Teacher Review for Smithsonian: TweenTribune

Relevant News for Appropriate Reading for Kids

Jennifer R.
Technology coordinator
Heathrow Elementary School
Lake Mary, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
How I Use It
I am in charge of our daily news show at school. I encourage my students to review TweenTribune to locate kid-appropriate news stories and incorporate them into our broadcast. They also learn the structure of a news story from reading Tween-Tribune articles and apply that to writing their own news stories for the show.
My Take
I love that the site is interactive and has built-in comprehension assessments and checks for students as they read. It's leveled and also has a Spanish option for some ELL students. I have used it for years and have never been disappointed.