We are passionate about poetry and make sure we provide at least one poem in every issue of both Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. Many of you find it essential and use the poems faithfully with every issue. Others provide a more targeted poetry focus as part of test-prep season. And still others teach it seasonally during April's National Poetry Month. However you use our poems, these four simple ideas can be right for any classroom. Enjoy!
Earth Day is on April 22nd, and if you're in search of a great lesson, we've got you covered! We've gathered our favorite Earth Day-friendly articles from this years' issues of Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. and have suggested some mini-lessons to go along with them. Happy Earth Day, from us to you!
Editor's note: Superstar coaches, Allie and Shannon, are back with another winner of an activity: Tabletop Twitter! As soon as you tell your students the name of this activity, we predict they'll be excited! This activity has students previewing text features while "tweeting" their thoughts, comments, and questions. It's fun for kids, and gets them thinking about the text before diving in for a first read. Check out how Mrs. Tiffany Spiva's fourth grade superstars rocked this strategy! Let us know how it works in your classroom!
Editor's note: We know that kids tend to get very passionate about our debates, and superstar 2nd grade teacher Beth O's students really took it to a whole new level! We love Beth's simple two-day approach to the debate in the March/April issue of Storyworks Jr. It's one that students have strong feelings about: Should You Always Get a Trophy? We hope it will work well in your classroom!
In February, we asked you to join our social media community at #MyStoryworksMoment to share your quintessential and out-of-the-box moments using Storyworks or Storyworks Jr. in your classroom. We've been blown away by all of you! Seeing your moments makes us so happy—you're often the reason I log on to Twitter. I just can't wait to see what you've posted! This is our last round-up of #MyStoryworksMoment tweets for this school year, and we want to thank you for being a part of our community...