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September 2012

STORYWORKS ACTIVITIES
Reading comprehension quizzes and core language arts skills practice for the articles, story, poem, and play in this issue

Vocab U Larry

September 2012 Storyworks

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NONFICTION: Out of the Tornado
FICTION: Not My Dog
CREATE A CHARACTER CONTEST!
PLAY: The Emperor’s New Clothes
PAIRED TEXTS: The History of Yum
DEBATE: The Return of the Mammoth
GRAMMAR COP: There, Their, They're
VOCAB LAB
POETRY: Scribble Me a Fine Thing
SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY

 

Nonfiction
Out of the Tornado
by Lauren Tarshis

 

Elephants

 

 

Lexile Level 985L

Guided Reading Level S

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Summary: This incredible story of a group of elementary school students who survived the March 2012 tornado in Henryville, Indiana, will fascinate your students. Featured Skill: cause and effect

Lesson Plan
Download a PDF of the lesson plan, which also appears in your printed Teacher’s Edition.

Storyworks Video: Tornado Time
This brief, engaging clip provides great background information, explaining what tornadoes are and how they form.

For an iPad/iPhone-compatible version of this video, please click here.

Storyworks Video: Cause and Effect
Teach your students the concept of cause and effect with our fun video starring Hamlet the Hamster. A perfect complement to any Storyworks article.

For an iPad/iPhone-compatible version of this video, please click here.

ACTIVITY SHEETS

Students synthesize information from the article and from the video “Tornado Time.”

A step-by-step worksheet to guide students as they write a paragraph describing the effects of the Henryville tornado.

Students explore the article’s photographs, captions, and section titles to improve their nonfiction reading-comprehension skills and strategies.

Students practice some of the weather-related vocabulary words from the nonfiction article.

This chart helps students identify the many cause-and-effect relationships in the article.

Multiple-choice questions based on state tests. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

A printable version of the quiz above. Includes short-answer questions as well.

Short-answer questions touching on a range of skills. (Note: These are also listed in our Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)

Students may use this form to write a letter to Henryville students. The letters should be sent to us. For every letter we receive, we will make a donation to Henryville Elementary School in the name of Storyworks readers.

Great Resources

Website: Weather Wiz Kids: Tornadoes
A fantastic introduction to the science of tornadoes.




Fiction
Not My Dog
by Patrick Jennings

 

Not My Dog

 

 

  Lexile Level 710L 

  Guided Reading Level R 

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Summary:  Fenton isn’t too fond of his new pooch at first, but soon enough he learns to love his energetic four-legged companion in this charming story by beloved author Patrick Jennings. Featured Skill: understanding character

Lesson Plan
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ACTIVITY SHEETS

Students consider how Fenton changes from the beginning of the story to its end.

Helps students master some of the most challenging vocabulary words from the story.

Multiple-choice questions based on state tests. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

A printable version of the quiz above. Includes short-answer questions as well.

Short-answer questions touching on a range of skills. (Note: These are also listed in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)

Students write a paragraph about what Fenton discovers about himself by the end of the story. Read more about our contests here.

Learn more about Patrick Jennings and his fabulous books at his official website.

 

Create a Character Contest!
With Gordon Korman

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Create a character

 

Summary:  Author Gordon Korman needs your students’ help in creating an amazing character to star in his new story. Featured Skill: characterization

Storyworks Video: What is a Character?
Hamlet, the Storyworks hamster, explains how authors create detailed and memorable characters. A perfect introduction to our contest!

For an iPad/iPhone-compatible version of this video, please click here.

Contest Entry Form
Students may use this handy form to submit their character ideas. Read more about our contests here.

Meet the Author: GordonKorman.com
Gordon Korman is the author of dozens of books, including Swindle, Zoobreak, and the Titanic series. Learn more about him at his official website.

