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Magazine Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Magazines can be a fun source of entertainment for any age group. Your students will enjoy learning how people collaborate to create magazines as they create magazines together.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define magazine
  • Describe how to create a magazine

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 here.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.6

With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

Materials

  • Several magazines - try to get different types of magazines (nature, clothing, etc)
  • Projector
  • Transparency of vocabulary list
  • Transparencies of the front pages of magazines
  • Printer paper
  • Colored pencils, scissors, and glue

Vocabulary

  • Magazine
  • Article
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Publication
  • Volume
  • Illustration/illustrator
  • Advertisement

Instruction

  • Begin by asking your students if they have any favorite magazines. Let them tell you the names of their favorite magazines.
  • Next, tell them that they are going to learn what it takes to create some of their favorite magazines.
  • Project the vocabulary list on the board. Have your students tell you the meaning of the words based on how they understand them.
  • Follow their explanations with the definitions for each term. Explain how each word relates to magazines.
  • Project the front cover of one magazine. Show your students where to find the volume and publication date. Project the other front covers and ask them to tell you the volume and publication dates.

Individual Assignment

  • Have each student select a magazine.
  • Tell them to write down the volume and publication date.
  • Explain that they also need to find 3 articles in the magazine. For each article, they need to find and write down:
    • The name of the article
    • Who wrote the article
    • Who edited the article
    • Who did the illustrations for the article
  • Find one advertisement in the magazine and write down what the advertisement is for and what page it is on in the magazine.
  • Have each student turn this in for you to check later.

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