NIE Lesson Library
Colorado Kids: A 4-page tabloid section found every Tuesday in The Denver Post. Each issue has a matching online assessment test, vocabulary and weblinks (4th - 8th)
Search for lessons specific to your needs. Choose from Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Journalism. You an also identify specific skills within each of those curricula.
Materials available to Colorado teachers and homeschoolers enrolled in our eEdition program (provided free of charge). To download curricula, click on the *Curriculum Downloads link on the menu to the left and use your eEdition password as the user name and password (not your Denver Post Educational Services account password ). If you did not receive a password, please call 303-954-3999 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CSAP Help: This math and reading/writing program is written by classroom teachers. These lessons specify Colorado State Model Standards and include CSAP-style questions on reproducible student worksheets.(4th-8th)
CSAP Math: Provide a super review with some quick math lessons created specifically by two former Colorado math teachers.
Current Events: Develop global and civic awareness by bringing the real world into your classroom..
Earth Savers: Use the newspaper to teach about the environment
Everyday Economics: Help broaden your students' understanding of the underlying economic principles behind the news with weekly elementary and secondary lessons tied to specific articles in the eEdition.
The Mini Page: A 4-page themed section found every Wednesday in The Denver Post, with an archive of back lessons. (K-4th)
Molybdenum in Colorado: Teach about a variety of mining-related topics, including geology, history, safety, reclamation and the environment.
NIE Week 2012: Give Them the Keys: Promoting Adolescent Literacy through Newspapers
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.
Serialized Story - Teddy Roosevelt: Watch student interest in reading grow as they await each chapter, while reinforcing analytical and critical thinking. Teddy Roosevelt: The Conservation President is a story about one of our most colorful presidents. Runs every Thursday in The Denver Post. (Upper Elementary)
Stock Market Game: Now offered by the Colorado Council for Economic Education
Virtually All eEdition: Get the eEdition of The Denver Post, a replica of the print edition, plus ALL our digitized curriculum and programs.
Other Curricula (not password-protected)
NEW: “Community Connections” geography curriculum divided into two levels.
Level One blends mapping skills with discussion of the various communities to which everyone belongs
Level Two looks at community identity and geography’s effect on local economies and lifestyles.
- Back to School
Jump start your curriculum this fall by using these newspaper activities to get to know your students better (Grades 3-8; general) - click here
- By the Numbers: Mathematical Connections in Newspapers for Middle-Grade Students
The newspaper plays a vital role in the guide, which features lesson plans, activities and handouts. (Grades 6-8; Math) - click here
- Cereal Bowl Science
Five modules that open with commonplace activities experienced during a school day. Each activity includes an experiment that employs the scientific method steps of investigation: observe, predict, experiment, find a solution and communicate results. The five modules are: Cereal Story (everyday physical science); Fog Delay (everyday earth science); Eye Spy (everyday life science); Tech Trek (everyday science and technology); and Get Reading, Get Recycling … GROW! (environmental science and personal social perspective enhancement).
- Constitution Day
Activities and guides for Constitution Day.
- First Things First: Using the Newspaper to Teach the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment
Appropriate for all grade levels, this guide features one elementary activity, one middle-school activity and one high-school activity for each “freedom.” (Grades K-12; First Amendment / Civic Engagement) - click here
- Geography in the News
A 16-page guide with ideas using everything from the Front Page to the Sports Section to teach geography. (Secondary; Geography) - click here
- High Five: The Integrated Language Arts and Journalism Curriculum:
These lesson plans introduce middle-school students to journalism concepts and meet national language arts standards. Three units focus on media literacy, the craft of journalism and newspaper production. (Grades 6-8; Literacy / Journalism / Language Arts)
- Journalism Curriculum:
Several journalism guides - click here
- MegaSkills: Building Children's Achievement for the Information Age
11 worksheets offer discussions and newspaper activities around qualities such as initiative, perseverance, motivation, and problem solving. (General) - click here
- Newspapers Maintain the Brain: A Teacher's Guide for Using the Newspaper to Enhance Basic Skills
Activities using the newspaper to enhance skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, math, social studies and science. (General) - click here
- NIE Week 2011
Power Pack: Lessons in Civics, Math and Fine Arts - click here
- NIE Week 2012
Give Them the Keys: Promoting Adolescent Literacy through Newspapers
- click here
- NASA's Space Place
A monthly column on the latest space discoveries and technologies for elementary students - click here
- Parent's Newspaper Guide
Parents can reinforce classroom skills using these newspaper activities at home. (K-12) - click here. Also available in Spanish - click here
- Reading First NIE! Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Text Comprehension, Fluency, Vocabulary
This research-based teacher's guide provides ideas for teachers to use for reading and learning from newspapers. These sequential newspaper activities are meant to supplement and enrich each of the five elements recommended by the National Reading Panel. It includes a section for parents with ideas to use at home. (pre-K - 5; Literacy) - click here