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1. Have students find 3 companies in the paper that are competitors. Have them write about why competition between businesses is good or bad for consumers.

1. Food for thought: Check the food advertisements in the Wilson County News. Mark those foods which had to be shipped to your area. Where did it most likely have to be shipped in from? Which ones are important to a well-rounded diet? Would they have been available in your area 100 years ago? 50 years ago? How would the introduction of such foods have affected the population?

1. Have students define antonyms, synonyms and homonyms and then give a few examples. Students select five headlines that could us some "jazzing up" and then rewrite them using synonyms for nouns or verbs. Then "pair up" headlines into sets of antonyms, synonyms and homonyms.

2. Have students pick out 5 headlines from the newspaper, and rewrite them into complete sentences.

3. Have students pick out 10 plural words from the Wilson County News, write them down , and write the root word next to them.

4. Have students write a story by cutting and pasting headlines.

5. Have students pick an article and with different colors, circle all nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, etc.

6. Select a page in the paper. Have students cut and paste all the headlines on paper. Divide all words by syllables.

7. NEWSPAPER HANDBOOK: (1) Select an appropriate notebook style for the age and ability of your students. A three-ring binder is good for older children, and a separated notebook for younger children. (2) Separate sections for hard news clips, opinion clips, maps and graphs, and student writing or newspaper journals. (3)Keep special scissors, paste, markers, red pens, highlighters, and crayons available for NIE day in a designated space to assure that students have material to work with each newspaper day. (4) Tell students their notebooks will be kept for the whole year, semester, or period of weeks that the newspapers will be used. (5) Provide students with continuous feedback for their notebooks, either by grading them periodically, or putting them on display for others to read. (6) Have children write something for each NIE lesson to connect the reading and writing experience.

8. Newspaper name charts:
(1.) From the newspaper, ask children to cut out the letters from their first names from headlines, and to paste them vertically onto a large sheet of paper.
(2.) Then, ask children to find pictures in the newspaper of items with the same sounds as the letters in their first names.
(3.) Cut out the pictures and paste them on their individual name charts.
(4.) Place their name charts around the room and have classmates begin to see others’ names and letters that have similar beginning sounds.
(5.) Repeat again with medial sounds, then focus on ending sounds.
(6.) Next begin with blends such as sh, st, bl, fl, following the order from classroom reading series materials.

9. Big-Letter Days:
(1.) For several weeks in a row on the day newspapers are used, select a "Newspaper Letter of the Day." For example, if the letter "S" is the letter of the day, have children find as many words and pictures from a newspaper that begin with an "SSS" sound.
(2.) Once all the individual consonant sounds are mastered, then move onto ending sounds, blends and digraphs, etc. Work on vowels in a similar way. Frequency of practice helps children learn, maintain and build a bank of letters and sounds. This practice will help students apply phonics principles as they read and write new words and sentences, and will lead to fluency in reading and writing.

10. Listening for Letter Sounds from the Newspaper:
(1.) Read a serialized story, or a high-interest sports article with students.
(2.) Ask students to listen for a certain letter sound and raise their hands each time they hear the spoken sound.
(3.) Write all of the words and letters on a large sheet of chart paper.

11. Select a sports story that is of interest to you, and rewrite passive voice sentences into active voice.

12. Identify as many sets of antonyms, homonyms, and synonyms as you can by scanning the headlines in the newspaper. Then substitute some of your own.

13. Compile a list of words that you are not familiar with in your newspaper reading. Make a crossword puzzle using these words with your definitions.

14. Select 6 headlines from the newspaper. Using your words, create new sentences. Identify the noun, verb, and adjective in each of your sentences.

15. Find an article about someone who has broken a law. How would you feel if you were the lawbreaker? Victim? The lawyer or the judge? Rewrite the article from one of their points of view.

16. Choose an editorial. Read it carefully. Decide which statements are facts, which are opinion, and whether the tone is conservative or liberal.

1. Find a job in the classified section and have students conduct interviews with each other.

2. Look through the paper and cut our words or pictures that remind you of what you like about your family. Then create a family crest on a sheet of paper.

3. Clip articles of people who are exhibiting good character traits. Create a Hall of Fame collage. Examples of people not using good character traits go on the Hall of Shame collage.

4. Read an article in the newspaper about an individual who is honest. What was the honest act? What were the consequences of the act? Would you have made the same decision?

5. From the newspaper create a "survival vocabulary list" of words that people should know to be a good responsible citizen. Be sure to list the legal terms you find that we assume all people understand.

6. Draw a rough floor plan of a home. Collect newspaper pictures of furniture and appliances to fill a comfortable home. Determine rough costs of furnishing a home using the classified ads.

7. Find a recipe in the newspaper. Examine the recipe’s ingredients to see if it includes enough of the nutrients necessary for a balanced diet. What should be added?

8. Cut out the following items: the price of a used truck, the name of a government official, an 8:00 p.m. TV show, a sport’s score, and an index.

9. Look at a feature article closely to see what words and sentences help to make you have certain feelings about the article. Make a list of these words and sentences.

10. Find business slogans in ads. What is the reason for these slogans? Are they believable to you? To whom do they appeal? What propaganda devise is used? Write new slogans.

11. Rank each news items on the front page in order of importance. Why did the news stories get the news placement they did?

