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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.

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.

Grades: K–5
Price:
Free, Paid

Time for Kids

Pro news zine balances kid-friendly content with teacher supports

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

Grades: K–6
Price:
Paid

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 2–7
Price:
Paid

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.

Grades: 2–12
Price:
Free, Paid

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.

Grades: 5–8
Price:
Free

CBC Kids News

Real news stories and videos for and by kids

Bottom Line: This is a robust resource for real and accessibly-written news stories students, but don't expect interactive elements or supporting materials.

Grades: 5–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 5–12
Price:
Free to try

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.

Grades: 5–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

PBS NewsHour Classroom

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

Bottom Line: Wide variety of current, credible, high-quality content should support interesting classroom discussions.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

TimeEdge

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.

Grades: 7–8
Price:
Free to try, Paid

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.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free

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