The benefits of using current events in the classroom are practically endless. News stories help students better understand their communities, new perspectives, and real-world events. Introducing current events in the classroom can promote critical thinking, empathy, reading skills, global awareness, and so much more. Whether you’re assigning weekly current events summaries or conducting a single lesson, our free current events worksheets for grades 3-8 are the perfect companion.
Inside, you’ll find two options for current event summaries. In addition, our savvy news reader tips and activity will guide students through determining if an article is trustworthy. In a world of so many media outlets, news literacy is a crucial skill!
Current Events Summary Worksheets
- When giving current events assignments, give students the option to use one of two article summary worksheets to get started.
- Choose from a graphic organizer–style worksheet or a traditional fill-in worksheet to evaluate an article.
News Accuracy Worksheets
- Begin a lesson on news literacy. Use the list tips to educate students on determining a news article’s accuracy and credibility.
- Then, have students complete the corresponding worksheet to practice what they learned and evaluate a news article on their own.
The Week Junior, an Unbiased Classroom Current Events Resource
The Week Junior magazine is an awesome way to expose 3rd through 8th grade readers to current events through a kid-friendly, unbiased magazine. There’s something for every student, with sections on sports, culture, movies, crafts, recipes, and so much more! Get a free issue of The Week Junior, and watch kids dive into this interactive reading resource.