And Now For Some GOOD News ...

10 August 2011
The other day, a friend of mine posted a link about the importance of sharing good news stories.  The link reported the results of a study that confirmed people were inspired to do good when they read media stories about Good Samaritans' selfless acts.  You can read about the article here:

Inspired by this, I set out to find "good news" sites on the internet that I could share with my students:
Happy News:
Good News Stories (might be better suited for older students):
UpBeat News Stories:
Optimist World:

I do current events activities with my students all the time.  This year I am going to focus on positive current events - sharing some GOOD news.  This could be done in many ways:

  • One student per day could research and then present a good news story.  
  • Good news stories could be used for guided reading groups - identifying the main idea and moral of the article, and practicing oral fluency.
  • Good news articles could be used while studying the features of a news article.
  • Good news articles could be used to practice summary writing.
  • Good news articles could be used for shared reading activities.
  • A good news story could be shared over the projector or overhead for students to read as they come into the class.
  • Good news stories could also be posted over the projector or overhead during lunch or indoor recesses - students will read it.
  • Students could write their own good news stories about events going on in their school or community.

I have created a printable to go along with this idea, and uploaded it to google docs.  You may print your own copy by clicking here or on the picture.


  1. I really love this idea! I think that it is important for our students to know about current events. Thank you for finding the list of websites that we can use with our students to put a more positive spin on the news and the freebie coordinating sheet. :) Nicole

  2. i absolutely love this idea. i play the cnn news for kids video clip each morning and love discussion on real news events. this GOOD NEWS idea is so gooooood!!

  3. Thank you for sharing this Jen. It gives me goosebumps to know that my little idea can potentially reach thousands of young minds through your followers!!!

  4. Love this! Thanks!

    I have been trying to think of a special way to acknowledge the 10th Anniversary of September 11th in my classroom. This might just do the trick!

    Thanks for spreading the happiness! :)


  5. Sorry. That was supposed to be my link to my blog. I guess I should look more closely before posting!

    Lifelong Learning

  6. Great! I might try to use this as part of my Grade 4 Regions unit...hmmm, interesting.

  7. I'm so excited with this post! I've been trying to wrap my head around how to change up my daily news and this is just the twist it needed. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I LOVE dogonews!! It has off the wall stories to capture your most reluctant readers!!!

    ❃ Ann Marie
    ABCs and 123s 4 me

  9. Yay - I love it! Giving kids these elevating experiences will increase their empathy!! Keep up the 'heart' work.


  10. Great idea! I plan on having a current efents BB this year and this idea will help me to take it up a notch. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love this idea! I am subscribed to
    Every week it sends out a true story of people helping other people. It is inspirational and FREE! I love reading stories of every day acts of kindness, some of which seem inconsequential but are a huge deal to the recipient. It's not necessarily current events, but it is always good news!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  12. Jen, Thanks so much for the time and research that went into this important blog. I'm so glad Laura Candler featured it in her newsleter. Otherwise, I would have missed the chance to share the "good news" on my blog. Take a look: I also intend to post links on my Facebook page before the end of the day.

  13. I always love looking at the positive, too! :) I know this free download is geared for the novel Mockingjay, but it can be adapted for a project after they gather their good news, perhaps. Here it is:

  14. Thank you for sharing! We watch the news often, and sometimes it can be VERY depressing :-/ Thank you for thinking ahead to some positive things to make our students enjoy current events!