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An overview of the current issue, including featured skills, activity sheets, videos, and more for every article and story. Explore each individual article below to get its resources.

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Nonfiction

 

The Girl Who Discovered the Dinosaurs

Dinosaur fossils hold the key to unlocking the whole prehistoric world. This is the idea we hope your students come away with when they read about a remarkable fossil find and the girl responsible for it.

Featured Skills: main idea and supporting details, integrating diverse media

Other Skills: domain-specific vocabulary, close reading, author’s craft, text evidence, analyzing, evaluating, opinion writing

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: “Storyworks Beyond the Story,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Fiction

 

Frog Advisory

Our annual Create a Character contest is one of our favorite events of the year. This year, beloved children’s author Patrick Jennings put Thalia, a character created by Lauren Baxter of Lima, Ohio, in a story about facing the daunting and disruptive changes in our lives.

Featured Skill: levels of meaning

Other skills: vocabulary, close reading, inference, character, plot, symbolism, explanatory writing

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Debate

 

Plastic Bags: Convenient or Cruel?

They make carrying your groceries—and picking up dog poo—so easy. But are they worth it? Students will read arguments on both sides and then take a stand.

Skills: main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing

What you get: lower-Lexile article, essay kit, opinion-essay checklist, quiz

Infographic

 

Your Own Pet Monster: A Venus Flytrap

“How to take care of a Venus flytrap” is the topic of this adorable infographic. We hope students will eat it up!

Skills: interpreting an infographic, identifying key details, writing a “how to” informational text, reading for information, evaluating

What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Writing Rescue

 

When Killer Mice Attack

Our Writing Rescue feature will help your students practice their editing skills.

Skills: apostrophes, homophones, word choice, spelling, proofreading

Paired Texts

 

Kevin & Daisy

Students will meet Kevin, who is learning to cope with the challenges of autism through equine therapy. In our pairing, an 11-year-old girl lovingly introduces readers to her autistic brother, Carl.

Featured Skill: synthesizing

Other Skills: vocabulary, close reading, reading for information, details, text evidence, inference, compare and contrast, main idea, analyzing, explanatory writing

What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Drama

 

The Tortoise and the Hare

“Slow and steady” wins the day in this classic adaptation of Aesop’s fable. We’ve paired it with a nonfiction article about grit, a quality that the tortoise shares with countless other real-life success stories.

Featured Skill: identifying theme across genres

Other skills: vocabulary, close reading, character, text evidence, main idea, supporting details, inference, evaluating, explanatory writing

What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz

Grammar

 

Grammar Cop

Our Grammar Cop activities in each issue will help your students become grammar experts.

Skill: commas

What you get: activity sheet

Poetry

 

Invitation to Lost Things

This enchanting poem by Joyce Sidman is a plea to the small but important items in our lives that keep us going.

Skills: point of view, author’s purpose, tone

What you get: lesson plan, audio version, activity sheet, quiz

Vocabulary

 

Vocab Lab

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

Skills: vocabulary, context clues, multiple-meaning words

What you get: crossword, Word Nerd’s Word Workout, Word Nerd’s Vocabulary List

 

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