Level: Students, grades 6-8+; teachers Each issue of Science World , a magazine for students, explores 3 major areas of the science curriculum—life science/health, earth science/astronomy, and physical science/technology. Topics in these areas are approached by way of the scientific principles involved in occurrences ranging from high-interest news events and to everyday activities. The teacher's edition includes an 8-page guide with lesson plans and activities.
Issues/price: 18 per year; $7.50 per year (with a minimum of 10 subscriptions). Available from: Scholastic.
Teacher resource This monthly journal features articles on a variety of scientific topics and research trends. Examples include brain-scanning technologies, microchips that can modify their own hardwired circuits as they run, trends in animal research, biological weapons, global climate change on Mars, and microbes deep inside the earth. In addition to feature articles, Scientific American includes regular sections of "News and Analysis" and "Reviews and Commentaries." The former includes articles on new discoveries, science and the citizen, profiles of scientists and their work, and angles on cyperspace. The latter presents book reviews and commentaries, including, in each December issue, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Awards for the year's best children's science books. On occasion, an entire issue is devoted to a single topic.
Issues/price: 12 per year; $36 per year. Available from: Scientific American.
Level: Teachers of grades 7-8+ Scientific American Frontiers is a teacher's guide published in connection with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) series by the same name. The monthly PBS series tracks stories on technology, medicine, biology, physics, geology, and chemistry. The 15-page teacher's guide helps educators use the television series in the classroom. Lessons focus on science concepts presented in the program, and may include hands-on activities and games, as well as interactive options and resources on the Internet (such as e-mailing questions to scientists) and curriculum links. Videotapes of past shows are available for purchase. Educators may photocopy materials from the guides for classroom use.
Issues/price: 5 per year; free. Available from: Scientific American Frontiers School Program.
Level: Teachers of grades 6-8+ Sky and Telescope features a variety of news and feature stories on astronomy and space science. Its 3 sections—"Features," "Departments," and "Columns"—include (1) articles by leading professionals on topics such as the exploration of Mars and a solar theory to explain global warming; (2) stories on activities of amateur astronomers, reviews of books and films, descriptions of new products such as binoculars and telescopes, and current sky events; and (3) other interesting tidbits and background information, such as reviews of Web sites and updates on the space program.
Issues/price: 12 per year; $36 per year. Available from: Sky and Telescope.
Teacher resource Smithsonian magazine reflects the diversity of the sciences, humanities, and arts featured in the Smithsonian museums. It also draws upon research performed by museum staff. Each issue presents 8 extensive, richly illustrated feature articles. Examples of the science-related topics addressed in these features include toxins in food, the use of connoisseurship and science to recognize authentic Rembrandt paintings, and experiments in the language and behavior of orangutans. Among the regular departments in the magazine are the commentary by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; highlights of Smithsonian exhibits, activities, and events; and book reviews.
Issues/price: 12 per year; $24 per year for Smithsonian Associates. Available from: Smithsonian Institution.
Level: Students, grades 7-8+; teachers StarDate is an astronomy magazine published by the McDonald Observatory Public Information Office, University of Texas at Austin. Astronomy news, features, and history are presented with full-color illustrations and photographs. StarDate also includes star charts; a solar system "orrery" showing the positions of planets each month; and a step-by-step observing calendar highlighting eclipses, meteor showers, and other events.
Issues/price: 6 per year; $18 per year. Available from: StarDate.