100 Reasons to Read Our Newspaper
Science
 
  • Begin a vocabulary list of science words found in our newspaper. Record the spelling, meaning and the use of each word. Some examples might be: exploration, narcotics, energy, pollution, preventative, analysis, comet, weather, antibiotic, invention, alcoholism, theory, artificial, transplant, medicine, etc.
  • Using our newspaper, collect advertisements for products that were not available 20 years ago. Can you identify the scientific advances that have made this product possible?
  • Find newspaper articles, advertisements, etc., about equipment that will help conserve energy such as storm windows or home insulation. What claims are made about saving?
  • Find a picture of an animal that you would like to be! Identify the animal by its genus   and species then write an article pretending you are that animal.
  • Make a "first" notebook. Use newspaper articles about science "firsts" or discoveries.
  • Make a scrapbook of pictures and news stories about conservation. Look for articles about animals and aquatic creatures, tree planting, energy crisis, etc.
  • Make a poster from pictures, advertisements and articles showing how machines help people do different things.
  • Check last week's weather map. Find what weather changes are happening across the world. Make a graph that illustrates how his changes impact on us.
  • Find articles in our newspaper about areas that have experienced severe weather. Discuss how stories such as these can help us prepare for weather emergencies.
  • Using the movie listings in the Movie Review section, count the number of movies released according to ratings UG, PG, PG-13, R. Make a pie graph that represents the number of movies in each ratings group expressed as a percentage.
 
Newspaper Knowledge
 
  • According to the front page, what pages are the following found on: Educational News, Notifications, Know a Country, Earth Week, the crossword puzzle?
  • Find the following information: the telephone number would you call and the starting monthly cost for a home delivered subscription of our newspaper. The name of the editor and publisher of our newspaper. Something comical in the newspaper that appealed to you. Moral of Panchatantra Story.
  • Clip and label an example of each of the following: index, words of wisdom, dateline and headline.
  • Find a newspaper article that is about each of the following: a meeting of a government agency, a press conference, a disaster or unexpected happening, the schools.
  • Find five stories from different cities in across our country from the Educational News Section. Then find five stories from different educational institutions and five stories from different countries. Locate each of these cities, institutes and countries on a map.
  • Project yourself into societies in which there are no newspapers. Make a list of all the functions provided by the newspaper, including such things as providing news, serving as an advertising medium, social announcements, upcoming events, critical reviews, etc. How would each of these functions be met in a newspaperless society?
  • Scan our newspaper and name some of the areas covered by reporters. If you were a reporter, what area would you like to cover and why?
  • Make a chart showing examples of the vocabulary variations that appear in different sections of the newspaper. For instance, the jargon used by the future tech writer and health tips writer would probably be quite different.
  • In our newspaper, find examples of articles that are written to: inform the reader, interpret the news for the reader, entertain the reader, and influence the reader.
  • Use the classified section to buy materials or avail services to help you cross the following barriers: your aim and current education, your expected job V/s current studies, your career goals V/s current studies. Compare your selected products and services with your classmates.
 
Language Arts
 
  • Use the front page of our newspaper to draw a circle around every blend. Make a list of all the blends you find.
  • List all the different punctuation marks used in a news article. Read the articles aloud and notice the influence of your voice in determining the place of punctuation.
  • Is a photo really worth 1000 words? Cut a photo out of the newspaper. Write a new caption and article about the action going on in the photo.
  • Find newspaper examples of paragraphs written in present, past and future tenses.
  • Circle all the singular nouns and pronouns in a news article in red and all plural nouns and pronouns in blue.
  • Identify as many sets of antonyms, homonyms and synonyms as you can by scanning the headlines in our newspaper.
  • Collect pictures from the newspaper that shows different facial expressions. Label each picture with descriptive words.
  • Select three headlines from our newspaper and rewrite them as complete sentences.
  • Find examples of ten plural words in our newspaper. Write the root word next to each of the plural words you find.
  • Look at a photo in the news section. Without reading the story, write down what is happening in the photo. Read the news. Were your predictions correct?
 
Math
 
  • Race through the newspaper! You have five minutes. See how many numbers from 1-25 you can find. Circle each number as you find it.
  • Circle the largest and smallest numbers on a page. Subtract the two numbers you have found. Add the two numbers.
  • Use numerical from our newspaper to practice using fractions. Double the numeric's; halve them and triple them.
  • Cut words from the newspaper that relate to quantity. For example: all, none, many, few, fewer, more, less, most etc.
  • Write a word problem that uses an advertisement as its basis. Let a friend try to solve the equation.
  • Look at the movie reviews section. Assuming a 15-minute break between shows, determine the duration of three movies.
  • Choose any three digit and any two digit numbers from our newspaper. Do the following:
    • Find the product of the two numbers
    • Find the sum of the two numbers
    • Find the difference between the two numbers
    • Find the quotient of the two numbers to the nearest hundredth
    • Now, find the sum of all the answers above
  • Read a page in our newspaper and underline words and phrases that refer to time such as: annual, bicentennial, 90-day warranty, next week, etc.
  • Refer to the know the country, Movie & Book Review section and choose the kind of entertainment that you would enjoy most and the place you would most likely visit. Determine the total cost of your outing for one person, for two and for your family.
  • Add up the total points scored by teams or determine the total elapsed time between the first and last place race car drivers.
 
