Using Science World in the Classroom

Below you’ll find information on every feature, column, and special issue that appears in Science World throughout the year, along with ways you can incorporate the magazine into your curriculum.

SCIENCE NEWS

  • Depending on the length of the issue, there are 4 to 6 news shorts per issue. These are divided as evenly as possible into life, earth, and physical science stories so as to cover a wide range of topics.
  • Two news items in each issue contain graphs. By the end of the year, your students will have encountered bar graphs, line graphs, and pie charts.
  • A column called Numbers in the News contains six quick hits of science news. 

In the classroom: Use this section to ease students into longer articles. It is also a way for them to read about current events in science. As a class, discuss the graphs. Have students analyze the graphs and answer the question posed alongside each one.

Bonus: Using Numbers in the News, have students practice place value and scale. Before handing out Science World, write all of the numbers from this column on the board. Next to this, write the various descriptions that accompany each number. Challenge students to use their number-sense skills to match up which numeral goes with which written description.

FEATURE ARTICLES

  • Each issue of Science World contains 3 to 4 feature articles. These are divided into life, earth, and physical science stories so as to cover a wide range of topics.
  • One of these features always highlights a teen or group of teens doing science. Your students will be inspired by how their peers are involved in scientific work and making important discoveries.
  • The features vary in length, from 2 to 4 pages, so struggling readers and high achievers alike can find an article that suits their abilities.
  • Each feature includes a Web or Video Extra, which guides students to Science World’s Web site. From there, they can navigate to a Web site related to the feature for more information on the topic.
  • Science World’s 3- and 4-page stories include a “Nuts & Bolts.” This component, which is often in the form of an informational diagram, plucks the most vital information from the article, and teases it out for greater understanding. 

In the classroom: These stories vary widely in subject matter, so how you work them into your class will also vary. Check the teacher’s edition for corresponding lesson plans, activity ideas, resources, and skills sheets.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE
Each issue of Science World includes an It’s Your Choice quiz that accompanies one feature. This box includes 3 to 6 multiple-choice questions.

In the classroom: Use this section to evaluate comprehension.

Bonus: Ask students to write their own comprehension questions for the other features and swap with a partner.

HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

  • Most issues of Science World include one hands-on activity. This activity calls for only inexpensive, easy-to-find materials—no lab required! It relates to the feature article directly preceding it.

In the classroom: Reinforce lessons from the related feature with the issue’s hands-on activity. It teaches scientific inquiry and critical thinking. The hands-on activities are designed to be conducted by your students, but most can be turned into a teacher demo if that better suits your classroom needs.

I WANT THAT JOB!

  • This page highlights a person who works in the sciences to get students thinking about whether a science career is in their future. Its Q&A format breaks content into digestible chunks so readers get a complete understanding of what the job entails. The expert interviewed always gives readers tips for what skills they’ll need if they decide to pursue the featured career. It also gives teens an idea of what type of organization they could work for and how much they could earn annually.

In the classroom: Cut out these pages as they appear in the magazine and make a science-careers bulletin board. By the end of the year, you’ll have a wide range of careers to inspire students—and expand their notion of what a “scientist” looks like.

Bonus: Have students work in groups to summarize the facts of the featured careers. Ask them to note whether or not the career interests them and if so, why.

GROSS OUT

  • Almost every issue of Science World includes a Gross Out column. It features a mildly startling photo and then highlights the science behind the image. This column is designed to wow even the most science-shy student, slyly drawing them into the subject!

YOU CAN DO IT

  • This 1- to 2-page department typically includes a crossword puzzle that includes vocabulary from the issue, as well as a mystery photo and brainteaser to promote critical-thinking skills. It also contains a column called Ask Science World that encourages kids to submit their science questions to the editors for possible publication.

In the classroom:

  • Have students complete the crossword puzzle on their own or in groups.
  • Encourage students to write in with their questions. Ask Science World provides a good chance to teach letter-writing skills. Or, use it as a tool to promote class discussion.

SPECIAL ISSUES

  • Science-Project Guide: This issue walks students through the scientific method by featuring teens with award-winning science projects. It introduces readers to the vocabulary they need to successfully follow this method of scientific inquiry, gives them a scientific-method checklist, offers a sample procedure, and teaches the basics of data collection and graphing.
  • Teen Life: This double issue tackles the topics that are so important to teens today, from health to high-tech gadgets—and everything in between.
  • Earth Day: Science World’s Earth Day issue celebrates the planet and highlights the strides being made in environmental conservation. It serves to inform and inspire students.

WEB SITE: www.scholastic.com/scienceworld

  • Don’t miss out on Science World’s Web site. It includes issue-related links, a downloadable teacher’s edition, teacher-to-teacher tips, and more.

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