Reading Assistant Plus content list

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Summer 2019: New titles

Reading Assistant Plus New Titles - Summer 2019

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 1:
Anne Goes to War

It's 1914, and Australian nurse Anne Donnell decides that it's time to do her part and join the Great War. When she boards her ship, she throws a streamer that hits a soldier on the head, and discovers a secret! Authors Jan Leader and Graeme Mitchell start our adventure aboard the S.S. Mooltan, with illustrations by Alice Ashby.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 2:
Stitcher the Fearless Pomeranian

Meet Stitcher the Pomeranian pup, and watch as Anne and her new friends encounter another stowaway hidden in an unexpected place! Is it an animal, or something else?

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 3: 
A Stowaway’s Story

Where did the little stowaway Reggie come from? And what will Anne, Jimmy, and Harry do with him?

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 4:
Stitcher Finds a Friend

Friendship is in the air! It's love at first sight for Stitcher and Reggie, while Anne agrees to help by being a lookout for Jimmy and Stitcher.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 5:
A Young Boy Goes Home

Stitcher and Reggie share some special times romping and playing before the young stowaway begins his long journey home to Australia.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 6:
Farewell to the Southern Cross

The Mooltan picks up a variety of passengers on its way to London. Anne and the other nurses escape for a silly adventure as they anxiously await the true beginning of their service.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 7:
Anzacs at Gallipoli

After several weeks sailing past islands, the Mooltan finally arrives at Lemnos, and Anne walks with the other nurses to their destination, the Third Australian General Hospital.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 8: 
Stories in Sarpi Camp

Anne and Jimmy finally run into each other at a big event, but steal away to catch up with some tea and quiet conversation. Well, mostly quiet, as Stitcher can barely contain his excitement!

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 9: 
Autumn in Lemnos

An important British leader pays the soldiers a visit. Meanwhile, back on Lemnos, everyone is freezing cold, and troops start arriving by the boatload when Gallipoli is evacuated.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 10:
The First Anzac Day

After a rough start leaving the Greek islands, Anne and her fellow nurses make it to Egypt. They work hard to send injured troops home before pushing onward to London.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 11: 
Anne Meets the King

On a day she will cherish forever, Anne and thirty-eight of her fellow nurses attend a special ceremony where they are given awards by King George of England himself!

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 12: 
Australians Fight for France

While Anne wonders about Jimmy and Stitcher, we get an update on what they've been doing on the battlefront. Stitcher has been learning some very important tricks!

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 13: 
A Terrible War

Things are getting more and more hectic as the war rages on. Back at Anne’s camp, nightly attacks and fierce winds have the nurses scrambling for cover.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 14:
The Fighting Continues

The winds continue to blow, and the fighting seems as though it will never stop. Anne and Mary hide in some unusual places as they wait for the chaos to end.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 15:
The Germans Break Through

As the fighting escalates and more wounded soldiers arrive, Anne is almost too busy to be scared. Meanwhile, Stitcher is scrambling around trying to find his beloved owner, Jimmy.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 16:
Rumors from the Front

The bombing seems never-ending, but a soldier named Eric gives Anne hope that the end may indeed be in sight.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 17:
World War I Is Over

The war is over! The celebration feels bittersweet, however, because not everyone is making the journey home.

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 18:
Anne Gets Some News

Anne is absolutely heartbroken to learn Jimmy's fate, but a surprise from Sergeant Tom Williams cheers her up!

Anne Threw a Streamer, Chapter 19:
Home to Australian Soil

Anne speaks to the captain on Stitcher’s behalf before landing home in Australia. Will she convince him to allow the precious Pomeranian pup to come home?

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Winter 2018: New titles

Reading Assistant Plus New Titles - Winter 2018

Colors All Around

Coco loves colors. Help her explore the colors all around her world. Will your favorite color be among them? By Wiley Blevins, illustrations by Elliot Kreloff.

  • Lexile: 150L
  • ATOS: 0.9
  • Guided Reading: H
  • Nonfiction

Count On It

Gigi is planning a theme party. With nine friends coming, help Gigi count what she needs from 0 to 10. By Wiley Blevins, illustrations by Elliot Kreloff.