Play
The Emperor’s New Clothes

 

Emperor's New Clothes

 

 

Lexile Level 420L

Guided Reading Level S

 

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Summary:  Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale comes to life in this hilarious Storyworks adaptation. Your students will love our star-studded illustrations! Featured Skill: understanding moral

Lesson Plan
Download a PDF of the lesson plan, which also appears in your printed Teacher’s Edition.

ACTIVITY SHEETS

Students keep track of characters’ actions and motives with this chart.

Multiple-choice questions based on state tests. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

A printable version of the quiz above. Includes short-answer questions as well.

Short-answer questions touching on a range of skills. (Note: These are also listed in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)

Students write a paragraph explaining what the Emperor and other characters learn from the child. Read more about our contests here.

Great Resource

Website: Andersen Fairy Tales
A fun introduction to Hans Christian Andersen and his stories.

 

Paired Texts
The History of Yum
by Lauren Tarshis

Say Hello to Julio

 



Lexile Level 1050L

Guided Reading Level S

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Summary: Paired articles on the history of Hershey’s chocolate and Reese’s Pieces show that creating an amazing treat takes more than a great recipe—it takes lots of hard work and resilience too.

Lesson Plan  
Download a PDF of this lesson plan, which also appears in your printed Teacher’s Edition.

ACTIVITY SHEETS

This chart helps students identify the similarities and differences between the two articles.

Multiple-choice questions based on state tests. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

A printable version of the quiz above. Includes short-answer questions as well.

Short-answer questions touching on a range of skills. (Note: These are also listed in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)

Great Resource

Website: “The Hershey’s Story”
Learn more about the history of Hershey’s with this detailed timeline. The Hershey’s site also includes information on how chocolate is made—yum!

 

Debate
The Return of the Mammoth

The Return of the Mammoth

 

 

 Lexile Level 830L

Guided Reading Level R

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Summary: Some scientists believe they have the technology to clone a woolly mammoth. But is doing so a good idea? Students weigh arguments on both sides of this debate and then take a stand. Featured Skill: main idea/supporting details

ACTIVITY SHEETS

 

Grammar Cop
There, Their, They’re
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Grammar Cop

 

Summary: Our Grammar Cop activities in each issue will help your students become grammar masters. Featured Skill: there, their, they’re

There, Their, They’re
Use this activity to reinforce our featured skill for this issue. Students practice the correct usage of these commonly confused words.

Bonus Activities From Our Archive




Vocab Lab

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Vocab Lab
 

Summary: In each issue, our Vocab Lab celebrates the weird, wild, and wonderful world of words. Check out our fun, vocabulary-boosting activities below. And maybe one of your students will be our next Word Nerd! Featured Skill: vocabulary


ACTIVITY SHEETS

Students explore words with multiple meanings.

Students can flex their vocab muscles! Use this activity to reinforce some of Word Nerd’s favorite (and most challenging) words from the current issue.

A fun way to practice using some of the vocabulary words from the current issue.

Find all the vocabulary words introduced in Storyworks so far this year, organized by issue.

Students send us their Word Nerd exclamations for a chance to become a Storyworks Real-Life Word Nerd in a future issue! To learn more about our contests, click here.

Can your students find a word that has three different meanings? Have them send their suggestions to our contest! To learn more about our contests, click here.



Poetry
Scribble Me a Fine Thing
by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

 

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Scribble Me a Fine Thing

 

 

Summary: The entire Storyworks team was enchanted by this lovely poem by Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Use it with your class to teach author’s purpose and to inspire your students to write poems of their own. Featured Skill: author’s purpose


Lesson Plan
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ACTIVITY SHEETS

A fun guide for students to craft their own poems inspired by “Scribble Me a Fine Thing.”

Multiple-choice questions based on state tests. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

A printable version of the quiz above. Includes short-answer questions as well.

Short-answer questions touching on a range of skills. (Note: These are also listed in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.)

To download ALL activity sheets, click here.

To download ALL quizzes, click here.



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