Reading Informational Text
In most cases, when students are reading current events they are digging into informational text. The news is a free source of information that is updated daily. It exposes learners to new events each day. Educators and parents can introduce students to the newspaper, news-based magazines, online news, and televised news. Once kids and teens automate the habit of checking news sources daily, their knowledge and vocabulary will soar.
Create A Current Events Journal
Eager learners can document new learning in their Current Event Journals. This is a great activity for summer learning. Online news sites or the local newspaper are content rich sources of informational text. Families can share one news event per night at the dinner table. Discussion sparks curiosity and facilitates critical thinking.
Incorporate Art Into Current Events
Drawing, painting and digital design can be used to illustrate vivid pictures of news events. Students of all ages can create a three scoop ice cream cone that pictures and summaries the local, national and world news. Using this strategy, kids can learn critical geography skills. In addition they can document the location of the news stories on a map.
Pictured below is a student's retell of a world news story. World is written on the bottom of the ice cream to let the reader know that is is a summary of a world news story.
Online Resources To Help Students
Students can reading colorful and engaging titles that can assist in learning the key standards and concepts. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Educators can utilize online resource guides to plan engaging lessons that require critical thinking. Big Universe offers thousands of titles in many different languages on a multitude of topics. Find texts in multiple genres as well as teacher resource guides on the Big Universe website.
Connecting To The Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Key Ideas and Details:
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.