Newsela BINGO

Introduce students to the various article types on Newsela by having them complete a Newsela BINGO card
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Newsela BINGO

About This Strategy

Newsela has so many different types of texts and topics that it can sometimes be difficult for students to figure out where to start. Newsela BINGO is an effective way to introduce students Newsela by having them explore the content on Newsela in a purposeful, fun way.

Before Reading Implementation Steps

Teacher Preparation and Planning:

  1. Determine how many BINGO squares students should complete.

    • If students are new to Newsela, navigating the site may take more time, so teachers may have students complete only one BINGO square.

    • If students are familiar with Newsela, the teacher may have students complete two or more BINGO squares.

    • If students are highly motivated, teachers may offer the option to complete all of the squares on their BINGO card.

  2. Decide if students are going to use the BINGO card with only reading and quizzes or if students are going to use the BINGO card which involves reading and quizzes with the option to add annotations and the Write Prompt.

    • If students are new to Newsela, the teacher may decide to have them complete the BINGO sheet that is solely focused on reading articles and taking quizzes.

    • If students are familiar with Newsela, the teacher may decide to have students complete the BINGO sheet with the addition of annotations and the Write Prompt.

  3. Decide how long students have to complete the BINGO sheet. Some questions to consider are:

    • Depending on the age and skills of the students, how long will it take the average student to read an article on Newsela and complete the quiz?

    • How often will students be accessing Newsela?

    • How many Bingo squares are students expected to complete?

    • Is this schoolwork, homework, or a combination of the two?

  4. Create a dedicated space to keep the BINGO sheets.

    • Younger students may benefit from the teacher collecting all the BINGO sheets and keeping track of them when students aren't actively working on the assignment.

    • Older students may be able to keep track of their BINGO card when they aren't actively working on the assignment.

Student Preparation:

  1. Introduce students to the various article types on Newsela

    • In the Library Category, students can find general informational texts.

    • In the News Category, students can find current event articles.

  2. Review expectations for the BINGO sheet. Some expectations can include:

    • Students should read articles across a variety of subject areas.

    • If students score below 50% on a quiz, they should drop down a Lexile level and try the quiz again. If they are already at the lowest Lexile level, they should choose a different article in the same category.

  3. Students should take time to look over the BINGO sheet and determine the BINGO square they would like to complete.

    • Looking over the BINGO sheet prior to reading will give students a direction once they are on Newsela.

  4. Give students explicit direction on where they should keep their BINGO sheet when they aren't actively working on it.

During Reading Implementation Steps

  1. Have students read articles of their choice based on which BINGO square they would like to complete

  2. Have students take the Quiz for each article.

    • If students score less than 50% on the Quiz, they should drop the article down one Lexile level and try again. If students were already on the lowest Lexile level, they should try a second article within the same category.

  3. Have students record their Quiz scores on their BINGO sheet to review with the teacher.

After Reading Implementation Steps

  1. After each scheduled BINGO Newsela reading session, have students pair up with a peer to share what they read. This can be anything from a casual conversation to a more structured discussion such as a circle discussion (see resource section below to learn more about circle discussions).

  2. Once students have completed the required number of BINGO squares, they should add up the quiz scores for the articles included in their BINGO, record their final score on the bottom of the bingo card, and share it with their teacher.

Recommended Newsela Texts or Text Sets

Getting Started Text Set

  • Grade Level: 2-12
  • Content Area: General Education

Creative Kids do Amazing Things

  • Grade Level: 5-8
  • Content Area: ELA, Social Studies, Science

STEM Careers

  • Grade Level: 2-12
  • Content Area: STEM

EL Modification

This strategy supports EL students because it offers students choice in what they are reading. This choice ensures EL students are able to choose topics that are familiar to them and reading levels that will support their learning and growth.


  • Allow students to use text-to-speech options to have the articles read for them.

  • Allow students to complete a set number of articles across any categories instead of limiting them to the options in a BINGO row.

  • Allow students to read and interact with the articles in Spanish if that is their first language.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Considerations

Students often perform better if they can see themselves reflected in the articles they are reading or if they can connect to the article in some way. For all students, it is important to be exposed to a diverse set of authors and perspectives through reading.


  • Encourage students to read articles from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.

  • Give students the opportunity to share with one another how they can and cannot relate to the articles they are reading.

  • Allow students to recommend articles to one another based on their interests.

Questions to Consider

  • Thinking of the reading proficiency of each student, will everyone in class be expected to complete the same number of Bingos?

  • Will students focus on one area of study or can students select any articles they find interesting?

Teacher Tips

Kristen Rafferty
Newsela Master Teacher
  • If teachers want students to focus on one particular content area, they can adapt the BINGO card to reflect that area of study.

  • To add a layer of self-reflection, teachers can add reflective questions to the backside of the BINGO card. Questions could include:

    • Which articles did the student find most interesting? Why?

    • What articles did the student find the least interesting? Why?

    • Did the articles relate to class content? If so, how?

    • In regard to their quiz scores, what, if anything, could be done to improve comprehension?