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Ingrid Bourke and Cindy Burau: 3rd Grade Team at Tahoe Lake Elementary
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Scholastic News is a subscription to a high-interest current event periodical which is written at an appropriate reading level for second and third graders to support their Reading Informational Text standards.  Each issue comes with teaching tools that support our ELA, science, social studies, and technology curriculum. Additionally there are numerous technological components of a subscription which support our technology standards and provide opportunities for differentiation to meet the needs of all learners. 

Benefits of Program

Tahoe Truckee Reads has shared current research which identifies third grade reading proficiency as a marker for future success in life and career.  In third grade as requirements for reading begin to shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" students are expected to read and respond to a wide variety of text.  This current events magazine supports standards in Reading Informational Text—from interpreting visual information to analyzing text structure (i.e.-headlines, subheadings, photos, captions, sidebars, boldfaced vocabulary words). It also provides digital teaching tools and online access to complement technology standards.  Differentiation resources such as read-aloud audio and multiple reading levels are available to make the text accessible to all learners. In addition, we are able to print copies of each issue in Spanish to support parent involvement for students whose primary home language is Spanish. (Please see the 2 links below to view a 3rd grade issue in both English and Spanish.).

Beginning instruction with Scholastic News 2 in 2nd grade front loads the learning which 3rd graders then take to the next level.  Second graders learn all the skills mentioned above at a developmental level appropriate for their age. The second grade teachers appreciate the rigor of expository text and high-interest current event topics which Scholastic News 2 provides.  They feel using this publication augments their instruction and helps prepare 2nd grade students for the demands of third grade curriculum. 

Success of Program

Using these magazines to augment our instruction of nonfiction texts will provide authentic current events for our second and third grade students to meet key standards in Reading Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.  Ongoing formative assessments include, but are not limited to:

  • focus on essential nonfiction reading skills, including asking and answering text-based questions, citing text evidence, and close reading

  • determining the main idea and key details of a text

  • using context clues to determine word meaning

  • analyzing the author’s purpose to persuade, entertain, or inform

  • higher-order thinking questions and writing prompts

  • performance tasks focus on comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic

*Additionally, this subscription proved invaluable during the recently unforeseen Distance Learning situation.  Rich curriculum was delivered with issues that were accessible digitally in both English and Spanish. 


The subscription will serve all students in our second and third grades with 24 issues delivered throughout the school year. Each issue includes teaching guides, videos, posters, differentiation features, online access, and assessment quizzes modeled on the rigor expected in future grade levels.  Paired texts are often offered to complement an issue’s cover story. Questions are provided that require students to compare and contrast the key points in the texts. Entire issues, including follow-up activities can be posted to Google Classroom as a cross-curricular benefit.  Every issue has the option to be read and listened to in both English and Spanish to support the home-to-school connection. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant will be shared with both second and third grade as consumables.  Students will be able to take issues (English and/or Spanish) home for further reading and sharing when classroom related tasks are completed.  Additionally, during time away from the classroom (i.e.- independent study, extended illness, Distance Learning) rich curriculum can be delivered in a user friendly format in both English and Spanish. 

As a consumable (periodical subscription) this grant is not sustainable. After having used this periodical throughout the 2019-2020 school year , we are requesting additional funding to continue the subscription for the 2020-2021 school year.

*During the COVID-19 Distance Learning format this resource proved to be a foundational curricular asset. We were able to provide instruction with appropriate level high-interest expository text and follow up activities that included, but were limited to: informational, summary, and opinion writing, interpretation of data, and science related materials.
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$488 - 82 copies per issue @ $5.95 per student for the '20-'21 school year
Other funding sources

There have been no other district or site funds identified as available for this subscription. 

We will look for site or PTO funds to cover the additional tax and shipping cost over the maximum grant amount of $500.

  • The first issues will ship in July/Aug. so we can start in September.
  • We will look for site or PTO funds to cover the additional tax and shipping cost over the maximum grant amount of $500.