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September 2017

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: 860L; GRL: S; DRA Level: 40

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.

Featured Skill: 

main idea and supporting details

Content-Area Connection: 

science: natural disasters

What You Get: 

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

Lexile Level: 860L; GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

synthesizing

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: world history, U.S. history; science: animals, biology, early humans

What You Get: 

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

Lexile Level: 660L; GRL: S; DRA Level: 40

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!)

Featured Skill: 

character

What You Get: 

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

GRL: T; DRA Level: 50

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.

Featured Skill: 

theme

Content-Area Connection: 

social studies: civil rights

What You Get: 

lesson plan, Core Skills Workout, activity sheets, quiz

Lexile Level: 780L; GRL: R; DRA Level: 40

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.

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

Poet Kwame Alexander muses about finding inspiration in this bright and playful poem.

Featured Skill: 

interpreting text

What You Get: 

lesson plan, audio version, activity sheets, 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

It leaks. It breaks. And it’s just plain annoying. Our whimsical infographic explains why the world needs a better umbrella.

Featured Skill: 

main idea and supporting details

What You Get: 

lesson plan, guided-writing activity

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

Featured Skill: 

capitalization

What You Get: 

activity sheet

Students learn “deadly” words as they read a short article about the bacteria-fighting powers of Komodo dragons.

Featured Skill: 

vocabulary

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