Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Real News ~ Really Interesting and Straight from the Smithsonian!


Last summer, I got to go on a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. with my husband and two sons. Spending time in the Smithsonian was one of the highlights of our vacation.  It made me very aware of what a national treasure the Smithsonian really is!


I recently found out about TTribune, a free service that the Smithsonian is offering to all K - 12 teachers and students.    

This site provides a wealth of informational text.  Each day, TTribune searches a variety of reliable news sources for grade-appropriate stories. Lexile levels are offered for many of the articles.  

The picture below shows a sketch of an underground playground that a group has proposed to build in Manhattan. The essential question of this article is: Would you want to play in an underground park?  What a great discussion starter this article would be!



My kids would just love this one . . . Passengers were recently asked to help push an airplane because the tires were frozen to the ground.  Fascinating!



Who wouldn't want to ride on a cushion of air?  I can't wait to share this breaking story about advances in hoverboarding!


There is truly something for everyone here.  

Click here or on any of the pictures to check out this free service.  It's well worth exploring!

Thanks for stopping by!  :) Anne Gardner (NBCT, Literacy)