National Newspaper Week began in 1940. And today, almost eight decades later, “American newspapers are demonstrating their resolve each day to help readers determine fact from fiction and to inform the nation of all the important news and issues.” (Thomas W. Newton, Chairperson, 2017 NNW)
To celebrate, this Thursday (October 5), every student and every teacher will receive a copy of the Standard Journal.
Newspapers can be used in any classroom in so many different ways, and in all content areas. Newspapers can improve literacy, highlight everyday math and science, and connect school to the world. They contain practical vocabulary and “something for everybody,” like sports, weather, and entertainment.
Here are just a few ideas for using newspapers in the classroom.
- Read a map
- Find vocabulary words
- Study stocks
- Compare interest rates
- Use classified ads and sports statistics for math problems
- Analyze advertising
- Determine bias in editorials
- Read current events
- Locate spelling and grammar mistakes
- Create a classified ad
- Write a letter to the editor
- Make papier mache
And here are links to more ideas:
Lesson Plan: Today’s Front Page (written by a teacher in State College)
Newspapers are also available daily in all Warrior Run Libraries. If you’d like to spread out in your building’s library, just ask!