The 20 most-read articles for elementary school students
A review of the top 20 articles for young readers yields many of the topics we’d expect—think online games, animals, and giant pumpkins—but also a few surprises.
|Article Headers||Unique User Views|
|A cat's purr||207,881|
|"Fortnite" shoots up gaming charts||190,786|
|Songs stuck in our heads||182,058|
|A video game helps students learn||174,109|
|Pumpkins: A smashing idea for zoos||158,666|
|"Minecraft" museum fest||139,024|
|Drake and friends play "Fortnite"||137,892|
|"Fortnite" big hit in baseball||134,139|
|There really is a great pumpkin||130,713|
|Gaming is good; kids say yesss!||127,284|
|Martin Luther King Jr.||121,687|
|Therapy tool or distracting toy?||120,193|
|The negative effects of video games||119,921|
|Too young for "Fortnite" game?||117,116|
|Catchy "Baby Shark" goes global||113,520|
|"Fortnite" moves enter real world||103,970|
|I Have a Dream||99,778|
|Emojis play key communication role||99,155|
The fact that nearly half of elementary school students’ most-read articles revolve around gaming is a reminder of just how important games are in students’ home, school, and social lives. It’s important to note, though, that these articles aren’t simplistic: many surface larger concerns around gaming (Does it help or hinder learning? How young is too young?) and explore the ways games intersect with our broader culture. For students, reading about gaming can often expose them to deeper questions—and lead them to examine the role games play in their own lives.
Student article views also indicate a growing curiosity in prominent present-day and historical figures, with Donald Trump and Martin Luther King Jr. both appearing on the list. Students also gravitate to articles about how things work, particularly when scientific stories intersect with their daily lives (Why do cats purr? What should I know about hurricanes? And why—please tell me why!—does that song keep getting stuck in my head?).
Reviewing these preferences helps us understand how elementary students are starting to explore the pros and cons of activities in their daily lives, and to realize that there are deeper layers—and differing opinions—surrounding the things they take for granted. By the time they get to middle and high school, students’ desire to explore both sides of key issues becomes much more pronounced. But in elementary school the seeds of this curiosity are there—along with a healthy dose of Fortnite.