In Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Review Journal / Las Vegas Sun has an exceptional Newspaper in Education (NIE) program for teachers and students. Clark County teachers can go to this NIE website and find numerous resources for putting the newspaper into the hands of their students. (This also includes use of online newspapers.)
To get started, here are some student-directed lessons for using the newspaper to teach elementary Math skills. Each of the following is an independent instructional activity.
Using today’s newspaper (online or in print) complete the following tasks!
- Race through the newspaper! You have five minutes. See how many numbers from 1-25 you can find. Circle each number as you find it.
- Circle the largest and smallest numbers on a page. Subtract the two numbers you have found. Add the two numbers.
- Use recipes from the newspaper to practice using fractions. Double the recipe; halve the recipe and triple the recipe.
- Cut words from the newspaper that relate to quantity. For example: all, none, many, few, fewer, more, less, most etc.
- Write a word problem that uses an advertisement for basic information. Have a classmate solve the equation.
- Look at the movie ads. Assuming there is a 15-minute break between show listings (time-wise), determine the duration of three movies.
- Choose any three-digit and any two-digit numbers from the newspaper. Do the following:
- Find the product of the two numbers
- Find the sum of the two numbers
- Find the difference between the two numbers
- Find the quotient of the two numbers to the nearest hundredth
- Now, find the sum of all the answers above
- Read one page in the newspaper and underline words and phrases that refer to time such as: annual, bicentennial, 90-day warranty, next week, etc.
- Refer to the entertainment section and choose the kind of entertainment that you would enjoy most and a restaurant where you would like to dine. Determine the total cost of your outing for one person, for two, and finally for your entire family.
- Using the sports section, add up the total points scored by different teams in one division of the NFL, MLB, or NBA. Create a word problem. Or, determine the total elapsed time between the first and last place NASCAR drivers. Or, just create your own math lessons based on the stats you find in the sports section.
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See also CJ Hatcher’s National Lesson Plans column!