I’m linking up for Technology Tailgate’s Techie Tuesday with a site that has become a staple in our Daily 5 routine. Tween Tribune is a current event website for kids that allows them to comment on articles and read their peers’ opinions as well. My fourth graders love it because the articles are of high-interest to them and they love having their voices heard.
Tween Tribune allows me to integrate writing, science, social studies, and 21st Century technology/communication skills into my reading block. It also helps my students see the value of reading for enjoyment and interact with text in an authentic manner. I’m hoping it will get them in the habit of keeping up with current events and voicing their opinions on important matters in our society.
If you don’t teach “tweens,” there is also a TT Junior version that’s appropriate for the younger grades. This site is free, user friendly, and doesn’t take up much of my time. All I have to do is approve my kids’ comments before they can be posted, which is a feature I really love about the site.
I highly recommend checking out Tween Tribune if you’re looking to change up your reading centers. Click the image below to take you to an article about ball chairs.:)