Scholastic News 3 is a subscription to a high-interest current event periodical which is written at an appropriate reading level for 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.
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.
Using these magazines to augment our instruction of nonfiction texts will provide authentic current events for our third graders 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
The subscription will serve all students in our third grade 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.
This grant will be shared with the entire third grade as consumables. Students will be able to take issues home for further reading and sharing when classroom related tasks are completed. In addition, if we are able to secure funding to purchase Scholastic News 2, the third grade subscription will ultimately build on foundational work begun in second grade.
There have been no other district or site funds identified as available for this subscription.
- According to the quote, there is no tax listed on the invoice. The total projected cost with shipping is $302.50.
- The first issues will ship in July/Aug. so we can start in September.