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Reading the newspaper has huge benefits. Children can discover a whole new world through newspapers, new words, new phrases, new ideas, and even new faces! But do you use the newspaper for reading and learning? Even just a few pages from the newspaper can be turned into lots of learning activities. Sit down with your child, grab a pair of scissors, and get learning with a newspaper! Here are a few terrific activities that use the newspaper to teach all sorts of valuable skills — including reading and writing for meaning, map reading and more!
Newspaper Treasure hunt
The newspaper treasure hunt can be played in 2 ways.
Collect a bunch of newspapers. Pick articles that are not long and are easy to read. Read through the newspaper and come up with a list of questions that relate to the articles and advertisements that appear throughout the newspaper. Eg:
- How many people were hurt in the Highway accident?
- Where can we buy television and how much will it cost to buy it?
Make the questions as hard or as easy depending on the age and level of the children. Children can work in groups to read through the newspaper and come up with the answers and write down which page they found the article on. When everyone has finished writing, discuss the answers together.
This can be a great game for any age group. Make a list of things that the players need to find in the newspaper. The players will be given the newspapers and they will need to search through newspapers and find the things listed. The winner will be the first person to cut out all of the pictures, ads, scenarios, etc. This can be played in teams or individually. Here are some examples for the list.
- A product advertised at 50% off.
- A real estate listing for a home.
- The photo of a sports champion.
- A story or ad that makes you laugh.
- A fun fact.
- An opinion different from yours.
READ & WRITE
l andNewspapers are great reading materia offers many ways to engage children in reading. You can also use the newspaper in a multitude of writing activities.
- Find Letters and words – Depending on the age of the child, you can get children to cut out letters to form words or words to make sentences. For example, you can ask a 5-year-old to identify the letters in his name, find them on the headlines of the newspaper and cut them out. You can do the same with upper and lower case alphabets too. Older children can cut out words to form meaningful sentences.
- Find 5 nouns, verbs, and adjectives. You can extend this idea to any part of the speech! Older children can look for examples of similes, metaphors, irony, hyperbole, and satire.
- Find words written in different tenses and name them.
- Pick one word and find synonyms and antonyms for them.
Write it out
- Cut out pictures and ask children to write a caption. Older children could rewrite their own headlines for the stories.
- Cut out a picture and write a few sentences about it.
- Pick 5 new words from the newspaper and write them down with their meanings.
- Read an article that is of interest and summarize the article in about 50 words
- Pick 5 sentences and practice writing it neatly in a book. Focus on ensuring a good handwriting while doing this.
- Write the letters from A to Z on a sheet of paper, and then have children read a newspaper article. After reading they should write down one adjective starting with each letter of the alphabet that they encounter.
The newspaper can be used in a variety of creative learning activities. Here are a few:
Write your story
Convert a family event or a celebration into a newspaper story. Try to write a headline, the story, include a picture or drawing and add a caption.
Fun with Ads
Ask the children to circle all the advertisements they can find in the paper. Discuss if it is a good advertisement and what makes it so. Help your child create an ad for their favorite game or TV show.
Choose an interesting and age-appropriate story from the newspaper. Read the story with your child. After reading, ask your child if she can answer the “who, what, where, when, and why” questions about the story.
Create a “new” headline by mixing 2 or more headlines. It can be funny or moving!
Chart it out
Choose news articles that contain statistical or demographic information, information that can easily be converted into a visual. Give these out to children and ask them to convert the information into a visual or graphic like graph or chart.
Present your news
News presentation – This is a fun way to learn about the news as well as hone speaking skills. The children should read the newspaper and present it in the form of a newscast. They can choose which articles they want to present and even makeup pictures and illustrations to show when they present.
Map the news
Map the News – Read the news and mark the place where it takes place on the map. Then investigate and find answers to different aspects related to that place. Eg:
- Country it takes place.
- Capital of that country.
- Languages spoken.
- What’s special about that place, etc.
- History of the place
- Culinary delights of that place
Cut up some comic strips. The child has to put the comics back in the correct order. Alternatively, you can also give cut-up strips from the same comic and ask to arrange in the same order. Older children could take this a notch up and try and arrange an ongoing news event in the order in which they appeared and create a news timeline.
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