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Adding Current Events into your Science StudiesAdding a current events study to a subject can increase the student’s interest as well as inform him or her of the latest advances in the field. Having a student read a relevant article or two each month will enhance what he or she is learning in a subject.

This month, I wanted to share with you all how to incorporate the latest scientific news into your studies.

ADDING CURRENT EVENTS INTO YOUR SCIENCE STUDIES

STEP 1: CHOOSE AN ARTICLE.

The first step is to choose an appropriate article. Usually, I try to pick one from the field of science that we are studying. You can subscribe to a kid’s science magazine, do a Google search, or check out our Science News for Students to find possible articles. Once you have collected a list of options, peruse through them and pick one that you think will interest your student.

STEP 2: READ THE ARTICLE.

The next step is to have your student read the actual article. Simply hand the student the article and tell him or her to come see you when he or she is done reading it. We typically do our current events studies on Fridays since we like to have a change of pace that day.

STEP 3: DISCUSS THE ARTICLE.

The third step is to discuss the article the student is reading. I typically ask questions like:

  • What was the article about?
  • What do you think about (a piece of research or an experiment that the article pointed out )?
  • How does the article relate to (something that we have studied on the subject )?
  • Did you find the article to be interesting?
  • Do you agree with the opinion(s) stated in the article?

To do this, it means that you will also need to read the article ahead of time. This helps you to know if the responses are correct and gives you the ability to add to the discussion.

STEP 4: WRITE A SUMMARY.

The final step to adding current events to your science students is to have the student write a summary. Once you finish the discussion, ask your student to write three to five sentences on the article, including his or her opinion on it. Since you have already talked about the piece, this step is easy for the student to do.

IN A NUTSHELL

Choose an article. Read the article. Discuss the article. And write a summary of the article. These four steps will help you to add current events to any subject, especially science.

This article was written by our author, Paige Hudson . You can also find her mixing up solutions for homeschool science at Elemental Blogging. If you want to receive more articles just like this, plus our monthly discounts, sign up for our newsletter in the box below or click here .

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