I love sharing about what I use in my classroom and today is no exception. Have you ever used News-2-You by n2yinc ?

n2y has three different products: News-2-you, Unique Learning System, and SymbolStix. Supporting communication and literacy for people with disabilities in their mantra.  I love News-2-You and I have been using it for years. It is an online subscription for your special education students that "connects the classroom to the world with news stories that provide new information on reader-friendly themes."

Each week you get a newspaper article that comes in 5 versions. The difference between the levels is the amount of text. The text is supported by picture symbols. Each version contains the same concepts but the presentation and format is varied.

Each week in the newspaper article, you get the news story, people in the news, places in the news, recipe, joke page, game page, matching page, review page, puzzle (crossword puzzle), sudoku, think page (questions about the article), and a word page (picture vocabulary).

Review page

Sudoku page

Bonus materials are also included each week and can be interactive (ie smart board). This includes: holiday materials, class news, (an area you can make on your own for your class) worksheets (Love these!! Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Fine Motor, Math, Social St. and Science Experiment worksheets --plus a craft!!), in the news (current news happening around the world), communication boards (already made), science extension activity and Joey's locker (web-based games).

News-2-You now also offers interactive lesson plans as well as access on a variety of tablets.

I love using News-2-You in the classroom. I like to use if for social time, literacy, and life skills (recipe). We read the story together, answer the questions in the packet about the story and then we make the recipe that goes along with the story. We also do the extension activity that goes along with the article to learn more about the subject. The article this week is about Leap Year so during the extension activity we go through the slides the smart board. Comprehension questions are also embedded into the slide show to have your students answer them. At the end it contains two videos to extend the lesson and learn even more.

Overall it is just a fun way to get kids learning, reading, socializing and everything else in between! Do you use News-2-You? I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your classroom- leave a comment and get the discussion going!


  1. I love n2y!! We use the article all week (middle school life skills class). On Mondays, we introduce the article with the extension slideshow and videos, we often Google to find more pictures or videos on the topic. Tuesdays we read and highlight the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY answers to the chart (activity page 27). Activity page 27 is blown up on a bulletin board in the classroom. We focus most of the week on trying to answer those tricky Wh- questions. After that we answer the questions at the end of the reading on the smartboard. On Wednesdays we re read the article and they answer the questions on their own for a grade. We then go in a do a few of the activities. On Thursday we re read again! And continue with more activities. On Friday they have a "quiz" on page 27 (the Wh- web) and we do the cooking!

    1. Awesome way to use this!! You rock it :-) I love how you work on the WH- questions several times a week and highlight them. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing!! Lisa

  2. I have a k-2 nonverbal autism class. I've looked into this a lot, do you think this would be appropriate for the younger grades? I feel like t would be a good way to incorporate social studies into my curriculum but I'm not sure how over their heads it might be?

    1. Hi Erin! I have used it with all grade levels at the elementary level (k-5th). You can hit so many skills with this and I think it would be great for social studies with learning about new places and geography. It might be over some of their heads but it can't hurt to expose them to it and you never know what they will pick up!! I think your students would have a lot of fun and would also love the recipes each week. I don't have a full kitchen but I have a toaster oven that work like an oven and a hot plate- plus a microwave and I can make most of the recipes. Keep in touch if you do order it and let me know if I can help in any way :-) Lisa


Back to Top