Monday, January 12, 2015

Seven Slick Current Event Resources

Even though as teachers we aren't supposed to play favorites, I will confess a special fondness for this ad free, current events resource. When you register for a free account you have access to daily articles where students can self select reading levels or you can assign them. Teachers and classes get daily articles emailed if they wish. There are also free follow up quizzes with student access to results.

The affordable pro version allows teachers to track common core standards, class progress, and much more.

Smithsonian Tween Tribune
I just recently learned of the Smithsonian's Tween Tribute Current Events resource. It may replace my favorite. Teachers can select articles based on grade level and assign them by reading level. They also have self scoring quizzes, lesson plans, and critical thinking questions. As far as I can tell, the whole enchilada is gratis.

News-O-Matic is both an online service and an iPad App with regularly updated content for an affordable fee. It is highly engaging for younger students and a wonderful gateway to learning to love the news.  

Our Little Earth is an International e-Newspaper delivered to your email every two weeks. The articles are well written and I recommend enrolling your students, or yourself and then forwarding the newsletter. It helps build a bridge to global citizenship. 

GoGoNewsYoungzineThe Whiz Times
Looking for something more fun? GoGoNewsYoungzine, or The Whiz Times might be the ticket. These are fun and safe, high interest news articles aimed at kids. Because lets face it, it is a guilty pleasure to read certain magazines at the dentist and hairdressers. 

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