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January 2, 2019

How to Use Nonfiction Stories to Promote Empathy and Social Awareness in the New Year

By Scholastic Editors
Grades 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Key Takeaways

    • After winter break, you may be looking for ways to refresh and revitalize your instruction in a way that promotes social and emotional learning.
    • One of the best ways to encourage empathy and social awareness in your classroom is to incorporate inspiring stories about real kids into your lessons.
    • Scholastic Classroom Magazines always feature authentic stories that put children front and center and show students that they’re never too young to make a difference in their classroom and in their community.

    With the start of the New Year, many teachers are returning to the classroom with a renewed focus on social and emotional learning. They’re looking for ways to refresh and revitalize their instruction while inspiring empathy and social awareness among their students. One of the most effective ways to teach students the importance of empathy and social awareness is by incorporating nonfiction articles about real children into your lessons.

    To help teachers, Scholastic Classroom Magazines feature authentic and inspiring stories about children, just like your students, who are making a positive impact in their communities. These stories put children front and center. They’re a great way to show your students that they’re never too young to make a difference in the world.

    With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up, teachers have the perfect opportunity to bring a real child’s story into their classroom. Every edition of Scholastic News Magazine for grades 1–6 features a story about Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr. In these stories, Yolanda reflects on the impact her grandfather had on the world and explores some of the ways she’s following in his footsteps.

    Read the full Scholastic News interview with Yolanda (select your grade level):

    Grade 1                 

    Grade 2                

    Grade 3                  

    Grade 4                

    Grades 5 and 6                

    If teachers are looking for a way to make STEM more relevant and meaningful to their students, our math and science magazines have them covered. For students in grades 3–5, check out the “Candle-Creating Kid” article in DynaMath. In this story, they’ll meet a 15-year-old girl who runs her own candle making business and gives back to her community through donations and community service.

    For students in grades 6–10, Science World is the perfect magazine. Inside, students will meet a teen who has made it his mission to reduce the use of plastic straws. They’ll also get to know a young student who, inspired by the movie Black Panther, started a STEM club.

    For teachers who work with struggling and reluctant readers, we offer Action (for grades 6–12 with a reading level for grades 3–5). In Action, students will read about Sylvia Mendez, who fought racism and helped integrate California schools in the 1940s. They’ll also empathize with two teens who saw their neighborhood burned down by a wildfire. These two teens even created a documentary to help their neighborhood heal.

    For students in grades 7–12, we have an inspiring story from Choices. You’ll meet the teens who have transformed their school’s culture by becoming members of the Peace Warriors, a club that follows principles of nonviolence to break up fights and build a more supportive and positive school environment.

    No matter the subject or grade level, Scholastic Classroom Magazines have youth-focused stories that promote social and emotional learning and will inspire and engage your students in the new year and beyond. Accompanying each article are digital resources including videos, activities and skills sheets. To access these and many other high-quality print and online resources, subscribe today.

     

     

    Key Takeaways

    • After winter break, you may be looking for ways to refresh and revitalize your instruction in a way that promotes social and emotional learning.
    • One of the best ways to encourage empathy and social awareness in your classroom is to incorporate inspiring stories about real kids into your lessons.
    • Scholastic Classroom Magazines always feature authentic stories that put children front and center and show students that they’re never too young to make a difference in their classroom and in their community.

    With the start of the New Year, many teachers are returning to the classroom with a renewed focus on social and emotional learning. They’re looking for ways to refresh and revitalize their instruction while inspiring empathy and social awareness among their students. One of the most effective ways to teach students the importance of empathy and social awareness is by incorporating nonfiction articles about real children into your lessons.

    To help teachers, Scholastic Classroom Magazines feature authentic and inspiring stories about children, just like your students, who are making a positive impact in their communities. These stories put children front and center. They’re a great way to show your students that they’re never too young to make a difference in the world.

    With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up, teachers have the perfect opportunity to bring a real child’s story into their classroom. Every edition of Scholastic News Magazine for grades 1–6 features a story about Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr. In these stories, Yolanda reflects on the impact her grandfather had on the world and explores some of the ways she’s following in his footsteps.

    Read the full Scholastic News interview with Yolanda (select your grade level):

    Grade 1                 

    Grade 2                

    Grade 3                  

    Grade 4                

    Grades 5 and 6                

    If teachers are looking for a way to make STEM more relevant and meaningful to their students, our math and science magazines have them covered. For students in grades 3–5, check out the “Candle-Creating Kid” article in DynaMath. In this story, they’ll meet a 15-year-old girl who runs her own candle making business and gives back to her community through donations and community service.

    For students in grades 6–10, Science World is the perfect magazine. Inside, students will meet a teen who has made it his mission to reduce the use of plastic straws. They’ll also get to know a young student who, inspired by the movie Black Panther, started a STEM club.

    For teachers who work with struggling and reluctant readers, we offer Action (for grades 6–12 with a reading level for grades 3–5). In Action, students will read about Sylvia Mendez, who fought racism and helped integrate California schools in the 1940s. They’ll also empathize with two teens who saw their neighborhood burned down by a wildfire. These two teens even created a documentary to help their neighborhood heal.

    For students in grades 7–12, we have an inspiring story from Choices. You’ll meet the teens who have transformed their school’s culture by becoming members of the Peace Warriors, a club that follows principles of nonviolence to break up fights and build a more supportive and positive school environment.

    No matter the subject or grade level, Scholastic Classroom Magazines have youth-focused stories that promote social and emotional learning and will inspire and engage your students in the new year and beyond. Accompanying each article are digital resources including videos, activities and skills sheets. To access these and many other high-quality print and online resources, subscribe today.

     

     

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