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.
A Race Against Time
When two fourth-graders are lost in the woods on a dark and rainy night, searchers’ best hope is a golden retriever named Maddee. But can she find the girls before it’s too late? Author Lauren Tarshis interweaves this gripping rescue story with fascinating information about search-and-rescue dogs.
Featured Skill: author’s craft
Content-area connections: science: animals, sensory systems
What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, video: “Storyworks Beyond the Story”
Students will love this exciting story about a young girl who witnesses a historic moment in baseball: a female pitcher striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! (Yes, this is based on a real event!)
Featured Skill: historical fiction
What you get: lesson plan, fiction kit, activity sheets, quiz, video: "Storyworks Time Machine"
Extreme Sports: Too Dangerous for Kids?
Performing jaw-dropping stunts can give young athletes a confidence boost, but it can also land them in the hospital. Is the thrill 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
Mantis Shrimp: Super Villain?
This colorful crustacean may be tiny, but it packs a powerful punch. Our infographic reveals all its awesome superpowers.
Featured Skill: main idea and supporting details
What you get: lesson plan, guided-writing activity
The Greatest Invention Ever?
Students will correct spelling and grammar mistakes in an article about the unexpectedly intriguing history of (believe it or not!) toilet paper.
Skills: grammar, editing
Reviews by You
Our wonderful Reviews by You feature is now online! Check out our featured nonfiction and fiction reviews from Storyworks students.
Featured Skill: opinion writing, reading comprehension
Children battling cancer need more than just medical treatment. This touching article about a camp for kids with cancer and their siblings shows how empathy helps too. PLUS: An informational text about a charity that supports childhood-cancer research by inspiring people to shave their heads.
Featured Skill: making inferences
Content-area connections: science: health; social issues
What you get: lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
Anansi Brings Stories to the World
Our delightful adaptation of a tale about Anansi the spider introduces students to the concept of a trickster character.
Featured Skill: character
Content-area connections: social studies: African culture, U.S. history
What you get: lesson plan, activity sheets, quiz
Our Grammar Cop activities in each issue will help your students become grammar experts.
What you get: activity sheet
A haiku writer meets unexpected twists and turns in this delightfully whimsical poem by Calef Brown.
Featured skill: tone
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. And maybe one of your students will be our next Word Nerd!
Skills: vocabulary, context clues, multiple-meaning words
What you get: Word Nerd’s Word Workout, Whole-Issue Glossary