Lee Malone doesn’t use a textbook.
The part-time instructor at Oglethorpe Point Elementary School teaches the fourth and fifth grade gifted students once a week. She takes a creative approach to teaching certain subjects by frequently using The Brunswick News’ “Mini Page,” which provides an in-depth, easily comprehensible lesson on a variety of topics each week.
Malone is a longtime user of the Newspapers in Education program, through which her classroom receives free copies of The Brunswick News twice a week. Teachers throughout Glynn County have found a myriad of creative uses for the program.
In Malone’s class, her students read the newspapers to learn about a wide array of topics, from chemical compounds to the stock market crash of 1929.
In one of the final lessons of the previous school year, Malone prepared her fourth grade students for the social studies content they’ll learn in fifth grade by asking them to write about the stock market crash.
“They’re doing cause and effect on what caused the Great Depression and what effect it had on the country,” she said. “It’s written so well that it’s easy to help them.”
The lesson also prepared them for the Georgia Stock Market Game, which Malone plays with the fifth grade students to teach economics.
“They’ll see the importance of the stock market with our economy and the importance of a strong economy,” Malone said. “We’ve been talking about that and why it crashed, and they want to know why so many banks closed and what happened to people’s money.”
The entire story was detailed in a recent “Mini Page” lesson in The News.
“People lost their savings, it was gone,” Malone said. “That’s why my grandmother had a coffee can under her bed.”
Earlier that semester, Malone taught the students about the periodic table using the same resource.
“It was just talking about everyday things that we have and the different elements and the periodic table,” she said. “They know ‘NaCl” is salt and ‘H2O’ is water, but they don’t understand how they go together.”
The newspaper is a wonderful supplemental source of information, Malone said.
“The main thing is that I don’t have a textbook, so to find a resource like that, where you don’t have to read a whole book, you can read an article, is great,” she said. “They’re only with me one day a week, so you just have to find things that are kind of condensed but also at their grade level.”