Time for Kids

Time for Kids

Pro news zine balances kid-friendly content with teacher supports

Learning rating

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Expert evaluation by Common Sense

Grades

K–6

Subjects & Skills

Communication & Collaboration, Critical Thinking, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Great for

Evaluating Media, Media Literacy

Price: Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: Supplemental questions and activities build critical thinking and creativity skills.

Cons: Reading supports vary by article.

Bottom Line: This is an excellent cross-curricular resource that goes way beyond delivering the news and toward true news literacy.

Once teachers purchase a class subscription, they have access to current and archived issues, plus all of the lesson guides and extra materials like Google Forms quizzes. Students connect to the online platform with a link (URL, QR code, or Google Classroom assignment) and a password. Versatile lesson guides will help you successfully teach with Time for Kids with minimal prep work. Each edition has a theme that teachers can integrate with classroom learning activities, with suggested curriculum tie-ins and extension activities. For example, in the second grade bug-themed issue, Time for Kids provides access to a quality kids research website and a Google Slides template for students to make their own interactive slideshow about bugs. In another issue, after reading about pandemic bookstore closures, students are encouraged to create math equations to help them fill a bookcase. Other suggested activities include designing book jackets and creating marketing campaigns.

Each issue features an article by a student journalist and encourages students to explore journalism on their own. Students can learn about the journalism process and find tips for becoming better journalists themselves. Motivated students can join the TFK Press Club and participate in monthly Junior Journalist missions, and then submit their work to the magazine for potential inclusion in an upcoming issue.

Time for Kids is a digital and print magazine for elementary students. The news stories provide good examples of journalism written by actual journalists at appropriate grade levels. Select articles are written by kids. Time for Kids is published in three grade-based editions: K–1, 2, 3–6. Readers can flip through the digital magazine, view it as a webpage, or print it. Teachers and students can also sort news stories by topic and search for specific titles. The news stories cover topics across educational content areas plus areas of personal interest such as sports and entertainment. Teachers will find many articles relevant to their lesson plans, and students will find articles that they enjoy reading on their own. Each edition comes with lesson guides, plans, quizzes, and printables that help teachers get started right away. Time for Kids integrates well with Google Classroom via premade Google Form quizzes and quick article sharing in Classroom.

Information text reading is a key skill, but it's just as important to teach kids news literacy skills and foster an interest in legitimate news and reporting. Time for Kids offers a valuable, dynamic platform for both. The reading content is sound, and the teacher lesson guides and plans help students get started with reading informational texts. The articles and lessons are bolstered by questions that encourage high-order thinking skills. Time for Kids has also curated Text Sets, which are themed collections of archived articles, paired with literary texts and essential questions for discussion and research.

Time for Kids has some built-in differentiation and accessibility features, with articles written in Spanish, audio versions, and multiple Lexile levels. Some stories even have accompanying videos and podcasts. This doesn’t apply evenly to all articles in each edition, however. Teachers with English language learners and students above and below grade-level reading abilities will need to take this into consideration when selecting news stories for their lessons. Students can access a lot of the web content without a password, which makes home access really easy. It'd also be beneficial if Time for Kids used its online platform to feature even more student submissions. Imagine how many students would really get into journalism if they had a realistic chance of sharing their work with a global audience.

Learning Rating

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Engagement

Students will like the timely and engaging topics, plus the colorful and well-designed pages. The Kids Press Club is an enticing next step too.

Pedagogy

High-quality teacher guides and resources make curricular integration easy. Discussion questions and extension activities support critical thinking skills.

 

 

Support

Lesson guides, helpful how-tos, and a weekly email offer plenty of support. All articles offer read-aloud features; some offer adjustable reading levels and Spanish translation.

Common Sense reviewer
Melissa P.
Melissa P. school library and technology specialist

Community Rating

We are all in this together! Global Citizenship starts early. Exposure to relevant topics at an age appropriate level. Great for Students, Parents, and Educators.

I loved that there are targeted audiences for the information. The family resource is a great tool to create the home and school connection and engagement. Parents can read the articles with their children to spark substantive and age appropriate conversations about relevant information that impact the life and health of their family. What is also wonderful is the online articles have a read aloud option. Therefore, struggling readers and/or illiterate parents can still engage with their children. Social and emotionally this is beneficial for the family. Moreover, the parent is more connected with what their child is learning at school and is a great incentive to become more involved with their child's academic progress.

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Personal information can be displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is not filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.

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  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are not displayed.
  • Personalised advertising is not displayed.

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