By Beth Orticelli

I’ve been working on something called “Walkie-Talkie”, and it’s basically what it sounds like: Walking and talking, but ONLY about what we just read. We used the paired texts in Storyworks Jr. called Explorers: Then and Now, from the October/November issue. We spent about 3 full days reading the article. We focused on the vocabulary, comparing and contrasting, and also making inferences while summarizing the story together. On the final day, my class was ready for “Walkie-Talkie”...

Editor's note: Storyworks has a great reputation for delivering engaging debates with every issue. We couldn't wait to offer this beloved feature to our new Storyworks Jr. classrooms. But we quickly heard from third-grade Advisor Ellen Weiner from New York that not only does she need the rich and thought-provoking text, but a quiz to go along with it. We hadn't planned on creating one for Storyworks Jr. But when we heard just how she'd use it, we knew we had to deliver for her...

Jackie is a seasoned educator, long-time Storyworks subscriber, and relied-upon teacher advisor from Long Island, NY. We know that Jackie, like many of you, squeeze every inch out of our resource. When we chatted her up last spring, she shared a simple and very effective way to deliver a comprehensive formative assessment from issue to issue. We knew we had to let you in on her little secret this fall. We love celebrating these kind of a-ha moments and creative techniques that our teachers develop every day using Storyworks...
By Anna Starecheski
Columbus Day is approaching, and no matter what your philosophy is about teaching this controversial figure, the holiday provides a great opportunity to teach your students more about exploration! I was thrilled to get to write the Paired Texts feature in the October/November issue of Storyworks Jr. It's all about explorers...
By Anna Starecheski

Something we're always asking ourselves as we're creating an article is: "Will this make students want to learn more?" We always aspire to open doors of curiosity in your students' minds, and we hope that every article can serve as a jumping-off point to further learning. With that in mind, we've created this list of learning extensions to go along with the nonfiction feature from Storyworks' October/November issue: The Search for Pirate Gold...

By Thomasine Mastrantoni and Deborah Goldstein, the Link Ladies
Our favorite library media specialists are back with a new app-based lesson that is guaranteed to engage your students! Using the paired text from the September issue of Storyworks Jr., your students will practice finding and citing text evidence AND opinion writing with this special app smash...