7 Ways to Use News-O-Matic in Your Classroom

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 […]

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13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

Informational text is an important feature of teaching students about the natural and social world and a key element of Common Core in today’s classrooms. Informational text varies from general non-fiction because of a few features—most notably that the information is structured in a way that helps students learn. For teachers looking to learn more […]

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Walking with Dinosaurs: Interactive Informational Text

Many television shows and museum exhibitions have companion apps that bring content to your fingertips.  Walking With Dinosaurs: Inside Their World from BBC Earth is a fantastic app with tons of high quality content.  Students can read articles about how fossils are formed or learn about dinosaur extinction before checking out encyclopedia style entries. Each […]

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Newsela for Leveled Nonfiction Articles: Alter Lexile Levels in Short Passages

Current 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 […]

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Explore the Galaxy: Interactive iPad Magazine

  Galaxies by Kids Discover is a fantastic free app with high quality pictures and great information. It includes nonfiction text features, activities and a quiz.  There is a section on the Milky Way, a spotlight on Stephen Hawking, and more. If you’re studying the solar system or just looking for interesting informational text to […]

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