Here are five interesting activities that require only a newspaper, some scissors, and some colored pencils:
Cut out a short article you think your child will enjoy. Cut the paragraphs apart. Ask your child to read the paragraphs and put them in the correct order.
Have your child choose a headline from today’s paper. Turn it into a question. Then read the story to see whether the question is answered.
Scan the newspaper to find an article you think will interest your child. As you are preparing dinner, say, “I’m just too busy to finish the whole newspaper today. Will you read me the article I circled on page four?”
Look for an editorial on a subject you think your child will understand. Ask your child to read it. Then underline all the facts with a red pencil and all the opinions with a blue pencil. If possible, look for a news story on the same subject. Again, try underlining facts in red and opinions in blue. What is the difference between a news story and an editorial?
Have your child choose two photographs of people from today’s newspaper. Now have him imagine a conversation between these two people. What would the mayor of your city say to the television star? What might the athlete say to the child who won the spelling bee?
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