Math Skill: Student identifies and orders numbers from 1 to 20.
Find numbers 1 through 20 in the Houston Chronicle. Cut them out and paste them in order on a lined sheet of paper.
Social Studies Skill: Student understands the concepts of goods and services.
On a sheet of paper, draw two boxes. Label one box GOODS. Label the other box SERVICES. Look through the Houston Chronicle for pictures of goods and services. Cut them out and paste them in the correct box.
Language Arts Skill: Student responds to various texts. Student describes how illustrations contribute to the text.
Ask student to choose an interesting photograph from the Houston Chronicle. Ask student to discuss what is happening, draw conclusions and make inferences. As an additional activity, ask student to write about what he/she thinks will happen next.
Science Skill: Student knows the difference between living organisms and non-living organisms.
Divide class into two groups. Ask one group to cut out pictures of living organisms. Ask the other group to cut out pictures of non-living organisms. Have each group make a presentation, with students taking turns discussing their pictures. After discussions, ask each group to make a hall mural or bulletin board with their pictures.
Math Skill: Student demonstrates understanding of odd numbers.
Have students search the Houston Chronicle to create a collage of at least 10 odd numbers. They should include numbers that have at least three digits. Have them write an explanation showing that they know what makes a number odd.
Social Studies Skill: Student understands the function of rules in society.
Talk with students about the need for laws and rules. Explain that just as government has laws, sports have rules. Have students find an interesting story in the Sports section of the Houston Chronicle. Ask them to identify a rule from that sport and the penalty for breaking that rule. Ask students to think of an alternative penalty.
Language Arts Skill: Student correctly identifies parts of speech.
Have students select a story from the Houston Chronicle, and find all the nouns. Ask them to underline in red the people they find; underline in blue the places they find; and, underline in green the things they find. Do this same activity with other parts of speech.
Science Skill: Student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects in the sky. Student can classify natural materials as renewable, non-renewable or inexhaustible.
Have students look through the Houston Chronicle for photos of outdoor scenes. Ask them to cut out one and paste it on a sheet of paper. Students will draw a circle around the renewable resources, draw a square around the non-renewable resources, and draw a triangle around the inexhaustible resources.
Math Skill: Student collects, organizes and displays data.
Students will use the Weather Page in the Houston Chronicle. Have each student select the high and low temperatures of six cities, including the city in which or near where he/she lives. Have each student make a bar graph that accurately displays the data and information.
Social Studies Skill: Student is able to understand that different parts of the population have special needs and issues.
Have a class discussion concerning stereotypes about the elderly. Have students search the Houston Chronicle to see how older people are represented. Discuss the stories they find and whether the stereotypes are proven true or false. Have students write an essay on their concerns about aging.
Language Arts Skill: Student determines fact from opinion.
Have students select an obituary from the Houston Chronicle. Ask them to underline the facts and circle the opinions. Have each student write his or her own obituary, or one for the teacher.
Science Skill: The student knows the characteristics of matter.
Using the Houston Chronicle, have students cut out pictures of solids, liquids and gases. Ask them to make a display of their findings. Each student should be prepared to give an oral presentation to the class.
Math Skill: The student uses graphs, tables and algebraic representations to make predictions and solve problems.
In the Sports section of the Houston Chronicle, students check team standings and winloss records of whatever sport is in season. Students figure which teams have the highest winning percentage and lowest winning percentage. Have students make predictions of final season standings based on their computations. Students should save their work to compare with final standings published in the Houston Chronicle at the end of the season.
Social Studies Skill: Student understands the power and responsibilities of each branch of the government of the United States of America .
Challenge students to find articles in the Houston Chronicle that show each of the branches of government at work. Ask them to write a paragraph explaining why they chose that example and what aspect or branch of government it illustrates.
Language Arts Skill: Student uses strategies to clarify meaning, such as note taking, summarizing and outlining. Student can write a grade-level appropriate report.
Have students read an interesting news story in the Houston Chronicle. Ask them to skim the article again to find the main idea of each paragraph. On a separate sheet of paper, have students number and write the main ideas, leaving space between each idea. Then ask students to read back through the article for the supporting facts of each main idea. They should write those supporting facts below each main idea and letter them a,b,c, etc. For extra practice, ask students to write a summary of the Houston Chronicle article using the outline they have just written.
Science Skill: The student knows that substances have chemical and physical properties.
Challenge students to use the Houston Chronicle to find a recipe that takes ingredients and combines them to make something completely different. Have students research which ingredients are most responsible for causing chemical reactions in the recipes. Ask them to explain the findings in a written report and give a short oral presentation. For extra credit, have students prepare the recipe and bring it to class.
- Adult learners make a list of food that
their families use on a daily basis. Using the Houston Chronicle
advertisements, they will make a chart of the prices of those
items to compare and determine the best deal. Students should
remember to compare quantity and quality as well as price to
determine the most cost-effective choice.
- Adult learners will pick a story to read from the Houston Chronicle. After reading, they will answer:
- Who is the story about?
- What happened in the story?
- When did the story happen?
- Where did the story take place?
- How do they think the story will affect them or their family members?
These activities are great for Spanish speakers who are learning English and also for those English speakers who are learning to speak Spanish. These activities are provided in both languages so that learners can refer to either for help.
En español, flower es flor, una de las vistosidades de más coloridos de las naturaleza. Las flores so conocidas por sus colres brillantes. Hay rojas, narcisos, amarillos y claveles rosados. Algunas flores incusive tienen el color en su nombre: las violetas y el trébol morado. La gente adora las flores por su agradable olor, así como por sus mermosos colores.
Corta dibujos de tu Houston Chronicle que huelan bien o mal. Identifica los dibujos HUELE BIEN o HUELE MAL.
In Spanish, flower is flor, one of natures most beautiful sights. Flowers are known for their bright colors. There are red roses, yellow narcissus and pink carnations. Some flowers even have the color in their name: violets and purple clovers. People adore flowers for their pleasant smell, as well as their beautiful colors.
Cut out pictures of things from the Houston Chronicle that smell good or bad. Label them SMELL GOOD or SMELL BAD.
En español, tie es corbata. Los hombres (y también las mujeres) usan corbatas alrededor del cuello para añadir color a su ropa. ¡Las corbata van con todo rojo, amarillo, azul, morado, verde, negro y café! Las corbatas también van con cualquier figura y diseño que te puedas imaginar.
La gente usualmente lleva corbatas cuando quieren vestir bien. Fíjate en tu Houston Chronicle y busca un lugar par air cuando estés bien vestido.
In Spanish, tie is corbata. Men (and also women) wear ties around their necks to add color to their clothing. Ties go with everything red, yellow, blue, purple, green, black and brown! Ties can also go with any pattern and design you can imagine.
People usually wear ties when they want to dress up. Look through your Houston Chronicle and find a place to go when you are dressed up.