Move over candy! A new Halloween trend is taking the “treat” out of “trick-or-treat” and replacing it with fun alternatives to sweets. Use your creativity and fill up those candy bowls with stickers, glow sticks, mini skeletons, bats, spiders, vampire fangs, even cans of Play-Doh. They may not be as sweet as a piece of candy, but sure last longer — and could be more fun.

So what do you think — are these Halloween candy alternatives the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

As Thanksgiving draws near, invite your students to watch this inspiring Channel One News story about former NFL player Jason Brown. Once a star center for the St. Louis Rams, Brown walked away from his football career to become a farmer and help provide food for the hungry. His farm, First Fruits Farm, donates the first harvest of every crop to food pantries in his North Carolina community.

Watch: “NFL Player Turns Farmer”


Whole-Class Discussion

Why does Jason Brown feel that farming is more meaningful than playing for the NFL? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Research Assignment

Visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s website to learn more about Food Security in the U.S.

Partner Work

Student pairs answer the following questions:

  • What is food security?
  • What percentage of U.S. households are food insecure?
  • How many U.S. households with children are food insecure? Why do you think these two numbers are different?
  • What other characteristics contribute to food insecurity in the U.S.?
  • Locate Jason Brown’s home state and determine if it is food secure or not. How might this have influenced his new career decision?
  • Is your home state food secure?

Explanatory Writing Prompt

Why is providing food for others necessary in our country? Use details from the video, the U.S. Department of Agriculture website and your own experiences to support your response. Call on student volunteers to share their responses aloud.

Student Reflection

What can you do this Thanksgiving to help others? Describe a problem that you see in your community. Then, outline an action you can take to help others. Be specific about the problem you’d like to solve and the steps you could take to solve it.

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Subscribers can access these other Channel One News videos about Thanksgiving:

  • Cooking for Charity Two young chefs turn their talents in the kitchen into a delicious way to help others.
  • History of Thanksgiving Learn the real story of Thanksgiving, and discover how the day became a national holiday.
  • The Cost of Thanksgiving Ever wonder just how much it costs to prepare a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings? Well, we’ve calculated the expenses for you.

Help your students understand the significance of Veterans Day with Channel One News video “A Hero Comes Home,” the inspirational story of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, as well as “Six-Word War Stories,” a project that invited veterans to summarize their military experience in six words. Use the corresponding lesson plan to help reinforce key ideas and higher-order thinking skills. Consider using this lesson plan, along with Channel One’s free lesson plan for Veteran’s Day featuring videos and slideshows about Women in the Military.

Watch: A Hero Comes Home

Discuss: Why was homecoming in Vassar, Michigan special this year? How would you describe Travis Mills? What part does Mills’ family play in his recovery?

Watch: Six-Word War Stories

Whole-Class Discussion

Why did two West Point graduates start the Six-Word War Stories project? What do you think the Six-Word War Stories project does for people who read the stories? What does the project do for the writers?

Writing Prompt: Six-Word War Story

Ask students to apply what they’ve learned and write a six-word war story about Travis Mills. You may wish to print out and distribute the story’s transcript to aid struggling students. Invite volunteers to share their responses with the class.

Lesson Extension

Have students read “Veterans Day” from Then, ask students to work together in small groups to create a timeline depicting the key events in the history of Veterans Day.

Student Reflection

Students write a reflection answering the following: How has Veterans Day changed since its inception nearly 100 years ago? Is it a holiday that’s still worth observing? Explain your thoughts.

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Subscribers can check out Channel One’s other videos appropriate for Veterans Day, along with curriculum resources:


Channel One News has closely covered the evolving role of women in the military. In this two-day lesson plan, students will learn about the sacrifices women have made for their country and how some of the most fearless people in history led the way to ensure equal status for women in all roles in the military.

Day 1

Watch: First Black Woman U-2 Pilot

Check for Understanding:
• How has Lieutenant Tengesdal broken barriers? What are some of her accomplishments?
• What role does a U-2 plane serve in the military? How is flying it different from other aircrafts?

Explain: In the United States, women have a long history in military aviation. Yet it took a long time for women to advance from service pilots to regular military pilots to combat pilots.

Extend: Women in Aviation History Slideshow

Women have been a key part of aviation history since shortly after the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903. E. Lillian Todd became the first woman to design a plane in 1906. In 1932, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. But women couldn't fly in the U.S. military.

The U.S. War Department wanted to use female pilots as early as 1930, but the Chief of the Army Air Corps said no. Finally, when the U.S. entered World War II, things changed. In 1943, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program began. More than 1,000 women flew military aircraft within the United States.

In 1974, Barbara Allen Rainey became the U.S. Navy’s first female pilot. Also in 1974, Sally Woolfolk became the first female pilot in the Army. In 1977, the first 10 female Air Force pilots graduated, and in 1995, Sarah M. Deal became the first female pilot in the Marine Corps.

In 1991, the U.S. Congress overturned a 43-year-old ban on women flying warplanes in combat. Three years later, Air Force Lieutenant Jeannie Flynn completed her training on the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, to become the first female fighter pilot in U.S. history.

In 1995, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally became the first U.S. female to fly in combat, from Kuwait into Iraq. In 2004, she became the first woman to command a fighter squadron. Her team was sent on a difficult mission in Afghanistan. McSally is currently a U.S. Congresswoman from Arizona.

The WASPs of World War II were considered civilians. Finally, in 1977, Congress declared that these women were officially veterans of the U.S. military. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Check for Understanding:

  • What is the WASP program, and why was it significant?
  • How did Lieutenant Jeannie Flynn help pave the way for Lieutenant Tengesdal?

Discuss: How have previous women in aviation history helped pave the way for Lt. Tengesdal?

