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 for classroom use to Colorado educators. Remember, with the eEdition, you have access to 4 weeks of The Mini Page at a time, plus you can access back issues as far back as April, 2004 in the eArchive.)
Click on the date and title to get the lesson.
Aug. 5 - What's Up Under the Sea: Smithsonian’s Sant Ocean Hall The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., has a new exhibition called the Sant Ocean Hall. The Mini Page introduces readers to this fascinating dive into the ocean.
Aug. 12 - Safety Rules Shuffle It's back-to-school time - always an opportune moment to remind kids of the safety rules when walking, riding or biking to school. The Mini Page, with help from the AAA Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education, provides a fun matching game to keep the rules fresh.
Aug. 19 - Little League World Series Play ball! The Mini Page explores the exciting championship for Little League. We talk to some former Little Leaguers about their experiences playing baseball at this level.
Aug. 26 - Book Awards The Newbery and Caldecott honor award winners are featured in this Mini Page.
Sept. 2 - Recycling Sure, we all know how important recycling is. But what happens to the stuff after we recycle it? The Mini Page explores this complex industry to find out where our paper, glass and plastic end up.
Sept. 9 - Henry Hudson Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson sailed up the river that would eventually bear his name. The Mini Page tells us about Hudson, the nation that sent him, and what the surrounding land was like before New York City was all about Broadway and Wall Street.
Sept. 16 - Citizenship Day/Constitution Week The Mini Page celebrates citizenship and our Constitution with an issue about the importance of the media in our society. We'll introduce the idea of the media as "watchdogs" for our government and talk about how media are changing, including newspapers.
Sept. 23 - Punctuation Matters The author of “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” talks with The Mini Page about how important punctuation is in writing. We review the proper use of all of our favorite punctuation symbols
Sept. 30 - Battling Wildfires The Mini Page finds out how firefighters prevent and fight huge fires in the wilderness. These brave public servants are experts in stopping fires as they quickly spread.
Oct. 7 - NASA Update Folks at NASA are discussing new missions for the space agency, including return trips to the moon and exploring other planets. The Mini Page finds out where NASA plans to go in its second 50 years.
Oct. 14 - Money, Money, Money Take a trip to the Money Museum! The Mini Page visits the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to find out more about how money moves around the nation.
Oct. 21 - Mysterious Animal Disappearances Several species of animals, including some frogs, have mysteriously disappeared. Scientists are baffled. The Mini Page talks to them to find out what they’re learning about these strange disappearing acts.
Oct. 28 - Halloween The Mini Page celebrates Halloween with the story of the 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds.”
Nov. 4 - 40 Years of Learning “Sesame Street” and PBS celebrate 40 years of broadcasting this year. We’ll look at the beginning of this staple of educational TV and the network that has provided so much great children’s entertainment over the years.
Nov. 11 - Helping Wounded Warriors In honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, this issue of The Mini Page addresses the challenges that service people face when they return home. The issue focuses on the help that troops are getting with injuries and traumatic memories, including new technology for artificial limbs.
Nov. 18 - Understanding Diabetes About 15,000 kids are diagnosed every year with Type 1 diabetes. This issue explains the disease and outlines how kids and their families have to manage their health after diagnosis.
Nov. 25 - Traveling for the Holidays Traveling during the holiday seasons can be hectic. The Mini Page reminds kids about how to help their families as they travel, including ideas for being a good guest in someone else’s home and using table manners.
Dec. 2 - Pennies for Peace The Mini Page profiles Pennies for Peace, an organization that allows American students to collect pennies and give their time to help schoolchildren all across the world.
Dec. 9 - Visit a Tree Farm Christmas trees have been a symbol of winter, Christmas and rebirth for centuries. In this issue, The Mini Page shares some history of this favorite tradition and how the trees we bring into our homes start out at a tree farm.
Dec. 16 - Mmmmm, Cookies! In this sweet issue of The Mini Page, Rookie Cookie shares some favorite cookie recipes for baking and sharing with friends and family.
Dec. 23 - Star Bright The Mini Page talks with an expert at the Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum about the bright star reportedly seen by the magi and what kind of celestial event it might have been. We also explore the significance of the winter solstice (Dec. 21) for ancient people.
Dec. 30 - Let It Snow What if you wanted to go figure skating, play hockey, snowboard or ski, but there was no ice or snow? Not to worry. The Mini Page looks at the creation of artificial ice and snow.
Jan. 6 -
A Kid’s 2010 Calendar This favorite issue is back with a complete 2010 calendar, showing important dates to come this year. We also do a quick review of news events from 2009.
Jan. 13 -
Native American Art Kids learn plenty about Native Americans in school, but we don’t hear much about the beautiful pieces of art they’ve created. The Mini Page visited the new American Indian Galleries at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., to learn more about how Native Americans used natural materials to make useful and stunning pieces of art.
Jan. 20 - Winter Olympics In advance of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, The Mini Page begins a three-issue series. The first issue introduces some American athletes who will be competing at the Games.
