How I Use It
As the Common Core Standards are calling for increased technical writing, I use this as resource to highlight examples of both science writing and science reading. I want my students reading and writing science and this website provides that. I have students search for articles that are interesting to them as I help ELL students pick appropriate grade level articles that I would otherwise be unable to do. There are certain articles that we read out loud that are pertinent to content that is being covered. Overall, this is a great resource because it provides students exposure to informational text and nonfiction reading that not only meets science standards but aligns to the Common Core as well.
Science News for Kids is a database filled with science articles. While some of the articles are not current news, there are a numerous articles that cover many different fields that provide students with additional perspective and context on material covered in the textbook. Students are engaged and relate to the articles as they are written for kids, mostly for grades 5 to 8; younger grades may have trouble understanding the vocabulary or science concepts. Some of the articles have key vocabulary words listed as “Power Words” that can lead to classroom discussions.