Friday, April 8, 2011

Science Weekly - A TOS Review

Science Weekly
CAM Publishing Group, Inc.
attn - Subscriptions
P.O. Box 70638
Chevy Chase, MD 20813-0638


Toll Free: 1.800.4.WEEKLY
Phone: 301.680.8804
Fax: 301.680.9240

As seen on the Science Weekly website at
 We've been trying a fun science supplement of late.  I received a free issue of each level of one topic of the Science Weekly periodical and a copy of the related Teacher Notes to use and review as part of the TOS Review Crew.  Let me tell you a bit about what this supplement includes.

Science Weekly is a supplementary instructional periodical, "paper",  (think four page newspaper) for parents and/or teachers, designed to help their students improve higher-ordered skills in science‚ math‚ reading and writing.  This product is for public or private schools or homeschoolers.  Science Weekly is published fifteen times per year, twice per month in September, October, November, January, February, March and April, and once in December.
Each colorfully illustrated issue of Science Weekly is written at six reading levels‚ covering grades K–6. (Yes, that means parents with two or more children can order the same topic for each child, on their individual ability levels.)  In each issue there are hands-on activities which integrate reading‚ writing‚ science‚ math‚ and technology.  The price is fairly reasonable at $19.95 per child‚ per year.  (payable in advance) (individual rate for orders less than 20 subscriptions to the same address)    Classroom subscription rates (minimum of 20 to same address) are  $4.95 per student, per school year.  There is a lot of information in these subscriptions - no wasted money here.

Science Weekly explores a great variety of topics such as Pulleys, Cats, The Flu, Glass, Fractions, Composting, The Science of Movies, The Science of Money, Scuba Diving, Poisonous Animals, Caves, Teeth, Deserts, Green Buildings, and The Moon.  This research-based publication focuses on the four key content areas: Biological science, Life science, Physical science, and Technology.

The Science Weekly issue that we received to review was about The Flu.  Along with general information about influenza, there were vocabulary explanations and suggestions to stay healthy.  The inside pages contained a section of Vocabulary questions and a section of related Math questions.  These sections were followed by a "Weekly Lab" about how vaccines work.  The next activity was about "Writing in Science".  The scientific method (including "research question", "hypothesis", "procedure" or "method", "materials" used and "results" and "conclusions") was used to explain observations and conclusions from the weekly lab.  The last page contained a "Challenge" activity about  about virus receptors.  This section was followed by "Meet the Scientist", an article about an infectious disease expert.

Teaching Notes are also included to explain the information presented at the various levels.  Activities from the student Science Weekly paper are explained, and answers are provided.  Suggested questions and Weekly Resources are also included. (recommended resources and internet resource links)

In addition to the hands-on papers, there is also an interactive online option.  The interactive online material is set up like a digital book, but on the last page are links allowing you to print the material from a pdf file, like the hands-on papers, along with answers to the activities.  Downloadable pdf file coloring books on a variety of topics are also available. 

Our favorite part of the issue was the "cool" lab about how vaccines work.  Being the teacher mom, I was glad to see all of the vocabulary and math too!  The various levels of the periodical seemed appropriate to the grade levels indicated.  This teacher mom also likes the very helpful Teaching Notes and Weekly Resources.  It was great to be able to go to the website to look at and print the online interactive materials and coloring books.  I think this one is worth checking out if you need/want a supplement to make science more fun for your students.

I received this product free from the vendor in exchange for an honest review of the product as a member of the TOS Review Crew.  Observations and comments are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.  No further compensation was received.

To find out more about Science Weekly click here
To check out the interactive version of this product click here
To check out the downloadable coloring books click here

To see what other TOS crew members had to say about Science Weekly click here


Kelly said...

Good review! We had the one on fractions. Not as interesting, but still like the product.

MommyKuehner said...

Found your blog through TOS Review Crew link. Really like it. New follower..can't wait to read more of your blog. My daughter would agree about purple:)

Have a great week

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