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The February Post Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards

The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
The February Post  Newspaper that Supports the Common Core State Standards
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The February Post
About the Activities

The activities in this packet are to support the themes usually covered in February. The activities provide a little spice to your tried-and-true activities and better align them with the new Common Core emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

The February Post (pages 6-25): The February Post is a newspaper just for the students! The 20 page newspaper contains different sections, interesting and engaging articles, and even a funny page section! The articles are in a variety of genres—fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, etc.—and on a variety of topics—recipes, advertisements, facts, etc. Photocopy the newspaper back-to-back and put two staples on the left side. That way the newspaper will open up just like a real newspaper!
Using Text Features (pages 26): The students search through the newspaper to identify the various text features. Most of the text features are used multiple times throughout the newspaper. When first working with text features, point out several articles with the same feature—ex. pictures with captions. Then ask the students to find several more pictures with captions. This is a fun activity to do with the whole class or let the students buddy up with a partner to complete the activity.
How Well Did You Read? (pages 27-28): The students use the information from the different articles in the newspaper to answer each question. The students cite their evidence by noting the page number and the answer. (The answer might be just the title of the article the answer was found in or the specific answer to the question.)
Character Traits (pages 37-38): Quite often, students are asked to describe a character by the character’s traits. This list provides a jumping off point in this skill. The students can add more character traits on the back of the page.
Annotating a Text (pages 39-40): Provides an anchor chart with simple ways of annotating a text. A blank page (page 40) is provided for the students (working together or independently) to complete about one of the articles in the newspaper or a text read in class. After completing the activity, the students can share their information with the rest of the class. Questions that come up can be addressed and unknown words can be defined through their context in the article or story.
Text Dependent Questions (page 41): Select an article from the newspaper and write questions that can only be answered by reading that specific article.
Accountable Talk (page 42): An anchor chart shows sentence frames from using accountable talk in the classroom. This anchor chart can be used with any text (fiction or nonfiction) as well as articles in the newspaper.
Evidence-Based Terms (page 43): Requires the students to cite evidence when answering questions—not just saying “Because I know it!”. The students will have to find the page number and the sentence from the article that supports their comments.

About the Activities
The February Post
Using Text Features
How Well Did You Read?
Word Splash
Character Traits (black & white, color)
Annotating a Text (anchor chart)
Annotating a text (blank)
Text Dependent Questions (blank)
Accountable Talk (anchor chart)
Evidence-Based Terms
Free Response
Routine Writing
Lined Writing Paper
Culminating Tasks
Books to Read

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68 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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