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NASA May Have Added Years To Voyager 1's Life

Discussion prompts & video archive.

Common Core Standard
L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.


Trump decision on Jerusalem sparks protests

Common Core Standard
RH.CCS.7 Grades 6-12: Students are asked to locate a country or geographical area on a map, connecting information with a specific location. Then, students answer a series of quiz questions based on a current news event happening in that location. Students must combine their prior knowledge with information presented in the question to determine the correct answers.


Tech and electronic gifts: See what's new and imaginative for this month’s holidays

Common Core Standard
SL.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: An essay of current a news event is provided for discussion to encourage participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the article. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event within the news, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.


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This week's lesson: Russia banned from Winter Olympics

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Common Core Standard
RL.CSS.2/4 Grades 6-12: Students determine the meaning of political cartoons through the analysis of their literal, symbolic and figurative meanings of the elements the artist used and their effect. Students are asked to describe the overall effect of the cartoon, and how the artist’s choices combine to create that effect.

Finally, students determine the purpose of the cartoon and how it relates to current issues through discussion questions. A blank cartoon is provided to assist students in writing their own caption based on their understanding of the cartoons meaning.

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

Elementary (Grades K-4)
Middle (Grades 5-8)
Secondary (Grades 9-12)


This week's word in the News: "DRACONIAN"

Create your own Vocabulary Quiz at elementary, middle or high school levels.

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(Sample quiz question)

Define "DRACONIAN"

Not being what it purports to be; false or fake.
Experiencing difficulties, opposition or criticism. Surrounded by enemies.
A claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.
Rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.

Common Core Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.


10 new videos and lessons
This 2nd installment completes the 20-part series and continues the exploration of aviation technology and the social impact of war on our nation and the world.

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

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AUDIO! Daily Science Webcasts

Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.

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