Chop it up, Highlight it! Getting the most out of your Studies Weekly Print Editions
If your students are just reading our Studies Weekly Social Studies newspapers or magazines each week, they are missing out on so many other experiences.
We love our products so much and we love the teachers who help create our lessons. We also love coming up with new classroom strategies for using our publications.
You can see just one of the many ideas for fully utilizing them at http://pages.studiesweekly.com/how-to.
The example there shows you how students can use the Studies Weekly Reading Label Challenge.
In this activity, your students: highlight facts, timelines, sequence, informational texts, main ideas and supporting details, and identify Tier 3 vocabulary words.
You can also see how to create mini ELA lessons that ask your students to identify pronouns and verbs.
Fully Using Studies Weekly
We design our print products to be very hands-on and fully consumable.
(And, no, we don’t mean your students will enjoy munching on them for lunch!)
When we say consumable, we mean cutting out our images for a 3D Graphic Organizer or an interactive notebook. Or highlighting and discussing facts versus opinions, the main idea, or point of view in our informational texts. Or using our Primary Source Analysis Tool to observe, reflect and question the source right there on the paper.
On every weekly publication, we include learning activities your students can do right on the publication — vocabulary crosswords, writing prompts, inquiry strategies and ‘Think and Reviews’
But that’s not all.
Professional Development on Demand
Our Professional Development on Demand page highlights even more ways to use and consume your Studies Weekly publications. You can explore those at studiesweekly.com/online/pdod.
Plus, we share ideas with our teachers here at our blog. Here’s some examples:
- How to blend social studies and ELA
- How to increase critical thinking
- How to use our K-2 leveled readers
And if these aren’t enough ideas, we have a great Facebook community of teachers who share their own Studies Weekly projects and lesson plans as well.
But wait, there’s more!
(Sorry, yes we know we sound like an obnoxious infomercial).
Studies Weekly Online
Through the Studies Weekly online platform students can:
- Access an online platform featuring thousands of primary source and other related media, including photos, paintings, audio and video clips — with leveled questions for related media
- Take virtual field trips to historical sites around the U.S.
- Listen to an audio reader recorded by real people, for better language acquisition
- Enjoy our game-based learning experience, which includes a reward system to earn points and build a virtual world
Through the Studies Weekly online platform, teachers can learn:
- How to get started using Studies Weekly
- How to register and use an online account
- How to access the Studies Weekly online video library
- How to assign and edit online tests
- How to use our Professional Development on Demand platform
All these tools and resources are available through each teacher and student account on studiesweekly.com/online.
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