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May/June 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: 900L; GRL: V; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

main ideas

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: World War II, the Holocaust

What You Get: 

lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: “Behind the Scenes,” Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs

Lexile Level: 810L; GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

synthesizing

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: economics

What You Get: 

lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs

Lexile Level: 790L; GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

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!

Featured Skill: 

character

Content-Area Connection: 

social-studies: Syria, immigration

What You Get: 

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

GRL: U; DRA Level: 50

Our thought-provoking biographical play follows scientist and nature writer Rachel Carson in her battle to expose the truth about the pesticide DDT.

Featured Skill: 

theme

What You Get: 

lesson plan, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, research kit, quiz

Lexile Level: 840L; GRL: S; DRA Level: 40

Should texting while walking be against the law? Students will read arguments on both sides of the debate and take a stand.

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 camels to write a letter convincing their parents to let them bring a camel along on summer vacation. 

Featured Skill: 

main idea and supporting details

What You Get: 

lesson plan, guided-writing activity

Poet Ofelia Zepeda celebrates the power of the ocean’s sound.

Featured Skill: 

interpreting text

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: 

subject-verb agreement

What You Get: 

activity sheet

Students will learn words related to determination as they read about Kathryn “Tubby” Johnston, the first girl to play Little League.

Featured Skill: 

vocabulary