12. Cut out the following items: the price of a used truck, the name of a government official, an 8:00 p.m. T.V. show, a city’s high temperature, a sport’s score, an index.

1. Computing Commissions: Determine the commission you would make if you sold a car listed in the classified section and made 13% commission. Find the car you would most like to sell and compute the commission you’d make.

2. Cost Per Acre of Farmland:
Turn to the Lots/Acreage heading in the classified section of the Wilson County News. Calculate the average cost per acre of a piece of land.

3. Fractions:
Use recipes form the newspaper to practice using fractions. Have students half the recipe, double the recipe, and triple the recipe.

4. Vital Statistics:
Look through the obituary columns in the Wilson County News and find the average age of death for one day. Keep a record of your findings for a week and graph your results. On one given day: Find the median age of death, the mode age of death, the average age of death for men and the average age of death for women.

5. Graphs:
(1.) Ask children to find articles about their favorite football teams in the sports pages.
(2.) Have the children create their own graphs to track the wins/losses, yardage, downs, etc.
(3.) Have the children update their Football Graphs each week.

6. Percentages:
Compute the area of the advertisements on one page. What percentage of the page is used for advertisements?

7. Categorize television shows in the TV schedule as follows: religious, educational, humorous, sports, and informative.
8. Calculate the fractional part of the total TV schedule occupied by each type.

9. Identify articles that include numbers representing relationships of less than, equal to, or greater than.

10. Look for estimates in the newspaper. Often headlines and stories will estimate numbers. How many estimates can you find in this week’s paper?

11. Clip news photos that illustrate different types of lines (parallel, perpendicular, and askew) or different types of angles (right, acute, obtuse, and straight.)

12. Select an article concerning science, technology, business, or home economics. Identify the role played by mathematics in the event described in the article.

13. Find your dream car in the classified ads. With a $2,000 down payment and financing the balance for 3 years at 7%, how much will you pay the bank? What will your monthly payments be?

14. Find items for sale that are advertised for less than $1,000. Round off the figures to the nearest 100. Round off the figures below 100 to the nearest 10.

15. Find a recipe in the newspaper. Convert the English measures to metric units of measure.

16. Have students read a story and discuss the importance of numbers to the story. Have them rewrite the story without numbers. Can they still tell the same story?

17. Have students circle all the numbers they find on the front page. What kinds of numbers were found (dates, time, age, odd/even)? How do they relate to number concepts being learned in class?

18. choose an item from the classified section and have students create a word problem involving algebraic equations.

19. From the classified section, cut out five different monthly rent payments. Arrange the payments in order from the smallest to the largest amount.

20. Measure the space of all the ads in the main news section. Determine what percentage of space is used for news and for advertising.

21. Find a restaurant ad with prices for food. Choose some items you and your family would like to eat. How much will it cost for a family of 4 to eat adding 5% sales tax, and a 15% tip.

1. Have students read through the paper and write down 10 words they do not know the meaning of. Have them look them up in the dictionary and write down the definitions.

2. Have students search the newspaper for the following items: action word, name of your city, an animal, television listing, letter to the editor, garage sale ad, sports scores, restaurant ad, etc.

3. READING JOURNAL: Each week have students read an article in the paper of their choice. After reading the article have them cut and paste the article in their journal, answer the following questions, and write them in their journal.
•How did you feel after reading the article? (Sad, angry, happy)
•What are the main points in the article?
•Is there anything that you would have liked the writer to include in the article?
(Example: more facts, dates, quotes)
•Are there any words you do not know the meaning of, if so look up in dictionary and write the
definition in journal. Discuss words and definitions with the class.

4. Hard News:
(1.) Go to the newspaper and select a front-page story that will be interesting for the children.
(2.) Read the story aloud with the children, asking them to mark the facts, and only the facts with highlighter pens.
(3.) Go through the Who? What? Where? When? Why? And how? of the newspaper article.
(4.) Explain that this is called hard news because it reports the facts without an opinion.

5. Opinion:
(1.) Go back to the original hard news story the children told that had facts and only the facts.
(2.) Now ask the children to re-tell the story, this time telling how they felt about the incident.
(3.) Explain that this is called an opinion.

1. Clip the main headline on page one out of the Wilson County News each week. Pin them to the bulletin board, or have them start a notebook for them. At the end of the school year read the headlines and discuss how your community has changed and what important things happened.

2. Find examples of factual, interpretive, speculative, promotional, and propaganda stories in the paper. Rewrite one of these types of stories into another type.

3. Have students read the newspaper for at least one month. Have them list the people continually in the news. Who are they? Why are they in the news?

4. Find a current national or international story that will affect your local community or state. What effect will it have? How should the community respond?

5. Identify problems and list them in the order of importance in your community, region, state, or nation. What are possible solutions to these problems?

6. Over a month or more, clip articles that deal with problems and/or issues facing your local government/community. Discuss the reason for these problems, and how the government/community hopes to solve them.

7. You are in charge of preparing a time capsule that will be opened in 200 years. Cut items from the newspaper that you think would tell the most about our lives today.

8. Study some of the editorials in the newspaper. Then write an editorial on a topic of controversy for the period of history you are studying.

Resources obtained by:
NIEI (Newspapers In Education Institute)
National Newspaper Foundation
Newspaper Association of America Foundation, Abitibi Consolidated, Barbara Shapley
National Geographic; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


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