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Science of Golf

This new 10-part series continues to explore the physics and math behind the game of golf. Provided by NBC Learn, in partnership with the United States Golf Association and Chevron, students will learn about calculating golfers’ handicaps and golf scoring, the evolution of the golf club and ball, as well as how factors like friction, volume and energy all affect how a golf ball travels.

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Complete Sixth Grade
Sustainability Curriculum

Publix Super Markets, Inc. has joined efforts with FPES (Florida Press Educational Services) to bring this program to sixth grade students. This FREE NIE Program will show your sixth grade students how to become responsible members of the planet, and to respect all of the resources that it has to offer.

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Flip Chart for Interactive White Boards
Note: Only classrooms with white boards will be able to run this file.

Complete supplement as PDF

Teachers Guide


Lesson plans for use with the e-Edition on Interactive White Boards

Included are basic lessons for an Elementary, Middle and Secondary classroom that can be utilized to introduce Language Arts and Social Studies activities.

Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plan
Middle and High School Language Arts Lesson Plan
High School Social Studies Lesson Plan
Elementary Social Studies Lesson Plan
Elementary and Middle School Language Arts Lesson Plan

USA Weekend Teacher Guides

New Teacher's Guides are available every Monday, complete with monthly themes highlighted in a weekly lesson and a monthly activity sheet.

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Common Core State Standard
SL.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: An essay of a current news event is provided for discussion to encourage participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the article. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event within the news, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.

FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 19, 2015

Jury-picking is under way in Boston Marathon deadly bombing trial

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Federal court jury selection is under way in Boston for a sensational trial that’s sure to make headlines for weeks. The criminal defendant is a shaggy-haired, bearded 21-year-old named Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pronounced Joe-CARR SAAR-neigh-YEVV). He's accused of planning and carrying out two Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 that killed three people near the finish line and injured about 260 others -- the worst terrorism attack in America since 9/11.

Authorities say Tsarnaev carried out the plot with his older brother, Tamerlan, who died three days later in a police shootout. The defendant faces 30 charges, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction. He’s also accused of killing a campus police officer as the brothers fled. Prosecutors say the brothers, Russians from the restive Republic of Chechnya, carried out the bombings in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim countries.

Defense lawyers failed to get the trail moved out of Boston. When it starts, possibly as early as Jan. 26, they're expected to argue that their client had a difficult childhood and was strongly influenced by his brother. It's the most closely watched U.S. terror case since the prosecutionr of a man accused of bombing an Oklahoma City federal building in 1995. (He was convicted in 1997 and executed in 2001.) If Massachusetts jurors in the current case convict the former college student, they then will hear arguments for a decision on whether he'll receive the death penalty or life in prison.

Victim says: "I want to understand what the thought process was. Why he would want to do this to people? . . . It's really hard to understand." -- Heather Abbott of Newport, R.I., who lost part of a leg in the attack

Columnist writes: "The evidence against Tsarnaev is overwhelming. . . . I doubt Tsarnaev can get what legal purists call a fair trial, not just in Boston but anywhere." -- Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe

Jury candidate says: "There's no way in modern America today . . . that I am going to vote for the death penalty. I will not." – Unnamed jury pool member tojudge last Thursday

Front Page Talking Points is written by Alan Stamm for NIEonline.com, Copyright 2015
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