Mini Page Lessons

These lessons go along with The Mini Page, a syndicated, four-page tabloid written for young children printed in The Denver Post each Wednesday.
(Click here to find out how to get licenses of the eEdition of The Denver Post featuring The Mini Page. The eEdition is provided free of charge to Colorado educators for classroom use. Remember, with the eEdition, you have access to 4 weeks of The Mini Page at a time, plus you can access back issues from April, 2004 in the eArchive.)

Click below for current lessons (click on the date and title).

December 5 - Curiosity on the Red Planet
In August, a rover called Curiosity landed on Mars and began explorations of that planet that will help scientists determine whether life ever existed there. The Mini Page provides an update on this and other space developments.

December 9 - A Light Problem
Light pollution — the negative effect of lights where they're not needed — affects humans and animals. The Mini Page speaks with an expert at the International Dark-Sky Association about light pollution, its effects and what kids can do to promote dark-sky friendly lighting.

December 16 - Evergreen Season
Why do evergreen plants keep their greenery all year long, while other trees are bare-limbed through the winter? This issue of The Mini Page examines the differences between these types of plants and shares some of the history and traditions that include them.

December 26 - Holiday Books
Whether you're looking for a gift or simply want some good holiday reading to do with the family, The Mini Page provides a holiday library of ideas.

December 30 - Winter Fun!
Most schoolchildren are enjoying a vacation from school this week. The Mini Page gives some ideas for fun activities that'll keep kids away from the TV or video games.

January 6, 2013 - A Kids' 2013 Calendar
A perpetual favorite, The Mini Page calendar reminds us of important dates coming up in 2013. Page 2 highlights some milestone birthdays for 2013 and also provides a list of hurricane names that will be used in the coming year.

January 13, 2013 - Presidential Inauguration
Washington, D.C., will be buzzing with activity in January as the city prepares for President Barack Obama's inauguration. The Mini Page offers some deeper context so that readers can more thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the occasion.

January 20, 2013 - Supreme Court Justice
This year, The Mini Page will explore four government offices that don't get as much attention as president or congressional offices. We'll start with a Supreme Court justice, telling what the court and justices do and how they are a part of our three branches of government. (The second issue in the series, scheduled in April, is about ambassadors.)

January 27, 2013 - What Is Matter?
Also this year, The Mini Page will explore some core concepts in science in six different issues. The first will be a building block for the others: matter. (The second issue in the series, scheduled for March, is about energy.)

Feburary 3, 2013 - Beautiful Ballet
Many children, especially girls, dream of being ballet dancers. The Mini Page provides a history of this type of dance along with an idea of how dancers are trained, from preschoolers to adults.

Feburary 10, 2013 - Top Dogs Shine at Top Show
The Westminster Dog Show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States. The Mini Page takes you into this world of cute, sleek pooches and their devoted handlers.

Feburary 17, 2013 - Happy Day, Presidents!
For Presidents Day, The Mini Page offers some fun facts about many of our country's leaders. For instance, did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president? He was only 42 when first inaugurated.

Feburary 24, 2013 - Big River Species
There are some huge fish in our rivers, but they are disappearing from our world. The Mini Page talks to experts at the Tennessee Aquarium to learn more about these vanishing giants.

March 3, 2013 - Information, Please
March 4-8 is Newspaper in Education Week. The Mini Page helps young readers navigate through the newspaper, learning about different sections and features that are offered in most newspapers through interactive activities.

March 10, 2013 - Quartz
Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. It is a major part of granite and a major component of beach sand, and its electrical properties make it especially useful for devices such as watches. The Mini Page talked with an expert from the Smithsonian Institution to learn more about this versatile mineral.

March 17, 2013 - Are You a Scientist?
As babies, we were all little scientists, experimenting with our world and learning along the way. Somewhere along the way, girls turn away from science. March is Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month. We'll learn more about how scientists and other experts are keeping science interesting for girls and boys as they grow older and think about careers.

March 24, 2013 - April Fools Jokes
If you see something too strange to be true in the news on April Fool's Day, maybe you're right! Many respected institutions such as the BBC and Google play pranks on the rest of us on that day. The Mini Page takes a look at his playful holiday.

March 31 - The Power of Energy
In the second of our series about core concepts in science, The Mini Page explores energy. Energy not only provides the ability to do work, but it holds things together and comes in many different forms. With help from an NSF expert, we explore how energy powers the universe.

April 7 - Water Cooperation
The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. What does this mean? Water is central to good health, agriculture and energy production. The Mini Page explains the importance of water and how the U.N. is working with countries to cooperate in making water accessible to more people.

April 14 - Library Week
It's National Library Week, and The Mini Page celebrates by talking with 2013 Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate and Caldecott Medal winner Jon Klassen.

April 21, 2013 - Sharing the United States
How do ambassadors and other members of the Foreign Service share the culture and values of U.S. citizens with the rest of the world? The Mini Page explores the idea of diplomacy, finds out what's involved in doing these jobs, and hears from a child of a foreign service worker about his unusual upbringing.

April 28, 2013 - Clocks Change the World
The Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History have collaborated on a new permanent exhibit about time and navigation. The Mini Page talks with experts at the Smithsonian to find out how time has been used to navigate the globe and outer space through the centuries.

May 5 - Martha Washington
The Mini Page celebrates Mother's Day with an issue about our country's first "first mother," Martha Washington. The busy wife of President George Washington filled many roles, including mother and grandmother.

May 12 - Honor Flights
Some U.S. veterans have never had the opportunity to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C. -- until recently. A group called the Honor Flight Network salutes American veterans of World War II with a visit to the World War II Memorial and others in Washington, D.C. To celebrate Armed Forces Day (May 18), The Mini Page finds out more about the program and talks to veterans who have participated.

May 19 - Meet the U.S. Navy
In honor of Memorial Day, The Mini Page profiles the U.S. Navy. We find out about the Navy's history and what sailors do to serve our country.

May 26 - Grab a Book!
It's time for summer reading! The Mini Page helps students put together their summer reading lists with recommendations that will satisfy many different interests.

June 2 - Gravity Keeps You Grounded
In another of our series about science concepts, The Mini Page examines the force that keeps us on the surface of the Earth. What is gravity anyway? We talk with an expert from the National Science Foundation to learn more about this fundamental force.

June 9 - Dearest Dads
The Mini Page celebrates Father's Day with some clever ideas about making the day special for dads, including a letter kids can personalize and share with their father or other important man.

June 16 - Summer Sun Safety
Those strong rays from the sun are already beating down on most of us. The Mini Page helps kids understand the importance of protecting their skin and eyes and how best to do that when summer's sun is most intense.

June 23 Exploring Caves
A secret world lies beneath the ground in many places around the world. The Mini Page talks with a cave expert to find out how they're formed and what fascinating structures, animals and art lie within them.

Upcoming Themes (Some of the later ones may change or move).

June 30 The Star-Spangled Banner
At the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., visitors can see the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the lyrics to our national anthem. The Mini Page tells the story of this special flag and how the museum has worked to conserve it for generations to come.

July 7 Antarctic Animals
No animals bigger than an insect live year-round on the land in Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth. Antarctic animals such as penguins, seals, whales and albatross spend most of their lives in the sea or the air. The Mini Page visits some of the wonderful animals of our southernmost continent.

July 14 The U.S. Cabinet
The president's Cabinet isn't the type that hangs on the wall and holds spices and cans of food. What does a Cabinet member do? The Mini Page learns more about who is in the Cabinet and how they interact with the president.

Universal Press SyndicateGo to the Mini Page Lesson Archive for previous lessons

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