By Lauren Tarshis,
Editor, Storyworks

When I wrote "Our World Turned to Water", the nonfiction feature for the September issue of Storyworks, I never imagined that when it came out, millions of people would be facing the aftermath of terrible storms, earthquakes, and wildfires. While this story is about events in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2016, I hope you’ll find that the facts and themes will help your students grasp what many Americans have recently experienced, and will inspire your students to want to help in any way they can...

By Amy Beall

How cool is Storyworks 4th grade adviser Amy Beall from North Carolina? She's whipped up a quickie Cause and Effect lesson for fellow subscribers to try out with September's Fiction story "Freddie in the Shade.” Sunglasses are optional! Your students can explore character motivation in partners or independently as they gain a greater awareness of the story's theme...

By Rebecca Leon,
education editor

Hi, teachers! By now, you're probably settling in to the new school year. If you haven't had a chance to dig into the fantastic narrative nonfiction feature from the September issue of Storyworks Jr. (psst, it's about the Titanic!), we have great news! We've done some of the work for you! I have designed a Reading Workshop minilesson to go along with this riveting story...

By Kara Corridan

Hi, Storyworks Jr. teachers! Your October/November issue is ready for you, but we know some of you are still working on the September issue. Before you move onto the next issue, here are three stories in our September issue you don't want to miss, according to our beloved teacher advisers...

By Allison Friedman

We can only imagine how dog-obsessed your students have been since reading Storyworks’s September paired texts, “The Amazing History of Dogs.” These two fascinating articles go back 35,000 years to explain where dogs came from and how they became our best friends. To further feed your students’ canine curiosity, here are four learning extension ideas...

By Anna Starecheski

Hi, teachers! We're thrilled to share with you a fantastic social-emotional learning opportunity available to all 4th grade students in the U.S. A wonderful organization called Don't Hide it, Flaunt It! (DHIFI) has teamed up with Scholastic for its National Kids Flaunt Essay Contest. DHIFI encourages kids and adults alike to celebrate—to flaunt!—what makes them different and awesome...