An Online Discovery!
Thanksgiving is now over, and we'll soon be heading toward winter
holidays! Today I want to share a subscription website that I am thankful for
having rediscovered. I had access to it a few years ago, but it has really
improved and I now have more students who can benefit.
The website is http://www.new-2-you.com
Each week, there is a new printable newspaper written using
symbols they call "symbol stix." The newspapers are differentiated. You can
access a simple, easy version, a medium version or a more advanced version,
depending on the students you are working with. There are sets of extensive
worksheets, science experiments and cooking projects to go with the topic of
each week's newspaper. There are also sections with online games and more
information about each theme and holidays.
There are various levels of membership, the most basic (which
I have) gives you access to the newspaper and topic-based worksheet, and symbol
stix online (I haven't figured out how to access that, and since I use
Boardmaker a lot, I'm not sure if I will need it). The second level of
membership includes monthly lesson plans related to state standards and again
the lesson plans and activities are differentiated for teachers and therapists.
The final, and most expensive level, includes the standards-based lessons, the
symbol stix and the newspapers.
I am really pleased with the weekly newspaper. I have been using
it in groups I do in our Functional Academics class. It hits many of the goals
I have written for my students, which include answering questions and relating
I know of districts that use this as a curriculum for their
more involved students. Since it is online, it lends itself well to
ADVANCE readers, do
you use this resource? Have you found anything similar?