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...

By Kristen Cruikshank

Editor's Note: One of our favorite Texas teachers, Kristen Cruikshank, is forever using every nugget of Storyworks to help her 4th graders practice writing, editing and honing grammar skills. With the 4th-grade STAAR Writing test coming up in a little more than a week, she has whipped up three great activities to use with the March/April 2018 issue...

By Anna Starecheski

Our winner for the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Storyworks Jr. is Seth F! Seth sent us an incredible response to the prompt for our Penguin Contest. The prompt for this contest was to write a journal entry as a penguin from our nonfiction story, “The Amazing Penguin Rescue.” See Seth's entry below...

By Rebecca Leon,
education editor

We know that test prep can be a stressful—and less than exciting—time in your classroom. Making your teaching life easier and your students' learning deeper and more joyful are our top goals, so we have a recommendation we're dying to share with you...