The Times-News Newspaper in Education program provides print and electronic replica editions (e-editions) of the newspaper at a reduced rate for use in Alamance County (N.C.) area classrooms. Teachers from elementary to high school use the newspaper as a tool for increasing test scores, improving reading comprehension skills, and helping students experience history as it happens.

STEM – Special Feature

Link to STEM Section

Mini Page Topics
MINI PAGE TEACHER GUIDES: Standards-based activities that accompany each issue are now available online. Click bbs.amuniversal.com/teaching_guides.html to find specific activities related to every topic.

June 10, 2016
Prickly Fun
The Mini Page visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum recently to learn more about those prickly plants, cactus. Did you know that all cacti are native to the Americas … except one variety? We’ll sort out the details of these fascinating plants.

June 17, 2016
Dad History
We’re putting Dad in historical shoes (and clothing) for Father’s Day. Kids can join the fun by drawing their dad’s face or cutting out a photo of his face and sending him back in time.

June 24, 2016
Safe Fun With Fireworks
The Mini Page spells out the basics of safely using fireworks for both kids and adults.

July 1, 2016
Yo-Yo Fun
Where did the yo-yo come from, and where is it going? Yo-yos have changed a lot over the centuries. The Mini Page will explore the yo-yo’s history and have some fun with tricks.

July 8, 2016
Olympic Warm-Up
The Summer Games open on Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Mini Page helps readers get warmed up with a look at the events and the venues.

July 15, 2016
Meet Me in Cleveland
The Republican National Convention begins July 18. The Mini Page will explain how the convention works and learn a bit about Cleveland.

July 22, 2016
Meet Me in Philly
The Democratic National Convention begins July 25 in Philadelphia. We’ll explore the city and the ins and outs of the convention.

July 29, 2016
Olympic Symbols
In our final issue leading up to the Summer Games in Rio, we’ll have some fun with symbols of the Olympics, including the rings and the icons representing each sport.

Aug. 5, 2016
Branches of Government
Election season is heating up! The Mini Page reminds young readers of the balance of power between the three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial.

Aug. 12, 2016
What’s in a Poll?
We’re hearing a lot about poll numbers as the presidential election draws nearer. How are polls done, and what do they mean?

Aug. 19, 2016
The Mini Page takes a close look at bats and why they’re so important to our environment.

NEW! “Mini Page” Quiz, aligned with Common Core

The NC Press Foundation provides a weekly quiz you can use with the “Mini Page.” It is aligned with the Common Core. Download it here each week (archived copies of the quiz also available). http://ncpressfoundation.org/how-news-connects


Click here for an archive of past issues of the Mini Page