5 Uses for ‘Time for Kids’ Magazines
This week is ‘Clean Room 10’ week. I hired a former student to watch my kiddo and I am CLEANING! Purging, printing new ideas, organizing, taking stock of current inventory and thanking God for Amazon Prime-it’s getting pretty busy over here.
One of the areas I had to work on was my pile of extra Time for Kids magazines. I love TfK, but we do run out of time to use them all. And if we do use them, I always have a few extra copies that seem too good to throw away. If you’re in the same boat, here are 5 ways you can tear them up and re-use them for next year!
1. Non-Fiction Text Features
Look at all these great text features! Every issue has a double page spread of graphs, charts, maps, captions, cartoons, etc. I saved as many as I could, and we’ll be taking a closer look at them next year specifically for the text features.
Every few issues, TfK will include an awesome debate prompt. Some of their main articles can serve as a great debate topic as well, such as their article on school dress codes or the article on kiddos wearing helmets in contact sports. These get tucked away for use the following year, as we do a LOT of debates in Room 10.
3. Science and Social Studies Non-Fiction
While current event articles may not work year after year (Taylor Swift might not reign supreme with the upcoming class), the science and social studies articles sure do! There were quite a few this year that fit perfectly with the fifth grade curriculum-water scarcity/droughts, ecosystems, an interview about the Constitution, a WWII spread for our Number the Stars novel study, etc. I save these and tuck them in the appropriate file folder-I can copy them next year and we can close read the heck out of them.
4. STEM Inspiration
On top of each TfK article, there’s a little banner that says what topic area the article goes under. There are a LOT of technology articles! Kid inventors, coding, video games, etc-perfect for bringing non-fiction text into STEM!
5. Mystery Person
Sometimes, I just need a few minutes in the morning to take attendance. And sometimes the kids are just dying to get on their computers. And then there’s that CCSS standard asking students to use technology to research. Add the TfK’s Mystery Person to this mix and you’ve got yourself a quick, easy activity!
I’m going to cut these out and stick them on this graphic organizer (free download!)-students can research the person and fill it in. Done and done.
To grab all these goodies out of each issue, you will need two copies of the magazine. Also, if you’re a subscriber, make sure to check out their website. You should get a login code when you get your weekly issues, and there are a bunch of great additional resources on the site. I found about 12 activities on primary sources-gold, I tell ya! 😉
Have fun tearing up your old Time for Kids magazines, all!