Use News for You as the basis for a national and international scavenger hunt in the classroom. Give students copies of two maps: one of the world and one of the United States. Divide students into pairs or small groups. Ask them to skim the newspaper for national and international place names. When they find a country, state, or city name in an article, ask them to find and color its location on the relevant map. Then ask each student to write a sentence or two explaining why each place is mentioned in News for You. Have the students attach their summaries to their maps.
This work can lead to discussion. Which country seems to be the setting for the most interesting or meaningful news? What does anyone in the class know about this country or state, in addition to the information shared in the newspaper?
Ask students to locate on a map the states and countries mentioned in an issue of News for You. Then discuss those places. Who has visited them? Who has relatives in them? What time is it there? What is the weather like there?
If students want to know more about one or more states/countries, set up group research projects. Each group could decide what it would like to know. You might want to help groups locate sources of information that could yield answers to their questions. Then ask the groups to report what they learn back to the class.
Choose a page or article from News for You. Ask students to find as many city names on the page or article as they can in three minutes. Next, ask students to name the country where the city is located, or the state if it's in the U.S.
Locate cities on a map. Expand the lesson by asking students to share any personal knowledge of these locations.
Whenever there is news from another country, have students mark the country on individual maps or color it in with colored pencils. From time to time, review the countries that have been identified. Ask students to recall why the countries were in the news.
Have students find a country or U.S. state mentioned in News for You stories on a globe or map.