Showing posts with label current news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label current news. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

CNN Student News Explains Syrian Conflict

Today's episode of CNN Student News begins with a segment on the current state of affairs in Syria. Students watching the segment will get an overview of the history of developments in Syria and the current stance of the U.S. and other countries regarding Syria. The segment is embedded below.



After watching the CNN Student News segment you might want to have students jump to this CNN slideshow to explore more information about key developments in Syria.

Finally, this Associated Press video does a good job of summarizing the causes of the current conflict in Syria.


H/T to Larry Ferlazzo for the AP video. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

5 Good Places for Kids to Learn About the News

When I was a student in Mrs. Simmons's second grade classroom one of the things that I looked forward to every week was the arrival of the Scholastic Weekly Reader. I loved read the stories about news from other parts of the world (I guess I was destined to become a social studies teacher). Today, students don't have to wait for the Scholastic Weekly Reader to appear in their teacher's mailbox. Here are five student-friendly news sites to use in your current events lesson plans.

Go Go News is a news website designed for elementary school students. The site features many short news stories that can be read and listened to. The stories that Go Go News covers aren't hard, breaking news stories. The stories are more of a interesting and educational nature.

Teaching Kids News is a news site developed for use in elementary school and middle school classrooms. Teaching Kids News features timely and relevant news stories written on a level that students can comprehend. Each article is accompanied by a set of discussion questions, writing prompts, reading prompts, and vocabulary words.

Youngzine is an online source of news, sports, and entertainment stories for elementary school students. Students will find stories to read and videos to watch in each of the information categories. Each news story is accompanied by a Google Map that has a placemark indicating where the story takes place.

CNN Student News is an excellent resource for middle school and high school current events lessons. The roughly ten minute episodes feature US stories, a world news stories, a "shout out" to a classroom, and a quick quiz. Transcripts for each show are available for download as are suggested viewing questions to cover with your students. 

One of my favorite features on the BBC New website is the Day in  the Day in Pictures. The Day in Pictures displays a small collection of photographs from around the world. The pictures capture a mix of  serious news stories and lighter cultural stories. The Day in Pictures collections are part of a much larger resource from the BBC simply called In Pictures. The In Pictures resource provides hundreds of images in a variety collections and slideshows about current events throughout the world. Some of the slide shows even include narration. All of the images include captions explaining what is happening in the picture and a little background knowledge about the event being photographed.

Monday, March 11, 2013

5 Resource for Learning About the History of Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

A few hours ago CNN and every other major news outlet reported that North Korea has declared invalid the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Part of the CNN article included a short video about the history of conflict on the Korean peninsula. That video is embedded below.


For a longer explanation of the Korean War, Keith Hughes has a sixteen minute overview for high school students.


This video gives us just the facts about the Korean War in three minutes.


The Guardian offers a short, interactive slideshow about North Korea's weapons testing. The slideshow is two years old, but the graphics on how the tests are conducted are still useful.

The BBC's country profile on North Korea is a resource that students can use to get a quick overview of history of North Korea in a timeline format. Teachers who have students that have read Lois Lowry's The Giver may want to ask students for their thoughts on the media section of the BBC's profile of North Korea.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Teaching Kids News - Short Lessons About the News

Teaching Kids News is a news site developed for use in elementary school and middle school classrooms. Teaching Kids News features timely and relevant news stories written on a level that students can comprehend. Each article is accompanied by a set of discussion questions, writing prompts, reading prompts, and vocabulary words.

Applications for Education
Teaching Kids News reminds me a bit of the old Scholastic Weekly News that I loved to read in elementary school. TKN could be a good place for elementary school teachers to find some short current news lessons to use in their classrooms. TKN is based in Canada, but it does contain articles that are relevant regardless of where you live.