By Kara Corridan

“Do you have a pacing guide?” I’ll be honest. When teachers asked that question, I’d always cringe, for two reasons. Number one: we did not have a pacing guide. Number two: Creating one would be a huge undertaking. We’re a small team at Storyworks and Storyworks Jr., and with everything we’ve wanted to create for our resources, we just hadn’t had the opportunity to work on the kind of comprehensive pacing guide you deserve...

Ellen Weiner, a 3rd-grade teacher from New York, wrote this great post last year. In it, she details exactly how she incorporates the Debate quiz into her lesson plans, and we think you'll get a lot out of her approach. And by the way, whether you're a new subscriber or you've been with us since last year, you have access to our debate from last fall: Should You Give Up Your Halloween Candy? We bet your students will have a great time hashing this one out!

We are thrilled to introduce a new Storyworks Jr. adviser from Round Rock, Texas: Alejandro Sifuentes. He is an amazingly passionate dual-language third-grade teacher from Round Rock ISD whose mission is to provide his students and families with a better ELL transition than he had growing up. His creative juices led him to develop his own YouTube channel where he posts wonderful videos on key ELA skills to keep his kiddos engaged! We begged him to share his new "Como Usar Storyworks Jr. en Casa" (How to use Storyworks Jr. at home) for families who speak Spanish...

By Anna Starecheski

We knew that Lauren Tarshis's gripping story "Mountain of Fire," about the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, would be a home-run for Storyworks Jr. readers. The science of volcanoes is fascinating, and their power is breathtaking. Keep your students engaged with the learning extensions below, and as always, let us know if you came up with any great extensions for one of our stories!

By Anna Starecheski

At Storyworks, we believe the best way to learn grammar is through reading. That’s why we’ve created an approach that allows students to uncover key grammar concepts in the context of our articles and stories. With each issue, they’ll practice a featured grammar skill with our entertaining activities. Below, we've highlighted our suite of offerings to help students learn grammar in context...

By Meg Zucker

We're kicking off a new contest for Storyworks Jr. in our October/November 2017 issue. It's called One of a KIND and it promotes empathy, asking students to write about a time that they were an especially a good friend, or needed one. Who better to tell you more about it than our friend Meg Zucker, who runs an SEL-themed Scholastic contest for 4th-graders nationwide, who herself has physical differences and who is the mom of two sons with physical differences (and a daughter with an "invisible difference"—food allergies)? We hope you'll encourage your students to enter...