Teaching with newspapers

I want to thank you for suggesting the use of newspapers in our classrooms. From the first day of class many of m, students have been carrying and reading the paper, even without my prompting.

On several occasions, I have used the Experience Today lesson plans available on the Internet. Each time I have used the prepared lessons I found them to be clear, concise and easy to use. The discussion questions really help my students see to the heart of the news story and encourages them to form their own opinions and comments.

I especially like the early availability of the Experience Today lesson plans. Being able to pull up the lesson plans the day before the newspaper is printed is a great convenience and a time saver!

Thank you for the encouragement and quality of papers like USA TODAY. This newspaper, in particular, has become a positive and healthy addiction for students!

One of the most common questions teachers hear from students is: “Why do I need to know this?” So I find articles to illustrate how most basic math skills can be drawn-out of features in a newspaper, saying “here’s where you can apply what you’re learning in the real world.”

An incredibly valuable aspect of working with newspapers is the natural interest that students have in a paper with so much color, art, and graphics. I use the Weather Page and the SPORTS section to generate probability and statistics questions. Interest is easily sparked because we’re dealing with current events that are appearing in a stimulating newspaper. Students are very interested in such topics as professional and college sports, celebrities and entertainment, and even some of the business endeavors featured in MONEY.

One of the standards for mathematical instruction is to utilize reading activities to teach math, and newspapers help me to achieve that objective. It also helps me to integrate other curriculum areas, such as writing and researching, into a student’s set of math skills, thus reinforcing the learning of essential math skills through hands-on activities.