3 Tips for Discussing Current Events with Any Age Level

Do you want your children and students to learn and think critically about current events, but aren’t sure where to start? We have 5 tips from our partner, WORLD News Group, to help you incorporate current events and special interest stories into your lessons each week.

WORLD News Group has fun and interactive print magazines and online resources for current events learning with a Christian world-view. Whether your students are preschool-age to young adults, these lessons will keep your students engaged with current events, and open up Christian perspective discussions between you and your student.

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  1. Daily discussion: Set aside regular times for your students to discover something new from current events and have a brief daily discussion. The daily-featured stories on the God’s Big WORLD, WORLDkids and WORLDteen websites are great resources for these discussions. For example, if your preschooler is interested in animals, they might love to learn about a flamingo in God’s Big WORLD who lost his leg but was saved by veterinarians and given a new carbon leg!Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 12.29.34 PM
  1. Select daily stories to complement your curriculum: Choose stories that complement other subjects you’re covering in your curriculum; for example, history, language arts, or science. Discussing current events in the context of these subjects helps your students grasp the real-life relevance of their studies. For example, if you were discussing weather cycles, you would definitely want to include the drought stories from God’s Big WORLD and WORLDteen.
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  2. Weekly writing assignment: For preschool age children, God’s Big WORLD includes a weekly assignment that makes it easy to see what your child learned from the text. For elementary students and teens: Assign either a story or an entire topic for your students to study that week. Use the current events content as a writing prompt and have them complete any of several writing activities, such as:
  • Compare and contrast two opposing viewpoints
  • Take a personal stand on an issue in the news and explain your position persuasively
  • Describe what it’s like to live in a different culture
  • Summarize a complex topic
  • Identify the 5 W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why) & How in a news story
  • Write a letter to the editor in response to a news story

For these writing assignments, your student could imagine what the world was like when this
colossal tree was just a seedling from this WORLDkids article.

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God’s Big WORLD for preschoolers, WORLDkids for elementary students, and WORLDteen for young teens memberships include colorful print magazines with teaching tips and quizzes, and access to their dynamic websites and interactive mobile apps. Click here today for 15% off your subscription!