Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Great tool for news knowledge that's best for classroom use.

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It's clear a considerable amount of thought went into this news-based publication's format. Written content on NewsCurrents is offered in three versions to help target kids' learning level; numerous elements have also been included to engage kids and drive home key concepts, including discussion sections, quizzes, and detailed charts and other imagery.

That said, the design isn't quite as strong as it could be. The layout and navigation are fairly simplistic and can feel a bit outdated, and the site really isn't something parents would review and share with their children. NewsCurrents was designed for teachers to explain current events by using the text to narrate as they show the provided visual elements to students. There are plenty of impressive extras to help educators facilitate that process. They can view a list of Common Core standards that correlate to each issue, for example, or download teaching ideas. But parents looking for a way to review and discuss recent national and international news at home may want to consider another site, such as the publisher's other current events-based offering, Read to Know Family, an online current events magazine created for kids in fifth grade or above.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, reading, reading comprehension, using supporting evidence, Social Studies: events, geography, global awareness, history, power structures, the economy, timelines
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, asking questions, investigation, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid
  • Last updated: April 15, 2019

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