What’s Going On in This Picture? Twenty-five great ideas for teaching current events. Looking for ways to work news into your classroom curriculum?
Check out these great ideas for connecting current events to all subjects. Young Americans today know less and care less about what's going on in the world than young Americans of previous generations did. Those were the conclusions presented in a 1995 report from the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press (now called the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press). "On average, only 20 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 paid close attention to the stories covered in the News Interest Index [an index of top news stories]. " Attentiveness rose to 23 percent among respondents 30 to 49 and to 29 percent among those 50 years and older.
So what can be done to raise students' interest in and awareness of the stories making news headlines? Another study, highlighted in the introduction to the Education World story Why Teach Current Events? Preserving the news! Listening for details. News-mapping. More news-mapping. Glogin?URI= Newsmap. The Connected Classroom - News. Kids need the news presented to them in a manner that they can understand with the background that they may not have learned yet.
Here are some sites that gives the kids the news that they need to know. CNN Student News CNN has a site devoted to kids news. You can even watch today's edition of Student News online if you miss it on TV. Each story is presented with clear information and also includes discussion topics for classrooms. KidsPost From the Washington Post, a news site just for kids. New York Times Learning Connections The New York Times Learning Network is a free service for students in grades 6-12, their teachers, and parents. PBS Newshour for Kids A "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer special for students. " Time for Kids Online This popular weekly news magazine is presented to many classrooms in the U.S. and their Web site has much more information. Headline Spot for Kids. News For Your Classroom.
SNN - Student News Net. Home - CBBC Newsround. NewsHour Extra. Student News. The Learning Network - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com. DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more! The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com.
Time For Kids. Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. Lively Lessons: Global News. In this week’s Lively Lesson we highlight Global Stories and Global Wrap, revealing new ways to incorporate current events into the classroom.
Both series can be used in a variety of ways and can be applied to numerous subjects areas. The programs are updated on a weekly basis, with new episodes available on My DE every Wednesday afternoon. First, let’s talk about where to find Global Stories and Global Wrap on the site. After logging in to Discovery Education, you will be taken to your My DE page. In the upper right-hand corner of the My DE page, you will find a window titled Global News. Global Stories:Global Stories offers a weekly showcase of the world’s top current events. In the Classroom:Accompanying each episode of Global Stories is a Teacher’s Guide, which provides two lesson ideas for each story, and a transcript. Transcripts can be used to help students look at key vocabulary words and better understand the material in each story.
Katherine Schulten - The Learning Network Blog.