By Allison Friedman

We’re counting down the days until you and your students get your hands on the May/June issue of Storyworks, which is packed with thrilling, moving, and deeply important stories. In fact, we can't resist sharing a sneak peek! Here are just a few of our favorite features...

By Kara Corridan

I can't believe that we're wrapping up our second year of Storyworks Jr.! We've truly loved creating this resource and sharing it with all of you—your feedback, comments, and insight have been invaluable in making Storyworks Jr.'s second year a success! I'm so excited to share a special sneak peek at some of the content you'll see in your final issue of the year...

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!

By Leslie Smothers

We found 4th grade teacher Leslie Smothers on Twitter, and we couldn't be happier to be in touch with her! Leslie uses Storyworks in super-creative ways, and we love her strategy for digging deeper with our short nonfiction feature Word Power, on the first pages of every issue of Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. The best part: She's provided you with step-by-step instructions and her printable activity sheets!

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 Kristen Cruikshank

We've wrangled some of our favorite Texas teachers to share creative and effective ways they are using Storyworks to help students review and prepare for STAAR tests. Fourth-grade teacher extraordinaire Kristen Cruikshank, from Richmond, shares her top 5 test-prep ideas, including links to app activities she's thoughtfully developed.