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Using Magazines in the Classroom


Getting Started

This guide will provide a rational, teaching strategies, and activities for using magazines in the classroom and provide access to ERC magazine subscriptions.

Classroom Magazines Available @ The ERC (Click on magazine for the library record)

Why Use Student Magazines in the Classroom?

  • High interest, engaging articles
  • Shorter, manageable chunks of information
  • Provides context and background knowledge
  • Students practice reading informational text
  • Interpersonal communications language skills 
  • Focus on text structures and text features
  • Students practice close reading
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Talk and write about informational text
  • Textbook supplement
  • Media literacy
  • Differentiated reading levels

    If you need assistance navigating these resources please contact the ERC email with your questions.

Criteria for Evaluating Magazines

  • Quality of literature
  • Varying readability levels
  • Connection to content areas
  • Student interest
  • Supplemental materials

Skills Using Magazines

  • Compare & contrast (ie. fiction/non-fiction)
  • Text-to-text connections
  • Fact vs. opinion
  • Questioning
  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Characteristics of informational texts
  • Visualizing
  • Information writing skills
  • Close reading

Example Activities

Flipster Digital Magazines @ the ERC

The ERC subscribes to high-quality print and digital magazines. Click on the Flipster link to access the following e-magazines. They are also available in print. To find them ask for assistance at the ERC Circulation Desk.

The titles include:

  • Zoobooks
  • Ladybug
  • Spider
  • Ask
  • Cricket
  • Cobblestone
  • Dig Into History
  • Faces
  • Muse
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Highlights
  • Chickadee



Online Student Reference & Periodical Databases

Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center