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March/April 2018

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

The incredible true story of a 15-year-old soldier fighting for survival in the American Revolution

Featured Skill: 

building knowledge

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: colonial era, the American Revolution

What You Get: 

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

Lexile Level: 740L; GRL: U; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

compare and contrast

Content-Area Connection: 

science: public health, enviornment
social studies: current events

What You Get: 

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

Lexile Level: 590L; GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

In this funny and touching story by Bobbie Pyron, two science fair partners strive for first place but get something better.

Featured Skill: 

plot

Content-Area Connection: 

social-emotional learning: overcoming obstacles

What You Get: 

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

GRL: U; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

theme

What You Get: 

lesson plan, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Lexile Level: 630L; GRL: S; DRA Level: 40

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.

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

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

Students use our delightful infographic about bees to write a letter convincing their neighbors to join a Bee Rescue Committee.

Featured Skill: 

main idea and supporting details

What You Get: 

lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Beverly McLoughland offers a fresh look at a family of opossums in this vivid springtime poem.

Featured Skill: 

metaphor

What You Get: 

​lesson plan, audio version, activity sheets, quiz

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

Featured Skill: 

there, their, they're

What You Get: 

activity sheet

Students will learn words related to spicy food as they read about the world’s most powerful chili peppers.

Featured Skill: 

vocabulary