Most young students get excited to have the opportunity to use the newspaper in their classes as opposed the the same old textbook. Below are some ideas to educate and entertain elementary students at the same time.
1. Find as many synonyms for “win” and “lose” as you can.
2. Circle five verbs located in the Sports section of the newspaper. Take turns acting these words out to see if your classmates can guess the words you chose.
3. Using the television show listings, graph the number of comedies, news shows, dramas and documentaries airing between 8 and 11 p.m.
4. Using the classified ads, find prices of cars that are equal to, greater than, or less than $9,999.
5. Locate the statistics from games in the Sports section. Graph the total number of yards rushed, homeruns hit, passes thrown, etc. in a single game.
6. Read articles in the newspaper about court cases. Compare the structure of our court system with the judicial system created by the ancient Romans.
7. Skim the articles and photographs on the front page of the newspaper. Rank each news items in order of importance. Why did the news stories get the news placement that they did?
8. Scan the newspaper for articles about someone who has broken a law. How would you feel if you were the lawbreaker, the victim, the lawyer or the judge? How would you rewrite the article from the point of view of one of those people?
9. Select six headlines from the pages of the newspaper. Cut apart the words from those headlines. Using your words, create new sentences. Identify the noun, verb and adjective in each. How many complete sentences can you create?
10. Look through the pages of the newspaper to locate something you can see, something you can smell, something you can taste, something you can hear, and something you can touch.
Newspapers in Education activities compiled from various sources obtained through the Newspaper Association of America Foundation.