This packet of 7 daily activity sheets promotes critical thinking and common core skills while watching Channel One News, CNN Student News, or any news program. Students are asked to classify news stories, make predictions, differentiate between cause and effect, identify or create solutions, list possible short and long-term effects, create different types of questions, identify and use challenging vocabulary, recognize opposing viewpoints, answer the 5 W's, and relate stories to their own lives.
My students work on these throughout the week while watching different news programs. The classroom discussions afterwards are quite impressive as they share their information and ideas. I especially love the questions they come up with for each other. It really helps them relate the news to their own lives and other events in history they've learned about in class.
I hope your students enjoy it!