Objective: Students will work as a class to create a Loch Ness Newspaper.
Materials: paper, pencils, art supplies (markers, crayons, paints, etc.), newspaper
Background: This is part of a multi-activity unit designed to help children investigate
water mysteries. Please refer to "Water Mysteries, Myths, Legends, and Strange
Occurrences" for additional information.
Bring a complete newspaper to class. At many schools, newspapers are used as part of
the curriculum. If possible obtain copies of several papers: large daily, smaller-market
daily, and a weekly publication.
Teacher will explain to the class that a newspaper is commonly used to educate,
entertain and inform the general public. There are generally several sections to any
newspaper. Those can include the following sections: editorial,
entertainment/life/leisure, local, national, international, classifieds, comics, sports,
business, and of course, advertisements.
Divide the class into small groups. Assign each group a specific section of the
newspaper. If you have a small class, you may want to assign more than one section to
Explain that each group is going to be in charge of creating their specific section of the
newspaper. Each person in the group will have to develop ads, articles, stories, etc. on
their topic. An example would be that in the comics section, each person would be in
charge of making at least one comic strip for the page. Another example would be that
each student is in charge of "covering" a sports activity and then writing an article about
All stories, ads, articles, comics, etc. must be about either the Loch Ness Monster or
other such water mystery creatures or legends.
Encourage each group to go on-line and do some research on Loch Ness Monster
sites. Share the book list from the "Eat At Nessie's" activity to promote additional
After each group has completed their assignments, choose several students to do a
"layout" of the paper. Once the layout is complete, reproduce Nessie's Loch Ness
Times and distribute to the class.
For a fun project, have each student bring a comic book to school. Explain that comic
books are at least as old as movies (the first recognized modern comic book was made
in 1896). Have each student create their own comic book, including artwork, storyline
and narrative - all based on a water mystery or water creature theme.
Reading, Visual Arts
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.1; 4.R.1.2; 4.R.2.1; 4.R.2.3;
4.R.4.1; 4.R.5.1; 4.R.5.2
Inference, Critical Thinking
Prior Preparation: Read "The
Boggart and the Monster" by Susan
Cooper to the class. Advise the class
that this unit will be about water
mysteries and offer a summarized
explanation of the "Water Mysteries,
Myths, Legends, and Strange
Occurrences" information provided for