Great #CurrentEvents Sites for Students! @TeachKidsNews, @TweenTribune, @Wonderopolis

October 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

It’s never too early to introduce current events into your classroom.  These great, student-friendly websites make it easy!

  • Teaching Kids News (http://teachingkidsnews.com/):
    • Targets grades 2-8.
    • News stories written for students by current and former journalists and TDSB educators!
    • Includes a section of media literacy activities, and each article has curriculum connections.
    • News stories are categorized: news, entertainment, science (technology, environment, animals, and health), arts, sports, and politics.
  • Tween Tribune (http://tweentribune.com/):
    • Categorized news stories: K-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12, Spanish, Tech, and Teacher.
    • Article topics are the same across grade levels, but each has different Lexile levels (reading/vocabulary difficulty).
    • News stories include quizzes (results emailed to the teacher!) and moderated student commentary.
    • Sign up for a free teacher account at http://tweentribune.com/dashboard/teacher/signup/ to receive news stories to your inbox.
    • Produced by the Smithsonian Institution.
    • Unfortunately, there are a few ad banners on the site but they don’t interfere with article content.
  • Wonderopolis (http://wonderopolis.org/):
    • New “wonder” each day– not quite current events, but a great way to spark daily inquiry.
    • Topics span science, math, social studies & history, arts, culture, language arts, technology, etc.
    • Each wonder includes articles, quizzes, vocabulary, activities, and more.
    • Subscribe for the daily wonders to come to your inbox.
    • Students and submit questions whose answers may become a daily wonder!
    • Over 1500 searchable, archived topics.

Carving out time in classrooms and libraries for current events and inquiry, whether daily, weekly, or monthly, can be an exciting way for students to connect their learning to the world around them.

Submitted by Lauren M., Reference and Digital Resources Librarian, TDSB Professional Library

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