Many times the news has showed Para-Olympic athletes and my first thought was, "Oh no...please don't let them snicker...." I know that is what so many of the kids would have done in the school I grew up in; however, not one of my students snickered or laughed or mocked. In fact, they remarked how difficult it must be to play volleyball only on your behind, and they oooooooohhhhhed and aaaaaaaahhhhed as they witnessed an athlete who had no arms shoot a bow and arrow with his feet and hit the target over 200 yards away! It was not just an amazing story in the news, but it was amazing to witness the understanding and empathy my kids have. I love how the news opens my students' eyes to things they have never seen or imagined before.
How do I use it in my classroom?
- We watch it first thing each day using my elmo to project it from the computer.
- Students take notes from each story in their notebook (they usually need 2 pages for 5 days worth of notes), being sure to write important names down (using the red bar at the bottom). This helps them become familiar with listening and taking notes along with being able to write main ideas.
- After the news, students talk for 3 minutes about the notes they took and the stories they saw.
- On Friday, students take a CNN Student News quiz using their notes with a word bank provided (I give 20 words but only 10 are used)------- You can find the quiz on the CNN Student News Homepage and click on the Discussion box in the bottom right hand corner....the quizzes are available on Fridays.
- If students are absent, it is his or her responsibility to watch the news at home and make up their notes.