Five Ways to Use Kind News

In addition to being a great resource to encourage empathy and kindness in students, Kind News can be easily integrated into your classroom to support skills that students are already working on. Check out these fun activities with any issue of Kind News, anytime! Visit our archives to access past Kind News issues.

1. Create-Your-Own Critter Clues or DIY!

Do your students love guessing the mystery critter? Have them choose their own animal to learn more about. They can write up their own clues and have their classmates guess. Check out these sample clues for inspiration.

Got crafty kids in your classroom? They may enjoy writing their own step-by-step DIY craft, like this one. Bonus if it involves items in nature!

2. Text Feature Scavenger Hunt

Need some good practice material for using nonfiction text features such as headings, bolded vocabulary and images? Ask your students a question covered in the magazine and have them search for the answer, focusing on text features to find it quickly. If using our interactive digital issues, (September/October 2020 and forward) students can use our annotation features to circle or underline what they find directly in the issue!

3. Curiosity Corner Questions

Your curious students might have fun brainstorming what they want to know about animals, and then researching to find the answers. To add to the fun, challenge them to think of wacky questions: the zanier, the better!  Here are some to get them started:
    1. How do snakes sleep?
    2. Where does the hippopotamus get its name?
    3. Can jellyfish see?
    4. Do animals laugh?
Afterwards, submit the questions to KindNews@RedRover.org and your students’ questions might just get featured in a future issue!

4. Animal Exploration

Were your students inspired by magazine content about an animal that needs help, or know of wildlife in trouble in your area? Task them with researching an animal of their choice that is threatened or in danger and sharing with the class what we can do to help it. Here are some guiding questions:

    1. Why is this animal in danger? What caused this to happen?
    2. How would it be bad for humans if the animal did not survive?
    3. What can humans do to help and raise awareness about this?

5. Animal Expert Meet & Greet

Kind News features amazing stories of people and organizations that help animals! If one inspires you, try reaching out to the person or organization! If you’re lucky,  they may be available to “Zoom” into your class for a meet & greet so your students can ask further questions and learn more. You can reach out to KindNews@Redrover.org if you’d like some help connecting with a person or organization featured in the magazine. You can also try reaching out to your local animal shelter or humane society and see if a staff member would like to visit your classroom virtually or in-person.