Many parents are in search of ways to help their children review skills or get extra practice in a particular area. Many of our students enjoy reading non-fiction books, but rarely read them at home when its time for reading aloud each night.

One way to help with this is to use the newspaper to practice an essential school and life-long skill-locating and using information in text. As adults we know that in our daily lives we need to use various resources to find information. For example, when making your favorite recipe how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? When you need a plumber, how do you find a qualified one? When you need to learn how to create mailing labels on your computer, how do you do it? The following activity can help children learn to locate information in text, and it can be modified to fit the grade-level of your child.

“Newspaper Scavenger Hunt” can help your child learn about how a newspaper is organized and is a valuable source of information. You can create a list of things to find in the newspaper. Give your child the list, a newspaper, glue, and scissors and let them search for information. Some suggestions are:

  • A picture and caption of a famous athlete
  • Yesterdays weather
  • The time, date, and location of a special function in your community
  • A movie that’s playing in a local theater
For younger children, have them find sight words, or pictures that begin with sounds they’re learning.