Friday, November 5, 2010

Current Events

I think that it is very important for my 5th graders to be up to date on the current issues facing our country. The best way I have found to do this is by showing my students a 10 minute daily news program called CNN Student News.
You can stream the program straight from the internet, but I prefer to use iTunes to download the daily podcast. It's simple to download: Open up your iTunes, go to the iTunes Store, type in CNN Student News, and download the current episode. It's completely free!

I have shown this program for 4 years, and think it has a great impact on my students and their knowledge of current events and important issues facing America. Over the years, my students have been up to date on all the important events; like the 2008 Presidential Election, the Earthquake in Haiti, and most recently, the miners in Chile.

I recommend this program to all 5th grade students and above. It helps students become more aware of their country, helps meet state curriculum standards, and overall makes them better American citizens.

6 comments:

Christine said...

I subscribed to the iTunes feed and showed my students for the first time today. They loved it - most would have watched it again if I'd let them. They can't wait for tomorrow's news! Thanks!

ashley said...

My 6th graders look forward to watching it every day!

Megan said...

Do you think this would be appropriate for third graders? I would love for my students to be more aware of current events. Thanks for suggesting it, I will definitely check it out!

Anonymous said...

Would this be appropriate for 2nd graders?

sandybeach1267 said...

I would also love to use this with younger students, thanks so much for the information!

Christina H. said...

Thanks for the tip! I can't wait to start using this in my classroom:)

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