Scholastic News

For Teachers
For Parents

Welcome to, the Web site for Scholastic News, Edition 1. This Web site extends and enriches the Scholastic News print magazines that your child reads in class every month.

The Internet can be a scary place for parents who want their children to broaden their knowledge and learn computer skills, but don't want them to come across inappropriate material. Our Web site is a safe site where your kids can have fun and learn. You can go on this site with your child or have your child work on it alone, knowing that all the content is not only kid-appropriate but also educational. Here are our three main features:

•Listen and Read

How It Works:
Have your child listen to their issue of Scholastic News being read as he or she follows along! For one issue of Scholastic News every month, children look at the exact photos and text for our magazine on the computer screen. They can listen to it being read aloud as they follow along! When they click on the Listen and Read text or photo on the main page, a pop-up window will appear. The first section of the text will automatically be read aloud. Once the audio is finished, the student can either click "next" or choose to hear the section again. A vocabulary list at the end of the activity shows all the hard-to-read words from the issue's text. Students can click on the words to hear them pronounced.

One of the key points in the President's Reading First initiative is reading fluency. A fluent reader reads with proper intonation and phrasing. Listen and Read is a great tool for fluency instruction. As the voice from the computer fluently reads the text on-screen, your child can follow along. Over repeated listenings, your child can read out loud along with the voice. Ultimately, this feature should help your child read the text independently.

At the end of the activity, students see a list of difficult words that appear in the text. The student gains extra practice with these words by hearing them pronounced in isolation.
You can sit with your child and do this feature together.

Technical Instructions:
You will need the Flash plug-in to play this activity. Download the Flash plug-in for free at Macromedia.

After you've clicked on a program and RealPlayer starts, listen just like you would to a tape or CD. That means you can pause the program, or fast-forward and rewind to hear segments more than once. You can minimize the player (just like you'd minimize any window on your computer) and the program will continue to play while you use your computer for other functions.

•Print a Fun Page

How It Works:
Just click on Print a Fun Page and print out the page. Then your child can do the activity.

Print a Fun Page is a fun way to build your child's skills in topics related to his or her Scholastic News issues. This feature also extends the topics covered in Scholastic News for those children who want to learn more.

•What Do You Think?

How It Works:
Children click on the text or issue cover on the main page to vote on a question about each Scholastic News issue. A pop-up window will allow students to answer the What Do You Think? question. Then they are immediately taken to a bar graph comparing their answer to other students' answers.

What Do You Think? allows children to make personal connections to a topic. It also encourages the higher-order thinking skill of evaluation. Children must evaluate a question and decide which answer they agree with more. This feature also teaches children about bar graphs. These bar graphs are high-interest because they show children's opinions. Children can click on "What is a bar graph?" for a kid-friendly explanation of bar graphs.

• I Can Read!

How It Works:
Your students will listen to the sentence on the screen. Then they will be asked to click on a word in the sentence. If they click the right word, they will be given another sentence. If they click on the wrong word, they can try again.

I Can Read is a game that gives children practice with high-frequency sight words. These are commonly-used words that good readers learn to recognize automatically without sounding them out.

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