Weekly Teaching Tip

Using This Issue
May 10-17, 2010

NEW DIGITAL EDITION: Get the digital version of this week's issue at www.scholastic.com/sn56.

MAPS GALORE! Check out our two-page World Map on page 12 that accompanies our story about the world's clean-water crisis. Find locator maps of places in the news on pages 2, 6, and 9.

DIFFERENTIATED APPROACHES TO TEXT: Turn to pages 4-5 and 7 for graphic representations of data that appeal to readers at all levels. ENGAGE STUDENTS with features throughout this issue. Check out the extended Mail Call-kids' letters to the editor-on page 15.

Using This Issue
April 26, 2010

NEW DIGITAL: Go online to check out the digital edition of this week's issue! Find it at www.scholastic.com/sn56.
VISUAL ANALYSIS: Use the Editorial Cartoon on page 7 of the student magazine to fortify the abilities of your students to analyze the meaning of political images.
MAP and GRAPH skills can be found throughout this week's issue. On page 6, explore various infographics comparing and contrasting the U.S. with India. On page 8, exercise students' map-reading skills with a map of India. On page T3, test your students' abilities to select the correct graph type to present certain data.

Using This Issue
April 12, 2010

Visit us online at www.scholastic.com/sn56 to access the digital edition of this week's magazine. Use it with your whiteboard or projector. It's a preview of what's to come beginning September 2010—only for subscribers.

VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES for this issue can be found online as well at www.scholastic.com/sn56. Also get FREE BONUS REPRODUCIBLES.

Using This Issue
April 5, 2010

Using Your Digital Magazine
Use your digital magazine to teach this week's cover story and build the following skills:

  • Vocabulary: Read the cover story as a class. Have students use the whiteboard, computer, or projector to highlight words they did not understand. Look up the definitions as a class.
  • Determining main idea and supporting details: After you’ve finished reading the story, ask students what they think is its main idea and supporting details. Have students digitally underline the main idea in one color and the supporting details in another. Students can then write summaries of the cover story using the underlined information.
  • Critical thinking: Ask students what they learned about service dogs from reading the cover story. Discuss the traits that service dogs have in common. Have students digitally underline the sentences that describe these traits in each of the dogs featured.

Using This Issue
March 22, 2010

  • The science behind the news: In this week's cover story on page 4, students can read about the shifting of tectonic plates that can cause devastating quakes like the recent one in Chile and the one in Haiti six weeks earlier.
  • Map the news on page 6 with a story about the latest invasive species to affect Florida: the lionfish.
  • Persuasive writing: Encourage students to express their opinions in writing by having them read This Week's Mail Call on page 7.
  • Crafting contractions: Exercise students' contraction skills with this week's main skill activity on page 8.

Using This Issue
March 15, 2010

  • Explore the amazing world of robots with this week’s cover story. Exercise students’ reading skills with the accompanying What’s the Big Idea? reading-comprehension questions on page 5.
  • Explore the importance of voting with this week’s page 6 story about the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. Test students’ knowledge of women’s history with this interactive quiz: www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/activities/quiz.asp
  • Check on your students’ knowledge of adjectives with the activity on page 8.

Using This Issue
March 1, 2010

This week we commemorate Women’s History Month with a cover story about women in the military. Explore the topic further with a FREE PowerPoint presentation about the history of women in the U.S. military. It’s a fun, educational, and interactive way to learn more about these female fighters.

GRAPH AND MATH SKILLS: The page 3 feature includes a bar graph of some of the tallest buildings in the world. And the page 6 story about the 2010 Census includes circle graphs that can help students brush up on their math skills.

Using This Issue
February 15-22, 2010

CONECT TO HISTORY: READ the story, then ACT out the play! Help your students connect with history by stepping into the shoes of history makers with this week’s Classroom Play.

INTERACTIVE LEARNING: Visit www.scholastic.com/sn56. Link to an interactive tour of the Underground Railroad and download a FREE Black History Month PowerPoint about African-American astronauts.

CONECT TO COMMUNITY: Read the page 5 story about family ties, then have students MAP THEIR HISTORY by filling out their own family tree! Download one at www.scholastic.com/sn56.

Using This Issue
February 1, 2010

Download a special Black History Month PowerPoint presentation on African-American astronauts. It’s a fun, educational, and interactive way to learn more about these space pioneers as we kick off February. And use this week’s cover story on the animal mummies of ancient Egypt to spark discussion about the early civilizations of Africa. NEXT look for our SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH DOUBLE ISSUE on February 15. Its focus will be the 50th anniversary of the lunch-counter sit-ins of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Using This Issue
January 25, 2010

This week’s cover story (pages 4 and 5) brings a civics lesson to life. The article showcases students who petitioned the government (specifically, their congressional lawmakers) to pass a bill that would help schools deal with food allergies, a challenge faced by some 2 million schoolkids nationwide. Supplement the civics lesson with reading-comprehension skills by using the What’s the Big Idea? questions (page 5).

MAP AND MATH SKILLS: The page 6 feature includes a location map. Singing sensation Justin Bieber spotlights decimal place value skills on page 8.


Using This Issue
January 11, 2010

Get ready to cheer! This week’s cover story is devoted to next month’s Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. Visit www.vancouver2010.com to get acquainted with the athletes and their fascinating stories of perseverance and dedication. Have students locate Vancouver on a map. Discuss the geography of the United States’ neighbor to the north. Remember a King. As Martin Luther King Jr. Day nears, our page 6 story is about Dr. King’s youngest daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, and her recent move to follow in her father’s footsteps as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Using This Issue
January 4, 2010

Welcome to a new year and more of the great curricular connections to be found in Scholastic News, Edition 5/6! This week, find MAP and MATH skills for your students. On page 6, our story about volcanoes is accompanied by a location map and four questions. Our central activity on page 8 is a math skill that tests students' ability to solve word problems.

