Digital Library Lesson -- News Media


This Digital Library Lesson walks you through a storytime about news media. Slides emphasize parts of a newspaper, fact vs opinion, and fake news. Includes seven book recommendation slides and a separate list of 15 storytime read-alouds.

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Digital Storytimes will save you so much time! I design them specifically for new elementary librarians, especially those who are on the Specials rotation and/or are simply busy parents who just do not have time to create detailed storytime lessons.
These are the lessons I would have wanted when I was a new librarian and mom to two young boys.
The slides walk you right through a storytime! You will need a TV, monitor, or screen in your story area.
If your school is distance learning or switches to distance learning, this lesson is all ready to go on Google Slides! All you need to provide is the story to read aloud.

Needed to open and edit:

  • Google™ Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

Recommended for Grades:

  • K-3


  • 44-slide PPT + Google™ Slides–body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. 16 slides are storytime slides; 24 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides (can also be used to extend storytime).
  • Separate list of 15 recommended news-themed picture books. All were selected specifically for Grades K-3 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-3.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed storytime lessons like this one on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


  • Original storytime song about the news
  • Video link to “newspaper” in American Sign Language
  • Slides for guided discussion of parts of a newspaper: includes definition of news, media, and current events. Parts of the newspaper include description and photos or clipart of: headline, byline, dateline, front page, sections, and news articles.
  • All slides are illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-3.

Optional Storytime OR Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • Fact vs. Opinion with definitions, examples, and the importance of research to prove facts (11 slides)
  • Fake newsdefinition (1 slide + 1 book)
  • Can facts change? (1 slide + 1 example)
  • 7 visual booktalks; all are picture books with a news media theme
  • Vocabulary word: eyewitness
  • 2 “Would you rathers” (2 slides)
  • Fun facts


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