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News-O-Matic Article of the Week: Happy Mandela Day!

The kids have voted! Here’s one of their favorite News-O-Matic articles from last week!

Happy Mandela Day! (published in News-O-Matic on Thursday, July 18, 2013)
One of the world’s greatest leaders turns 95 years old!

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Nelson Mandela turns 95 years old today, and the world is coming together to celebrate! Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, spent 67 years helping his country. For all his hard work ending apartheid and fighting for equal rights, the United Nations declared July 18 “Mandela Day”!

Mandela Day encourages people to spend 67 minutes serving others, which is a minute for each year of Mandela’s activism.  For example, bike riders in South Africa spent 67 minutes today cleaning the community streets. This morning, people across South Africa held hands for 67 seconds as a promise to make South Africa a better place. And children in Johannesburg, South Africa, created Mandela’s portrait entirely out of cupcakes! The tasty tribute required 15,000 cupcakes!

These events kept the Mandela Day spirit of giving alive. “It’s about doing what you can to make a difference,” said Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to BusinessDay Live.

Mandela has been sick in the hospital for six weeks, but his family hopes he will come home soon. Zondwa, Mandela’s grandson, told Eyewitness News, “Our grandfather is old, but we know that he is a fighter.”

How will you spend Mandela Day to make the world a better place?

By Gilmarie Brioso

 

VOCABULARY

apartheid – system that kept black and white people apart and favored white people

activism – working for change

portrait –image of a person’s face

tribute –gift to show thanks

FACT: Children in South African schools started class on Mandela Day by singing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela.

ACT: Spend 67 minutes giving back! Read to someone or volunteer at a shelter!

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News-O-Matic Wins Best App for Teaching and Learning Award

News-O-Matic, the Daily Newspaper for Kids, is called an “exceptional value” by The American Association of School Librarians.

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News-O-Matic has been announced as one of the “Best Apps for Teaching & Learning” by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). In its 2013 announcement, the AASL honored News-O-Matic for providing “enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.”

News-O-Matic, an educational news app for children 7 to 11 years old, covers daily current events, including sports, science, and more with an innovative and kid-friendly approach. News-O-Matic transforms the news experience for young readers in a safe and interactive environment, encouraging children to become well-informed global citizens while developing regular reading routines.

According to the AASL, News-O-Matic is being recognized for being able to “foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration” and for encouraging “a community of learners to explore and discover.” It is that sense of exploration and investigation that News-O-Matic aims to achieve with its action-oriented activities and hands-on involvement for the young reader.

The AASL stated that News-O-Matic helps students “develop critical thinking skills, understand point of view, and provide opportunities to read variety of informational text…all features of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).” Further, it describes the app as ideal for “inquiry-based teaching and learning.” Educators can receive daily Teacher Guides, which include correlations to the CCSS, as well as comprehension assessments and topics for discussion.

“This award demonstrates the value of News-O-Matic for educators and students,” said Editor-in-Chief Russell Kahn. He added, “That’s been our team’s focus from Day One — to provide a resource that will be easy to use in the classroom and engaging young readers to explore their world.” The News-O-Matic team combines literacy experts, educators, journalists, and child psychologists to build developmentally appropriate content. The team’s on-staff child psychologist reviews every article before it publishes.

About News-O-Matic 
News-O-Matic is a publication of Press4Kids, Inc. Press4Kids (P4K) publishes daily digital publications for children that seek to explain, analyze, and put into age-appropriate perspective top local, national, and international news stories. P4K’s mission is to report current affairs to a young audience in a true, concise, and educational manner. News-O-Matic is available for the iPad or iPad Mini in the Apple App Store for a free trial.

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The original press release can be found here.

News-O-Matic Article of the Week: The 100th Tour de France

The kids have voted! Here’s one of their favorite News-O-Matic articles from last week!

 

The 100th Tour de France (published in News-O-Matic on Friday, July 5, 2013)
The world famous bike race continues across France.

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The Tour de France is the most famous bicycle race in the world. Its name means “Tour of France,” and cyclists ride thousands of miles across the country to compete in the grueling contest.

The riders in this year’s Tour de France its 100th racestarted on June 29 on the French island of Corsica. They have already traveled many hundreds of miles and are now racing across the south part of the country. Throughout the next two weeks, each cyclist must climb mountains and pedal through the French countryside if he wants to have a chance at finishing first in Paris.

The winner from 2012, Bradley Wiggins from Great Britain, isn’t racing this year because he’s hurt. Through the sixth stage of the race (out of 21 stages), Daryl Impey is in the lead. Whoever is in first place gets to wear a special yellow jersey. Impey is the first cyclist from South Africa to ever wear the yellow jersey!

There are 14 days to go, and the course leader changes a lot. Who will win this year? Check back with News-O-Matic to find out!

By Jesse Jarnow

Vocabulary:

cyclists: bike riders
grueling: hard; tiring
jersey: shirt

Fact: The racers have to ride through two mountain ranges in France: the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Act: Have your own bike race in a park. But like the racers in France, wear a helmet and be careful!

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Geography Fun Fact: The famous French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica.

 

As of the time of the publication of this blog, Christopher Froome from Great Britain is currently ahead in the race.