- local newspaper
Objective: Children will ask and answer questions about school as they create their own newspaper.
Wam-Up: Show children a copy of your local newspaper. Read an appropriate news item, and explain that the paper tells everyone what is happenin. in the community.
1 Tell children that they can all work together to create a newspaper about an important place in the neighborhood -- their school or center. Invite children to suggest questions to ask one another Offer possible questions: "What did you do today?" "What did you make today?" "What did you play with?" Write down each question on a separate sheet of paper.
2 Divide children into pairs, matching a young child with an older child. Give each pair one of the questions you wrote down, and read it aloud. Have pairs take turns asking each other their question. You can record their responses or help the older child write them.
3 Working with one pair at a time, review the responses to the question they asked. Help them write a news story that reports the answers they received to their question. You can write children's comments or help the older child write them. Help the two think of a title for their article, and invite them to illustrate the responses.
4 Compile each pair's article and illustrations. Add cover and title it "Today's News." Then share the newspaper with children, reading each article and showing them the illustrations. Talk together about all the things children said. Did children learn anything new from the paper?
Tip: This activity works best after children have engaged.in a variety of activities that they can then report on.
- Make copies of the newspaper and send them home to share with children's families.
- Share your newspaper with another class or child care program. The other group can create its own paper to share with your children too.
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