Tips for the Classroom

Warm-Up Ideas:

  1. Skim for vocabulary words that are new to the students
  2. Have students scan the paper and read headlines and captions to find articles of interest.
  3. Have the students find one local, one national, and one international article (teachers can make a worksheet where students fill in the local, national, and international headlines).

Lesson Ideas:

  1. Do a document analysis examining the views in IndyKids and another paper or magazine and evidence given for both sources.
  2. Have the students choose one article from the first three pages and then fill in a graphic organizer of who, what, when, where and why this is important?
  3. Have the students prep on a given article with background information on the topic. Have students share the information with a reading buddy in a younger grade.
  4. Include IndyKids articles in a short text study in reading.
  5. Have students write persuasive essays on topics addressed in IndyKids. Have them research their topics using IndyKids plus at least two other news sources.
  6. Choose an article in IndyKids. Have the students read the article and write down a comment or a question. Have the students break into groups of 3 and give them time to discuss their reactions to the article within the group. Come back to the full class and have the students share what they discussed.
  7. Have the students create Venn Diagrams (made with two or more overlapping circles) comparing and contrasting themselves to one of the children profiled in IndyKids.
  8. Have students write alternative headlines for the articles they read. This helps students reflect on the main idea of the article.
  9. Pose the question – “What is the problem presented in the article?” and then have students offer possible solutions not just for the people directly affected, but also how they could address the issue.
  10. Have students write letters to express their opinions (to IndyKids, to the Department of Education, the principal, the president, etc).
  11. Have the students brainstorm in small groups a topic that is important to them, a community or school issue, listing the issues, why they are important, and what we can do collectively. Choose some of the topics and have the students write articles about them. The teacher can compile the news articles into a book for the studentsÂ’ writing portfolios (if they have them), or as a way to create their own “Classroom IndyKids Newspaper”. Students can make their own illustrations, find photos or take photos.
  12. Assign students to be reporters. Ask them to interview a person, friend, family member, teacher, etc. and do a short article on who they are, what they like to do, what is important to them, etc. Submit a few of the articles to IndyKids.
  13. Create a collage to hang up, using articles, pictures, and words from IndyKids that mean something to the students, that they found interesting and learned from. Using this collage, students can write a letter to their caretaker about the things they learned.

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