Jan. 27 -
All About Vancouver and Whistler Our second in a three-part series, this issue introduces Vancouver and Whistler, as well as British Columbia itself. We’ll find out more about our neighbor to the north and the Olympic venues there.
Feb. 3 -
A Mini Page Guide to the Olympics This last in a series of three issues will give kids all they need to know about the upcoming games (starting Feb. 12).
Feb. 10 -
Presidents Day In honor of Presidents Day, The Mini Page explores some of the famous memorials that have been created to our most historic presidents. We’ll highlight memorials to Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Feb. 17 -
Math Mysteries Math isn’t just a subject in school! Math tricks and games are just the beginning. We use math when we shop and watch sports, too. The Mini Page looks at all the fun ways math is part of our lives.
Feb. 24 -
Awesome Otters The Mini Page digs deep to find out more about these fascinating freshwater and saltwater mammals.
March 3 -
Newspapers at School March 1-5 is Newspapers in Education Week. This year, The Mini Page explains the NIE program and why newspapers are important to teachers and students.
March 10 -
Go Yoga! Yoga is a great way for kids and adults to be healthy and calm. The Mini Page learns about this ancient practice and demonstrates some common yoga postures.
March 17 -
Counting Americans The 2010 U.S. Census is about to begin. The Mini Page gives the history of this procedure and details how the Census Bureau is using new technology to count Americans.
March 24 -
Supervolcanoes One of the five largest volcano eruptions known anywhere on Earth
occurred 2.1 million years ago in the area of Yellowstone National Park. Ash and gases from super volcano eruptions affect the whole world, changing
the climate for years. The Mini Page looks at super volcanoes from history and at those that could erupt in the future.
March 31 -
A 'Little House' Anniversary Laura Ingalls Wilder's famous book turns 75 this year. We'll profile this beloved author and her books.
April 7 -
What’s Up With Water Towers? We see water towers in every city and town, but do most of us know how they work? The Mini Page finds out more about these large structures that are important to our water supply and features some famous water towers.
April 14 -
Library Week The Mini Page celebrates National Library Week, April 11-17, with interviews with the 2010 Newbery Award winner, Rebecca Stead, and the 2010 Caldecott winner, Jerry Pinkney.
April 21 -
Earth Day 40th Anniversary The Mini Page celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a look at how much has changed since that first Earth Day rally. Forty years ago, the environment was toward the bottom of people's concerns. Today it is at the top.
April 28 -
A Real Dust-Up In the plains states 75 years ago, farmers, ranchers and others were suddenly overcome by terrible dust storms that killed crops and animals and drove people away from their homes. The Mini Page explores the Dust Bowl and the conditions that might have led to these devastating storms.
May 5 -
Be Kind to Animals Week Our animal friends are beloved companions. Be Kind to Animals Week reminds kids and adults to treat them humanely. The Mini Page provides ideas about how to help animals, both wild and pets.
May 12 -
Summer Reading To help kids plunge into the pleasure of reading, The Mini Page highlights books that will capture kids' imaginations and show them the sheer joy of reading.
May 19 -
Earthquakes! Earthquakes have been in the news a lot lately, but scientists tell us we aren’t having a rash of them. The Mini Page finds out more about our Earth’s crust on the move.
May 26 -
How Do You Spell Fun? C-A-M-P! Kids attend camps for every interest and activity you can think of. The Mini Page learns more about this popular summer destination.
June 2 -
Helping Afghanistan This week’s Mini Page will focus on the Central Command’s civil affairs work in Afghanistan, helping locals build roads, supply schools and more.
June 9 -
Soccer’s Biggest Event It’s time for the World Cup! The Mini Page learns more about the sport and this internationally popular tournament, along with stars and big teams.
June 16 -
A Capitol Idea Our nation’s Capital in Washington, D.C., has a new visitor’s center. The Mini Page explores the facility and shares some of its offerings.
June 23 -
Building With Sand As many families head for beaches this summer, The Mini Page talks with professional sand sculptors about how they create their fantastic sand castles and creatures.
June 30 -
The Beat Marches On America loves a parade for Independence Day, and no parade is complete without marching bands. In this issue, The Mini Page finds out how marching bands came to be and how they learn to make intricate designs on the field.
July 7 -
Summer Safety Report Card How does your family measure up when it comes to safe summer activities? This issue of The Mini Page lets kids grade themselves and their families on safety in 12 different areas.
July 14 -
Playing Golf With Discs Frisbee, or disc, golf is becoming more popular all the time. The Mini Page finds out how this relatively new sport gained such a following and how it is played.
July 21 -
Behold the Beautiful Beetle! Beetles may seem creepy and crawly, but some are beloved, such as the lady beetle and the lightning bug. These fascinating insects also contribute a lot to our world. The Mini Page explores their world and how they’ve been revered in certain cultures.
July 28 -
Mythological Animals Some of kids’ favorite books, movies and TV shows feature mythological creatures, such as dragons and unicorns. The Mini Page visits a traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to find out more about these fanciful creatures.