One of the main reasons I love SN is because it fills the gap in our Social Studies curriculum. Our actual Social Studies textbook is over 10 years old and it is not exactly a stellar resource. I'm always supplementing it with my own content, like SN. Sadly, I think Social Studies is completely pushed to the wayside in lieu of more time devoted to tested subjects, which is so sad. But, using SN is a great way to incorporate that all-important skill of non-fiction reading without losing out on great Social Studies content like current events, maps, historical figures, community helpers and more - all on a kid's level with amazing, engaging photography and graphics.
Every subscription comes with incredible online resources. I have a Smartboard this year, so I've been using the digital issue component and it really, truly brings the magazine to a new level. I usually have the kids come to the carpet with their magazine on their clipboard as we explore the digital issue together. Throughout the issue there are small video clips that bring the story to life and really activate and build upon prior knowledge. We recently read about sea turtles and when I clicked on the picture of it in the digital issue, it came to life and swam across the screen for a minute. I can zoom in on an article, make it pop out on the screen, highlight text, write on the pages and complete activities together with the interactive whiteboard-ready tools. If you don't have a Smartboard (big sad face) you can let students explore the digital content on a classroom computer. You can also see the entire issue in Spanish at the push of a button! How awesome is that?
|The entire magazine, digitized on my Smartboard.|
|Zoomed in on the turtle article, some text highlighted by me.|
|No Sweat Test Prep, made interactive!|
Aside from the actual issue being digitized, there is bonus content to explore, like web links, additional videos and games! Laine from SN has provided preview links for you to check out some digital content. Click HERE to watch a video about the life of Dr. Seuss and click HERE to play Flower Power, a game to increase comprehension of an article in the March issue.
Besides all of that awesomeness, you will have access to printable skill pages that relate to the articles. I've had great lessons on using a timeline, map skills, graphing, persuasive writing, biographies and of course, reading comprehension (aptly called No Sweat Test Prep).
|Some printables for this month's issue, also whiteboard ready AND available in Spanish!|
I've also found Scholastic News and its accompanying printable lessons to be so thorough that I can leave it for a substitute and know that the kids will have a productive day and the sub will have plenty of real content based material to work with.
It's easy for me to go on and on about Scholastic News. I really, truly believe it brings amazing relevant content into my classroom in a unique and engaging way. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to bring this great resource into one of your classrooms for a whole year! All you have to do is enter using Rafflecopter below. For each task you choose to complete, you can earn a bonus entry. If you are already hooked and want to subscribe, you can click HERE.
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