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How do you teach today's lessons with yesteryear's textbooks?
One way is to supplement old textbooks with today's newspapers. In my classroom, I use the Buffalo News. You need to be flexible, because the paper arrives minutes before the students do. But there are many flexible lessons that require only scissors, glue, maps, and a lot of space.
We also go online to the Buffalo News to find out the continuing story the next day or to go to other sources for information on a discovered topic. You can't get more up to date than that.
For teachers who think their students would have difficulty reading the news, I would encourage giving it a try. My students, grades four through six, are almost all identified as educationally handicapped or in need of remediation. Newspaper day is usually the best day of our week.
Elaine Hardman Fourth through sixth grade teacher Wellsville, New York
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