Friday, April 8, 2011

Science Weekly ~ A Review

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Science Weekly is a publication that is written for k-6th grade students.   The word “weekly” in Science Weekly’s title is a bit of a misnomer.  Science Weekly is actually published 2x per month in Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, and April, and once in December.

Science Weekly offers “six differentiated reading levels” of newsletter style magazines for you to choose from. The magazine levels and corresponding reading/grade levels are as follows:

  • Level Pre A {Kindergarten}
  • Level A {1st Grade}
  • Level B {2nd Grade}
  • Level C {3rd Grade}
  • Level D {4th Grade}
  • Level E {5th-6th Grade}

Each edition of Science Weekly centers around the same topic.  However, the activities in each magazine vary based on the targeted grade level.  

In an effort to teach all three of my kiddos without going crazy and pulling my hair out, I try to combine as many subjects as I can.  Science Weekly’s multi-leveled magazines on the same topic make multi-level teaching a snap :)  And they also do a great job of integrating subjects. 

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox ExtensionEach 4-page magazine contains a variety of components including a weekly lab {a hands-on activity or experiment}, reading, writing and math.   Many of the magazines also contain other sections like “bringing it home”, storytelling, and puzzles.

Our Experience

The topic of our edition of Science Weekly was fractions.  I know, at first I asked myself “what do fractions have to do with science?”.  But then I remembered how very connected math and science are :).

We used three levels of Science Weekly for our lesson.  My 9yo used Level C, my 7yo used Level A, and my 4yo used Level Pre-A.  I appreciated the fact that I was able to sit at the table with all three of my kiddos and teach them the same topic…with activities designed to match their skill level.

While my 9yo was learning about equivalent fractions in the math section of his Science Weekly magazine, my 7yo was cutting and pasting 2 halves of a {paper} apple onto a whole {paper} apple.

And my 4yo was just tickled to be included with the big kids.  He traced the words “whole”, “part” and “fraction” in the Level Pre-A Science Weekly and told me a story about how two kiddos pictured in the magazine could get equal parts of a sandwich {storytelling section}.

There is also a Teaching Notes Supplement {Teacher’s Guide} that accompanies each order of Science Weekly.  One teaching guide contains teaching notes and supplemental information for all six levels of Science Weekly.  It provides helpful background information about the topic being studied, suggestions for additional hands-on activities and more.

A list of some of the topics that have been explored in Science Weekly can be found here.

My Thoughts

As I mentioned before, Science Weekly’s multi-leveled magazines on the same topic make multi-level teaching a snap :) Each of my kiddos enjoyed their respective magazines, and I appreciated the fact that Science Weekly had done all of the planning work for me. 

More Information

With a one-year subscription to Science Weekly, you will receive 15 issues.    Science Weekly offers classroom rates {with a minimum of 20 subscriptions} and individual rates {less than 20 subscriptions}.  The individual rate is $19.95/year per student.

When you order your subscription you are able to choose the level {or levels} of Science Weekly that would best fit your needs. 

You can download a free sample of Science Weekly here.

You can also access free interactive resources provided by Science Weekly here.

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I received a free sample of Science Weekly in order to provide an honest and unbiased review of my experience with this product.  I did not receive any further compensation for my review.



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