Years later, I still look back fondly on what my seventh grade teacher called “Current-Events Friday.” This meant that each student was responsible for selecting three articles from the newspaper, summarizing them and then sharing one article with the class.
Back then, most of my peers and I were stuck with The Detroit Free Press, but the Internet offers our students infinite choices as to where they want to find their current events selections. Below you’ll find five of our students’ favorite news sites.
Read All About It: 5 Places You'll Find News for Kids
By way of what they call a “special agreement” with more than 800 worldwide newspapers, Newseum posts hundreds of new front pages on their website every day.
If you’re students are looking for political and editorial cartoons on current events, The Cagle Post should be their first stop.
The New York Times Learning Center is updated every day with articles, activities, and detailed lesson plans based on current events.
If you’re looking for a new way to approach current events in the classroom and you want to be sure that you’re sticking to the Common Core, stop by Newsela and sign up for a free educator account.
Once you add your students to the roster, you can directly assign news pieces. Here’s the cool part: There are four unique versions of each article and they all vary in difficulty. Should a student find that the reading level is too easy or difficult, a different version of the same news piece is only a click away.
Every day, the folks over at Tween Tribune scour the Internet for engaging news stories suitable for K-12 students. If you sign up for a free account, you can assign Tween Tribute quizzes related to the content your students are reading. An added bonus: the results of the quizzes will be sent directly to your email account.