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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 16, 2014

Pence third-graders create classroom newspaper

By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Nov 19, 2012
Photo by: DIANE VANCE/Ledger photo Pence Elementary School third graders in Ashley Flynn’s class worked on writing the classroom newspaper Thursday. Pictured, from left are Tyrone Haynes, Cael McClaran and Sophia Fritz. These three were writing their own jokes and cartoons to include in the second edition of their newspaper.

Third grade students, in groups of two to five, asked one another questions, searched on websites and talked with their teacher, gathering information for reports; not so unusual for classroom activities, but these students were learning about putting together a newspaper.

Examples from The Ledger were on a bulletin board, pointing out the front page with news, the sports page, the weather and comics.

“This is the second issue of the classroom newspaper the students are writing,” said teacher Ashley Flynn at Pence Elementary School.

Five students, Lucas Conrad, Mason Hopper, Whitney Smith, Haylee Hollander and Anthony Roe were looking for newsy current events on the Internet using two separate computers.

“It has a lot about Obama,” said Hollander.

Five more students worked on jokes, comics and creating crossword puzzles.

“I’m writing knock-knock jokes,” said Tyrone Haynes.

Taryn Hassell and Sophia Fritz worked together drawing cartoons.

“I’m drawing one like I saw in The Ledger,” said Fritz.

Elton Gutura and Cael McClaran were writing jokes together.

“Do you work at the newspaper?” asked Hopper, back in current events.

Kelly Frick and Madison Septer were looking up the weather forecast and creating daily boxes to include in their newspaper.

Unlike The Ledger, the weather icons depicting a sun, clouds or rain, Frick and Septer were drawing by hand.

Rhiannon Ebert, Baylee Lamansky and Khai Klehm looked online for sports.

Klehm was excited to find stats, stories and photos about the Chicago Bears and previews of the Chicago Bulls.

“My dad and I watch the Bears,” he said.

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