It's time for another installment of Throwback Thursday!
Here's an easy, FREE, and fun way to incorporate current events in your classroom.

Originally posted November 8, 2012
When we updated our Social Studies curriculum a few years ago, a new requirement was to incorporate current events into the classroom year-round. I wasn't sure how I was going to do this, as current events really don't fit with the rest of my units. I was feeling a little hungry that day, so I created "What's the Scoop?"!

"What's the Scoop?" is an EASY way to incorporate current events and public speaking in your classroom! Every week, a student is the Class Reporter. This is actually one of my classroom jobs. The student receives three ice cream scoops on Monday to work on at home. S/he watches the news or reads news on the Internet or newspaper to find three headlines from the week to write in his/her own words. On Friday, the student brings the scoops back (hopefully cut out!) and shares them with the class. Here's what the bulletin board looks like:
So what do you have to do to set this up? Not much! I cut a triangle out of brown construction paper and then drew criss-cross lines on it with a brown marker, then laminated it. This cone is actually four years old and still looks GREAT! No fading!! Then just make three copies of the ice cream scoop. I do one white (vanilla), one pink (strawberry), and one yellow (chocolate? LOL!). I attach the direction sheet to the top of the scoops so the parents know what to do. Then, just send it home Monday and wait for it to come back on Friday! You'll need 5-10 minutes for the reporter to share, but you don't really have to do anything; maybe just clarify or give more info if necessary. I'm telling you, SO EASY!!! You can pick up a FREE copy at my TpT store by clicking on the picture below.
And speaking of my TpT store, my Thanksgiving I Have, Who Has has sold FOUR copies!!!! Four exclamation marks for that bad boy LOL! I can't tell you how over-the-moon excited I am about this! My coworkers must think I'm crazy because I give them a daily update of my sales. I kind of feel sorry for them. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. 

OK, I'm done now. Have a great night!!
I love how excited I was that I sold FOUR WHOLE COPIES of that "I Have, Who Has?" game. In fact, I almost deleted that last paragraph for this repost, but then this wouldn't be a legit Throwback Thursday. I should really update that file before next Thanksgiving :)

1 comment

  1. Love the idea of What's the Scoop? - great idea to incorporate current events! Thank you!


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