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Year 4 Magazine - What's Buzzing? (Issue 1)

Free | 24 pages (PDF)|Grade: 4

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).

Task Cards

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.

Digital version

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.

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Print version

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1475

    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,...

  • ACELA1478

    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...

  • ACELA1481

    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 ...

  • ACELT1594

    Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasonsElaborationsreading texts in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children/young people are the central character...

  • ACELT1596

    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 ...

  • ACELT1599

    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 (‘in the middle of a va...

  • ACELA1479

    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...

  • ACELA1482

    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 ...

  • ACELA1483

    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...

  • ACELA1484

    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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Thank you – these look terrific! Please publish the next edition!

Vanessa Cliff · May 18th, 2020

Hi there Vanessa, thank you so much for your positive feedback. Can I encourage you to request a new edition of the magazine using our ‘Request a Resource’ page? Here is the link: Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help. Have a great day!

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · May 19th, 2020

This has been a great resource for kids learning from homes with no books at the moment – when will the next issue be available?

Heather Salmon · Apr 7th, 2020

Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Heather! We don’t have any more issues in the pipeline at the moment, but we are always keen to hear suggestions from our members. You can request a resource at our ‘Request a Resource’ page. Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help.

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · Apr 7th, 2020

Looks great! I’d like the year level on the cover to be editable though This would mean that I could support readers in higher year levels by giving them simpler texts to read without them being embarrassed because it says a lower level on the cover.

Nicole · Sep 1st, 2019

Hey Nicole, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. This is a fantastic idea and an important one we are currently including moving forward with our magazine. Watch this space and if you need assistance with anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Sep 4th, 2019

Can the digital copy be saved and opened in iBooks etc for easy sharing with kids or will I need to login in and airdrop etc. Just not sure how to distribute to kids. Great job – I’ve used both year 4 & 5 as printed docs but would love to utilise on iPads.

Nikki Griffiths · Aug 27th, 2019

Hi Nikki,
Yes, you can download the PDF and this will be accessible for the kids in their devices. If they open it in iBooks, they will also be able to annotate the text and complete the Word Search and puzzles using the iBook markup tools.
If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kristian · Aug 28th, 2019

Just looked at the flip version of your Yr 4 magazine. I am very impressed with the layout, content and curriculum acknowledged aspects of each page. Keep up the fantastic work.

Gail Kelly · Aug 23rd, 2019

Hi Gail,

Thanks so much for your feedback on the new What’s Buzzing Teach Starter Magazine. We had so much fun making these and we have had such wonderful feedback that we are in the process of compiling other versions of the magazine to suit all age groups.

Your comment has been passed onto our creative teams, keep visiting the site and you will be updated on the progress of future issues.

If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kristian · Aug 26th, 2019

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