April 29, 2014

Teacher Tip: Scholastic Magazines

Happy Tuesday, my faithful followers! We're on our last cycle of Interim Testing this week, which means I get to spend some quality time on the computer while my kiddos test. The great news is that I can finally share a Tuesday Teaching Tip... it's been way too long!

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the wonderful assortment of Scholastic magazines, but I don't know how many of you use them on a regular basis in your classrooms. If you do use them, are you familiar with the supplementary resources online?

I know there are many magazine options, but as a middle school teacher, I'm most familiar with Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Action, and I absolutely love them both. They are filled with high-interest, relatable articles that my students devour. Both magazines offer excellent options for using the featured articles as Articles of the Week and for guided reading.

Action provides articles appropriate for instructing your students in the areas of reading and writing. The issues include reader's theater scripts, essay organizers, debate outlines, and more. The thing I love most about this rag is that you can get leveled texts on the website. That's right! They've differentiated the articles into three Lexile levels to meet the needs of your students! The middle level is always in the magazine, but you can get the higher and lower levels on the website and print them for free. I love this feature because it allows me to cover the exact same material with a whole class but still keep things differentiated. You can click here for an example of leveled texts in an article about eating bugs... how many of your students would LOVE this article?!

In addition to the differentiated article, Action magazine offers Common Core-aligned teaching resources that supplement the various articles. You can see from this link to the most current issue, that they offer numerous activities, and they take all of the guess work out by giving you a lesson plan complete with CCSS. What a great resource!

Junior Scholastic operates in a similar manner, but focuses on nonfiction articles related to national and international news. I love this magazine for keeping my students aware of current events and teaching them to think critically about things that are happening in our world. I love that this magazine includes primary resources, geography lessons, paired texts, links to videos and exposure to important vocabulary.

If you haven't yet subscribed to either of these magazines, I highly recommend you consider them for next year. You won't be disappointed!


  1. Oh....I need to check these out for sure! I haven't ordered magazines in a while, but there seem to be some pretty great ones out there! I should write another Donors Choose project!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I agree with Allison! Scholastic Magazines are the Bomb and we should write a Donors Choose Project to get them in our classrooms next year! Thanks for the tip!



  3. The school finally resumed my Scholastic Scope subscription a few months ago. My students love the high-interest, paired texts that come in each edition as well as the reader's theater.