Critical Thinking
 
  • Choose one story from the news page of our newspaper. Find the answers to these questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Note the organization of details in this story. Which is the most important? Where is it found in the story? Does the headline highlight the most important fact? If not, where did the information for the headline appear in the story?
  • Choose an news from the news page in our newspaper and underline each fact and circle each opinion. Discuss the logic of the ideas and the organization and development of the arguments.
  • Look at a feature article closely to see what words and sentences help to make you have certain feelings about the article. Make a list of these words and sentences.
  • Imagine that you are in charge of preparing a time capsule that will be opened in 200 years. Cut items that you think would tell the most about our lives today from the newspaper.
  • Compile a list of words that you are not familiar with in our newspaper reading. Make a crossword puzzle using these words with your definitions.
 
Social Studies
 
  • Place news items or pictures about each state on a large outline map of the world. See how many states you can find in the news in two months.
  • Chart educational developments for one quarter using reports and articles in our newspaper. Chart the type of development, location, impact etc.
  • Travel by means of the newspaper. Clip pictures of a country. Find articles and check the weather page for weather conditions in your chosen country. Then write a story about the things you might do and see if you visited that country.
  • Write an editorial on a topic of controversy for the period of history you are studying. Study some of the news in newspaper before doing this activity.
  • Research good and bad relationships between India and other countries. Try to categorize the reason these relationships may exist.
  • Using our newspaper, give some names and titles of international and political leaders. Describe their roles, as you understand them from articles you have read.
  • Read an article in our newspaper. Draw a cartoon that represents the article.
  • Find and read newspaper articles concerning health, education or major career related concerns. Make a list of the various items or the career concern you have selected. List some reasons that these articles are carried in the newspaper. Prepare a poster or write an essay telling how you would deal with solving this career concern.
  • Use news stories to teach new words related to geography, such as delta, monsoon, panhandle, harbor and terrain. Discuss the way the words are used in newspaper stories.
  • Find examples of the changes in Education System as mentioned in news in our newspaper. What better education we would have if we didn't have pro-active changes in the education system?
 
Life Skills
 
  • Draw a rough plan of being successful. Collect newspaper articles on Career & Tips & Techniques to fulfill your determined Career. Determine the approximate time frame you would be able to achieve it.
  • Make a chart that is divided into four parts: spring, summer, fall, winter. Cut out news of weather information from Earth Week column in our newspaper. Paste the articles under each part.
  • Prepare career options using advertisements in the newspaper. Example: Mechanical Engineering, Accountant, etc. Make sure that you include something from interest areas.
  • Collect articles on health tips. Tell how you would implement it in your life.
  • Select a job in the recruitment section of our newspaper. Write a letter to the concerned person mentioned in the recruitment notification of your chosen job stating what qualities make you perfect for that job.
  • Check the salary levels mentioned in various recruitment notifications. Compare the salaries to other professional positions. What are the differences and why?
  • Find a article in our newspaper on employment tips. Examine the article's finer details to see if it can benefit your Resume in any manner. What other employment tips would you follow to secure and maintain a good job?
  • Go on a scavenger hunt in our newspaper. Find and circle the following items: the salary for the best position in the recruitment section, the name of the president of the mentioned country in know your country, a latest comedy movie, a serious weather alert in Earth Week.
  • Look at the educational program ads in our newspaper and find an example of multiple products sold for one price (example: courses with similar fees structure). What is the cost of program? Is a better program of study always expensive?
  • Find an example of a moral story in the Reader's column. Check out if you have faced similar situation in your own life, if so write an article on the same.
 
