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News in the Classroom

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Sarah

Hey people! I know it’s been crunch time for me at OISE, but the holidays are almost here!  I just wanted to share a website, Teaching Kids News, a Toronto based news site for kids! They have timely articles written in kid friendly language that break down important issues. Like any news site, TKN is divided into categories from science to art, environment to politics. The site is clear, legible and easily navigable. The team behind the project includes TDSB teachers looking for a meaningful way to develop a balanced literacy program. As such, they provide suggestions on each entry for how to use the articles, from Writing and Reading Prompts to Grammar Features. If we, as educators, are to help our students develop skills necessary in current and future realities then I think getting them involved in news early and regularly is a great way.  Check out one of their most recent articles Gap Between Rich-Poor Growing: OECD!

photo: N.Dunn

photo: N.Dunn

Do you incorporate discussions about the news in your practice? Share your links in the comments below or find me on twitter @sarlowes (or @RookieTeacherCA)

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  1. Heather says:

    Hey guys!
    Awesome website. I look forward to reading more!

    When I was teaching grade ten history we spent 5-10 minutes discussing current events at the beginning of the class. Usually I just asked “so, what happened yesterday?” and lead the discussion from whatever the students replied with. Every Friday we had a current events quiz with 5/6 questions that made up 5 percent of the students term grade.

    I found it helped the students connect with the events we were studying and over time, more and more of them were reading newspapers or watching news so they could contribute to the discussion.


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