Partner: Work with a partner to create a timeline depicting notable women in U.S. aviation history, based on the Extend slideshow.

Day 2

Watch: Women Army Rangers


Check for Understanding:

  • How have Captain Griest and Lieutenant Haver made history?
  • Describe the Army Rangers training course.

Extend: Women in Military Slideshow

Image Credit: U.S. Army

Women have been serving in military roles since the founding our country. During the Revolutionary War, women served as nurses, laundresses, water bearers and spies. Molly Pitcher, born Mary Ludwig, became a folk hero for carrying pitchers of water to soldiers and helping with canon duty during battle. One witness reported watching an enemy canon shot pass right between her legs, tearing her petticoat, but leaving her unscathed.

Image Credit: National Institutes of Health

When the Civil War started in 1861, Army hospital commanders rejected help from Dr. Mary Edwards Walker on account of her gender. She traveled to the front lines anyway and went wherever she was needed. In 1864, Confederate soldiers captured her and held her as a prisoner of war for four months. After the war, President Andrew Johnson awarded her the Medal of Honor, still the only one issued to a woman. She wore it every day until she died.

Image Credit: Library of Congress

During World War I, women served as nurses in the military, in the US and overseas. More than 400 nurses died during the war due to Spanish flu. Many other women served as “Hello Girls,” bilingual switchboard operators in France. And the Navy enlisted 12,000 women to serve stateside, to release sailors for sea duty.

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

During World War II, more than 60,000 nurses served stateside and overseas. In order to free men up for combat missions, the Army established the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WACs); the Navy, the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES); and the Air Force, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). These female pilots served non-combat roles on their ship “Pistol Packin’ Mama.”

Image Credit: Courtesy Women's Memorial

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Public Law 90-130, which opened promotions for women to general and flag ranks, lifted ceilings on other ranks and removed the 2 percent limit on the number of women allowed on active duty.

Image Credit: Specialist Jeremy D. Crisp/U.S. Army

In 2005, 23-year-old Leigh Ann Hester was on a mission to clear a convoy route of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) when her convoy came under enemy fire. During the firefight, Hester led her team through the “kill zone,” launched grenades to clear an enemy trench and killed several insurgents. For her efforts, she became the first woman issued a Silver Star for combat action.

Image Credit: Sgt. Tyler L. Main and CWO2 Paul S. Mancuso/U.S. Marine Corps

The steady stream of “firsts” for women in the military continues. In November 2013, for the first time, 12 women took part in the Marine infantry test and 3 passed. The pull-up requirement has been identified as a difficult obstacle for women. But military leaders expect that, with focus on building upper body strength, growing numbers of women will meet that challenge as well.

Image Credit: U.S. Army

Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shae Haver recently made history as the first two female soldiers to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger School. But unlike their male counterparts they are not eligible to join the U.S. Rangers, because the U.S. currently prohibits women from serving in certain special operations combat roles. The Pentagon is expected to decide this year whether to open all combat jobs, including special operations like the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs, to female service members. What do you think?

Decide: The Women Army Rangers video ran on August 21, 2015, and the slideshow ran on September 16, 2015. At that time, women could not serve in ground combat units. But on December 3, 2015, the Pentagon reached a final decision regarding women in combat. What do you think they decided? Why?

Read: All Combat Roles Now Open to Women, Defense Secretary Says, (New York Times, Dec. 3, 2015)

Writing Prompt: Based on what you have read, do you agree with Defense Secretary Carter’s decision allowing women to serve in all combat roles in the military? Why or why not? Use information from the videos, slideshows and your own experiences to support your position.

Wrap-up: What types of discrimination do you think women in the military could continue to face, now that all combat roles are open to women?

Planning a vacation can be a daunting task, but a new trend is on a mission to turn that into an exciting adventure. Instead of booking flights, finding accommodations and building an itinerary yourself, opt for a surprise getaway!

Companies like Pack Up + Go, Magical Mystery Tours and Lufthansa Surprise promise to do the hard work that goes into organizing a trip– all you have to do is fill out a survey and give your price point. Then pack your bags and show up for departure to a surprise destination.

So what do you think — are surprise getaways the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

Teaching Strategies for English Learners (PDF)

Channel One News offers real-world opportunities for the development of a working content vocabulary for English language learners. This user guide for teachers of English learners will help improve students’ English proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Combine these teaching strategies with the existing Channel One News curriculum to maximize the instructional value of Channel One News content for students learning English.

For Texas: ELPS-Aligned Teaching Strategies for English Learners (PDF)

Pre-Writing Graphic Organizers

Use the following graphic organizers to support writing activities outlined in the Teaching Strategies:

Rubrics: Writing, Conversation and Presentation (PDF)

Use these rubrics to assess students in writing, conversation and presentation across grades 3–12.

Anticipation Guide (PDF)

An anticipation guide is a comprehension strategy used before viewing to activate students’ prior knowledge and build curiosity about a new topic. Then it checks for understanding after viewing. See our anticipation guide model (PDF) for sample statements. Learn more about how to use anticipation guides with your students.

Media Literacy Venn Diagram (PDF)

This Media Literacy Venn diagram allows students to compare and contrast headlines from different sources about the same event to help students understand how word choice and syntax can change messages and meaning.

Note-Taking Guides

Use these graphic organizers to support students as they take notes during or after viewing the show. In our video library, you can filter videos by Skills and Strategies, including cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast, and fact and opinion. Browse our videos to find good content to support the development of these comprehension strategies. Learn more about how to use them in your classroom.

Coming Soon!

  • Foundational skills lessons to support English learners of all ages
  • Modified Teaching Strategies for English Learners to address ELPS