Building Background Knowledge With Nonfiction Texts
My students need a subscription to TIME magazine to practice their critical thinking skills and nonfiction reading strategies.
My school is a Title 1 school where 100% of the students receive free breakfast and free lunch. My energetic 4th graders come from all over the county to participate in the districts first school to pilot a STEM curriculum.
We offer the same comprehensive curriculum as the district’s other elementary schools, but with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) integrated into every class–even physical education!
As a STEM magnet school, creative and critical thinking is at the core of everything at our school. Through STEM-based experiences in and outside the classroom, our teachers and staff support and enhance children’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.
Reading nonfiction text like TIME magazine helps students develop their background knowledge. This is also shown to play a major factor in students' success in content area reading. Background knowledge becomes more crucial in the later elementary grades, as students begin to read more content-specific textbooks that often include headings, graphs, charts, and other text elements not often found in the narrative fiction they encountered in the lower grades. Teachers know nonfiction reading helps students develop research skills and the ability to read complex texts.
TIME magazine will be used to reinforce nonfiction text elements, as well as provide a platform for social studies delivery, including current events and global headlines.
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