The Mini Page
Type: Text Feature
Frequency: 1x Weekly
Each week, The Mini Page covers a different topic. The Mini Page will teach your readers about that week's topic using word puzzles, connect the dots, recipes, drawings and pictures. Each issue also includes a Standards Spotlight with activities for teachers or parents to use in conjunction with the issue. Appearing in more than 500 newspapers weekly, The Mini Page is loved by children, parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn a little more while having a lot of fun.
From a teacher:
These Mini Page articles are really "a great fit" for my 3rd graders! We've saved so many articles over the years. Not only do they often hit the mark with curriculum topics throughout the year, they have great appeal for 8- and 9-year-olds. They are usually so appropriate for our kids' reading levels, their interests, and they provide interesting information that our kids are able to understand. It is often difficult to find appropriate informational texts on topics that students want to learn about that are both comprehensible and hold their interest. The Mini Page is truly a periodical that kids learn from and enjoy reading - especially 3rd graders. You really know your audience!
From a source at the White House:
I just got back in the country and had a ton of emails from Capitol Hill, journalists and association folks who loved this week's Mini Page. It's such a great service to help children learn these issues early on. It was great working with you
Meet the Cast of The Mini Page
Welcome to The Mini Page! This beloved newspaper feature has been a part of growing up for millions of readers for more than 40 years. Today, The Mini Page covers topics ranging from the mysterious disappearance of some species of animals to how a water tower works. Each issue is thoroughly researched using only the best sources, and each includes activities for teachers to implement in conjunction with the materials. The Mini Page's accessible newspaper format gives kids a leg up on becoming newspaper readers as adults. And now, The Mini Page is also available as an interactive online product that can be integrated into a newspaper's Web site or Newspapers in Education site. Betty Debnam's creation continues to enchant readers, parents and teachers as we meet the challenges of 21st-century journalism. Come along!