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Family Newspaper Activities
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Have a scavenger hunt. Find something to eat, drink, wear, a house, a toy, hot, cold, big, small, electric, number, male, female, store, happy and sad.
Circle as many days of the week that you can find.
Find a picture of the President. Write about him.
Circle the name of the month as many times as you see it.
Circle, with crayon, all of the words you know in large print.
Make a list of the words you see beginning with:
Use the index to find the comics, movies, TV horoscope, sports and weather.
Read two cutlines (words under the photograph); tell the who, what, when, where and why.
Classify newspaper words or pictures under the headings of toys, tools, people and animals.
Cut out large letters to spell words. Paste them on paper.
Circle ones in red, tens in green, hundreds in orange, and thousands in blue. Underline any decimal numbers in yellow.
Find different shapes. Cut them out; paste them on paper and label them.
Cut out sets from the newspaper such as shoes, cars, tires, and toys. Then write out how many are in each one.
Using the food section, cut out foods for less than $1.00.
You have $10.00. Spend it on groceries for lunch. Use the ads to plan a meal. List the page numbers and the total cost by the different foods that you select.
Find the highest and lowest temperature for today. What is the difference?
Buy a gift for someone. Use the ads. Ad tax and figure the cost.
How many pictures are in the paper today? (Don't use the ads.)
Find someone in the news that cares for another. Write about it.
Can you find someone in the news that you trust?
Can you find pictures of different ways to travel?
Find pictures of clothing you need for swimming, rain, snow, playing, and sports.
Cut out five vowels and paste them on paper. Find five words that begin with each vowel.
In the newspaper, find your favorite foods, sports, comics, and people.
Find words that end in
added to the root word.
Find words that sound the same (their-there).
Find compound words. Make a list of the two words. (Example: news paper)
Cut out all the letters of the alphabet. Paste them in sequence.
Circle all of the words that begin with the following prefixes:
un, in, il, re, mis, ex, com, con and pre
. List them.
Find the name of the publisher, editor and managing editor.
Cut out the letters and numbers for your name and address. Paste them in order on construction paper.
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