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.
Last year, a Storyworks class from Baton Rouge wrote to editor Lauren Tarshis. They wanted to share their incredible stories of surviving the Louisiana Flood of 2016, the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy. Lauren went down for a visit and has turned their experiences into a thrilling article about survival, heroism, and healing.
main idea and supporting details
science: natural disasters
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, video: "Behind the Scenes: Our World Turned to Water," vocabulary slideshow, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
Tens of thousands of years ago, during the Ice Age, a new creature appeared on Earth: the dog. How did this happen? And how has the relationship between humans and dogs changed over the years? Two fascinating articles tell an incredible story that connects to science, history—and of course, lots of adorable doggies.
social studies: world history, U.S. history; science: animals, biology, early humans
lesson plan, lower-Lexile article, audio versions, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz, questions for ELLs
Your students will love this moving story about a boy adjusting to a new stepmom, a new baby, and a move across the country. We adore Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of the Newbery-Honor-winning Echo and Esperanza Rising. (She’s not only an amazing author, she is a lovely person!)
lesson plan, audio version, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
Sylvia Mendez was an 8-year-old American child living in California. But because of her Mexican heritage, she was barred from her town’s public school and forced to attend a run-down “Mexican school.” Soon she and her family were in the middle of a legal battle that helped end segregation in California schools.
social studies: civil rights
lesson plan, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz
Can these popular gadgets help kids focus in school, or are they just another distraction? Students will read arguments on both sides and then 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