Teacher Using Studies Weekly

Helpful Resources and Tips for Teachers Using Studies Weekly

Feb. 5, 2024 • By Debbie Bagley

Whether you are just starting out with Studies Weekly or are a veteran teacher who wants to take full advantage of your publications, we want to make sure that you know about these wonderful resources!

1. Teacher's Edition (TE)

Your Studies Weekly Teacher’s Edition has so much to offer! It is a wealth of knowledge with fantastic support, strategies, and more. Before discovering Studies Weekly, I remember having to look up, research, and study all our standards and then search for curriculum, information, and ideas to create daily lessons. Thankfully, it is all there for you at your fingertips, ready to use in the TE.

 

The Teacher’s Edition is a tool you can use however works best for you. You don’t need to read it all at once or remember everything it has, I suggest you familiarize yourself with all of the resources at your disposal. 

 

I occasionally hear from teachers that they misplace their teacher’s guide at the beginning of the year or didn’t even realize they had one! As a former teacher, I know the start of the school year can be so overwhelming, and things will get set aside until you have the time to get to it. 

 

May I suggest you put it in a binder, label it as “Teachers Edition- Save Me 😊” and store it in a safe, accessible place as soon as you unbox it with the rest of your Studies Weekly materials.) I know how easy it is to set things aside, especially at the beginning of the year when we have so much on our plates!

 

If you don’t have time to look through your Teacher’s Edition right away, a tip that worked for me is to set a reminder in your calendar to review it when things settle down. 

 

Your Teacher’s Edition is worth its weight in gold! Take advantage of your resources like lesson plans, teaching strategies, printables, and more. Here are some of my favorite resources from my Teacher’s Edition:

Weekly Essentials

Every week in the TE includes: 

  • Summary notes
  • Essential questions and critical thinking questions
  • Learning objectives
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension questions
  • Assessments

 

All of these things are already done and ready for you to use. Nice, huh? 

Because your Studies Weekly TE is organized by week, you can read through your materials and prepare week-by-week. This way, you’ll feel supported and prepared rather than overwhelmed.

High-Impact Teaching Strategies

There are high-impact teaching strategies recommended throughout your Studies Weekly Teacher Edition. These strategies are proven to increase student learning when teachers use them with Studies Weekly publications. Your TE will give several strategy suggestions throughout your lessons, and you can choose whichever you think will best fit your student’s needs. 

Printable Graphic Organizers and Materials

The Teacher’s Edition includes printable materials like graphic organizers, worksheets, and activity pages. I love using these companion printables with my lessons with the option of students using them into their interactive notebooks. 

 

What is an Interactive Notebook?

 

An Interactive Notebook allows students to organize and connect their learning by writing notes, drawing pictures, and pasting in articles and printable worksheets. 

 

Here are some examples of student’s Interactive Notebook entries:

Interactive Notebook I Love Who I Am
Interactive Notebooks Maps
Interactive Notebook POV

2. Studies Weekly Online

Studies Weekly Online is a fantastic way to integrate online learning into your classroom and to teach your Studies Weekly curriculum digitally. Your Studies Weekly Online classroom contains digital versions of your publications and more online resources like digital lesson plans, videos, and presentations you can project to the whole class. 

 

Studies Weekly Online has:

 

  • Printable graphic organizers aligned with your lesson content 
  • Google Classroom integration 
  • Primary source documents, videos, images, and artwork 
  • Annotation features that allow students to highlight and code text for improved comprehension and retention 
  • Leveled questions that support formative and summative assessment 
  • Avatar game component for increased student engagement
  • Audio Reader that narrates articles and assessment questions 

Learn more about Studies Weekly Online’s reading features here.

Customized Content

You can add, change, remove, and assign certain content within your Studies Weekly Online classroom. This gives you more flexibility and control over your online lessons and helps you be a partner in your curriculum content.

 Learn more about how to find and navigate the Customized Content page here and watch this video to learn how to make your own Customized Content.

3. The Student Print Publications

Having consumable student copies for each child every week is my favorite feature of Studies Weekly’s materials. It’s what makes Studies Weekly so unique and hands-on!

 

With their own print copies, students own their learning and can use the materials to show what they’ve learned after reading and studying the unit as a class. 

 

The text and print are also highly engaging, and the children feel so grown up with their own magazine or newspaper copy to learn from.

 

Studies Weekly’s Student Print Curriculum includes:

 

  • 32 weeks of original articles, photos, illustrations, and designs that help students visualize abstract concepts
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Bolded vocabulary words
  • Standard correlation and alignment
  • Comprehensive core curriculum
  • Room to write notes and complete activities

 

One of my favorite things about the print publications is that students can make them into artifacts to show their learning. The magazines can be folded, cut, glued, and made into assessment projects.

 

Examples of Student Learning Artifacts created with Studies Weekly printed publications:

I hope you find these resources helpful. We want your experience teaching with your Studies Weekly publications to be positive, successful, and joyful.

 

If there is anything you would like to learn more about or would like to see more details about the teacher’s resources and ideas we offer, please let me know! I always love hearing how you enjoy using Studies Weekly materials with your students, so please feel free to share what works for you. We’d love to feature your ideas. 

 

As always, please stay healthy and happy!

 

Warmly,

 

Debbie