Storyworks 2 is perfect for your class whether you are teaching remotely, doing blended learning, or doing in-class instruction! Each issue contains:
And more! All of the fascinating stories are just right for second-graders.
Online resources for each issue include:
Below are different ideas on how students can best utilize all the amazing features of Storyworks 2 at home. Students may need parent support to navigate the website.
If you are teaching over video, you can share your screen with students and pull up the Storyworks 2 website.
Now that you have read these ideas, here is an example of how to teach two articles from Storyworks 2 using them.
The short article “One Cat, Five Facts” will give kids the background knowledge they need to tackle the Big Read: “How to Save a Cheetah’s Life.”
Note: These ideas will need multiple class periods to do. You can choose how many lesson periods you want this to take; the resources are very flexible.
1. Independent Learning: Assign the article and skill sheet for “One Cat, Five Facts” for kids to read and complete independently at home.
2. Remote Direct Instruction: Discuss the article and skill sheet for “One Cat, Five Facts” using the lesson plan provided.
3. Independent Learning: Next, have kids prepare for your lesson on the Big Read: “How to Save a Cheetah’s Life.” Have them preview the vocabulary slideshow and watch the Video Read Aloud independently at home.
4. Remote Direct Instruction: As a group, read the article “How to Save a Cheetah’s Life” together. Use the lesson plan to guide the discussion.
5. Remote Direct Instruction: Then, share and discuss The Big Question Video. (Some teachers may choose to watch this before reading, to introduce the article’s themes, and then show the Video Read Aloud after reading, to reinforce comprehension. Either way works!)
6. Independent Learning: Finally, share the skill pages for this article. If there has been any time in school, you can also send the printed sheets home.
7. And now you’re ready to move on to the other stories in Storyworks 2! Since the magazine is filled with multiple texts that connect to the issue’s essential question, you’ll have already laid the groundwork for some incredible text-to-text connections to come.
Remember, the online lesson plans offer easy, step-by-step guides for how to teach each article using our resources. They can all be easily adapted to blended or fully remote learning. Knowing that all of our materials are available online, you can just go through each lesson plan and choose when and where you will teach each resource.