My students need 29 copies of Scholastic News magazine.
This project expired on March 1, 2013.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
I think back to my experience in 5th grade, each week a new Scholastic News would be delivered and I loved to read about all of the events going on in the world! It led to my love of the newspaper (and currently the website of local news stations).
We are a Title 1 school.
As I've asked students and parents, approximately 50% of my students have access to the Internet at home. Many use television as a babysitter instead of a medium for news communication. We currently have a class of 26 students, although it fluctuates with such a transient population. About half of the students proved proficient in Language Arts last year. We love to learn, but sometimes need an extra push to get us where we need to be.
Each week, students will be able to not only have access to text on grade level, but they will learn new things about the world around them. These news articles will open them up to what is going on in the world. More specifically this year there will be articles about the election. My students will be able to learn about the government system they live in. The magazine also includes comprehension questions that will help them understand text. These articles will lend themselves to creating writing prompts for students. We will be able to use the magazine for both reading and writing instruction. We may even be able to incorporate art as students create their own articles and illustrate them!
My students will use these magazines in the whole group setting, but also in the self-directed setting.
It will teach them how to read for themselves - hopefully inspiring them to be more aware of the world around them. In the end, being well informed will help them become better prepared to contribute to society.
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