I really like to get my students connecting what we are learning in class with the real world. This creates engagement and further answers the question I addressed prior of “Why are we learning this? We will never use it in real life”. One way that I do this is by getting them to review different types of news articles which relate directly to the curriculum. To that end I have created this free page which indexes recent news articles which I have used in my classroom.
Free, daily, 10-minute current events newscasts along with materials such as downloadable maps and discussion questions to help students develop critical thinking skills and better understand the stories covered in the news.
In the news magazines for box in your classroom library...You don't have to teach current events to make students knowledgable about what's going on in the world. This would be a great option for when students finish an activity early.