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

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

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  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! ;)

  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

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

    Technically A Media Specialist