A beautifully designed, 24-page reading magazine specifically designed for Year 4 students.
Liven up your literacy rotations with Teach Starter’s beautifully designed and highly informative magazine, What’s Buzzing?
The magazine’s content has been specifically curated for Year 4 students. It uses age-appropriate vocabulary and a variety of text types to address a wide range of relevant and engaging topics. The articles contained within the magazine directly relate to learning areas such as Science, History, Geography, The Arts, and Health and Physical Education.
Some of the highlights of this issue include:
- “Forest Friends” (narrative)
- “How to Make Slime” (procedure)
- “Species Snapshot – Sea Jellies” (information report)
- “Earth Watch – Drowning in Plastic” (explanation)
- “Digital Warriors – Social Footprints” (comic).
Five sets of task cards addressing the areas of writing, language, comprehension, reading strategies, and higher-order thinking skills have been developed to support and complement the magazine’s content. Download the What’s Buzzing? Task Cards.
If you are keen to save time, ink and paper, you can display a digital version of the magazine on your interactive whiteboard or one-to-one device using our online flip-book.
Download this resource as part of a larger resource pack or Unit Plan.
NSW Curriculum alignment
Uses an increasing range of skills, strategies and knowledge to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on increasingly challenging topics in different media and technologies
Identifies and compares different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an understanding of purpose, audience and subject matter
Uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when responding to and composing texts
Thinks imaginatively, creatively and interpretively about information, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts
Recognises and uses an increasing range of strategies to reflect on their own and othersâ€™ learning
Victorian Curriculum alignment
Understand how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose, audience and context, including tense and types of sentences
Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others
Understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written texts
Understand that languages have different written and visual communication systems, different oral traditions and different ways of constructing meaning
Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authorsâ€™ reasons
Identify the effect on audiences of techniques, including shot size, vertical camera angle and layout in picture books, advertisements and film segments
Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrative
Understand that a clause is a unit of grammar usually containing a subject and a verb and that these need to be in agreement
Analyse how different texts use verb groups to represent different processes (action, thinking, feeling, saying, relating)
Australian Curriculum alignment
Understand that languages have different written and visual communication systems, different oral traditions and different ways of constructing meaningElaborationslearning that a word or sign can carry different weight in different cultural contexts,...
Understand how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose and context (for example, tense and types of sentences)Elaborationsbecoming familiar with typical structural stages and language features of various t...
Understand that a clause is a unit of grammar usually containing a subject and a verb and that these need to be in agreementElaborationsknowing that a clause is basically a group of words that contains a verb (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative ...
Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authorsâ reasonsElaborationsreading texts in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children/young people are the central character...
Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with othersElaborationsdiscussing relevant prior knowledge and past experiences to make meaningful connections to the people, places, events, issues and ideas ...
Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrativeElaborationsidentifying and discussing the use of descriptive adjectives (âin the middle of a va...
Understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written textsElaborationsnoticing how longer texts are organised into paragraphs, each beginning with a topic sentence/paragraph opener which predicts how the paragraph will develop and i...
Understand that verbs represent different processes, for example doing, thinking, saying, and relating and that these processes are anchored in time through tenseElaborationsidentifying different types of verbs and the way they add meaning to a ...
Identify the effect on audiences of techniques, for example shot size, vertical camera angle and layout in picture books, advertisements and film segmentsElaborationsnoting how the relationship between characters can be depicted in illustrations thro...
Learn extended and technical vocabulary and ways of expressing opinion including modal verbs and adverbsElaborationsexploring examples of language which demonstrate a range of feelings and positions, and building a vocabulary to express judgments abo...
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