If you are a fan of News-O-Matic you’ll be happy to know that their current events app publishes daily news stories every single weekday all summer long. With their high-interest topics, this app inspires kids to actually want to read the stories. News-O-Matic delivers new content to the hands of student readers each day during the summer so their tablet will always be full of engaging stories.
When kids return to school at the end of the summer, they can continue reading News-O-Matic in class without having to readjust their routine. This summer’s news edition will include the latest daily news features on crafts, hot-weather activities, and more ideas to make the most of the season.
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I’ve shared some of the reasons why I think News-O-Matic is a great choice for integrating informational text into your everyday instruction. Not only is nonfiction reading an important skill, but students can learn how to become informed citizens by interacting with news stories on a daily basis. News-O-Matic has developed a list of different ways to use this tool in the classroom, check out their top seven:
- At Morning Meetings: Start the day by discussing a news story.
- Independent Reading: Differentiate reading by assigning different levels to students.
- Geography Enrichment: Discuss where each daily story takes place.
- Small Group / Shared Reading: Assign roles as students explore each news story in partners or small groups.
- Vocabulary Development: Have students identify new words in context as they read.
- Week in Review: Ask students to evaluate which articles from the week are most relevant.
- News Selection Process: Give students the chance to make a case for why certain news stories should be included in each day’s issue.
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You may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet. Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text. Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other interactive features.
With The TIME For Kids Classroom app educators have access to reporting and lesson plan tools and can accommodate different reading levels. Select content is translated into Spanish and there is also a read-aloud feature. Students can access definitions of keywords throughout the text.
The TIME For Kids Classroom app has a free trial through 12/31 so teachers can check it out before signing up for the subscription service!
Last month I shared some of the great features from News-O-Matic‘s new update and there is one more you are sure to love. Teachers using this app can choose between different reading levels for students. Each article is adapted by News-O-Matic’s editorial team to fit three reading levels (400L-600L, 600L-750L and 750-1050L). These categories are connected to ranges of Lexile levels – a readability measure that helps measure text complexity. Teachers can assign different reading levels to each student in their class so they automatically receive news articles on their tablet that are the right level for them.
This new feature makes it simple to differentiate reading instruction in your classroom with a few taps of your screen. There is also a Read-to-Me option that directly connects with each reading level. So each article has been recorded three times, once for each reading level. Students can listen to the article read aloud at their individual reading level.
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