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Mathematical Connections in Newspapers for Middle Grade Students - a teaching guide that uses the everyday activities of cooking, travel, working, shopping and moving from place to place to teach math skills. (49 pages - including many student worksheets NAA Foundation, 2006)

NIE Week 2010 - Newspaper In Education: A 21st Century Learning Tool - a teaching guide focused on critical thinking skills using the topics of financial literacy, nutrition, the environment, character education and information technology. The guide is divided into three levels (Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) and includes reproducable student worksheets. (47 pages - NAA Foundation, 2010) See pages 9-32 for classroom activities arranged by subject and level.

Newspapers Maintain the Brain - a teachers' guide to enhance basic skills. (42 pages - Activities at the elementary, middle and secondary levels, and activity handouts for younger students. NAA Foundation)

Newspapers Now - This guide provides a variety of lessons and activities to help students develop their comprehension and research skills. The materials are for both middle and high school students and special activities are included for elementary students. There are a total of 15 lesson plans with student activity sheets. (53 pages) NAA Foundation, 2009 Plus, 5 in-paper ads/flyers (2 column x 10 inches)

Critical Thinking Through Core Curriculum - Using Print and Digital Newspapers - a teachers' guide covering five themes: Financial Literacy, Nutrition, the Environment, Character Education and Information Technology. The guide provides an opportunity to teach critical thinking skills through subjects that will be vital to students' success as adults. The student activities are available in three levels - Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. (47 pages - NAA Foundation, March 2010)

Give Them the Keys - This guide is organized by units, so teachers can pick and choose what works in conjunction with their curriculum and students. Each unit includes several lessons that can be taught consecutively in two, three, four or five days, or used independently. Each lesson is specifically designed to include instructional objectives, applicable standards, a list of materials, an anticipatory set, instructional procedures, a formative assessment for each lesson within a unit and resources associated with that particular lesson, if applicable. Adaptations and accommodations for ELL students and those with special learning needs are provided, as well as summative assessment tools.(126 pages, modified, adapted and reprinted from a 2002 edition of "Give Them the Keys", NAA Foundation, 2011)

Newspapers: Touching the Kaleidoscope of Your Mind - a teachers' guide with activities organized by the seven intelligences of the Multiple Intelligence Theory which are: Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal. (54 pages - created for use in primary grades - secondary grade activities included from page 49-54. NAA Foundation, 1997)


The website, Vocabulary University, was created in May '97 with the idea that free puzzles with pleasing, interactive graphics would draw participants into learning vocabulary words at all levels. The site to go to is http://www.myvocabulary.com/