This week's theme for the mentor text linky with Collaboration Cuties is language arts and reading.
Yesterday I posted some information I read in Richard Allington's book What Really Matters for Struggling Readers. One of the chapters was about making sure you have plenty of books students can and want to read. One suggestion was to have magazines available for students, since most of our reading as adults in done in a similar article type format.
I do know my students LOVE magazines. My boys last year always brought in car/truck magazines. But I only had one available in my classroom...Zoobooks. When I moved to my new classroom, there happened to just be a stack of 20 or 30 old ones in the cabinet. They were probably the most popular "book" I had in my classroom, especially with the boys who can always use motivation to read.
So knowing that the mentor text linky was today, I got to thinking about how I might actually USE the magazines rather than just have them lying around. So I just pulled out a few and started looking through. Each Zoobooks magazine is about an animal. So beyond just reading information texts to identify facts (which is huge in 2nd), I also think the magazine (and likely any magazine) would be great for....text features!
The text features are everywhere, and in a real life format. Not contrived and looking weird when they are intentionally put in. And there are lots of them! Of course it is easy to find the caption when there is only one text feature on the page, which is often the case with our instructional materials. There are captions, diagrams, maps, labels, and photographs. Now I do not see headings, a table of contents, or an index in this magazine...which would be awesome...but I know I have in other magazines so I guess I just need to get some more.
Zoobooks is $30 per year (10 issues) on Amazon
So I started looking on Amazon and found some others that look like good options for second graders.
Sports Illustrated Kids is $20 per year (12 issues) on Amazon
American Girl is $23 per year (6 issues) on Amazon
The other thing is that they all seem to have corresponding websites with additional activities and reading, which might encourage more reading and engagement.
I'm looking for other magazines about different topics that would interest my students (and are within a reasonable price range). Many of them seem expensive! Any suggestions? Have you found any good deals on subscriptions? Anywhere to get old magazines? What magazines do your students like?