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Best News Websites for Students

Which news sites can students trust? These great, classroom-friendly news websites are credible sources for students. Students can turn to them to gain different perspectives on key current events. There are picks on this list for students of all grade levels with appropriately adjusted content. For those sites that target developing readers, the reading levels are dialed down but not dumbed down. Most important, these sites all have a few key things in common: They're less biased, they're backed by journalistic practices, they have an editorial process, and they offer reporting and research rather than opinion and propaganda. They also dig into a host of topics that students will naturally gravitate toward.

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Kid Scoop

News magazine features standards-aligned activity packs for kids

Bottom line: The print version of the magazine, or a printed-out digital version, offers a nice -- if rather typical -- collection of activities.

Time for Kids

News magazine for kids can drive current events conversation

Bottom line: While some articles lack differentiation, and lessons don't always stretch higher-order thinking skills, this site is one of the best options for bringing current events into elementary classrooms.

Smithsonian: TweenTribune

News site features human interest articles with useful classroom tools

Bottom line: This is a helpful and well-designed supplemental resource for reading development, but not necessarily a go-to news site.

KidsPost

Kid-centric news site could use more comprehensive, timely content

Bottom line: While it doesn't provide complete news updates, analysis, or writing practice, KidsPost content makes for interesting, kid-themed reading assignments.

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Newsela

Great stories, just-right leveled reading; now mostly by subscription

Bottom line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles will meet students right at their level, and help teachers bolster students' nonfiction reading skills.

Scholastic Kids Press

Catch up on current events with the help of student journalists

Bottom line: This is a simple and solid news site which, by focusing on the student-created stories, could inspire an interest in journalism.

The Juice

Daily news matches reading level, supports diving into current events

Bottom line: These sortable collections of news stories, infographics, and videos can provide a daily dose of current events.

Science News for Students

Cool STEM articles with learning supports make for fun, informative reading

Bottom line: Free, fascinating articles make science relevant to students.

AllSides for Schools

Civics site offers building blocks for meaningful dialogue

Bottom line: This site meaningfully promotes dialogue rather than argument, and collects a lot of resources you might normally have to curate yourself.

Google News

News site offers a useful platform for research, critical thinking

Bottom line: With some cautious supervision and adept guidance from teachers, this is a good tool for seeking, reading, and evaluating stories from multiple sources.

KQED Education

Excellent multimedia learning hub supports both teachers and students

Bottom line: For those willing to dig around, the site is an exceptional place for both educators and students to find inspirational digital media resources.

PBS NewsHour Extra

Trusted news brand's current events site could pique teens' interest

Bottom line: This isn't going to necessarily excite students, but the high-quality content is credible and timely and should support interesting discussions.

Time Edge

Digital news source builds literacy and measures progress

Bottom line: A top-notch digital news source with interactive features; a good tool to add value as students learn critical-thinking and close-reading skills.

The Learning Network

High-powered news site offers daily resource to process current events

Bottom line: Driven by a trusted news organization with its finger on the pulse of the world, this free resource can be a reliable source of activities and ideas for current event discussions.

YourCommonwealth

Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth

Bottom line: Offers a rich variety of news and opinion stories on global issues, and its young writers will get U.S. students hooked on civic engagement.

YR Media

Dynamic site harnesses creative young talent to speak truth to power

Bottom line: This fresh and socially aware website will draw students in with catchy -- often controversial -- topics, but keep them there with quality content.

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