EDUCATIONAL BLOGS TO READ
Smithsonian Tween Tribune (Science/Technology)
Tween Tribune is a free reading resource from the Smithsonian institute that features topics about animals, fashion, entertainment, school, science, technology, national and world news written by kids and professional journalists.
DOGO News is a superb reading resource that offers a variety of content covering current events, sports, science, technology and more. Each article is kid friendly and contains links to definitions of words students may find complicated. Content is searchable by grade level or category, and includes links to relevant national standards. Content is free to view. Premium access is also available for teachers interested in worksheets, activities and more that can accompany articles.
National Geographic Kids (History/Science)
A renowned reading resource, National Geographic and National Geographic for Kids contains articles, videos, games and more to help kids learn about different places and animals around the world. Content is free, and students wanting to create an account can earn badges for viewing and interacting with content.
Science News for Students is an online publication from the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about science. This magazine includes current events for middle and high school readers, focused on STEM fields like physics, biology and math. Each article also includes a list of Power Words in accordance with Common Core standards, as well as a readability score. An invaluable resource for your budding scientists!
Teaching Kids News (TKN) was started in 2009 by a third grade teacher in Toronto and a classroom parent who worked as a journalist, with the goal of teaching students about what’s going on in the world in a kid-friendly way. The site is updated weekly with current events for students in grades 2-8, crafted by a team of professional journalists and teachers. The site is completely free, even including an archive of over 900 articles and resources searchable by year, category and grade level.
This kid-friendly spin-off of the familiar Sports Illustrated magazine provides online resources, articles, interviews with famous athletes, videos, games and more engaging content. There are even articles written by kids in the Kid Reporter section of the site.PRO: "Yes," bedrooms should be screen-free!
CON: "No," bedrooms should not be screen-free!
- Click here to see information from NBC News
- CNN News has information about Internet Addiction
- LA Times says devices rob kids of sleep here
PROS and CONS:
- CNN News has tips for "healthy" internet use here
- CBS News discusses limits for media use here
- Kids Health has Screen Time Tips for you
- Pros of Screen time by Chilldad.com (be careful...only use reasons and evidence for the topic of "screens in the bedroom")
- The Henry Ford Livewell website share both sides
- School A-Z has pros and cons about computers in bedrooms
Debate Articles "Should Students Have Homework Over Breaks?"
Yes and/or No