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Year 4 Magazine - What's Buzzing? (Issue 1)

Free | 24 pages (PDF)|Grade: 4

A beautifully designed, 24-page reading magazine specifically designed for Year 4 students.

Liven up your literacy rotations with Teach Starter’s beautifully designed and highly informative magazine, What’s Buzzing?

The magazine’s content has been specifically curated for Year 4 students. It uses age-appropriate vocabulary and a variety of text types to address a wide range of relevant and engaging topics. The articles contained within the magazine directly relate to learning areas such as Science, History, Geography, The Arts, and Health and Physical Education.

Some of the highlights of this issue include:

  • “Forest Friends” (narrative)
  • “How to Make Slime” (procedure)
  • “Species Snapshot – Sea Jellies” (information report)
  • “Earth Watch – Drowning in Plastic” (explanation)
  • “Digital Warriors – Social Footprints” (comic).

Task Cards

Five sets of task cards addressing the areas of writing, language, comprehension, reading strategies, and higher-order thinking skills have been developed to support and complement the magazine’s content. Download the What’s Buzzing? Task Cards.

Digital version

If you are keen to save time, ink and paper, you can display a digital version of the magazine on your interactive whiteboard or one-to-one device using our online flip-book.

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Print version

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Thank you – these look terrific! Please publish the next edition!

Vanessa Cliff · May 18th, 2020

Hi there Vanessa, thank you so much for your positive feedback. Can I encourage you to request a new edition of the magazine using our ‘Request a Resource’ page? Here is the link: Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help. Have a great day!

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · May 19th, 2020

This has been a great resource for kids learning from homes with no books at the moment – when will the next issue be available?

Heather Salmon · Apr 7th, 2020

Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Heather! We don’t have any more issues in the pipeline at the moment, but we are always keen to hear suggestions from our members. You can request a resource at our ‘Request a Resource’ page. Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help.

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · Apr 7th, 2020

Looks great! I’d like the year level on the cover to be editable though This would mean that I could support readers in higher year levels by giving them simpler texts to read without them being embarrassed because it says a lower level on the cover.

Nicole · Sep 1st, 2019

Hey Nicole, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. This is a fantastic idea and an important one we are currently including moving forward with our magazine. Watch this space and if you need assistance with anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Sep 4th, 2019

Can the digital copy be saved and opened in iBooks etc for easy sharing with kids or will I need to login in and airdrop etc. Just not sure how to distribute to kids. Great job – I’ve used both year 4 & 5 as printed docs but would love to utilise on iPads.

Nikki Griffiths · Aug 27th, 2019

Hi Nikki,
Yes, you can download the PDF and this will be accessible for the kids in their devices. If they open it in iBooks, they will also be able to annotate the text and complete the Word Search and puzzles using the iBook markup tools.
If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kristian · Aug 28th, 2019

Just looked at the flip version of your Yr 4 magazine. I am very impressed with the layout, content and curriculum acknowledged aspects of each page. Keep up the fantastic work.

Gail Kelly · Aug 23rd, 2019

Hi Gail,

Thanks so much for your feedback on the new What’s Buzzing Teach Starter Magazine. We had so much fun making these and we have had such wonderful feedback that we are in the process of compiling other versions of the magazine to suit all age groups.

Your comment has been passed onto our creative teams, keep visiting the site and you will be updated on the progress of future issues.

If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kristian · Aug 26th, 2019

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