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News Media Digital Storytime Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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This Digital Library Lesson walks you through a storytime about news media. The lesson slides emphasize parts of a newspaper, fact vs opinion, and fake news.  Seven book recommendation slides and a separate list of 15 storytime read-aloud is also included.

Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!

Needed to open and edit: Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

This lesson is editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:

  • 44-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 16 slides are storytime and class discussion slides.
    • 24 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending storytime lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • List of 15 recommended picture books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PDF)
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
  • Detailed explanation of how to use themed storytime lessons like this one on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF))
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings (2 pages, PDF)

16 Storytime Slides include:

  • Original storytime song about the news
  • Sign language slide and how-to sign video link (“newspaper”)
  • Guided Discussion includes definition of news, media, and current events.
  • Parts of the newspaper include description and photos or clipart of:
    • headline,
    • byline,
    • dateline,
    • front page,
    • sections, and
    • news articles.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos.

24 Scrolling Slides include:

  • Vocabulary word: eyewitness
  • 2 “Would you rather?” question slides
  • Fact vs. Opinion with definitions, examples, and the importance of research to prove facts (11 slides)
  • 7 visual booktalks; all are picture books with a news media theme.
  • “Fake news” definition (1 slide + 1 book)
  • “Can facts change?” (1 slide + 1 example)

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included.  You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book.  If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  A.2. – B.1. – C.1.
  • Include – A.2.
  • Collaborate – A.2. – D.1.
  • Explore – A.1. – C.1.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10

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