Students build their geography knowledge by reading stories from a variety of international locations and viewing locator maps provided with many stories. Place pins in your Map-It world map (included with September issues) as you read stories throughout the year. Create a form listing some key geography knowledge.
Develop a list of words that are new to the children in your class. Did they learn them in context or did they look them up? Pick a news story and choose three words students can replace with a synonym without changing the meaning of the sentences. This is a great way to use the vocabulary words and quizzes included in WORLDkids stories.
Cover the headline of a story using sticky notes. Ask students to read the story then write their own headlines. Give them pointers on what a headline can be: possibly clever, definitely descriptive, may or may not be a complete sentence. See who can capture the main idea of the story in the fewest number of words.
Print forms listing the five Ws: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Assign a news story, and note how the story answers each question. Extend the thinking exercise by asking, “Why does it matter?” What additional questions about the story do you have?
Before handing out a magazine, choose a story with an interesting photo. Cover the text and caption. Ask students to make up a story based on the photo.
Almost every story has a conflict. Whether it’s man against man, man against nature, man against self, or something else entirely, like man versus technology or society. For any story, ask students to identify the type of conflict.
WORLDkids and WORLDteen worksheets are provided with membership and promote deeper understanding of the material. You can also encourage students to send a response to the editor stating their opinions or asking questions about a story. It’s good for kids to remember that we all have a voice and can be agents of change.