Sunday, March 4, 2012

We Chose Scholastic News!

Do you use Scholastic News in your classroom? Well, we have been using TFK for the past 10 years . . . The secretary at our school had just asked our team if we would want to switch from TFK to Scholastic News, when I was contacted by Laine Falk from Scholastic! She asked if I would like to try SN out to see if it would be something I would use in my classroom, and if it would be something I would recommend to my readers . . . that's YOU!

Well, I have to say, I LOVE IT! 

I was worried about it being too long for my second graders . . . but . . . NOPE! It was just right . . . 2 pages, front and back.

I was also worried about it skipping all around and being hard to understand . . . but. . . NOPE! The issues followed a theme and taught the children different aspects of the topic. My favorite issues were the ones about the wind and Dr. Seuss. There is even an anticipatory short video to introduce the topic of the week. You can check this one about Dr. Seuss, right now! Click {here

As the students read the issue, there are questions at the end of each page. They ask questions about what the kids have been reading to check for understanding. After finishing the issue, there is a game that the kids can play individually or on teams, to check for understanding or work on some other skill that was addressed in the issue. Check out the game for this issue by clicking the pic of the magazine or {here}

Oh, and one more thing . . . and this is pretty exciting . . . since most of us are moving to the new Common Core Standards, the issues tell which standard is being addressed and met by completing the issue! How cool is that? And . . . I almost forgot . . . the comprehension questions at the end of each student page, are written as 'I Can' statements!


If I was rating the Scholastic News on a scale from 1 - 10, I'd say it was a 9.5 . . . Why only 9.5 you say? 


Can someone explain to me why newspapers like this can't package the issues in 'like' stacks???? It drives me NUTS to have to sit and sort the issues into 4 piles!!! 


If you can relate, give me a holla! And, if you like what you see here, head on over to Scholastic News and get yourself signed up! I know my school decided to go with them, and I think you should too!


Have a great week!


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5 comments:

  1. I think they are great too! I also can't stand having to sort them, but oh well! I sure wish my school would be able to buy them.....thanks for sharing your opinion!

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  2. I agree! It is a pain to sort them. I do love Scholastic News though.

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  3. We use Scholastic News at our school and I love the comprehension questions on the back. For third grade, there's usually a mini lesson on synonyms, antonyms or homophones.

    Another class favorite are the very short videos on the web version which we use on the promethean board (smart board-ish).

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  4. I really like your blog! Head over to my new 2nd grade blog if you get a chance! http://secondgradeperks.blogspot.com/

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  5. I FULLY agree about everything you said, especially the "stack" idea---how can we make this happen!?!?!? :)

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