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May/June 2017

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.

Lexile Level: 780L; GRL: V; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

author's purpose

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: World War II, Japanese American internment

What You Get: 

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

Lexile Level: 930L; GRL: U; DRA Level: 50
Students will be riveted by the moving story of Ishanga, a baby elephant whose mother was killed by poachers. We’ve paired the text with an article about how drone technology could help put an end to poaching.
Featured Skill: 

synthesizing

Content-Area Connection: 

science: animals, the environment, technology

What You Get: 

lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs

Lexile Level: 650L; GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

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!

Featured Skill: 

how character changes

What You Get: 

lesson plan, audio version, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

GRL:U; DRA Level: 50

This Native American folktale play delivers a powerful message about kindness.

Featured Skill: 

theme

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: Native American cultures

What You Get: 

lesson plan, vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Lexile Level: 760L; GRL: S; DRA Level: 40

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.

Featured Skill: 

main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing

What You Get: 

lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, Spanish-language article, essay kit, opinion-essay toolkit, quiz

Words glow and float across the page in this concrete poem.

Featured Skill: 

genre (concrete poetry)

What You Get: 

lesson plan, audio version, activity sheets, 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!

Featured Skill: 

vocabulary, context clues, multiple-meaning words

What You Get: 

whole-issue glossary

Americans produce 700,000 tons of trash per day. That stinks! Our Earth-friendly infographic explains why—and how—we should make less garbage.

Featured Skill: 

main idea and supporting details

What You Get: 

lesson plan, guided-writing activity

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

Featured Skill: 

It's vs. Its

What You Get: 

activity sheet

Students will learn “sticky” words as they read a short article about America's latest gooey fad.

Featured Skill: 

Vocabulary

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