Storyworks Video Archive
Meet the Mint
A lot more goes into a pocketful of change than you might think! Our video offers a fascinating glimpse into how the U.S. Mint designs and produces the coins you use every day. Click here for video discussion questions.
Originally created for Should America Get Rid of the Penny?, February/March 2014
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Saving the Great White Monster
Think the great white shark is nothing but a terrifying brute? Think again! In this video, author Lauren Tarshis explains why the legendary aquatic predator is important to the ocean’s ecosystem—and why it even deserves our love. Click here for video discussion questions.
Originally created for Saving the Great White Monster, February/March 2014
I Lived in a Truck
Florida teen Arielle Metzger and her family were forced to move into a truck when Arielle’s father lost his job. In this video, Arielle gives us a tour of the truck while reflecting on the experience of being homeless. Click here for video discussion questions.
Originally created for I Was Homeless
I Use a Robot to Go to School
Dogs aren’t the only ones that can help with allergies! Meet the robot that helps Lauren, a teenage girl with a severe and potentially fatal dairy allergy, go to school and hang out with her friends. Click here for video discussion questions.
Originally created for Sit, Stay, Save My Life!
What Is a Character?
Hamlet, the Storyworks hamster, explains how authors create detailed and memorable characters. A perfect introduction to our contest!
Originally created for Create a Character Contest
Time Machine: The 1930s
Our Time Machine video will teach your students all about the 1930s and help them understand the historical context for the play.
Originally created for Seabiscuit
Cause and Effect
Teach your students the concept of cause and effect with our fun video starring Hamlet the Hamster. A perfect complement to our nonfiction article “The Burning Town.”
Originally created for The Burning Town
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Exploring Harriet Tubman
Students go behind the scenes with Lauren Tarshis, the author of "From Slavery to Freedom," and learn about her research and writing process.
Originally created for From Slavery to Freedom
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Author Lauren Tarshis gives your students a behind the scenes look at her research, writing, and editing process. Perfect for a lesson on author’s craft!
Originally created for The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Volcano Alert: In Harm’s Way
This brief introduction to the science of volcanoes will complement our nonfiction article, "The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius." A perfect cross-curricular connection!
Originally created for The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Time Machine: The 1920s
Our amazing video is all about the sights, sounds, and mood of the 1920s. It’s packed with facts and vocabulary that will help build a foundation of content-area knowledge. Watch it with your class before reading our nonfiction article “The Race Against Death.”
Originally created for The Race Against Death
Word Nerd Slide Show
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!
Medusa: My Side of the Story
Everyone thinks of Medusa as a horrible monster. Once, though, she was a regular human being. In our spectacular video, students get to hear Medusa’s side of the story. Perfect for exploring point of view and theme with our play The Hunt for Medusa’s Head.
Originally created for The Hunt for Medusa’s Head
Storyworks Teaching Tips in a Minute: Nonfiction Reading
Explore how to use the engaging nonfiction articles in Storyworks to build reading skills and meet the Common Core standards.
Storyworks Teaching Tips in a Minute: Cause/Effect
Want some simple ways to use fabulous Storyworks nonfiction articles to teach your most important language arts skills? Check out the first in our new series of quick and fun videos — perfect for Common Core and beyond!
This brief, engaging clip provides great background information, explaining what tornadoes are and how they form.
Originally created for Out of the Tornado
What is a Plot?
Your students will love this hamster-filled adventure—and will learn all the parts of a plot! Also pairs with the January 2012 issue short story, "Making Music."
Originally created for Making Music
The Making of a Tsunami
This fascinating video introduces the disaster in Japan and provides an overview of the science behind earthquakes and tsunamis.
Originally created for Surviving the Tsunami
What is an Author’s Purpose?
Watch to learn why Lauren Tarshis wrote the narrative nonfiction article "Deadly Hits" for the January 2012 issue of Storyworks.
Originally created for Deadly Hits
What Does It Mean to be Powerful?
Meet Ethan Z., the star of our October 2011 nonfiction article, "The Awesome Powers of Ethan Z.!"
Originally created for The Awesome Powers of Ethan Z.!
The World’s Deadliest Creature
Our first video for students! What IS the world's deadliest creature? Find out in this companion to our thrilling nonfiction feature appearing in the September 2011 issue.
Originally created for The World’s Deadliest Creature
Storyworks in the Classroom: An Introduction for Teachers
This video is a great way for you to get familiar with all the features Storyworks offers and how they can create a rich and meaningful classroom experience for you and your students! It's a great refresher for existing subscribers as well — you never know what crucial information you may be missing. We welcome your feedback, as always; if you have a comment about this video, please click the "Talk to Us" link and let us know what you think!