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TEACHER’S GUIDE

For
Common Core
teaching tips,
turn to page 2.

Teaching the cover story on

The Year in Pictures
TEACHING TIPS

TFK’s annual Year in Pictures
issue looks back at some of the
most memorable events of 2014.

Before Reading

Critical Thinking
••Which event featured in the
magazine had, or will have, the
greatest impact? Explain.

Extend Learning

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
••Visit timeforkids.com or read
past issues of the magazine to
learn more about events featured
in this issue. For example, log
in to the TFK website and click
Mini-Sites for more about the
Winter Olympics. Or read
about Malala Yousafzai in the
October 24, 2014, issue of TFK.

Assess Comprehension
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••In November, Republicans won
control of Congress. The 114th
U.S. Congress session begins
on January 3, 2015. It runs until
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••In October, Malala Yousafzai, 17,
was awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize. She shared the prize with
Kailash Satyarthi, 60. Both were
awarded the prize “for their
struggle against the suppression
of children and young people
and for the right of all children
to education.”

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••The World Cup takes place every
four years. Brazil hosted the 2014
games. The 2018 World Cup will
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••How is the cover story structured? What might be another
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••Russia was the big winner at the
2014 Winter Olympics, with a
total of 33 medals. The United
States came in second, with 28
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••January’s polar vortex brought
record low temperatures to much
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••Study the cover of this week’s
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Which are you curious about?

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Top 5 Dog-Owning Countries (p. 3)
1. 73 million 2. 37 million 3. 28 million
4. 26 million 4. 16 million
Merry and bright (p. 16)

Common Core Teaching TIPS
Close Reading of
the Cover Story
Support close reading by following
these steps.

Read for Understanding

••Have students study the photos and
read the captions in TFK’s “Pictures
of 2014.” Discuss important facts and
details: Why was a particular event
included? What can you tell about
it from looking at the photo? What
purpose do the captions serve?

of 2014.” Have them write a nonfiction narrative that tells the story
behind the photo. Encourage them
to use sequence words such as first,
next, before, after, and finally.
Common Core State Standards
Addressed
Grade 3: RI.3.1, RI.3.5, RI.3.7,
RI.3.9, W.3.3
Grade 4: RI.4.1, RI.4.5, RI.4.7,
RI.4.9, W.4.3

Craft and Structure

••How does the structure of the
“Pictures of 2014” cover story
compare to other articles in TFK?
Why is the story organized in this
way? How would you organize it?

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

••Tell students that a photo editor
finds photos to go with stories. TFK
photo editor Don Heiny says, “I
choose a photo that adds information
and impact to the story.” Discuss:
How can a photo add information
and impact to a story? Have students
use a photo in TFK as an example.
••Discuss the photos included in
“Pictures of 2014.” What emotions
do they convey? What in the photos
brings out those emotions? Which
photo do you think is the most
powerful, and why?

Writing Task

••Challenge students to research one of
the events depicted in the “Pictures
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Highlights from the
Classroom App
Our new TFK Classroom App is now
available! Sign up today for free at
timeforkids.com/classroomapp. Here is
some of what you will find in the app
this week.
• A TFK behind-the-scenes video
• Extra Year in Pictures events and
photos
• Read-aloud versions of the cover
story and Power Words

Teacher’s Guide
Read All about it (p. 4)
Out of Order: 1 / 2 / 4 / 3 Is That a
Fact?: O / F / O / O Where in the World?:
Scotland / Chile / Russia /India
Sound Off: Answers will vary.
Write a nonfiction narrative (p. 5)
Answers will vary.
TFK WEEKLY printable QUIZzes
Teachers: Please note that there are two
quizzes. Be sure to use the correct answer
key for the quiz you give your students.
magazine quiz: 1. C 2. A 3. A
4. B 5. A 6. B 7. A 8. B 9. D 10. C
cover story quiz: 1. A 2. C 3. D 4. C
5. C 6. C 7. D 8. D 9. A 10. C
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Name

Date

Read All About It

reading for
information

Read the TIME For Kids cover story, “Pictures of 2014.” Then complete the activities.
Out of Order
Number the events 1 through 4 to show the order in which they happened.
___ Record low temperatures hit the Northeast, Midwest, and South.
___ Pakistani youth activist Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
___ Americans spend about $2.65 billion online on Cyber Monday.
___ Joss Christensen wins the first-ever gold medal for Men’s Olympic Slopestyle Skiing.
Is That a Fact?
Write F for fact and O for opinion.
___ F 
rozen deserves its two
Oscar wins.
___ A 
irlines canceled more than
4,000 flights due to the
polar vortex.
___ W 
inter Olympic sports are
more exciting than Summer
Olympic sports.
___ C 
yber Monday is the best
shopping day of the year.

Where in the World?
Name the country where these events took
place.
People in this country voted to remain a part
of the United Kingdom.____________________
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the
coast of this country. ______________________
This country hosted the 2014 Winter
Olympic Games. __________________________
Voter turnout hit a record high in this country,
the world’s largest democracy. 
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Name

Date

Write a Nonfiction Narrative

using a graphic
organizer

Write a narrative essay about an important event in your life. Take notes in the graphic
organizer below.
My topic
Who was involved,
and how?

Where and
when did
the event
happen?

Note any sensory details.

Write a first sentence that will grab your readers’ attention. ______________
____________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
Tell what happened.
First, _______________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
Next, _______________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
Then, _______________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
Conclusion: Tell why the event is important to you. __________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________

Bonus Use your notes to write a narrative essay on a separate page. For step-by-step
instructions on how to write the essay, go to timeforkids.com/narrative.

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