Here are some newspaper activities for teachers and students in Grades K-3. The activities are from a curriculum guide called It’s NIE for K-3 written by Ann West, M.S. Ed. and John Guenther, Ed.D.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? Every newspaper has its own name. Usually, you will find the name of the newspaper printed on the front page in large, bold letters. This name is called a masthead of the flag of the newspaper. ACTIVITY: Cut out the flag of your newspaper and paste it on a piece of paper. Use the remaining space on the page to write words that could begin with each letter of your newspaper’s flag.
NEWS IN PICTURES Photographs in the newspaper are often the first things that attract a reader’s eyes. Photos let us see what is happening in the news and give us a chance to understand feelings and emotions of people in the news. ACTIVITY: Cut a news photo out of your newspaper and paste the photo on a sheet of paper. Make sure the photo you choose has at least one person. Below the picture, list some of the feelings that the person or persons in the photo must have been feeling at the time the photo was taken.
HEADS UP! You can find out what is happening in the news just by reading headlines. Headlines label each news story by telling the main idea of the story in few words. Headlines are larger and bolder than the news stories, so they catch your attention. ACTIVITY: Cut out 10 headline words from your newspaper and arrange them in alphabetical order.
NEWS News stories give us information about what is happening in our city, state and world. News stories tell us the main idea in the first paragraph or lead of the story. ACTIVITY: Cut out a news story that is interesting to you. Then try and answer the following questions, by finding the answers in the news story.
1. WHO is the story about? (Your answer could be a group of people, an organization or one person.)
2. WHAT event or happening does the story tell about?
3. WHERE did this event happen? (Your answer may be a city, a state. a building or an arena.
4. WHEN did the event reported on in the story take place? (Your answer may be a time, a certain day or date, or a reference to a time – yesterday, last week, etc.
5. WHY did the event in the story happen? (Does your story explain what may have caused this to happen?)