Character Education
 
  • Make a Hall of Fame, Hall of Shame poster of educational news. Clip articles of people who are exhibiting good character traits. Place these under the Hall of Fame heading. Place examples of people not using good character traits under the Hall of Shame heading.
  • Go through our newspaper and make a "survival vocabulary list" of words that a person would need to know to be a good responsible citizen in today's world. Be sure to list the legal terms you find that we assume all people understand.
  • Read an article in our newspaper about an individual who is a famous personality. What has made him famous? What were the qualities they possessed? Would you want to have similar qualities?
  • Make a family crest that shows examples of what is good about yourself and your family. Look through the paper and cut out words or pictures that remind you of what you like about your family. Paste them on a sheet of paper.
  • Look through our newspaper for an article that shows individuals, groups or nations involved in developmental activities. Write down the different sides, and what seems to be the reason or reasons of the development. Think of as many different ways as you can that they might make it better. Write a letter to the editor that explains how the groups or nations can do better developmental activity. Would these groups need courage, kindness, forgiveness, and patience? What other character traits would they need to have bettered the concerned work?
 
Elementary
 
  • Find as many synonyms for "Win" and "Lose" as you can.
  • Circle five verbs located in the news section of our newspaper. Take turns acting these words out to see if your classmates can guess the words you chose.
  • Using the movie show listings, graph the number of comedies, dramas and documentaries recently released in the last quarter.
  • Using the classified ads, find fees of various courses that are equal to, greater than, or less than Rs. 99999.00/-
  • Develop statistics on educational development taking place in your own state including the number of news on your state over a quarter period. Graph it against other states.
  • Read articles in your newspaper about educational court cases. Compare the structure of our court system with the judicial system created by the Ancient Romans.
  • Skim the articles and photographs on the front page of our newspaper. Rank each news items in order of importance. Why did the news stories get the news placement that they did?
  • Scan your newspaper for articles about someone who has done something great. How would you feel if you were in his position? How would you rewrite the article from the point of view of one of those people?
  • Select six headlines from the pages of our newspaper. Cut apart the words from those headlines. Using your words, create new sentences. Identify the noun, verb and adjective in each. How many complete sentences can you create?
  • Look through the pages of our newspaper to locate something you can see, something you can smell, something you can taste, something you can hear, and something you can touch.
 
Middle School
 
  • Using a ruler, figure out the percentage of space on a given page for ads, pictures, stories and headlines.
  • On the front page of our newspaper, circle all the numbers you can find and give the range. Determine also the mean, median and mode.
  • Over a period of several weeks, clip articles that deal with problems and/or issues facing your state government's education wing. Discuss the reason for these problems, and how the government hopes to solve them.
  • Find a news article written in past tense. Clip it out of the paper and rewrite it in present tense.
  • Research the area of health and write an article that informs the local readers of the dangers of not having healthy habits.
  • Look in the recruitment section to find job listings for the medical/health professions. What is the median pay range? Job requirements? Educational requirements? Benefits? Opportunities for advancement?
  • Look for slogans used by businesses in their advertisements. What is the reason for these slogans? Are they believable to you? To whom do they appeal, and what propaganda devise is used? Make up five businesses and write slogans for them.
  • What are the qualifications a person should have to hold public office? Make a list, and then see how the current office holders of candidates stack up. Use articles from our newspaper and other sources to find out about previous jobs, experiences, and other factors that make each candidate or office holder prepared to serve as an elected official.
  • Select three courses listed in the advertisements. For each of the following, compute the total cost for a year. Determine the average monthly cost based on the courses you have chosen. Which of the three courses you have chosen appears to be the best choice for the money and why?
  • Scan through our newspaper and list ten occupations which are discussed. Use our recruitment notifications for this activity!
 
High School
 
  • Look for a educational ad with a management program listed. Figure out the kind of job the individual would do after completing the program.
  • Every fortnight, check through the job listings and put a red X through those jobs that could not be filled by a high school dropout. Put a black X through those that could not be filled by a person with a technical school or college training. Discuss your findings.
  • Choose a educational news and read it carefully. Decide which statements or parts of the statements are facts, which are opinion, and whether or not the tone of the writer is conservative or liberal. Watch for upcoming issues to see if there is any reaction on the news.
  • To improve map skills and stimulate interest in current events, follow the route of a government official as he travels around the country or around the world. Show the route he or she takes on a map with a marker or pushpins.
  • Find a subject of interest in your classroom or library. Using various articles from our newspaper, make a scrap book on the same and discuss it with your classmates.
  • After skimming our newspaper each fortnight, select the important news story and post it on a bulletin board. At the end of the quarter, have the class vote on the most important story of the quarter.
  • Look in our newspaper for articles about various countries. Find more on their economics and research how our own country differs from them economically and in what manner can we learn from them to better our economy. Also find what economic changes have occurred over the past 3 to 5 years in that country?
  • Have a discussion of employment trends and demands in your community, based on the recruitment notification section and any related articles.
  • Study the Earth Week News, and then take a marker and mark the appropriate chemical symbols found in scientific articles in your newspaper.
  • Select a health tips story that is of interest to you, and rewrite passive voice sentences into active voice.