November Activities

  • November Scavenger Hunt
  • Famous New Yorkers
  • Our Veterans, Sharing Their Stories – This supplement focuses on veterans from all walks of life including bios on African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Women, and Japanese Nisei. It will also help schools, teachers, students, and the community, conducting Take a Veteran to School Day  and Thank a Veteran at Work Projects.
  • November 13th: World Kindness Day – visit Random Acts of Kindness for kindness ideas and quotations to provide more inspiration!
  • “Re-Thinking Thanksgiving: The Complete Story of an American Holiday”Story & Activities
  • Art Project – Looking for a way to use old newspapers? Check out this blog post for a fun and unique project to do with your class or at home!
  • Quote of the Month: “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • Weekly news driven questions in our daily paper every Tuesday – Access by logging in to your e-edition account. Look for the NIE logo!

October Activities

September Activities

International Literacy Day (Sept. 8)

  • Stay tuned for a story about literacy in the O-D on Monday, Sept. 8.
  • Read the article with the students and then ask students the following questions:
    • What are some of the things you couldn’t do if you couldn’t read and write?
    • Why is being literate so important to you and your future?
    • What can you do to help improve your reading and writing skills?

Remembering 9/11

Click here for a full supplement on the 9/11 terrorist attack including a timeline of events leading up to the attack, photos and the memorial site today. PDF includes questions and activities for students do after learning about the event.

Famous New Yorkers Series: Each month we will be profiling famous New Yorkers who contributed to our state, nation and world. Each profile — targeted toward grades 4-8, will be accompanied by a photograph, locator map and teacher’s guide. This month we are featuring:

O-D Scavenger Hunt: Click here to learn more.

Question of the Week Look for our “Question of the Week” each Tuesday in the Observer-Dispatch print or e-edition. Suggested use ideas include:

  • Print off copies for each student to read and answer.
  • Project the story onto a screen for group discussion.
  • Great project for substitute teachers to do with the class.