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Scholastic Stuff for Students - Straight to your Desktop!

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 03 March 2017. Posted in Posts

Do you use Scholastic News in your classroom? What about Scholastic Scope or Scholastic Science? These subscriptions are a popular teaching tool in many schools. Full of informational text and critical thinking activities, Scholastic's classroom magazines offer teachers a wealth of resources that feature popular topics and engaging graphics. You can learn more about these resources, their grade levels, and content at Scholastic's Classroom Magazines site.

Did you know that most of these Scholastic classroom magazines are also available from EBSCO's Multi-Database Search? INFOhio brings the quality content from EBSCO's databases to Ohio students, teachers, and parents at no cost. By following these steps, you will be able to locate colorful, full text editions of current and past Scholastic classroom magazines to use in your classroom. Plus, you will also be able to locate the teachers' guides for the magazines.

When you access EBSCO's Multi-Database Search, you will begin with a screen that lists all of the databases offered. They are listed by category. For example, the first category listed is General News/Databases. There are three databases in this category that will be helpful when searching for Scholastic's resources: Middle Search Premier, Primary Search, and MAS School Edition. By reading the descriptions under each database, you will find that each offers content for various levels of students. If you are an elementary educator, choose Primary Search. Middle school teachers will find Middle Search Premier helpful, and MAS School Edition will be best for high school teachers.

Once you have determined which database you need, click on the Title List link underneath it. This will take you to a screen where you can search or browse titles of publications available in the database. To find the Scholastic classroom magazines, type "Scholastic" in the browsing box and then click the browse button. Your results will appear similar to this from Middle Search Plus.

To view the magazines, click on the title. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose the year you would like to look at. Choose the month to view, and you will get a result list of all the articles, games, brain teasers, and other instructional resources for that edition.

Choose the PDF Full Text version to get the electronically captured image of the actual print document, complete with authentic text and full color photos, images, and charts. You can send the PDF to your cloud as well. Choosing this option will allow you to save the file to your Google Drive, One Drive, or Dropbox. This makes it easy to store the resource for ease of location to use in the future. Learn more about using PDFs in your instruction in the Teach With INFOhio post PDFs to Put POW in your Pedagogy!

If you would like to search for a specific topic in a Scholastic classroom magazine, start at the listing of all databases in the EBSCO Multi-database Search. Click the box next to "General News and Databases" and then click on the "continue" button. This will take you to an advanced search page. Type the search word or phrase in the box at the very top of the page, and then in the "Limit your results" box, click "Full Text." In the "Publication" box, type in Scholastic or a specific Scholastic title such as Scholastic News. You can also limit the dates you would like searched as well.

Clicking on Search will lead you to the results list for your search term. You may need to adjust your search using different words or phrases, and changing the limiting dates. You can eliminate any limiters you set previously on the left-hand side of the result list.

To find the teachers' guide, start at the All-Database list once again. Scroll down to the Education Databases, and choose Professional Development Collection. Do a title search for Scholastic. You will get a list similar to the list for the student editions, but it will say "Teacher Edition" in parentheses.

Putting PDFs to work in your classroom is a great way to add supplemental text and visuals for teaching and learning. Plus, when you ask students to read this text using a digital device, you are helping them build important skills for reading digital text. Learn more about online reading from our Teach with INFOhio post Engage, Connect, Reflect: Using Digital Text in the Classroom.

Scholastic's classroom magazines offer a variety of topics for all grade levels. Using INFOhio to access these resources is a smart, easy, and fast way to integrate this content into your instruction.

About the Author

Emily Rozmus

Emily Rozmus

Emily Rozmus has been an Integration Librarian for INFOhio since December 2013. Before this, she was the district librarian and high school English teacher for Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools. In her 20 years there, she worked on teams to implement curriculum, develop district growth plans, integrate technology, create instruction for information literacy, and foster teacher development. At INFOhio, she focuses on helping educators use INFOhio resources to improve early literacy. Her work has resulted in instructional "bags" for Ohio teachers, early literacy webinars, partnerships with like-minded agencies, and numerous statewide presentations to teachers, administrators, and educational leaders in Ohio. In her free time, she reads, enjoys time with her husband and three teenaged children, and plans for her next big adventure in life.

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