Teacher Review for Smithsonian: TweenTribune

High Interest Nonfiction Articles

Amy F.
Technology coordinator
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My Subjects English Language Arts, English-Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Tween Tribune in my classroom at our Technology Literacy Station during independent work time. Students can use Tween Tribune on either an iPad, iPod Touch or even one our of laptop computers. Next, students visit Tween Tribune and select and article of their choice and record the title in their Literacy Notebook. Next, they read the article while trying to find the main idea and at least three supporting details. Finally, the students record their thinking in their Literacy Notebook and even have time to reflect on the Critical thinking challenge question. It's always great to see how students respond to this question in their Literacy Notebook and some of their responses are very interesting to read. This task is completed by 4th and 5th graders during a 25 minute time block.
My Take
Tween Tribune is a great website for students to read high-interest nonfiction articles of their choice. The articles can vary in length which is great for a variety of readers. What I really love is how Tween Tribune has a challenge questions listed at the end of their articles. These questions are a great way for students reflect and think about the article in a different way. You can even leave comments behind about various article which can engage students even more on the topic of the article. Finally, the topics are never the same. You can visit the website today and find something that strikes your interest, but don't forget to check back tomorrow because a whole new set of articles will be available for your to enjoy even more.