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.
In 1942, 11-year-old Bill Shishima and his family were forced from their home and sent to a prison camp in the Wyoming wilderness—simply because they were Japanese American. Through Bill’s eyes, this powerful article tells the story of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
social studies: World War II, Japanese American internment
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: "Behind the Scenes: Behind the Wire Fence," vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
science: animals, the environment, technology
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
A boy’s secret robot goes awry in this charming story by Marlane Kennedy. Featuring a character created by Evan Andersen of Henderson, Nevada, the winner of this year’s Create a Character contest!
how character changes
lesson plan, audio version, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
This Native American folktale play delivers a powerful message about kindness.
social studies: Native American cultures
lesson plan, vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
Movie snack prices are out of control. Does that mean you should bring your own treats? Students will read arguments on both sides and then take a stand.
main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, Spanish-language article, essay kit, opinion-essay toolkit, quiz
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!
vocabulary, context clues, multiple-meaning words