Each weekly newspaper issue is supported by a variety of enrichment activities and interactive games found in the Activity section of News-2-You. The activities aid in enhancing content understanding and provide review material to keep students engaged in their studies all week. They are provided in a differentiated format to include ALL levels of learners.
Weekly issues are supported by activities that support skills in the areas of Math-Number Concepts, Fine Motor, Writing, Vocabulary Acquisition, Word Study Skills, Cooking, Geography, and Science. Core Worksheets are provided for calendar, sorting and map activities that may be routine exercises in the classroom. Additional materials for math and money concepts are also provided in a template format.
The activities have a direct alignment to the Reading Standards for Informational Text and the Speaking & Listening Standards. Other activities included weekly that do not meet these standards are provided as a direct link to the weekly paper content, often supported with symbols.
The weekly Extension Activity has extended information about the newspaper topic with recall questions and video links. This supplemental activity includes eight pages of information and six question and answer activities. It is intended to augment News-2-You's weekly issue content and serves as a wonderful class participation tool. The extension activity can be opened on an interactive whiteboard for the entire class to view all at once.
- Select View Fullscreen to remove the browser excess at the top and bottom of the display.
- Use the Settings menu to move the navigation toolbar to the bottom of the page.
- Read the supporting text together or use the text-to-speech feature online to gain deeper understanding of the topic.
- Answer comprehension questions as a group. Answers are supported by red or green highlights and sound incentives.
- Watch reinforcing instructional videos by clicking on the links at the end of the activity.
Each weekly article has an accompanying Communication Board. News-2-You's Communication Board makes language visible and accessible and can be used for numerous communication and vocabulary-building activities. Available as an iDoc, the communication board can speak, be printed, and also accessed on a variety of platforms such as a desktop or interactive whiteboard.
Class News is an interactive activity designed for classroom involvement in conjunction with the News-2-You weekly topic. With this online activity, students can be directly part of creating their very own newspaper. Class News uses a series of interactive screen that will keep your classroom involved, thinking, and communicating about the world around them. It can be accessed from the Build Your Own Paper section of Current Issues.
Class News is a self-paced activity allowing plenty of time to expand a topic and encourage participation among students. It can be used in a variety of formats for presentation an interaction such as a personal computer, laptop, iPad/tablet, and smartboard. To use Class News to it's fullest capabilities, be sure your computer is up-dated and follows our recommended software versions. Click here to view our System Requirements.
In the Activities section, iDoc's are always represented with an orange icon.
PDF's are represented with the red and white Adobe icon.
Joey's Locker is an interactive center that contains online games, an adapted storybook, interactive cartoon and access to Club Roo. Six games are provided each week to enhance the vocabulary and reinforce the content presented in the weekly newspaper. The interactive games are platform agnostic and can now be used on tablets and the iPad!
Joey's Locker includes the following:
- Online Games - Utilize the vocabulary from the weekly news topic.
- Adapted Storybook - Opens as an iDoc, symbol-based, easy-read book based on the weekly news topic.
- Interactive Cartoon - A switch-accessible game that follows Joey as he travels to places in the news.
- Club Roo - Provides students with at-home access to News-2-You stories and games.
Club Roo is an area just for students to engage in activities both at home and in the classroom. Teachers and parents can let their student play games, read stories, watch a cartoon or read world news articles without worrying about them having access to other parts of the website. Parents can register for their own complimentary username and password, giving them complete access to Club Roo! Since it is an open access page, the content will not be updated as often as the weekly news subscription (only about once a month).
*Joey's Locker games, interactive cartoon, and Club Roo no longer requires a Flash Player installed to run these online activities.