Looking for more ways to have your students test their writing chops? Direct them towards our contests! Interested in giving them a chance at the prize? These 8 tricks will definitely increase your chance of winning...
By Kristen Cruikshank
Texas fourth-grade teacher Kristen Cruikshank recently shared with us a WOW idea for infusing an authentic learning grammar lesson into her regular bag of tricks. We felt it had Genius Teaching Idea written all over it! Let us know what you think in the comments below. And, to learn more about Kristen and her amazing students, read Lauren's most recent post about how they met.
By Anna Starecheski
We are SO excited about the newest differentiation tool for both Storyworks and Storyworks Jr.: the Vocabulary Slideshow! It's a dazzling multimedia feature that will help your students unlock the challenging vocabulary in our resources...
By Thomasine Mastrantoni and Deborah Goldstein, the Link Ladies

Our favorite library media specialists, the Link Ladies, are back with a home run! With the World Series on everyone's minds, this app-based activity using the Storyworks play "When Girls Ruled Baseball" will be a hit with your students. We've heard from many teachers that Kahoot has been super successful in their classrooms, and we believe this step-by-step plan will convince you, too...

By Lauren Tarshis,
Editor, Storyworks
A huge perk of my job is having the chance to connect with so many children and teachers. Almost every week, I Skype with a different class. All of my Skypes are wonderful experiences. But never did I imagine that a 30-minute Skype call with a group of fourth graders from Richmond, Texas could become, for me, a love story. Teacher Kristin Cruikshank uses Storyworks for reading instruction, and her students read one of my I Survived books in their historical fiction unit. Mrs. Cruikshank wrote to us, and then told me, “Our school is a title one campus full of amazing kids!" She wasn’t kidding – the kids were amazing. What poise! What smiles! What insightful questions! All day I was aglow thinking about Mrs. Cruikshank and her students. But it wasn’t until after the call that things took an unusual turn.
By Anna Starecheski

We all know that this election season has been contentious and messy, to say the least. It's been hard to watch, let alone teach! We've heard from many teachers that they've been struggling with teaching their students about this election...