I often tell my students that my favorite scientists are Bill Nye and Ms. Frizzle. They remind me that Ms. Frizzle isn’t real, and I concede the point. If I try to tell them I want to be Ms. Frizzle when I grow up, they remind me that I AM grown up. Darn. But I do enjoy teaching science, and I hope my students absorb that enthusiasm.
Mom Central began a blog tour reviewing Mad Science KNOW Magazine, and I said “Wow! This sounds like fun! Maybe they’ll let me do it!” Mom Central said yes and will send a 6 month subscription, which includes 3 issues of this bi-monthly magazine. Readers, you know me. As soon as I browse each issue myself, it’ll go straight to school, where the issue will probably live on a shelf for a few minutes before a student says, “Cool!” and brings it over to her desk for silent reading time.
If you’re interested in browsing, Mad Science KNOW Magazine has a free online issue. KNOW is geared toward ages 6-9, which fits my class nicely. My students are 9 and 10, but many are still struggling readers. A magazine like this, very graphic, with a slightly easier reading level than they’re used to, will appeal to many in my class. Features include Know-It-All, a Q&A column; Experiments – this month features math and science in string art; and this month’s title feature on Patterns and Shapes. I predict my students will enjoy the patterns and shapes articles and pictures, including photos. I’m happy to see patterns introduced in a unique way; students who recognize and understand patterns have an easier time learning and memorizing math facts and concepts.
I’m going to set up the web site so that my students can browse it when we’re in the lab. There are some fascinating videos that connect well to our curriculum and increase their motivation and enjoyment of science. When I’m in my role of Ms. Fourth Grade Science Teacher, that’s what it’s all about: science learning is so much stronger when it’s fun.
There is a companion magazine for older kids. It’s called YES Mag, and it’s aimed at ages 10-15. KNOW Magazine is just right for my students right now.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mad Science and received the products necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.