Media in Education is a powerful and exciting digital resource providing access to your local e-edition and FREE educational programs to participating teachers and students. The programs for the 2016-2017 school year are listed below along with the program availability.  Pigskin Geography, Pigskin, Jr., Kids Scoop News, Problem of the Week and the serial stories will be posted in PDF format throughout the school year. Once posted, the programs are available for the entire school year for you to access at your convenience.

Click on the graphic for the program to access the content.

Weekly Lessons can be accessed from the Weekly Lessons icon at the bottom of the page.


September - November - The Missing Page - Kentucky’s two favorite canines are at it again! In the upcoming 2016 NIE Fall Serial Story The Missing Page. 
Written by Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence and illustrated by Chris Ware.


September - January - Pigskin Geography (Grades 5-12) - Discover how you can use this 17-week program to get students EXCITED about geography. Students enjoy learning U.S. geography by tracking the travels of competing NFL teams all season using the E-Edition of your area newspaper. Students do not need to know the rules of football to enjoy this educational challenge.

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September - December - Pigskin, Jr (Grades 2-4) - Learning about geography is fun with Pigskin, Jr! The program follows the NFL teams as they travel across the United States to their destination cities. Students do not have to know anything about football or the rules to participate in these weekly learning activities. A teacher's guide is included with the

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August - July - Kid Scoop News - A monthly online tabloid for students (Grades 2-8). Each month is packed with pencil-grabbing games, brain teasers and showcases student writing and artwork. There are a set of weekly Kid Scoop activity pages in addition to the monthly Kid Scoop News. Each set of activity pages features a high-interest theme with puzzles and

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September – November and January – April (Grades 2-8) – The unique e-learning math provides students the opportunity to enhance their fluency in a variety of mathematical concepts. Whether its addition and subtraction, geometry and algebra, or probability and statistics the weekly question/quiz is your resource for enhanced math instruction.
October - Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (14 Chapters)
Students and teachers will enjoy the original text of these well-known stories. They'll find the stories are much different than the Hollywood versions. Only mild edits have been made for words no longer in popular use. 
October - November – The six chapter Opal & The Secret Code by Janie Lancaster (Author/Illustrator) is based on Opal Fleming who was born in 1931. She was taken to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf by her father after he had learned about the school from a young Deaf man he had met on a train. Soon after her Read More
November - The bonus story, Moonlit Nights, by Janie Lancaster (Author/Illustrator) is based on one of Opal’s many stories.
November - Elections - The activities in this publication are organized by themes which include: Rights and Responsibilities – The Process, The Candidates and Issues at federal, state and local levels, The Role of the Media in Elections and Election Day Returns and Reflections. Each activity requires the use of the newspaper for successful completion. By Ann West 
November - Election Primary - This is a special publication for use in primary and  elementary grade levels in learning the basics of the election process and getting to know the candidates. 
By Ann West 
January – April - In this 15-chapter serial story a young country boy makes good at a major New York City newspaper breaking sensational stories. He travels to the Philippines to report on the Spanish-American War where he’s captured by the rebels, escapes, and then helps lead the American troops after the rebels and to victory.
April – May - Adapted for readers theater from a classic Norwegian folk tale (5 chapters). This is a romantic story of a bewitched prince and the determined lassie who loves him. It has everything a classic epic tale should have: rags and riches, hags and heroism, magic and mystery, a curse and a quest, wicked trolls, a shape-shifting bear, and Read More
May - Inform students about of the benefits of exercise and a healthy diet. The six units are: Keep the (heart) Beat, Added Value (additives), Exercise Your Life, Looking at Labels, Put Down the Joystick, and Got a Problem.
January – March - Hundred Dollar Cat by Frances Milburn (Donated by Dawn McBride, Watertown Daily Times). When Ben accidentally is given the wrong change ($100 instead of a $10 bill) by a cashier at Toppers, he pockets the money. Ben is deep in thought about the $100 on the way home when his mom hits a darting cat Read More

August - July - Weekly Lessons - All lessons are designed to be used directly with your E-Edition as a 'living textbook' in the classroom. The multiple lesson options are targeted to middle and upper grade levels and are excellent interactive tools designed to meet core curriculum learning objectives. 

A description of each of the weekly lessons are listed below.


An exclusive relationship with NBC News, NBC Learn, provides access to high quality, professionally produced video and audio series to bring STEM resources to MIE.


A joint partnership with The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to provide lesson plans based on political cartoons. Each week a new set of pdf files are posted for teachers to download and print out for thier classes. One page is a lesson on a specific topic; the other is a blank cartoon on that topic for students

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Explore the hottest news topic of the week with "Talking Points," a related video and a series of three "Get out Your E-Edition" action points.


A weekly video regarding a current issue in the news, complete with discussion points.


Each lesson starts with a map for students to find the world region beingn discussed. Five questions are presented in an interactive format to test student's knowledge of world geography, with instant scoring and correct answers provided. Teachers can also get a printer friendly version of each week's quiz.


A set of three lesson plans targeted for specific grade levels: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Each set consists of five activities for using the E-Edition in the classroom.


An interactive vocabulary quiz with middle school and high school versions. The vocabulary word is based on a new word from a current news story is featured weekly. Teachers can create 5, 10 or 20 question quizzes that can be taken online or printed. Multiple-choice format allows for words to be matched to the correct definition or the definition

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Weekly lists covering diversity, multiculturalism and worldwide events.


Lessons and activities designed to introduce students to life science, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to National Science Education Standards and categorized by grade level.


Updated daily with two-minute sound portraits of Planet Earth. Tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sounds.