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.
In 1940, 19-year-old Ben Kamm escaped the Warsaw ghetto and joined a group of partisans in their fight against the Nazis. His story, both tragic and inspiring, is sure to move your students.
social studies: World War II, the Holocaust
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: “Behind the Scenes,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
What makes something valuable? Students will explore this question as they read an article about collectible toys and a personal essay about a beloved necklace.
social studies: economics
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
A girl’s love of music connects her to her family in this poignant story by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Featuring a character created by Gia H. of Hudson, Ohio, the winner of this year’s Create a Character Contest!
social-studies: Syria, immigration
lesson plan, audio version, Core Skills Workout, quiz, activity sheets, vocabulary slideshow
Should texting while walking be against the law? Students will read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.
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