Teacher Review for Smithsonian: TweenTribune

High interest, non-fiction quick reads that includes a quiz and student comment feature.

Leslie M.
Classroom teacher
Alamosa Park Elementary School
Oceanside, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
My students use this as a daily or weekly reading activity. On some days students select their own article to read / quiz on and on other days we select one article to read and discuss as a class. There are over 20 different suggestions of how to use the articles in your class on the site for teachers to view. My students love the “What is That Thing” photos where they get to write a prediction for a posted picture. Teachers can then view and post the student comments for others to view. This is a great tool that allows students to take pride in their writing. I look forward to using the STEM based videos that I just discovered.
My Take
It is a great non-fiction news site with a wide variety of articles written at differentiated Lexile levels. I can see how it would appeal to younger ages, but for my 4th and 5th graders it is right on target. I love the daily quiz and immediate feedback for students. I appreciate that there is a writing opportunity for students. The site is very teacher friendly and offers several resources, links and tips for teachers. The critical thinking prompts at the end of each article help spark student discussions and journaling opportunities.