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The Westbury Times - Schools

Quiz Game Makes Fun Test

Teachers at Rushmore Avenue School are making the study of current events more immediate with help from Scholastic. Fifth-grade students at the Carle Place school keep up to date on diverse issues via Scholastic News, a weekly publication covering fresh developments in everything from politics and pop culture to social studies and science. For example, the students recently took a closer look at the 50th anniversary of the 1964 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. (Aug. 28) and Constitution Day (Sept. 17).

To make the lessons really “pop,” Scholastic offers interactive online enhancements. One such feature tests the young readers’ knowledge with a Jeopardy!-style quiz game called Know The News.

“It is an enjoyable way to measure how much information the students have retained, rather than just perform a basic question-and-answer session,” says Rushmore fifth-grade teacher Terri Cottell. “It integrates Common Core-connected lessons with technology to make for a dynamic learning experience.”