Scholastic News 3: 2019-2020 School Year

Grant Applicant
Kathee Hansen, Ingrid Bourke, Cindy Burau - 3rd Grade Team at Tahoe Lake Elementary
School Site
Tahoe Lake Elementary
Grant Category
Grant Date
Description (10 points)

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. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

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 an issue in both English and Spanish.)

Success of Program (10 points)

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

Implementation (10 points)

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.  

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

This grant will be shared with the entire 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.

As a consumable (periodical subscription) this grant is not sustainable. After having used this periodical throughout the 2018-2019 school year , we are requesting additional funding to continue the subscription for the 2019-2020 school year.

Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$380 - 66 copies per issue @ $5.75 per student for the school year
Budget Notes

Teacher                                 # of copies                              Total Price

Kathee Hansen                           22                                       $126.50        

Ingrid Bourke                               22                                       $126.50

Cindy Burau                                 22                                       $126.50

Subtotal                                                                                  $ 379.50

Other funding sources

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

  • The program will not allow for decimals, so costs are rounded up to the nearest dollar.
  • The first issues will ship in July/Aug. so we can start in September.