Easy-to-follow illustrated, self-directed graphic organizers, along with assessment review questions.
Graphic Organizers help students visualize and organize the information they are learning. This series of books provide graphic organizers for a variety of topics at each grade level. Grades 1-5 cover information in earth, life, and physical sciences, while Grades 6-8 organizers are topical. Each consumable, full-color, 50+ page book, covers 25 topics, and includes answers in the back. For each topic there is a one-page graphic organizer in which to write information learned from your science lesson; the second page is a short, 8-question, multiple-choice assessment on that topic. The books incorporate a variety of organizers Venn Diagrams, charts, maps, cause/effect, webs, compare/contrast, etc.
You could use these books two different ways. First, they can be used to cover just the topics found in your curriculum. Second, at the younger levels you gather information from library books, internet, encyclopedias, or other sources, and use the organizers and assessments for reinforcement. The latter would be a more casual way to do your science studies. ~ Donna