Happy Thursday Friends!,
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Now on to my topic for today!
I wanted to talk about one of my favorite classroom resources today: Weekly Reader & Scholastic News.
How many of you have used Weekly Reader or Scholastic News in your classroom?
Weekly Reader and Scholastic News is a year long program where they provide you with a reader for every week of the school year. My students love this because they are all nonfiction. There is something about nonfiction reading that my students can't seem to get enough of at this age.
You can order it by grade level. On average it's about $4.29/student. It sounds a bit steep, but I can vouch for my students last year & tell you that they absolutely loved it. Every Friday for morning work, my students would read the Weekly Reader independently. Then, there is a little Q & A section for them to complete. Later on in the morning, we would go over the Weekly Reader together and discuss it.
I love this because....
a) It gets my students reading about topics of interests, even those students who struggle with reading.
b) It aligns to Common Core Standards!!
c) It increases reading vocabulary and comprehension.
d) It helps them use their analytical skills.
This year, I decided to go with Scholastic News instead of Weekly Reader, because I liked how they had an interactive activity on each page for students to complete. Here's an example of an issue:
I decided for this year to extend it even further. I am going to have them complete a sheet where they have to write down 2 important things that they learned from the Scholastic News & draw a picture. Click below on the sheet if this is something that you would be interested in having. It is free in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! Click on either picture to download it!
Have a Thrilling Thursday!,