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What To Do With Extra Classroom Magazines

Do you have extra Scholastic News Magazines lying around your classroom?

I hoard save Scholastic News magazines because I just love them and can’t imagine discarding them. However, we just never get to all of them and I always have a big pile by the end of the year.

Well, I finally buckled down and thought of some ways to use them!

If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots

Non-fiction Text Features

Go through old magazines and cut out examples of text features. The big teacher versions are especially great for this.

Tape those examples onto chart paper and, after introducing text features to your class with books (you’ll want to do this activity after you have had several discussions about text features), go through each example on the chart and ask kids to tell you what that text feature is and how it helps the reader. Label as you go.

If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
Non-fiction Text Features anchor chart made from Scholastic News magazines

It’s ok if you don’t find examples of all text features. Make sure you have the ones children will most likely encounter in their magazines and books: headings, labels/diagrams, bold words, photographs, captions. You can discuss new ones as they come up: charts, maps, ‘power words’ (vocabulary), timelines, etc.

There are a few text features you won’t find in these magazines (table of contents, glossary, index), so make sure to cover these during your study.

After labeling your poster, you can have students work with a partner to find text features in your extra student magazines (if you’ve been holding onto them for years like me, you will have plenty!).

If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots

They can cut the examples out and together you can tape them to the corresponding poster. Afterward, discuss the posters and how these text features helped them understand the text. **For older grades, you can have them create their own mini-posters, showing different examples of text features.

If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
These are the most common text features we found in the Scholastic News magazines.

Of course, you can then have them read their informational books and find the text features in those as well. Ask them to write how they helped them understand.

As we read informational texts, we often discuss main idea and details. Read my blog post on helping your students identify the main idea and details: Teaching Main Idea and Details

If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots

You can find the graphic organizers on this page in my Main Idea and Details bundle.

A few more ideas…

  • Use book order catalogs to sort fiction/ non-fiction books, author’s purpose, or make a wishlist.
  • I always keep an extra full set for a sub. They’re pretty self-explanatory so no lesson plans needed!
  • Send them home! Some kids would love to have extra ones to play school at home.
  • Have kids write their own captions for photos.
If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
  • Collect new vocabulary words in a notebook.
If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
  • Pick an article and identify the main idea and details.
If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
Pick an article and identify the main idea and details.
  • Think of alternate headings.
If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
Students can come up with alternate headings.
  • Have kids label them with post-it notes.
If you have extra Scholastic News or other classroom magazines, read this blog post for ideas on how to use them! Perfect for teaching non-fiction text features, vocabulary words, main idea and details, and more! #tejedastots
My daughter loves to label the big teacher versions!

For my blog post chock full of labeling ideas, click here: Labeling for Emergent Writers

Maybe one day I will actually fulfill my dream of creating task cards with specific scavenger-hunt type questions to go with each edition. But in the meantime, I will let them go.

Do you have extra magazines you’ve saved over the years? How do you use (or plan to use) them? Comment below to share your ideas!

4 responses to “What To Do With Extra Classroom Magazines”

  1. Linda Avatar
    Linda

    When I taught kindergarten and we were allowed to have “play” centers, I put laminated Scholastic Magazines in a bin in the Kitchen/Home Center. It gave the children a pretend magazine rack to add a bit of Literacy to their play. This could still be done in preschool. I also used a small set of the laminated copies for literacy centers and/or small groups. They were great for Guided Reading with nonfiction text and to follow a theme. Children could mark on them with dry erase or water erase markers.

    1. Brenda Avatar
      Brenda

      Great ideas! The photographs are so rich, they are perfect for emergent readers. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cathy Avatar
    Cathy

    This is so smart! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Brenda Avatar
      Brenda

      Hi, Cathy! Thank you. Glad you liked the ideas!

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