Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
When do the subscriptions start?
It depends on when you place your order. If you place your order by July 20, the packages will go out in the initial shipment at the end of July. You may expect your package to arrive in the middle of August. If you place your order later in the school year you may expect to receive the package within two weeks after we receive your order.
What does the package look like?
With one or two exceptions, Studies Weekly is moving from shipping quarterly through the post office, to shipping the full year up-front via UPS. Each class will receive a box with the full year of student and teacher materials inside. Boxes will be labeled with school name, address, grade level, publication, invoice number and P.O. number. If you desire to have individual teacher names on the box, please give us that information at the time you place your order.
Can I adjust my numbers when I have a final count?
As we are now shipping the full year up front, quantity may not be reduced after the publications have shipped. As always, you are welcome to order more student copies if your class size increases.
Do I need to purchase the full year?
Yes. All purchases will be for the full year. There is no longer a quarterly option available.
How frequently do the subscriptions arrive?
Publications are no longer shipped out quarterly. You will receive the full year up front.
Do I get an extra copy for myself?
Yes. When you purchase 10 or more student copies an extra paper is sent automatically for the teacher.
What teacher material is included?
Each of our publications has specific teacher material designed for it, including a teacher supplement, which may also be viewed on our website www.studiesweekly.com/online.
Do you accept purchase orders numbers?
Yes. Studies Weekly is happy to accept purchase orders. Duplicates happen when customers submit purchase orders more than once. Please choose one submittal method: mail the hard copy, fax, phone or enter online.
Can I place my order now and send a purchase order later?
No. Sending a purchase order separately will cause a duplicate order. Essentially, the order is placed twice. Rather than deal with the aftermath of duplicate orders, such as returning packages or paying twice, we recommend only sending the purchase order, or if you wish, you can attach the order form with it at that time. Customers are responsible for duplicate orders.
Can I pay using a credit card?
Yes. If your orders total less than $5,000, you are welcome to pay with a credit card. We accept all major credit cards, with the exception of Discover. If your order/orders are more than $5,000, please send a check with your invoice. If you would like to set up EFT payments, please contact our accounts receivable department.
Can I download and print an order form?
Click on Order Form, located in the “Shop” section of the site. below the “Other Ways to Order” box. Choose your state and the year, when applicable. A PDF of the state order form will open on your screen.
What do I do if there are missing packages?
Studies Weekly will be shipping your box via UPS. Tracking will be available.
Can I cancel my order?
Once your publications have shipped, product would need to be returned in order to cancel your order. Please contact our Customer Service department.
How do I return my subscription?
Publications must be unused and unseparated in order to qualify for return. Please contact our Customer Service department.
What if I receive papers after I have canceled my subscription?
Please contact our Customer Service department.
What if a duplicate order has been placed?
You are responsible for payment on duplicate orders. We clearly state, at the time of order, that if a purchase order is required by your school that you should NOT mail or fax it to us, after the order has been placed over the phone. We have no way of knowing that such an order is a duplicate. If you find you are receiving multiple bills for the same order, but with different invoice numbers, contact our Customer Service department as quickly as possible to have the duplicate canceled.
Is Studies Weekly aligned with Common Core?
Math Studies Weekly for grades K-2 covers 100% of the Common Core Math Standards for those grades. Our Social Studies and Science publications for K-6 can be used to teach many of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards:
- Reading (Informational Text and Foundational Skills)
- Writing (Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, and Range of Writing)
- Speaking and Listening
- Language (Knowledge of Language, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use)
- Range, Quality and Complexity
Studies Weekly Teachers Supplements in all states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards will include activities, suggestions and tips for using Studies Weekly publications to teach Common Core ELA Standards.
As you may know, there are Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects for Grades 6-12. Our 6th Grade publications-World History Studies Weekly and Global Studies Weekly-can be used to teach the Literacy Standards for History/Social Studies. There are no corresponding standards for Grades K-5, but the Literacy Standards for 6-12 are based on the same Anchor Standards as the standards for Reading Informational Text. Using Studies Weekly K-5 publications to teach the Informational Text Standards can help build a foundation for your students to be prepared for the Literacy Standards in the higher grades.
Please note, however, that Studies Weekly is not an English Language Arts program per se. Some teachers are using our Social Studies publications as a major component of their Language Arts curriculum, supplemented by fiction books and some basic tools for teaching Standard English conventions. This is a great way to get Social Studies back into the classroom after it’s been shunted aside by “teaching to the test” and to help your students achieve the goals of Common Core. We applaud these creative and dedicated teachers!
Does Studies Weekly provide Lexile levels for the publications?
Unfortunately, we do not have Lexile levels for our Science and Social Studies publications. We know that some districts prefer, or even require, Lexile levels for curriculum materials. However, it is very expensive to have those done initially and then to have them updated regularly as content changes in response to things like Common Core, new standards and other factors. Having Lexile measures would force us to raise the cost of our publications significantly. Subscriber surveys tell us the majority of teachers who use our publications prefer the lower cost to having Lexile levels.
You probably know that all reading level analysis tools, including Lexile levels, are highly subjective. Each tool uses a unique list of words that students are expected to know at a certain grade level. The analysis is done by computers searching for words not on the list. Unfortunately, those lists omit a great deal of domain-specific vocabulary and location-based words, as well as virtually all proper nouns—all of which are absolutely necessary for teaching science and social studies.
All Studies Weekly publications are written by experienced teachers with an expert understanding of the reading level of elementary students. In addition, our articles are vetted informally by spot-checking with either the Spache (gr. 1-3) or the Dale-Chall (gr. 4 & up) Readability formula.
Can parents/students access crossword puzzle answers online?
No. The accounts belong to the teachers and access to answers may only be obtained through the teacher.
How do I create an account?
Step 1 – On the main page of www.studiesweekly.com/online, click on Log in, select Register Teacher. Enter your state and your district (if your district is not listed select My District Not Listed).
Step 2 – MAKE SURE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ORDERED AND NEED ACCESS TO IS HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN.
Step 3 – Enter your name, email, and school, and create a password. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE “I AM NOT A ROBOT” BOX and click Register Teacher.
What if I forgot my username or password?
On the main page of www.studiesweekly.com/online, under Log In, click on Forgot password and an email will be sent to you. Alternatively, you may call our toll free number 1 (866) 311 8734 and dial 1 for tech support, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Username is your email address, password is the one you chose when you created your account.).
When I log in to my account, every grade level except mine shows.
When creating your online account, the system automatically highlights in green all publications your district/school has ordered. When you choose your own grade level, you are actually de-selecting that grade level. To correct the publications on your account please contact online support.
I cannot get the online videos to play.
The first thing to consider is what browser are you using? Studies Weekly Online works in all browsers, however Internet Explorer is an unsupported browser and its old technology does not always work well with this updated website. Try logging in using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.