How Scholastic News Aligns with the Science of Reading

The science of reading is a body of research that explains how proficient readers learn to read. Studies show that to read proficiently, you must combine background knowledge and vocabulary skills with strong decoding skills.

By using Scholastic News in your class, you’re building background knowledge and big vocabularies every week. Scholastic News also provides opportunities to practice decoding skills and is a perfect supplement to your systematic phonics program.

With  Scholastic News® educators can:

 Build Background Knowledge

  • Read and discuss a new science, social studies, history, or SEL topic each week with our 32 weekly issues.
  • Watch inspiring nonfiction videos that provide facts and information about the topic covered in each issue.
  • Dig deeper into each theme with our online text sets (3 to 4 articles on one topic).
  • Encourage kids to apply the knowledge they’ve learned with our meaningful hands-on extension activities.

 Grow Big Vocabularies

  • Build important academic vocabulary (e.g., symbol, communicate) and content area vocabulary (e.g., predator, nutrients) with our featured text.
  • Preview important words to know before reading with vocabulary slideshows, featuring photos, kid-friendly definitions, and read-aloud functionality.
  • Reinforce vocabulary through developmentally appropriate activities like completing diagrams and labeling pages.
  • Spark rich discussions about vocabulary with our discussion questions.

Practice Decoding Skills

  • Interact with online games to practice phonics skills in a fun, stress-free environment.
  • Provide practice with skills sheets that are focused on blends, digraphs, and long vowel sounds.

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