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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas for Old Magazines

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So if you are like me, you probably have a variety of children's magazines in your classroom.  I use these to provide opportunities for my students to interact with informational text.  These magazines are highly popular with my students, and as a result, they do not withstand that amount of use for very long.  Recently I had a large pile of magazines that were falling apart.  I knew I couldn't keep these magazines on the shelf any longer, but I hated to get rid of such colorful, interesting, and informational material.




So I decided to make some informational text centers with these magazines.  I found several different articles that were still in decent shape.  I used construction paper to cover the titles and numbered each article.  I then laminated each set so that it would be more durable and I could use it again.



Then I came up with several different ideas to meet the informational text standards.  Here are a few ideas we have used:

  • Read the article and generate questions for a peer to answer.
  • Supply questions about the article, and ask students to provide evidence from the text as an answer.
  • Determine the main idea of the article.
  • Explain how details from each paragraph support the main idea.
  • Supply the titles for all the articles and ask students to match the title and article.
  • Generate your own title for each article.
  • Find examples of text structure: sequencing, cause and effect, description, problem and solution, compare/contrast
  • Choose 2-3 vocabulary words and use context clues to generate your definition of the word - or use a dictionary to look up the definiton fo the words.
  • Choose 2-3 academic vocabulary words and describe why you think the author chose to use these words in the text.
  • Find examples of text features.
  • Determine the author's point of view about the topic.
  • Explain how the text features help you understand the text.
  • Cut apart the paragraphs and ask students to put the text back in order.
  • Find articles on a similar topic and ask students to compare/contrast the articles.

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5 comments:

  1. What a great way to still teach all those important nonfiction reading skills without having to throw the magazines away!
    Maria

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  2. Fabulous Ideas! Thank you for sharing! This is definitely going on my to-do list with my old magazines. :)

    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  3. I love the magazine idea! This is such a clever way for students to interact with informational text in a fun way! Thanks for sharing your great ideas, Chelsea! ;)

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  4. This is a great idea! I always have left-over magazines and never know what to do with them. Thank you for sharing!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

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  5. What a great idea to laminate articles! I cannot wait to use this in the library next year. Thank you.

    Arielle
    Technically A Media Specialist

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