Scholastic Magazines are probably one of my favorite things to add to a lesson or activity! They are perfect in so many different ways. The can also be used in all different subject areas – language arts, science, or social studies! And they are also perfect for an extra activity in a sub plan. Below are different ways I use the Scholastic Magazines: Let’s Find Out in my kindergarten classroom.
Whole Group – The most obvious way to use them is as a whole group activity. Each student
gets their own magazine to look at, and you can use the interactive resources online to pull up the magazine (if you have a smartboard). I usually call on one student at a time to read to the class from the magazine. Then on the back they have an independent activity to check for understanding.
Another great part about doing these activities whole group is the videos and games. The scholastic website has videos and interactive games that coincide with the magazine. It is a great wrap up to the lesson.
Small Group – I often have parent helpers come in to work with my students during language arts centers. (Be sure to check out my language arts centers blog post!) One of my favorite ways to use the Scholastic Magazines is to put it in the science center. I then have a parent helper read through it with the students. The small group reading allows for every student to have an opportunity to read, unlike the whole group lesson.
The scholastic website also has printable resources that coincide with the magazines. Rather than watch the video with the magazine, I have the parent help students complete the written activity instead. It switches things up, but the students still love it!
Reading Groups – Every month, the Scholastic Magazines include a rebus reader! I often use these during my small group reading. This really helps individualize my instruction and helps students to have more confidence when reading independently! And it creates a way to connect science and social studies to language arts!