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Best News Websites for Students

What news sites can students trust? These great, classroom-friendly news websites can give students 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 importantly, all of these options have a few key things in common: They're unbiased and well-researched, and they 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

Digital 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.

National Geographic Kids

Kid-friendly science and social studies info via videos, games, and more

Bottom line: Large collection of approachable, fun multimedia resources about animals, habitats, countries, and cultures.

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.

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.

DOGO News

Kid-friendly news site enriched by reader supports, timely topics

Bottom line: Teachers looking to fuse current events with reading development can rely on this kid-friendly news site, but cool extras carry a price tag.

Xyza: News for Kids

Subscription-based, kid-friendly news site keeps kids up-to-date

Bottom line: It's a useful starting point to spark interest in the news and build awareness of current events, but not as ideal for teaching media literacy skills.

CNN 10

Digestible, daily news videos for teens

Bottom line: These 10-minute daily video segments can be used as a springboard to deeper discussions around media literacy, but teachers need to provide supplementary material.

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.

Knowhere

News site aims to remove, expose political bias with mixed success

Bottom line: This site can make it easier to show students how news gets interpreted from multiple viewpoints, but teachers should encourage students to think critically about Knowhere itself.

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.

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.

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

Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens

Bottom line: From 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.

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.

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.

Kidappolis: School Edition

Math/ELA assessment points to solid apps, stalls on showing progress

Bottom line: Though it gives solid recommendations for external content, it doesn't offer the interactivity or student reporting that would justifies its cost.

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