By Susan Feudale

You always tell us that Storyworks' Read-Aloud Plays are a big hit with students, so we couldn't resist sharing this extension idea from 6th-grade ELA teacher Susan Feudale. This visual says it all! We can already imagine how it would be a showstopper in your school hallways. Susan has shared her activity rubric with you, too, so please give it a try! 

By Erin Burns

We go bonkers when Storyworks teachers help students take their learning further! We were all smiles when upstate New York 4th-grade teacher Erin Burns shared her amazing 5-day science research extension with us! This idea sprung from the December 2017/January 2018 paired text feature, The History of Teeth. We convinced Erin to share this powerful lesson with our Storyworks community, complete with highlighted science standards...

By Kara Corridan

Seeing your tweets about Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. makes all of us so grateful and proud. Please keep 'em coming! Here are some of our favorites of late:

By Anna Starecheski

One of my favorite parts of my job is managing student writing contests. We get so many fantastic entries, and it's truly a joy to read them! We love to recognize our winners and their hard work, and thus the Student Writer Spotlight was born. Each issue, we'll choose one winner from Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. to celebrate here on Ideabook. We hope that this will both encourage your students to enter and provide you with some great examples of successful entries...

By Anna Starecheski

One of my favorite parts of my job is managing student writing contests. We get so many fantastic entries, and it's truly a joy to read them! We love to recognize our winners and their hard work, and thus the Student Writer Spotlight was born. Each issue, we'll choose one winner from Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. to celebrate here on Ideabook. We hope that this will both encourage your students to enter and provide you with some great examples of successful entries...

By Allie Curtis

Editor's note: We love this simple idea for differentiation from superstar 4th-grade teacher Allie Curtis. Allie took our Close-Reading Questions (found in the Teacher's Guide) and put her own spin on them with her "Color RAP" strategy. Try Allie's lesson in your classroom (she's even provided her materials for you) and let us know how it works for your students!