Subjects-- Language Arts
This race for discovery engages students as they learn to quickly scan a newspaper for relevant information.
newspaper, main idea, skim, scan, reading for details
About the Activity
Explain to students that each day you will provide the name of a person in the news. This activity is a race to find the correct name and summarize why the person made the news. Teams of students earn points for providing the first correct response.
This activity is a good one with which to start the day or the afternoon. When students come into the classroom, they immediately look to the board, where you have written the question Who in the world is_____? Each day, a different name appears in the blank. The name might be that of a scientist, sports figure, government personality, or local citizen.
Once a student or team has found the name they are looking for, they need to identify the page on which they found the information and the reason why that person is in the news. (The name might even be a familiar one; but students still need to identify why that person is making news today.) Students should write two or three sentences to summarize the reason the persons name is in print. The first student/team to respond with the correct answer earns a point. Points might accumulate for a month or more. Prizes might include an extra recess, a shortened assignment, or whatever the teacher desires.
Adapting the Activity
Students or teams will be assessed on their success in scanning for the answer and for their teamwork. A correct account of the person's reason for mention in the newspaper (or job or contribution) is required for points to be awarded.
Submitted ByVaReane Heese, Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School
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