May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

  • When New York Was New – This non-fiction study is an eight-part history of the early explorers and settlers of our state and their first contacts with the people who lived here. We will feature 1 chapter per week for 8 weeks. It will primarily focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, including figures such as Henry Hudson and Giovanni da Verrazzano in the south and Samuel de Champlain in the north, with discussion of the Iroquois Confederacy and how the coming of
    Europeans and the fur trade impacted the Haudenosaunee’s existing conflict with other indigenous nations. The geographic, cultural and political formation of the state will also be covered, including the sorting out of Dutch, British and French claims and how — beyond the natural borders of the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain and connecting rivers — the borders of the state were established.
    In addition to the story we are offering a teaching guide with graphic organizers, audio podcasts of each chapter, and a virtual
    “Meet the Author”/discussion blog. Students are encouraged to ask questions and post comments after reading each chapter. The blog will be monitored and each posting will be approved before it appears on the site. Teachers interested in setting up a live interactive videocast should contact the author, Mike Peterson at teachup@gmail.com to arrange the details. Audio podcasts allow students who are blind or dyslexic the same ability to enjoy the story as their peers. There is also a student essay contest available online. Details can be found here.
    Students are strongly encouraged to read through the quiz and essay questions ahead of time, write his or her response and then complete their entry online here. Up to 6 regional winners will be selected from all complete entries received by the Friday, May 13, 2016 deadline.
  • Learning to Budget: Students can learn about savings accounts, balancing a check book and creating a personal budget. The key is to teach a concept and allow children to put that concept into practice.
  • Black History Month: From Scholastic – Everything You Need. Meet African American icons, leaders, activists, and inventors with these teaching resources
  • Valentine’s Day: Read, Write, Think has many lessons and classroom activities to celebrate and educate (Grades 3-12) about Valentine’s Day. Here’s their overview about the holiday: ValentinesLike many holidays, Valentine’s Day arose from a confluence of Christian and pagan themes. Originally it was the occasion of a pagan Roman rite called the Lupercalia, on which young men and women were matched by drawing lots. In the fifth century, the Church changed the emphasis of the festival by making it the commemoration of a Christian priest named Valentine, martyred on this day in 289. Nevertheless, the day’s association with romantic love persisted.
  • Valentines Day Newspaper Scavenger Hunt
  • Weekly News Driven Questions in the daily paper every Tuesday: Can be found by logging in to your e-edition account.
  • 23 No Bake Valentine’s Day Treats

 

January 2016

  • When New York Was New – This non-fiction study is an eight-part history of the early explorers and settlers of our state and their first contacts with the people who lived here. We will feature 1 chapter per week for 8 weeks. It will primarily focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, including figures such as Henry Hudson and Giovanni da Verrazzano in the south and Samuel de Champlain in the north, with discussion of the Iroquois Confederacy and how the coming of
    Europeans and the fur trade impacted the Haudenosaunee’s existing conflict with other indigenous nations. The geographic, cultural and political formation of the state will also be covered, including the sorting out of Dutch, British and French claims and how — beyond the natural borders of the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain and connecting rivers — the borders of the state were established.
    In addition to the story we are offering a teaching guide with graphic organizers, audio podcasts of each chapter, and a virtual
    “Meet the Author”/discussion blog. Students are encouraged to ask questions and post comments after reading each chapter. The blog will be monitored and each posting will be approved before it appears on the site. Teachers interested in setting up a live interactive videocast should contact the author, Mike Peterson at teachup@gmail.com to arrange the details. Audio podcasts allow students who are blind or dyslexic the same ability to enjoy the story as their peers. There is also a student essay contest available online. Details can be found here.
    Students are strongly encouraged to read through the quiz and essay questions ahead of time, write his or her response and then complete their entry online here. Up to 6 regional winners will be selected from all complete entries received by the Friday, May 13, 2016 deadline.
  • Free Winter Lessons from Scholastic Explore the effects winter weather and cold climates have on living things. Activities cover various student groupings, subjects and skills, grades, extension ideas, and assessment suggestions.
  • Learning about the Inverted Pyramid – Usually the basic news story is written in the inverted pyramid style. After the main ideas, more details are given to the reader depending on the space available. Look through your print newspaper and then your online edition. Is the same amount of space given to the same article? If not, why do you think it might be different?
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – The National Education Association has a webpage full of classroom resources.  These lessons divided up between grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 are designed to help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.
  • Holiday Newspaper Scavenger Hunt – 
    Directions:  See how many of the following winter related items you can find in your newspaper.  For an added challenge time yourself – see which person or team in your class can complete the list the quickest!
    1. An ad featuring something winter-related
    2. An activity you can only do in the winter
    3. A weather map featuring cold temperatures
    4. Something related to snow
    5. Clothing or accessories you need during the winter
    6. A picture of someone wearing warm clothes

    7.Any headline that includes a winter word for example: SNOW, ICE, SLEET, BLIZZARD, Etc.
    8. Information about a outdoor winter event

    9. Information about an indoor winter event

    10. A story about people enjoying winter sports
    11. A yummy recipe people tend to eat when it’s cold outside
    12. A story or forecast of winter weather
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep – 
  • 14 Brain Power Snacks for Kids 
  • Weekly News Driven Questions in the daily paper every Tuesday – Can be found by logging in to your e-edition account.

December 2015

November 2015

  • Famous New Yorkers XIV –  Each month we will be profiling famous New Yorkers ( 1 per week) who contributed to our state, nation and world. Each profile — targeted toward grades 4-8, will be accompanied by a photograph, locator map and Teachers Guide. This series will last up until Christmas break and skip the week of Thanksgiving. This month we are featuring:
  • Veterans Day, Nov. 11th:
    • This supplement, Our Veterans, Sharing Their Stories, focuses on veterans from all walks of life including bios on African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Women, and Japanese Nesei. It will also help schools, teachers, students, and your community, conducting Take a Veteran to School Day and Thank a Veteran at Work Projects.
  • Re-Thinking Thanksgiving : The Complete Story of an American Holiday – Much of what people ‘know’ about Thanksgiving is actually a blend of fiction, myth and history that has become widely accepted as truth. But the events of what we call “the First Thanksgiving” are nothing like our traditions today. And the creation of the holiday has little to do with the feast that took place in 1621 between the English settlers at Plymouth that arrived on the Mayflower and the Wampanoag people. This 3-part series was written by Perry Ground for the NYNPA NIE program all rights reserved 2011. Mr. Ground is a traditional storyteller, cultural educator, and the Project Coordinator at Native American Resource Center for the Rochester City School District.
  • Scholastic and Plimoth Plantation – have teamed up to bring the story of the First Thanksgiving to life in your classroom!  Introduce your class to the first harvest celebration, delve deeper into the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims’ settlement. Resources include historical letters, videos and photos.
  • Young Voices of New York – The site is intended for kids, 13 years old and younger, who are interested in writing and journalism.  It’s free to join but requires parental permission.  Contact Mary Miller at mmiller@nynpa.com
    or click here to visit the website for more information.
  • Word Puzzles – 
  • Thanksgiving Themed Kids Craft Ideas 
  • Snack Recipe