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January 2010

STORYWORKS ACTIVITIES
Reading and writing skills practice for each Storyworks article, play, and poem

Vocab U Larry

 

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Nonfiction
Waves of Terror: The Hawaiian Tsunami of 1946
by Michael Simmons

A riveting story of a little-known disaster that devastated
communities in Hawaii.
Plus: the science of tsuanmis

Lexile Level: 910L

(To access the TE lesson for this article, click here!)

Fiction
Silver Dollar Dreams
by Nan Marino

This beautiful story by a first-time novelist shows how the power of dreaming can help a 10-year-old boy reach his day-to-day goals.
We suggest you rush out and get Nan's amazing novel, Neil Armstrong is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me. It will grab even your most reluctant readers.

Lexile Level: 790L

(To access the TE lesson for this story, click here!)

 

Yesterday & Today
Basketball

You won't believe how much basketball has changed
since it was invented in the 1800's!

Lexile Level: 870L

Play
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
adapted from the book by Rick Riordan

Your class's favorite book series is now a movie,
and this play will give your students an exclusive sneak peak!

Lexile Level: 660L

(To access the TE lesson for this play, click here!)

  • Comprehension Quiz
    Test-prep and critical thinking questions
  • Read. Think. Explain.
    Critical thinking questions
    (Note: These are also listed in our Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)
  • Vocabulary
    An activity based on words from this story
  • Cause/Effect
    Students explore cause-and-effect relationships in this play adaptation of Rick Riordan's thrilling book.



Moving Poetry

Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

A special poem written by Gwendolyn Brooks
Plus: a great activity for group work

(To access the TE lesson for this poem, click here!)

  • Comprehension Quiz
    Test-prep and critical thinking questions
  • Read. Think. Explain.
    Critical thinking questions
    (Note: These are also listed in our Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)
  • Decoding Poetry
    Brooks's powerful poem about Dr. King can be challenging to read. This activity helps students get at the heart of the metaphors Brooks used to describe Dr. King in order to understand the poem's meaning.
  • Letter Writing
    Writing a letter is great fun! Students write a letter to Dr. King, describing what his ideas mean to them.


. . . and Karen I. Shragg!



(To access the TE lesson for this poem, click here!)

  • Comprehension Quiz
    Test-prep and critical thinking questions
  • Read. Think. Explain.
    Critical thinking questions
    (Note: These are also listed in our Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)
  • Literal and Figurative Language
    Each line in this inspirational poem can be read literally and figuratively. This activity asks students to think about each line on both levels to understand the poem's meaning.
Plus, you'll love our new Micro-Mystery detective . . .

 

. . . and your old favorite activity: Word Nerd







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Skills and Graphic-Organizer Library
Use these basic skills activities for just about any Storyworks feature