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November/December 2012

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

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September 2011 Storyworks

 

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Answers to all online activities and quizzes are on our secret website. The URL to this website can be found on page T1 of the print version of your Teacher’s Edition.

 

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NONFICTION: The Race Against Death
FICTION: Parker the Pitcher
DEBATE: Should Girls Play on Boys’ Sports Teams?
PLAY: The Secret Soldier
POETRY CONTEST: Meet the Homophones
PAIRED TEXTS: Goat Cheese and Big Macs
GRAMMAR COP: Quotation Marks
VOCAB LAB
POETRY: Election Day
SKILLS AND GRAPHIC-ORGANIZERS LIBRARY

 

Nonfiction
The Race Against Death

 

ElephantsLexile Level 955L

Guided Reading Level V

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Listen to this article

Hear our own Justin O'Neill read “The Race Against Death”! Perfect for your reluctant readers or a great class activity.

 

Summary: This is the gripping true tale of how, in 1925, an Alaskan city was saved from a deadly diphtheria epidemic by a team of sled dogs and their brave mushers. Featured Skill: explaining historical and scientific information; summarizing

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

Video: “Storyworks Time Machine: The 1920s”
Take your students back in time! Our brief video is packed with facts and vocabulary that will help build a foundation of content-area knowledge about the 1920s. For an iPad/iPhone-compatible version of this video, please click here.


ACTIVITY SHEETS

Students support statements about the article with specific evidence.

This research activity guides students to find information online about Nome today.

A step-by-step activity sheet to guide students as they write a paragraph responding to a prompt about the article.

Students practice using some of the article’s vocabulary words related to weather, geography, dogsledding, and medicine.

Help students improve their comprehension of our video “Storyworks Time Machine: The 1920s” with this activity.

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 also appear in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.

Students use details from the article to write a newspaper-style account of Gunnar Kaasen’s arrival in Nome. To learn more about our contests, click here.

Great Resource

Interactive Feature: Dogsledding 101
This interactive feature from PBS provides a great introduction to the ins and outs of dogsledding.

 

Fiction
Parker the Pitcher
by Tommy Greenwald

 

Not My Dog Lexile Level 745L 

  Guided Reading Level U 

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  Listen to this story 
Hear author Tommy Greenwald read his story! Perfect for your reluctant readers or a great class activity. 

 


Summary:  It’s the bottom of the ninth, bases are loaded, and the pressure is on for Leo Galt, a nervous Little Leaguer facing an ace pitcher—who happens to be a girl. Make sure students also read our debate on page 16, “Should Girls Play on Boys’ Sports Teams?” It connects perfectly with this story! Featured Skills: understanding perspective; analyzing author’s craft

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

ACTIVITY SHEETS

Students use text evidence to compare the perspectives of Leo and Parker.

Students explore the connections between “Parker the Pitcher” and this issue’s play, The Secret Soldier.

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 also appear in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.

What does Leo come to understand about Parker? How might this change his perspective on baseball? Students answer these questions in a paragraph using details from the story. To learn more about our contests, click here.

Great Resource

Meet the Author: Tommy Greenwald
Learn more about Tommy Greenwald and his terrific books at his official website.

 

Debate
Should Girls Play on Boys’ Sports Teams?

Should Girls Play on Boys’ Sports Teams?

 Lexile Level 1110L

Guided Reading Level U

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Summary: More and more girls are playing sports once considered to be “boys only,” but not everyone is cheering them on. Students read arguments on both sides of this debate, then take a stand. Featured Skill: opinion writing; main idea/supporting details

ACTIVITY SHEETS

  • Bubble Test
    Test-prep and critical-thinking questions.

 

Play
The Secret Soldier

 

The Secret Soldier

 

Lexile Level 545L

Guided Reading Level V

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Summary:  The true story of Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a boy to fight in the American Revolution, will prompt students to think about what motivated her actions. Featured Skills: character’s motivation; connecting texts

ACTIVITY SHEETS

This activity helps students use details from the play to analyze Deborah’s motivations.

Students explore the connections between The Secret Soldier and this issue’s fiction story, “Parker the Pitcher.”

Students practice using some of the most challenging vocabulary words from the play.

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 also appear in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.

Students write a well-organized paragraph about Deborah, using details from the play to explain her character and her motivations. To learn more about our contests, click here.

Great Resource

Website: Biography of Deborah Sampson
A detailed biography of Deborah Sampson from the National Women’s History Museum—perfect for students who’d like to learn more!

 

Poetry
Meet the Homophones

by Bobbi Katz

 

Fossils

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Summary: Students read a fabulous poem all about homophones, then write one of their own. If they submit to our contest, their writing might end up in Storyworks! Featured Skill: homophones; poetry writing

Contest Entry Form
Students think of at least three homophone pairs and use them in a poem. To learn more about our contests, click here.

Great Resource

Meet the Poet: Bobbi Katz
Learn more about Bobbi Katz and her marvelous writing at her website!

 

 

Paired Texts
Goat Cheese and Big Macs

Goat Cheese and Big Macs

Lexile Level 1070L

Guided Reading Level T

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Summary: Our fun article explores how McDonald’s adapts to local tastes; our pairing raises criticisms of the U.S. chain. Put them together for a perfect lesson. Featured skills: comparing and contrasting; finding text evidence

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

ACTIVITY SHEETS

Students identify text evidence from the article to explore the clash between American and French cuisines and traditions.

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 also appear in your printed Teacher’s Edition and can be used for discussion.

 

Grammar Cop
Quotation Marks
 

Grammar Cop

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Summary: Our Grammar Cop activities in each issue will help your students become grammar masters. Featured Skill: quotation marks

Quotation Marks
Use this activity to reinforce our featured skill for this issue: quotation marks.

BONUS GRAMMAR COP ACTIVITIES FROM OUR ARCHIVES

 

Vocab Lab

Vocab Lab

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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

Storyworks Video: Word Nerd Slideshow
Check out our fun Word Nerd Slideshow, in which we revisit some of our favorite past Word Nerd adventures and give students great tips on deciphering new vocabulary words!

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

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
Election Day

by Irene Latham

Fossils

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Summary: Irene Latham’s lovely poem celebrates our precious right to vote. Featured Skill: interpreting words and phrases in poetry

Lesson Plan
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ACTIVITY SHEETS

This activity helps students understand and analyze specific words and phrases in “Election Day.”

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 Resources

Website: Scholastic’s Election 2012
A great resource for kids to keep up with news and analysis as Election Day approaches!

Meet the Poet: Irene Latham
Learn more about Irene and her beautiful poetry at her official website.

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