Social Sundays: FREE Newspaper tool for your Social Studies Classroom

I'm always excited when I find a tool or trick that can make something we do better or easier. Recently, I found a cool (and more importantly FREE) website for creating the finishing touch for newspaper articles.


We like to do quick and easy newspapers in my social studies class.  I use the newspapers several ways.  Sometimes, the newspaper is an introduction to a unit - groups of students are given information, requirements and 90 minutes to meet their deadline.  We follow the newspaper creation with a discussion of themes and topics that are emerging on a unit.  Other times, the newspaper project serves as a fun collaborative assessment.  Students are given topics from the units and create a newspaper based on their knowledge from the unit.  And sometimes, they are ongoing projects built throughout a unit.  We just did a big newspaper project for the Progressive Era, which I will post about in the Fall.  But back to the website for newspapers...


Usually, when we create a newspaper, we simply use pencil and paper, because the newspaper is created start to finish in a 90 minute class period.  Occasionally, we use computers and print, but sometimes the students get so caught up in the formatting that the content learning gets watered down.
So, that's why I was excited about discovering Fodey.com, which I actually found one day in my Pinterest feed

What I like about Fodey.com:


  • It's easy (literally cut and paste)
  • It's free 
  • No registration required
  • It's quick
  • The finished article adds a little authenticity to student articles.
You can also make clapboard images (as well as Ninja text and talking squirrels, but not sure how I would use those last two).  I don't use fodey.com
all the time, but it is one more fun way for students to display their work. I'm thinking we might use the clapboard image at the beginning of a stop motion animation project. What do you think?






 
Social Sundays
 is a bi-weekly post sharing tips, ideas, resources, and products for teaching social studies.  If you have questions or think there is something I should share, you can leave me a message in the comments below or at the store in the question and answer section.  

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  1. Very neat! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Looks interesting. Just an fyi -- the site didn't open in Firefox on my computer but it did work in Safari and Chrome.

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    1. Actually, if you have adblock on it won't open in any of them. I can't use it at all on my home computer :)

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  3. This looks really neat, thanks for sharing!

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