Teacher Worksheets for December 2022

Happy Holidays from Bear Essential News, Educators!

Our DecemBear editions just printed for Phoenix and Tucson, and the corresponding standards-based worksheets are free and online. Teachers can sign up for worksheet notifications through the website: Sign up here

Bear Essential Educational Services, a non-profit company, provides free presentations on writing and reporting for your class or community group! Bear editors do 45-minute to an hour-long presentation and encourage participants to join BEES’ Young Reporters Program, which is also free. Please call toll free to schedule these super fun and informative presentations—1-866-NEWS KID (639-7543).

For the main feature this month, students share their favorite holidays and family traditions that help make them bright.

Students in grades 2 through 8 in the Phoenix Metro area can attend the January 2023 Young Reporters Workshop at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism downtown. The workshop is a collaboration between the School of Journalism, its chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists & Online News Association and Bear Essential Educational Services, a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Parents or teachers need to call 1-866-NEWS KID to sign students up for this FREE workshop. Teachers can reserve up to 25 slots for their students. This workshop is made up of a series of mini-journalism workshops that give participants the basic training they need to start reporting for Bear Essential News. The workshop is Saturday, Jan. 21 with check-in starting at 9 a.m. and runs through noon. Parents and teachers can choose to rotate through the mini workshops with their students or can drop off them off at Bear’s check-in table and return there at noon to pick up their kids.

Tucson-area teachers can encourage their students to join our award-winning Young Reporters Program, where they can write for Bear Essential News and broadcast their stories on TV with KVOA-4, our long-time media partner.

Young Reporters can join in Bear’s monthly Zoom meetings, where they can learn from special guest speakers and ask a few questions.

Bear Essential News works with the SciTech Institute here in Arizona. Currently, there are several STEM-based contests for kids of all ages!


This forward-looking collaborative organization also seeks middle and high school students to become Chief Science Officers, pursuing their interests, reaching out to peers and working with community and industry leaders to create opportunities in STEM and innovation. Click here for details.

Wishing you a Beary Merry Holidays!

Stephen B Gin, editor