By Anna Starecheski

With Earth Day coming up this month, we wanted to share with you a few great books to add to your classroom library. And of course, as a Storyworks and/or Storyworks Jr. subscriber, remember that you have access to the archives, with many stories perfect for Earth Day...

By Sarah DeWit

We've been thrilled to see how teachers are using Storyworks Jr. for test prep! This is how Sarah DeWit, a 3rd-grade teacher at Jane Long Elementary in Richmond, Texas, approaches the nonfiction and paired texts in every issue of  Storyworks Jr. Steal her strategy!

Editor's note: We love Storyworks Jr. 3rd-grade advisor and bilingual educator Alejandro Sifuentes from Round Rock, Texas. Just like all Lone Star teachers, he takes STAAR prep very seriously, and finds a way to make his ELAR skills review impactful by using student interest to drive extra practice. 

By Anna Starecheski

Our fabulous student writer spotlight winner for the Storyworks December 2017/January 2018 issue is Hika H! Hika sent us a clever, funny entry to the Hedgehog contest, which asked students to write a letter to a friend dissuading them from getting a pet hedgehog. (We also got some impassioned letters from students on the pro-hedgehog side, which we greatly appreciated!) See Hika's letter below...

We're thrilled to spotlight Rebecca Rodriguez, 5th-grade teacher from the Cypress-Fairbanks district who's determined to keep her STAAR prep engaging. She reminds her kiddos that "it's a love of reading that matters most, and STAAR testing is just one day."

By Kyndra Hartzler

Editor's note: We know you've got STAAR test prep on your minds, so we want to remind you that Storyworks Jr. can be the secret sauce for targeted skills practice during this important review period. We're thrilled to spotlight Kyndra Hartzler, 3rd grade teacher from Texas, who's determined to keep her test prep engaging...