These reading comprehensions will test your students' reading skills as they explore three engaging news stories from February 2017. Using research skills and their reporters notebooks, the young journalists will find out about:
Mass whale stranding in New Zealand
Hundreds of pilot whales beach themselves on Farewell Spit. Tourists. Students will explore why this happened and what happened to the whales.
World War Two Bomb panic in Greece
A huge unexploded bomb is found in Thessalonica. 75,000 people are evacuated. Your students will discover why bombs from both world wars are still causing problems in Europe.
Miraculous survival of Australian farmer
A truly amazing story of the human will to survive. Dan Miller was pinned in a waterhole beneath his digger. He survived for five hours with just his nose sticking out of the water.
Each story comes with questions and answers, and will require students to check dictionaries; summarise stories; think critically; retrieve facts; and prioritise statements.
A template for a news story is also provided so children can write them up for themselves. A scaffold is included to show them how to fill in the boxes. Finally, posters are enclosed if you want to make the students’ work into a simple, effective display.
As a journalist and teacher, it’s my passion that children should have an awareness of what is going on in the world through engaging reading material.
3: INCHES FROM DEATH!
4: Heartbreak of the Whales
5: PANIC IN GREECE!
12: How to write a newspaper article
13: Newspaper template
14-16: Posters for display