By Beth Basinger

Editor's note: We were first introduced to fourth-grade ELA teacher Beth Basinger in our conversations with model teachers from the Cypress-Fairbanks (Cy-Fair) ISD in Texas. She instantly blew us away with a simple yet brilliant teaching strategy that links reading and writing in a super-effective way! Check out her strategy below and try it out in your classroom...

By Genia Connell

For the last few years, the most popular books in my classroom library have been the I Survived series. Each year, several students seem to discover these historical fiction adventures, and they read one after the other. Because many third graders are beginning to notice the world around them, the iconic disasters and historical events depicted in these engaging books are high-interest topics...

By Anna Starecheski

World Read Aloud Day is coming up on February 1st, and all of us here at Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. are super excited! We've got several tools to help making reading aloud with your class easier and more fun. We can't wait to hear about how you all celebrate in your classrooms...

By Lauren Tarshis,
Editor, Storyworks

As I work on my Storyworks articles and I Survived books, I’m always wishing that I could bring your students along with me on my research journeys. And finally my dream is coming true. I am writing to you to invite you and your students to join me on a “virtual field trip” to the Museum of the American Revolution, an amazing new museum in Philadelphia...

By Heather Daymont

Editor's note: Sixth-grade teacher Heather Daymont from Pennsylvania reached out to us with this simple, fabulous extension activity, and we knew we had to share it with all of you! Heather's printable flipbook was designed to use with the Storyworks read-aloud play "The Necklace," but it can be adapted to work with most texts. This is our favorite kind of Genius Teacher Idea! Let us know how it works in your classroom...

By Ann O'Connor

Editor's note: Ann O'Connor, a grade 2-3 teacher from California, told us that she used the Storyworks Jr. nonfiction feature "The Amazing Penguin Rescue," the nonfiction feature in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Storyworks Jr., as a jumping-off point for a cool science experiment and a simple research project. Here they are—just in time for Penguin Awareness Day on January 20!