the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and the Florida Native Plant Society.

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Floridians at War

Floridians and War

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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Click here to download the pre/post student survey
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Food Adventure

Food Adventures

Grade level: Elementary school

This teaching poster features fitness and nutrition tips from the experts at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s Fit4Allkids program to help kids and families get and stay active and healthy. The center folds out into Fit4AllkidsVille, a fun board game for two to four players! Food Adventures was created in partnership with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares

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Floridians at War

From The Scrub to The Twist

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Central Avenue has a special place in Tampa’s history, particularly for the African-American community, and the Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, located at 900 E. Scott St., is a place where generations can come together to share in that history, to learn and enjoy. Central Avenue was the heart and soul of a community flourishing with leadership, entrepreneurship, strength and courage. The area was settled after the Civil War, when freed slaves relocated to an area northeast of downtown Tampa called The Scrub. Over time, the neighborhood of The Scrub developed a vibrant business district, and became a cultural mecca of sorts for a number of black musicians. The area was booming, but began to decline with urban renewal and integration. This supplement, created in partnership with the City of Tampa, Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Humanities Council explores the rich cultural history from The Scrub to The Twist to Perry, Harvey, Sr. Park.

This publication can be used in conjunction with At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: Florida's Journey from Separate toward Equal.

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Learn more about Perry Harvey, Sr. Park
Tampa Bay History Center Central Avenue Contest page
Harlem Academy Multimedia Report from Tampa Bay Times
Chitlin' Circuit playlist on Spotify


Fuel Your Fitness

Fuel Your Fitness

Grade levels: Middle and High school

“You are what you eat.” Nutritious food is important to good health. However, good nutrition is only half of the equation to being fit. It takes making nutritious choices and being active to create a healthy lifestyle. Get tips from the pros in this publication created in partnership with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares.

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The Healthy mind-body connection

The Healthy mind-body connection

Grade levels: High school and College

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.

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Just the Facts: Vaccination protects

Just the Facts: Vaccination protects

Grade levels: Middle and High school

There’s a lot of information out there about vaccines and vaccinations, and it can get confusing. Just the Facts helps cut through the confusion by covering the basics of what vaccination is, how it works, what it protects against and why it is important. It also covers vaccine safety, busts some myths about vaccines and points to trustworthy sources for additional information. Just the Facts was created in partnership with Pfizer’s Independent Grants for Learning & Change program.

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Legoland

LEGOLAND: Everything Is Awesome

Grade level: Elementary school

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.

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Click here to download the flyer


Lights On Tampa 2014: Explore, engage, enjoy (MS)

Lights On Tampa 2014: Explore, engage, enjoy

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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Pasco Recycling 2017: Make every day Earth Day

Pasco Recycling 2017: Make every day Earth Day

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Recycling saves energy and saves the environment. Learn about the many recycling facilities, programs and events available to Pasco County residents and view the 2017 Pasco Art of Recycling contest winners. This publication was created in partnership with Pasco County Recycling and Pasco County Schools.

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Passport to Flavor (MS)

Passport to Flavor

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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 Johns Hopkins 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.

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Plugged In: News, views and issues that affect our lives every day

2017 Plugged In: News, views and issues that affect our lives every day

Grade levels: High school and College

"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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Click here for the If I Die Young Times multimedia report
Click here for the RxOD: The prescription drug abuse crisis in Florida Times special report
Click here for the Deadly Combinations Times multimedia report


Reading with the Rays 2017

Grade levels: Elementary school

Once again, Suncoast Credit Union and your Tampa Bay Rays have teamed up with the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program to create a lineup of free summer reading fun. Everyone’s commitment to education in our community makes this an exciting matchup. 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. Once again, Evan Longoria is the team captain encouraging children of all ages to read around the bases and get some great Rays reading rewards. For more information about this summer reading program, go to tampabay.com/nie/raysreading. Participating counties include: Chartlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.

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See. Wonder. Connect. A Journey through the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fl.

See. Wonder. Connect. A Journey through the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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Click here to download additional See. Wonder. Connect. activities


Severe Weather

Severe Weather

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

Being prepared for severe weather is critical to being able to survive it. In Florida, we face a variety of severe conditions, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, flooding and hurricanes. This bilingual (English/Spanish) teaching poster, created in partnership with WTSP 10News, will help students and families to understand the types of severe weather they will encounter in our state and how to prepare for them.

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Springs: Florida’s Natural Wonders (MS)

Springs: Florida’s Natural Wonders (MS)

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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Dental Health

Smile: Your teeth and you

Grade level: Elementary school

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.

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Wicked Garden

Wicked Garden

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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 Johns Hopkins 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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Click here to download the Pre/Post test
Click here for the If I Die Young Times multimedia report
Click here for the RxOD: The prescription drug abuse crisis in Florida Times special report
Click here for the Deadly Combinations Times multimedia report


Wildfire Safety

Wildfire Safety

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

More than 17.3 million acres of Florida is covered with forests. Although the state’s abundant rain and sunshine are vital to the survival of Florida’s forests, another element is necessary to maintain them ... fire. For thousands of years, Florida’s forests have developed because of the presence of fire. In fact, many of Florida’s ecosystems require fire in order to exist. This supplement, created in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service, focuses on learning more about Florida’s forests and learning the difference between good fires and bad fires, and how students can protect Florida’s forests.

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Your guide to being a sustainable hero

Grade levels: Middle and High school

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.

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