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News-O-Matic for Kid-Friendly Current Events

27 Aug

NOM_HD_iconSharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers.  News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets).  It provides engaging nonfiction text for  young readers to help them learn about the world around them.  With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.unknown

Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools.  It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading.  News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.

Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!


Experience America HD Magazine

25 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 3.00.16 PMExperience America HD Magazine is a great free app for accessing high-interest informational text.  Created by USA Today, it includes dozens of articles on topics related to geography and notable landmarks.

If you’re looking for text that can be used for leveled reading groups, stations, or to share during a Social Studies unit, check out this easy to navigate app.  Full of beautiful pictures of the United States, it’s sure to pique your students’ interests.

Online Resource: Scholastic News

22 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.46.02 PMOne of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News.  This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events.  Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more.  It’s a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or extending a lesson in the content areas.

Teaching with iPads this year?  Check out my ELA lesson plans!

High-Quality Articles from the Wilson Center

13 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 7.58.28 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 7.58.45 AMHigh school students and educators interested in world events will appreciate the high-quality content available in The Wilson Center‘s app.  It contains articles on a wide range of global issues including education, human rights, and technology.  If your students are doing research on a current events topic or you’re just looking to dig into a news story, you’ll find lots of great articles.

Teaching younger children? Try out News-o-Matic for current events!

Here’s a lesson plan for exploring news stories!

This app is available on Android devices!

Newsela for Leveled Nonfiction Articles

5 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.21.04 PMCurrent events articles are a great choice for informational text.  Students can learn all about news stories and practice reading skills at the same time.  If you have a class full of students reading at different levels you’ll definitely want to check out Newsela.  This fantastic site contains brand new articles everyday.  The best part is that you can change the Lexile level of each article by clicking on the one that’s right for your students.  You can share the same article at a few different levels with each of your reading groups.


Next time you are looking for high interest leveled nonfiction text, visit Newsela’s webiste and pick from a variety of articles!


Here’s a link to my TpT store with tons of ELA lesson plans!

TIME for Kids on iPads

9 Dec

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I love including current events in my ELA instruction! It’s a great way to help children build prior knowledge and make connections with the world around them.  TIME For Kids Family Edition brings the fantastic magazine straight to your iPad.  With interactive features, high quality pictures and informational text TFK is a powerful resource for parents looking to support the work happening in their child’s classroom – make sure to download the first issue for free.

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Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan for teaching current events!

This app is available on Android devices.

News Sources for the iPad

12 Nov

Current events have an important place in my classroom and I’ve said it before – there are a lot of great apps to help your students explore the world around them.

Here are a few news apps for the iPad that are worth trying out in your classroom:

Check out this common core aligned lesson plan using these apps in your classroom!

Most of these apps are available for Android devices.

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