Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

March 5th, 2009 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
New York Times Learning Network

Age Range: 11-18 (grades 6-12)

ClickScholar Anne McEwan recommended this website sponsored by “The New York Times” that provides teachers with FREE daily lesson plans based on current events reported in stories published in the newspaper. The lessons incorporate multiple subjects that are covered on specific days of the week as follows:

  • Monday: American History and Civics
  • Tuesday: Science and Health
  • Wednesday: Global History and Geography
  • Thursday: Technology, Math and Economics
  • Friday: Language Arts and Fine Arts

When you get to the site you will see:

  • The current lesson of the day – Click on it and a new page opens with the complete Lesson Plan (designed for classroom teachers that can be tweaked for home use) including links to all of the resources (such as worksheets) needed to complete the lesson. You can access the news stories and related lessons for free, and no registration is required.
  • Lesson Plan Archive – Browse the full collection of lesson plans.
  • Lesson Plan E-Mail – Get a daily current events lesson delivered to your inbox.
  • Other Features, Resources – Find out what happened on this day in history, take a daily news quiz, or try a crossword puzzle themed around an historic event. As Anne wrote, “They also have a ‘Student Connections’ section, links to their quarterly publication ‘Education Life,’ and ‘Newsmagazine’ a joint publication by Scholastic and NY Times for Teens.”

Additionally, Anne enthused, “My efforts were directed to short lessons and exercises on current events. I was thrilled with Forty Ways to Teach the Times! Literally 40 ways with beautiful worksheets on fun and easy ways to engage kids in Current Events.”



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