One change this week: Find your Big Idea reading comprehension questions that usually accompany the page 4 cover story online at www.scholastic.com/sn56. We wanted to be able to give you more of the biggest news of 2009!

Using This Issue
December 7, 2009

Get your SCIENCE and MATH lessons here! The stories on pages 4-5 and 6 of this week's issue of Scholastic News, Edition 5/6, take on issues involving science. The story on pages 4 and 5 is about the science of climate change and its real effects on Pacific walruses, as well as on the human populations in communities located in India and the Swiss Alps. Our page 6 story deals with the science of energy, as well as its mathematical applications. Four word problems accompany the page 6 story. Then, students can test their VISUAL ANALYSIS skills with the Editorial Cartoon on page 7.

Using This Issue
November 30, 2009

MAP AND CHART SKILLS abound in this issue of Scholastic News, Edition 5/6. On page 5, a U.S. Location Map accompanies our cover story about young philanthropist Zach Bonner. (“Philanthropy” also is one of this week’s vocabulary “Words to Know.”) On page 6, you will find a World Place Map that illustrates declining numbers of reindeer. Both maps provide excellent opportunities to engage your students in real-world map skills. Next, we enrich your students’ chart skills with a Venn diagram on page 8 that lets them chart the similarities and differences between two NASA spacecraft.

Using This Issue
November 16, 2009

READING AND MAP SKILLS abound in this week’s issue! Build your students’ facility with CONTEXT CLUES with the exercise on page 8 of the student magazine. The exercise tests familiarity with key fifth- and sixth-grade-level vocabulary in the context of a short passage. Then go over both reading and map skills with this week’s What’s the Big Idea? exercise on page 5 of the student magazine. A map of Afghanistan accompanies this week’s cover story, with both map and reading comprehension questions. Also, remember to visit www.scholastic.com/sn56 for your BONUS Big Idea question.

Using This Issue
November 9, 2009

  • SHARE YOUR OPINION—We love hearing from our teachers. Your input is very important, as it helps shape future issues of Scholastic News. Help us help you: Take our online survey. It's quick and easy and can be found at www.scholastic.com/sn56fall09survey.
  • READING HISTORY—This week, use the timeline skill activity on page T3 to gauge students' ability to use this particular type of graphic organizer. The lesson also provides a social studies lesson about the history of the fourth estate—the nation's press—and its role in U.S. democracy.

Using This Issue
October 26, 2009

  • IT'S ALL ABOUT MAPS in this week's issue of Scholastic News! Find your FREE map-skills book in this bundle. It's 17 pages of reproducible skills sheets. The theme is CENSUS 2010. By using the maps, your students not only can utilize a variety of geography skills, but they can learn a wealth of facts and figures about the diverse population of the United States.
  • FIND MORE MAPS in the student magazine. This week's main activity on page 8 is an informational map skill about the country of Iran. A related news story about the Middle East nation appears on page 2.

Using This Issue
October 19, 2009

Explore U.S. History with Scholastic News! This week, we provide the first of two Classroom Plays you will receive this school year. Students can step into the shoes of history makers with our play about the Great Depression, starting on page 4. The start of the Great Depression was 80 years ago this month. Our related story on Page 2 provides an overview of the time period. Delve into Science with Scholastic News! Use the activity on page 8 to explore scientific classifications with your students. A related Picture This! feature appears on page 2.

Using This Issue
October 5, 2009
This issue offers reading skills galore!

  • Use the Reading Skills Practice Test included in this issue to help increase your students’ reading-comprehension skills. The test is the first of two that you will receive this academic year.
  • Turn to page 5 of the student magazine for reading-comprehension practice with the four What’s the Big Idea? questions. Get a FREE BONUS What’s the Big Idea? question when you download our printable reproducible What’s the Big Idea? skills sheet at www.scholastic.com/sn56.

Using This Issue
September 28, 2009

  • CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH! (September 15-October 15) by using this week’s cover story to discuss a Hispanic history maker currently in the news: new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Accompanying the story are skill builders in READING COMPREHENSION and in READING A TIMELINE, both on page 5 of the student magazine.
  • BEATING THE FLU: H1N1, or swine flu, is on the minds of educators across the nation. See page T4 of this teacher’s edition for a HELPFUL HANDOUT, including tips you and your students can use to help avoid the flu this season.

Using This Issue
September 14, 2009

  • DON'T MISS YOUR FREE HISPANIC HERITAGE POSTER! September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Help your students learn more about the contributions of Hispanic Americans with the poster in this bundle!
  • CONSTITUTION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 17! Use this issue to help teach your students the fundamentals about this vitally important U.S. document. 
  • See: The GRAPHIC ORGANIZER on Page 5, which sums up the meaning of the Bill of Rights, in age-appropriate language. The CHART SKILL on Page 8, which outlines the three branches of government as laid out in the Constitution.

Using This Issue
September 7, 2009

  • CRITICAL THINKING: Page 7 of the student magazine is PACKED with critical-thinking skills! Have students practice their visual-literacy skills with the Editorial Cartoon. The feature includes questions that will help students learn how to analyze editorial cartoons. Use the Sticky Situation and the Debate of the Week as prompts for persuasive writing.
  • MAP SKILLS: The Geo Skills feature on page 6 tests students’ geography skills with four map questions.
  • DIFFERENTIATION: Get leveled versions of a story to use with your advanced and struggling readers! Find it at www.scholastic.com/sn56.

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