TweenTribune – Daily News for Kids, Leveled by Lexiles

What is TTribune?

TweenTribune is a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science.

TTribune also includes lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities for the registered users to communicate with other participants. TTribune is a moderated comment sharing community where registered Teachers can assign educational content (like news stories) to students and the students using a screen name have the ability to create comments which, if approved by their Teacher, are then published either to the other students within the Teacher’s TTribune classroom page, or publicly on TTribune.

How are the News Articles selected?

Each weekday, TTribune searches the Internet for grade-appropriate stories from reputable news organizations, such as the Associated Press, and local newspapers and TV stations.

TTribune selects interesting stories and tailors them for different reading level audiences (e.g. Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, and Spanish students in any grade).

In addition, TTribune allows students to engage with each other, by allowing registered students to comment on the stories and create further discourse and discussion. All comments are approved by their respective Teacher before they are posted.

Implement in Your Classroom

To learn more, head over to http://tweentribune.com/ to read some of the content, and see if it fits with your content or subject. Chances are, it will.