NewsDepth Teacher Resource Corner

NewsDepth is more than a television show. It is a multi-faceted interactive program designed to encourage deep learning experiences with ties to Ohio's Learning Standards. While we are sure your students will learn by just watching the program, we encourage the use of supplemental resources to enhance the classroom experience.

Below you will find information on the weekly support materials that accompany each show, lesson plans put together by teachers on the NewsDepth Advisory Council, Open House materials to share with parents, and a comprehensive presentation on using NewsDepth effectively.

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Using NewsDepth Effectively | Open House Materials | Lesson Plans | Promoting Excellent Teachers | Informed by Teachers

Using NewsDepth Effectively

NewsDepth comes with lots of regular weekly resources and standards alignments. Learn more in the PDF files below:

Weekly Classroom Support Materials   |   Weekly Student Activities   |   Ties to ELA Standards   |   Special Segments

Open House Materials

NewsDepth provides a great opportunity to engage parents in their student's schooling. The show can provide topics of discussion for chats around the dinner table and real-life scenarios for families to think through together. Below you will find a handout and presentation that you can use at your open house or in a classroom welcome packet to introduce parents to NewsDepth and how you will be using it in your class.

Open House Parent Handout   |   Open House Presentation

Lesson Plans

Below you will find an assortment of lesson plans developed by teachers on the NewsDepth Advisory Council. Feel free to use these in your classroom. They are an example of how NewsDepth can springboard deeper learning. If you are interested in creating lesson plans surrounding NewsDepth and would like to share them with our teacher community, email Michael Edelman for more information. Continuing Education Units may be available for teachers creating lesson plans.

Think Like a Scientist

In this lesson, students view a Spot on Science video about determining water quality by looking at macroinvertebrates and then practice the science behind it using handouts.






 Episode Activity Stations

In this lesson, students watch a full episode of NewsDepth and then participate in multiple learning stations throughout the classroom that engage them in opinion writing, finding supporting evidence, and distance mapping.






Promoting Excellent Teachers

The intentional use of NewDepth, and its related instructional resources, supports and aligns with the Ohio Department of Education’s definition of an effective teacher. Specifically:

  • It is developmentally appropriate for children (grades 4-6)
  • It features a diversity of stories and is inclusive of multiple ideas
  • It contributes to a culture of higher expectations
  • It is adaptable to multiple learning styles and abilities
  • It is cross-curricular and supportive of multiple content areas

Ready to become a pro in using NewsDepth in your classroom? 

We're offering a new self-paced Google Classroom course that will teach you how to use the weekly show in your classroom along with the educational resources developed to support teaching and learning.

The class was designed by teachers for teachers, so expect plenty of practical tips! For example, our teachers created the course in Google Classroom for easy transferability to the classroom, either face-to-face or remotely. A google account will be necessary for the course. Participants will be issued 15 CEUs and graduate credit through Ashland University is available for an additional fee. Find registration information here.


Informed by Teachers

NewsDepth strives to stay relevant and takes its lead from the teachers that use it. Two main ways teachers inform the show are through our Teachers' Lounge Facebook Group and our NewsDepth Advisory Council.

Our Facebook Group is a place to find out the newest information about upcoming NewsDepth episodes and resources. Connect directly with the NewsDepth team and other teachers who are using the program with their students. Everyone is welcome to join!

Our Advisory Council is a small group of educators from around the state who meet directly with the NewsDepth team to enhance the show's features and advise on how to optimize it for use in the classroom.

Council members are expected to:

  • Provide input on enhancing the show’s production, online presence and possible learning extensions.
  • Travel to the Idea Center in downtown Cleveland three times per year for a half-day meeting.*
  • Participate in the NewsDepth Teachers' Lounge Facebook Group to encourage excellent instructional use of NewsDepth and provide feedback on the show.
  • Spread their love of NewsDepth near and far!

Council members receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for time spent in meetings, in digital engagement, and in creating and presenting materials as needed. They are recognized with school administration for their service on the council.

Current teachers who use NewsDepth in the classroom are invited to apply for a spot on the council by expressing their interest to Michael Edleman.

*The 2020-2021 Council will meet virtually.

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