Content can come alive in the classroom when you connect instruction to current events. Students of all ages like to feel like they have a grasp on what’s happening in the world around them and there is always a way to make curriculum-to-world connections.
NBC Nightly News has an app that features up to the minute video clips on events of the day. If I saw a segment on polar bears on a Wednesday night, you can bet that by Friday my students have seen that clip too and are recording their connections to our ecosystem unit on arctic climate change. Segments from the show can be projected onto your classroom’s “big screen” or explored individually by students on their own iPads.
(Make sure to preview each segment before showing the class. Even though they might hear about a news story at home, all clips are not appropriate for the classroom).
Check out my common core aligned lesson using current events apps!