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The 2013 HISTORY BEE will be Friday, April 12, in the Frederick Community College Field House!
What is the History Bee? It's a fun day of competition, offered to all 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-graders in Frederick County Schools.
Each school can send two students from each grade to participate, and one alternate student from each grade to compete in an Alternate Bee. The students will be tested in two preliminary elimination rounds, answering questions appropriate to their grade level. The two top students from each table move on to the next round.
The Alternate Bee winners from each grade are determined after the second round. All other students move to the Final Round, which is set up much like a Spelling Bee, where the finalists are individually asked questions regarding Frederick's history. If they get the question right, they remain on stage; If they answer the question incorrectly, they are eliminated. The three remaining students at the end of the round win!
History Bee FAQs
CLICK HERE for general information regarding the day of the event and what to expect! (pdf)
The 2013 History Bee practice questions will begin appearing on The Especially 4 Kids page on Tuesday, January 8th.
Every year, we prepare an online interactive quiz with questions about Frederick County to prepare students for the Final Round of competition. This quiz will be posted on January 8, 2013 RIGHT HERE!
When you sign up your school to participate, you'll receive a packet of information and a FINAL REGISTRATION FORM, which must be completed with the names of all your participating students and returned BY FRIDAY, MARCH 22. You can mail the completed form to NIE, 351 Ballenger Center Drive, Frederick, MD 21703; or send as an attachment here.
*You MUST be the point of contact in order to sign up your school! If you will not be in charge of your school's HB participation, please pass along the link below to the appropriate person.*
This year's QUEEN BEE SPONSOR is
19833 Leitersburg Pike, Suite 1, Hagerstown
ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS PAGES
MARCH is Women in History Month
March 5 - April 2, 2013
By Elizabeth Elosua Dysart
Printed with Permission from the American Press Institute
APRIL is Financial Literacy Month & April 22nd is Earth Day
April 2 - April 30, 2013
Financial Planning. Kids learn banking, budgeting and how money works.
To view a video version of the book, please click on the cover.
MAY is Health and Fitness Month
JUNE - AUGUST: Summer is here!
June 11 - August 27
Legend Of the Pony's Tears
Story Printed with Permission by writer, Mary Maden.
Set amidst the tragedy of the Trail of Tears, Legend of the Pony's Tears is the story of a Native American boy named Little Wolf and his friendship with a rougue Indian pony. Their loyalty and devotion is so strong that nothing can keep them apart! Their friendship lasts not just a lifetime, but forever. Legend of the Pony's Tears is an exciting new multi-cultural serial story. This unique story is a mixture of Native American culture, legend, mythology and history. This moving tale has it all... drama, suspense, warmth, and great characters!
Look for Teacher's Guides that are available to NIE teachers by logging in to FNPnie.com.
The 2013 Design an Ad tabloid will be published on May 7, 2013.
During the Design an Ad program, middle school students and teachers team up with business owners to create an ad for a local business. Middle School Students (grades 6-8) are asked to use their artistic talents to design an ad that is paid for by the business owner. The winning ads were displayed in a special publication of The Frederick News-Post on May 7, 2013!
The contest provides students the opportunity to apply their studies in Language Arts and Visual Arts, while challenging them to use creativity, logic and critical thinking skills as they create ads for an advertiser in The Frederick News-Post. The Design-an-Ad competition augments Frederick County Language Arts and Visual Arts curriculum.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Design an Ad 2012 and congrats to all our winners!
The Great Frederick Fair Media Core (Sept. 2013)
FNP partners with The Great Frederick Fair each year to provide students with a chance to be a part of the fair's daily newsletter. Students from different schools are matched up with editors and reporters from The Frederick News-Post to learn the "ins and outs" of producing articles and page designs under a tight deadline. At the end of the week, six students with the top print and broadcast products were presented with awards.
Is a friendly competition for 4th through 9th grade teams. Questions are provided on the Especially 4 Kids page every Tuesday that connect geography with an upcoming NFL game. The team with the most points at the end wins a classroom pizza party!
Congratulations To This Year's PIGSKIN Geography Winners!
Urbana Elementary School - The Chocolatiers
It's Newspaper in Education Week!
Newspaper in Education Week, a program of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, is observed during the first school week of March. The goal of NIE Week is to reinforce a positive and relevant lifetime reading habit in students by engaging them with an authentic text – the newspaper.
Each year there is a new theme and resource guide.
NIE teachers, when you log in here, you can access a teacher's guide, two "flip books" and "companion guides" to go with the flip books. All the materials align with the NIE Week 2013 theme and target three areas vital to developing well-rounded, successful students and citizens -- civics, math and fine arts.
- An understanding of civics is central to students' growing up to understand and participate in government, elections and community life.
- Math is the underpinning of technology, science and financial literacy.
- Fine arts inspire the creativity that finds expression in everything from entertainment to architecture to new and dynamic forms of communication.
In each subject area, the NIE Week "Power Pack," or teachers' guide, provides standards-based activities to enhance student learning in elementary school, middle school and high school. Its goal is not only to help students achieve more accomplished lives, but richer ones as well.