Stage 2: Consolidation / Fluency
Stage 3: Literacy for Growth
Primary: Knowledge Building
Prepare the Class News bulletin board
On a piece of colorful construction paper write and display the heading “Our Class News”
Record and display 6-8 headings and corresponding information to discuss on separate pieces of construction paper
For example: Question of the Day, Book Review, People in the News
Invite students to view the Class News bulletin board
Refer to each heading and corresponding piece of information
Read aloud headings and ask questions for discussion
For example: “What do you already know about this book?”
Invite students to read aloud the information
Review the information displayed on the Class News bulletin board on a daily basis
English Language Learners/ESL:
- Display pictures or symbols beside each heading - Emphasize facts by rereading information and pausing at important parts - Prior to the activity review the headings with the student
LD/Reading & Writing Difficulties:
- Ask students to retell information in their own words to check for understanding - Use different colors for each heading - Include many visual representations of the displayed information
Cultural Appropriateness & Diversity:
- Include articles and information from a variety of cultures and communities - Allow students to make personal connections to the information
- Encourage varied responses during the discussion - Provide opportunities for students to choose the articles and information on display
Evidence: Sahn, L. & Reichel, A. (2008). Read all about it! A classroom newspaper integrates the curriculum. Young Children, 63, 12-18.
The goal of Read All About It!: Building Knowledge With Class News is to foster critical thinking and the development of knowledge by exposing students to local issues and classroom events.
What You Need
20 minutes - Prepare Class News bulletin board
10-20 minutes - Teacher and students discuss news
Teacher: - Bulletin board - Construction paper - Markers - News articles
What You Do
Facilitator: - while teacher and students discuss news
Whole class: - while teacher and students discuss news
- Use a checklist to track student participation and speaking and listening skills
- Have students choose and write about 1 piece of information from the Class News bulletin board in their writers workbooks
- Have students take turns being the "news reporter" and lead the class news discussion
- In small groups, have students create and role play a news story
- Have each student create his/her own display board using Bristol board
- Use the information on the bulletin board as a guide for writing a classroom newspaper
- Select a variety of age-appropriate and relevant topics. Ideas might include, Star of the Week, Birthdays, Classroom Jobs, Seasonal Activities, This Day in History and Classroom Agreements.
- Change the headings and related information on a regular basis to promote diversity. This will keep the activity fun and exciting!
- Promoting knowledge building through a Class News bulletin board provides you with an opportunity to integrate a variety of subjects into one activity.
- Strategically seat students who might require cues to refocus