Please remember that our schedules can be fluid and topics may be changed.
Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards. Each week we identify standards that relate to The Mini Page's content and offer activities that will help your students reach them.
DON'T FORGET: Our standards-based activities that accompany each issue are now available online. Click http://bbs.amuniversal.com/teaching_guides.html to find specific activities related to every topic!
Sept. 1-7, 2018
Hunger at School
September is Hunger Action Month. The Mini Page explains what food insecurity means and how special programs help families and students get the nutrition they need.
Sept. 8-14, 2018
Explore Our World
Kids are natural explorers. The Mini Page introduces several explorers who have come before us and discusses what modern explorers are discovering.
Sept. 15-21, 2018
Settling in America
Immigration is a frequent topic in the news these days. The Mini Page explains what “immigrant” means and discusses why people immigrate and the benefits and challenges immigration causes for a country.
Sept. 22-28, 2018
Lice Aren’t Nice
With kids back in school, the risk of infestations by lice goes up. The Mini Page explains what the little buggers are and how to get rid of them.
Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2018
150 Years of ‘Little Women’
In September 1868, the first part of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” was published to much acclaim. The second part followed in January 1869. The Mini Page introduces readers to Alcott and shares stories about the making of the book.
Oct. 6-12, 2018
Know Your Classmates
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The Mini Page worked with BeyondDifferences.org to share their program, Know Your Classmates, with readers. Kids learn about social isolation, biases and stereotypes and how to combat them.
Oct. 13-19, 2018
A Sign of Autumn
When ducks start flying south, we know that autumn is here. The Mini Page explains about duck migration and how our feathered friends manage the long trip.
Oct. 20-26, 2018
How We Vote
Midterm elections loom ahead in the next few weeks. The Mini Page explains some of the history of voting in our country and why midterms are important.
Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2018
Who’s Your Mummy?
Halloween may bring a few mummies to your door, looking for candy. But mummies were never meant to be scary. The Mini Page tells how mummies are made and their importance to cultures in Egypt and elsewhere.
Nov. 3-9, 2018
My Daddy Is a Hero
When a little girl heard a classmate describe her disabled veteran dad as “gross,” her mom knew it was time to take action to help children understand war wounds. She wrote “Hero at Home” about her family’s journey from her daughter’s perspective. The Mini Page talks with Sarah Verardo, the author, about her book.