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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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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

Writing Rescue


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

Paired Texts


Happy Campers

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



Grammar Cop

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

Skill: apostrophes

What you get: activity sheet



Ten-Cent Haiku

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



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: Word Nerd’s Word Workout, Whole-Issue Glossary


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