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The New York Times Learning Network Connections

This NY Times-hosted site offers a prime resource for teachers, students, and parents looking to keep up with current events. Three different parts of the site include the Teacher Connection, the Student Connection, and the Parent Connection. The site offers news summaries, a daily news quiz related to that day's New York Times, a word of the day, science questions and answers, daily lesson plans, an issue in depth, and a test prep question from Kaplan, crossword puzzles, and numerous other interactive resources for students to test and improve their knowledge of current events and prominent figures. The site also includes sections where students can send letters to the editor and ask a question of a reporter. The parent section includes conversation starters, discussion topics, and a news snapshot--an image from the New York Times, with suggested who, what, when, where, why, and how questions.

Published by The New York Times Company in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Areas:Geography
History/Social Science
Themes/Keywords: Current Events

journalism, news photo, current events, history, politics, geography

Essential Question(s)
1. What are the important events in our daily lives?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How are events reported? How do we know they're accurate?
2. How does what happens far away in the world affect us?
3. What is the most important current event?

Extension and Activities
1. Use several news snapshots, in which the Times has taken a picture and asked questions about it, then challenge students to select a picture and devise their own questions (and answers).
2. Begin a word wall with words from the Word of the Day feature. Have students add different examples from the news.
3. Suggest that students review the On This Day in History feature regularly and create a timeline or timelines of events.

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