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Summer learning resources

The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program (NIE) offers free resources to students and parents to help learning continue over the summer. Throughout the summer months, students can continue to learn with the Tampa Bay Times from the convenience of their computer, tabloid or phone in school and at home. During the summer break, students and teachers in the following counties have access to the digital edition of the Tampa Bay Times: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.

Please email ordernie@tampabay.com to find out the log in information for your school district.

Reading increases vocabulary, writing skills and knowledge of the world around us. What better way to increase knowledge about the world than by reading newspapers? What better way to make this reading more interactive than by using the digital edition? We know that children learn best when parents are interested and involved in their education.

Many parents have found that using the newspaper is an easy, enjoyable way to read, talk and think together with their children. Seeing a parent read the newspaper every day motivates a child to want to do the same – read and learn.

Reading the daily Tampa Bay Times and engaging in the activities in the resources listed will get your student sliding into success. Please click here for a special summer discount.

Summer reading book lists:

Elementary

Middle School

High School

Elementary resources

BIG MONEY FOR LITTLE KIDS: Financial literacy lessons and activities based on children's literature from the Gus A. Stavros Center for Economic Enterprise at the University of South Florida.

Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade: This financial literacy lesson includes a story, a teacher guide and student worksheets.

Financial Literacy Lessons: Resources aligned to the Florida Financial Literacy Standards for all grade levels, created by The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida.

Going beyond the text: These award-winning educational materials, produced by the Times NIE program, cover a variety of subjects. Click on the subject file folder to see the online publications.

Hank the Cowdog: Part of rancher John R. Erickson's Hank the Cowdog book series, this 12-week chapter story follows Hank as he nudges bachelor cowboy Slim into asking Miss Viola to the dance.

The Green Room: Lessons focused on conservation.

MyON: A personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. Available to students in Pinellas County Schools and Hillsborough County Public Schools. Requires a school-provided username and password.

NASA's Space Place: Space-focused articles and discussion questions.

NASA’s Space Place website: NASA's award-winning Space Place website engages upper-elementary-aged children in space and Earth science through interactive games and hands-on activities.

Newspaper Fun with Raymond! is an educational Language Arts flashcard series targeted to elementary school students in grades kindergarten through third.

Pulse of the Planet: Daily science webcasts.

Special reports: This multimedia feature focuses on different topics each quarter. The current feature, Vaccine Victory, was developed by the We Engage 4 Health Project (WE4H).

Use the News: Discussion prompts about stories in the news for grades 1-4.

WEDU/PBS At-Home Learning: Digital resources from PBS and educational partners.

Words in the News: vocabulary words and quiz by grade level.


Secondary resources

Cartoons for the Classroom: Interpreting editorial cartoons.

Front Page Talking Points: An essay and video of a current news event is provided for discussion, along with activities using the daily newspaper.

Financial Literacy Lessons: Resources aligned to the Florida Financial Literacy Standards for all grade levels, created by The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida.

Going beyond the text: These award-winning educational materials, produced by the Times NIE program, cover a variety of subjects. Click on the subject file folder to see the online publications.

Headline Geography: Students are asked to locate a country or geographical area on a map, connecting information with a specific location.

High School Use the News: Discussion prompts about stories in the news for grades 9-12.

Last Week in the News: Current event quiz.

Middle School Use the News: Discussion prompts about stories in the news for grades 5-8.

MyON: A personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. Available to students in Pinellas County Schools and Hillsborough County Public Schools. Requires a school-provided username and password.

News Video Weekly Discussion Topics: News video and discussion questions.

Pulse of the Planet: Daily science webcasts.

Special reports: This multimedia feature focuses on different topics each quarter. The current feature, Vaccine Victory, was developed by the We Engage 4 Health Project (WE4H).

WEDU/PBS At-Home Learning: Digital resources from PBS and educational partners.

Words in the News: vocabulary words and quiz by grade level.


Have questions? Email ordernie@tampabay.com.