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
Meet Holly Black
Great books for back-to-school! The Mini Page presents the winner of a 2014 Newbery Honor Book Award, Holly Black, author of “Doll Bones,” along with the winners of the Children’s Book Council awards and others.
Go to Sleep!
Sleep is important to all of us, no matter what age we are. But The Mini Page talks to a sleep expert to find out what sleep really is and why we need it, especially as we transition back to school hours.
Kicking Off Football Season
Fall’s big sport in the United States is just getting underway. We’ll explore the game and focus on collegiate football in this fun issue.
3-D Printing Builds the Future
Today NASA is designing 3-D printers that would allow astronauts to create their own meals or extra rocket parts while in deep space; people are building houses with 3-D printing; museums are duplicating dinosaur bones for exhibit and study; doctors are creating prosthetic parts and cancerous tissue for research. The Mini Page shares a look at this brave new world.
Be a Pro Online
Kids of all ages are using computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This issue of The Mini Page reminds us of how to be safe, courteous and responsible while enjoying the convenience and connection the Internet provides.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” The Mini Page talked with the author’s daughter Lucy Dahl to learn more about the man behind “Matilda,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “The BFG”
and other kids’ favorites by Roald Dahl.
Protecting Our Mail
One of the oldest law enforcement agencies in our country is the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The Mini Page works with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum to explore the “Behind the Badge” exhibition and learn more about how postal inspectors keep customers and post office employees safe.
What in the World Are We Doing in Space?
All over the world, countries are launching spacecraft. Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft plans to drop the first ever lander onto a comet this November. NASA and Indian spacecraft are entering Martian orbits in September to study that planet’s atmosphere. The Mini Page talked with NASA experts to learn about this year’s most important ventures into outer space.
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