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Literacy Workstations Folders
Each folder includes directions on the cover and a printable graphic organizer inside. Free with a full-year order.

List of activities

The beauty of these activities is that ever-changing newspaper content keeps them timely and new.


Activity Sheets
Color:
 • Comic character traits
 • Comic problems and solutions
 • Fact and opinion
 • Inferring from a picture
 • Main idea and supporting details
 • Making connections
 • Prefixes Root Words and Suffixes
 • When and where
 • Writing a summary
Black & White:
 • Comic character traits
 • Comic problems and solutions
 • Fact and opinion
 • Inferring from a picture
 • Main idea and supporting details
 • Making connections
 • Prefixes Root Words and Suffixes
 • When and where
 • Writing a summary
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The page for kids in Monday’s Free Lance–Star

Kids love the timely topics and fun games, and teachers appreciate the correlation with curriculum objectives.

Order Monday's Free Lance–Star and your lesson plans will be ready and waiting for you-every Monday!

 


Use these resources to expand the Kid Scoop experience.
For teachers:  
Upcoming topics and deadlines.
Guidelines
for Submitting Entries for publication in The Free Lance-Star
Present these to students whose work is published:
one certificate per sheet | 4 certificates per sheet
What's next?
Find the Answers to the puzzles on each week's Kid Scoop page.
Get Kid Scoop's Free Monthly Newsletter
Webliography

For students:  
For Kids interactive quizes, polls, games and much, much more!



Password-protected resources are available only to teachers who participate in The Free Lance–Star’s NIE program. If you do not know your password, please email a request to us. Include your first and last name and school.
 Getting Started: Take time to teach ABOUT newspapers BEFORE you begin teaching WITH newspapers.
  Introducing Students to Newspapers - Six introductory activities.
For helping students become familiar with the function and organization of The Free Lance-Star.
I Know! I Read it in the Newspaper!
This 8-page workbook introduces students to newspapers. It is available with NIE orders. Request a copy for each student when you order newspapers.

View sample pages | Print Order Form

Newspapers Inspire and Enlighten:
Covers news gathering, newspaper sections, types of writing, advertising, production, history, careers and terms.

What's News?
Background information on newspaper content with corresponding activities and career information.

Just Think!
Ten lessons introduce types of news and writing. Activities help develop higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills. Grades 5 & up.

Classroom Management:
Tips from experienced NIE teachers.
 

  Reading & Language Arts:
Featuring The Frameworks
30 graphic organizers include rubrics and SOL correlations.
Thoughtful Literacy
Engage and empower students with research-based lessons and effective practices of managed choice, multi-source curriculum, multi-task learning and meaningful discussion.
Creating a Classroom Newspaper
Creating Classroom Newspaper: Five days of instruction covers planning, writing news, feature stories and opinions and creating ads. Lessons on three levels for differentiated instruction.
The Power of the Press: Using the Newspaper to Increase Student Learning
Inspire young students to read and write with purpose and passion. Includes instructions for creating a classroom newspaper.
The Essential Question
Lessons enhance critical thinking and comprehension by teaching students to actively build understanding as they read.
The ABC Book of Newspaper Sponge Activities
It’s Quick activities reinforce standards-based skills. Use when lessons run short and you have just a few minutes to fill.
Reading First: Research-Based Reading Instruction Using the Newspaper
Instructional strategies for phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development and text comprehension. Grades K-12 and ESL.
World newspaper Reading Passport
Formatted like a real passport, this booklet send students to the newspaper to complete reading and writing assignments.
Comic Capers!
31 standards-based activities use comics to target specific reading and writing skills. Each activity has a focus exercise, extension activity and English SOL correlations for grades 3-8.
 

 Social Studies:
Citizens Together
Explore freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, with emphasis on rights to know, to express one’s opinion, to assemble, to be secure and to the legal system.
Your Newspaper: Your Town Hall
Lessons focus on newspaper coverage of town/city government and the local community.
Fredericksburg Civil War
Creating A Classroom Newspaper




NIE Circle: Print one for each group of 5 students. Includes roles for summarizer, vocabulary person, quoter, connector and illustrator.
 

100 Ways to Use the Newspaper: Bilingual English/Spanish Activity Cards Categories include newspaper knowledge, language arts, math, social studies, life skills, critical thinking, character education.
 
 
 
 
 

And the winners are....
Olivia Irr, Moncure Elementary - Papa John's



Jane Pierce, Moncure, Elementary - Rappahannock Orthodontics


Design-an-Ad Contest Resources
This contest is offered to 5th-grade classrooms that participate in The Free Lance-Star's NIE program. For more information, contact Janet Gibson

Contest Description
Lesson Plans
Handouts
Entry Form
Persuasive Terms Slide Show
Copy Spec for ad for Rappahannock Orthodontics
Rappahannock Orthodontics logo
Copy Spec for ad for Papa John's Pizza
Papa John's Logo