- Weekly articles about important news stories, delivered online.
- Accessible anywhere your students connect to the Internet, including right in the classroom.
- Weekly quizzes are auto-graded; scores are automatically sent to the teacher's account where they are easily sorted by class, student, and other criteria.
- Students can discuss and add comments in a secure and safe online environment.
- Reduces prep & evaluation time, and allows teachers to focus on learning outcomes.
Currents4Kids is an online social studies resource and learning tool featuring weekly articles about important news stories. This Canadian online resource empowers students to understand and explore current events around the world.
Articles on Currents4Kids' fall between 4 and 6 on the Flesch Kincaid readability scale. Additional supports such as a dictionary look-up and audio accompaniment, and challenges such as links for further reading (including links to authentic news sources), make the articles appropriate for a wide range of reading abilities.
Please note that Currents4Kids and LesPlanEducational Services Ltd. do not gather or store any student information or data. To create a classroom, teachers are only required to enter a student’s first name and last initial. Student work, such as article responses and quiz scores, are managed by the teachers in their classroom and we do not store these results. Teachers may also permanently delete a classroom and the results associated with it at any time.
What are the benefits?
Encourages reading and vocabulary building
Encourages non-fiction reading by providing age-appropriate, leveled, engaging and relevant text. Helps build students' vocabulary and background knowledge.
Provides classroom flexibility
Flexibility. Teachers may require students to read and interact with the website outside of class time; explore C4K during class, in a computer lab or using a SmartBoard or similar technology; allow students to work independently on a classroom computer once other work has been finished; print off pdfs of all key pages and explore the stories using pen and paper; use the article and resources as a springboard into an inquiry-based project.
Facilitates online conversation in a safe environment
Provides a platform for students to express their opinions in a safe, structured environment and allows them to read what other students their age say on the same topics.
Saves teachers time
Saves teachers time by automatically grading quizzes and allowing teachers to manage writing assessment online.
Weekly articles inform students about important news stories and provide the background that is key to understanding the issue.
On-the-Lines and Between-the-Lines quizzes that check students' reading comprehension and literacy skills. Scores are automatically sent to the teacher's account where they are easily sorted by class, student, and other criteria.
Online comments for students
A comment page where students can respond to the stories. Responses are sent to the teacher who can edit, request revisions, grade, or upload them to the C4K website for all subscribers to read.
Links to rich content
Links to relevant articles, resources, maps, photos and videos enhance and extend students' understanding of the story.
PDF’s of quizzes and assignments
Suggested activities including pdfs of the articles and quizzes.