FAQ

How are articles selected?

Articles are carefully selected from main, credible news sites such as cbc.ca based on the following criteria: non-sensational, significant within society, and relevant to students and the curriculum. Articles that could be offensive to some readers or that are potentially inappropriate for the target age group are avoided.

Who writes the stories and develops the curriculum?

Currents4Kids is produced by a talented team of writers and teachers from across Canada.

What are the similarities and differences between The Canadian Reader and Currents4Kids?

Similarities: 

  • aimed at grades 3 and up
  • focus on current events
  • make meaningful use of the Internet
  • facilitate non-fiction reading, development of background knowledge and vocabulary
  • promote literacy

Key Differences:

  • range of articles: The Canadian Reader focuses on Canadian current events and issues only, and includes comics, a generic lesson plan to teach literacy strategies, and a map assignment; Currents4Kids includes articles from all major news categories (such as Environment, Sports, Entertainment,  Science, and Technology) and does not focus exclusively on Canadian stories
  • format: The Canadian Reader is a print/pdf publication that includes lesson plans and is meant to be explored in a classroom setting; Currents4Kids is an interactive publication that can be well-utilized in the classroom but is also easy to use at home, in the library or a lab on any Internet-connected device available to the student.
  • publication schedule: The Canadian Reader is published once a month, 8 times per year; Currents4Kids is published once per week, 40 times per year