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.
The incredible true story of a 15-year-old soldier fighting for survival in the American Revolution
social studies: colonial era, the American Revolution
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: “Virtual Field Trip: Beyond the Battlefield,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs, vocabulary slideshow
This powerful article will introduce your students to Natalia, a young girl from Mozambique who once spent hours fetching water for her family—until a new well changed her life forever. We've paired it with an interview with Mari Copeny, a 10-year-old fighting for safe drinking water in Flint, Michigan.
compare and contrast
science: public health, enviornment
social studies: current events
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: “Behind the Scenes: Two Miles for a Drink of Water,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs, vocabulary slideshow
In this funny and touching story by Bobbie Pyron, two science fair partners strive for first place but get something better.
social-emotional learning: overcoming obstacles
lesson plan, audio version, Core Skills Workout, quiz, activity sheets
Our adaptation of a Jewish folktale delivers a wise message about gossip’s harm—one that is sure to resonate powerfully with your students in the age of texting and social media.
lesson plan, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
Should you keep money you find on the street? Two kids face off in the debate, and your students decide who makes the more convincing argument.
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