How can you EASILY and CONSISTENTLY make current science news a part of your classroom routine?
Science News Journals!
The Set Up
At the beginning of the year, I have students set up a composition notebook exclusively dedicated to science news. In the front cover, students glue a list of writing prompts to choose from. In the back cover, they paste a simple rubric. I keep a small bin (one for each class) for these notebooks in the classroom so that students don’t have to carry them around. To see more about how I have kids set up their notebooks, see this Instagram post.
How Kids Use Them
Now, each time I introduce the kids to some science news, they respond in their journal using one of the prompts on the given list. There’s tons of prompts to choose from, and it’s up to each student which one they pick. Examples of writing prompts include:
- Describe a science job you learned about in the story.
- Record your ideas for experiments inspired by the story.
- Use context clues to define new science terms.
- Summarize the news in written or diagram form.
Finding Science News
Science news is easy to find! My go-to’s are:
- YouTube clips (ex. Mars landing news)
- Newspaper articles (like one on osprey in our area)
- Science World magazine (luckily my school has a subscription)
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