Finally, after requests for more content... the first issue of "Cool to the Core," my high-interest non-fiction magazine that makes test prep (almost) interesting for kids! ;) If you haven't purchased any of my articles before, please feel free to try out my free Chinese New Year article, or check out the reviews on my many other articles before you commit to this one.
Inside this magazine you will find 3 brand new articles:
1. Science - "Have you ever wanted to be a superhero?" - about a newly designed suit that enables humans to fly (+ 7 multiple choice questions)
2. History - "Don't eat that pineapple!" - about the wacky ways that people have shown off their wealth throughout history (+ 4 multiple choice questions and 2 short response questions)
3. Around the world - "Floating through the school day" - looking at the different kinds of school buildings/environments that have emerged around the world as a result of challenges (+ 6 multiple choice questions + 1 short response question)
Questions ask students to:
* use the text to answer explicit questions that demonstrate comprehension
* find the main idea of the text
* use context clues to define challenging vocabulary words
* choose words that describe individuals featured in articles
* interpret quotes spoken by individuals in the articles
* identify the purpose of including particular details in the text
* identify details from the text that support a particular idea or theme
After spending hours poring through previously released ELA tests, I am confident that this magazine has material that is suitable for children from grades 3-5 - there is enough of an overlap between the kinds of questions and the complexity of texts at these age levels that you should find this useful if you teach this age bracket. If you disagree, please reach out and let me know.
I truly hope you and your students find these useful and enjoyable. Please do leave me some feedback so I know if I should continue to make additional issues, and so that I know what adjustments to make in the future.