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Homerun activity Week 3

Hey summer readers: We are now in week 3 of the Read your Way to the Ball Park Reading with the Rays summer reading program. As you read about the Rays players in the Reading with the Rays publication, you will noticed that the Rays players featured in the “Reading with the Rays” program are all good citizens. What is a good citizen? What characteristics does a good citizen have? Look through the pages of the Tampa Bay Times to find an example of a good citizen. Share the information you find here on the NIE Blogging Zone.

Don't forget to check out our Reading with the Rays website, too.

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Homerun activity Week 2

Hi summer readers: We are in week 2 of the Read your Way to the Ballpark Reading with the Rays summer reading program. This week's activity focuses on the Tampa Bay Times sports writers. The Tampa Bay Times sports writers, Marc Topkin, Joe Smith and Gary Shelton, keep tabs the Rays so readers can be in the know. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a sports reporter or columnist? Here is your chance to ask an expert. Ask Times writers your questions here on the NIE Blogging Zone.

Need more infomation about the Reading with the Rays summer reading program? Go to our Reading with the Rays web page.

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The Common Core and You

It seems there is a lot of chatter and controversy about the Common Core Standards. According to this article in the Miami Herald, "Separating fact from fiction about Common Core education standards," there has been a recent backlash against the standards. However, the implementation of the Common Core standards has the backing of major business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What are your thoughts about this article and the Common Core Standards? Did any of the facts surprise you? Share your thoughts here on the NIE Blogging Zone.

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Reading your way to the ballpark

Now that it is summer vacation for Tampa Bay students and teachers, it is time to kick back with a good book, the Tampa Bay Times and the amazing American League Tampa Bay Rays. Once again, the Rays have teamed up with the Times Newspaper in Education (NIE) program for a summer of reading fun.

Our annual summer reading program, Reading with the Rays, has begun. Elementary school students who participate will have an opportunity to win a ticket to see the Rays in action at Tropicana Field. Get everything you need to play at your local county library. The game details and more can be found

Although this program is geared toward students in grades 3-5, all students can participate. You will find children's and young adult's book lists on the Reading with the Rays website.

In addition, you can keep track of the Rays by reading the Sports section of the Tampa Bay Times every day. Keep a log of all of the Rays games and plays. Share your thoughts about the games, players
and visitor stadiums here on the NIE Blogging Zone.

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