  • Lexile: 290L
  • ATOS: 1.6
  • Guided Reading: F
  • Nonfiction

Dance Is Fun!

What do you know about dancing? There are many types and styles. But above all, it is fun! Written by Robin Nelson.

  • Lexile: 450L
  • ATOS: 3.2
  • Guided Reading: H
  • Nonfiction

Go, Billy, Go!

One way to deal with bullies is to ignore their taunts and carry yourself with confidence. Sometimes you just have to do what’s right for you. By Wiley Blevins, illustrations by John Gordon.

  • Lexile: 150L
  • ATOS: 1.6
  • Guided Reading: I
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 1

High interest/Low reading level

Tripp loves his guitar, and that's pretty much it. When his mom takes it away, he must get creative to keep his love of music alive. Lyla is an ace student and an even better cellist, but does she love her life as it is? The first day of school is upon them, and things are about to change. Written by Mary Amato.

  • Lexile: 730L
  • ATOS: 4.7
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 2

High interest/Low reading level

Tripp lives for every other day—when he can practice in the school band's practice room booth at lunchtime. He shares the room with Lyla Marks who practices every other day, rotating with Tripp. The unlikely friends strike up a conversation in an even more unlikely manner.

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 4.2
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 3

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla must perform in front of the school, and lately it hasn't been the cello that keeps her coming back to the practice room.

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 4

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla finds herself opening up to Tripp, whom she barely knows, more than most people in her life. They become fast friends, and soon he's inspiring her to branch out from the stiff cello life she knows.

  • Lexile: 760L
  • ATOS: 4.9
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 5

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla tries playing guitar and surprises herself with how quickly she picks it up. Tripp is becoming a confidant, and she is happy to have someone to share her new music with.

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 6

High interest/Low reading level

A friendship is growing, and it goes to a new level when Lyla has a special request for Tripp.

  • Lexile: 500L
  • ATOS: 1.9
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 7

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla and Tripp break a rule to spend more time playing music together.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 3.4
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 8

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla opens up to Tripp about her newfound love of writing music on the guitar and singing. What does he think? Will he tell her how he feels?

  • Lexile: 540L
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 9

High interest/Low reading level

Are Tripp and Lyla breaking social norms by being friends? The pressure is on as they grow closer together.

  • Lexile: 580L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 10

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla schemes behind Tripp's back to bring their music to a wider audience. It comes with its own set of risks. Is the risk worth the reward?

  • Lexile: 570L
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 11

High interest/Low reading level

Tripp and Lyla have a new and improved practice space, but before they have time to let that sink in, even bigger news comes along.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 2.7
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 12

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla becomes the evil genius of the duo as she hatches a plan to get her and Tripp to their first gig. Tripp is skeptical, but it's an opportunity they just can't pass up.

  • Lexile: 750L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 13

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla and Tripp have to overcome their nerves in order to make good on their commitment. They have to work together to ensure their performance goes off without a hitch.

  • Lexile: 690L
  • ATOS: 4.7
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 14

High interest/Low reading level

Tripp and Lyla's friendship gets put to the test when Lyla's father learns of their antics. Trouble looms for the both of them.

  • Lexile: 590L
  • ATOS: 3.3
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 15

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla's dad is not only furious, but distracted as he and Lyla get into an argument driving home from the gig.

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 16

High interest/Low reading level

Lyla and Tripp had begun making music together, played their first gig, overcome odds, and now this? Tripp must reconcile himself to the reality that Lyla might or might not be okay.

  • Lexile: 800L
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 17

High interest/Low reading level

Tripp's punishment for going behind his mother's back is to go straight to work at his mother's store every day after school after completing homework. He has a hard time staying focused amid the chaos.

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 4.2
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 18

High interest/Low reading level

Tripp goes to new lengths to be able to see Lyla again.

  • Lexile: 590L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 19

High interest/Low reading level

Tripp has one final song for Lyla. It comes as a surprise to everyone, including Lyla's father and Tripp's mother.

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Guitar Notes, Chapter 20

High interest/Low reading level

It might not be the end of Lyla and Tripp's friendship after all. With the approval of Lyla's father, they are free to play all the music they like.

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 3.2
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Gus and the Mighty Mess

Garbage trucks are supposed to keep our neighborhoods clean and tidy. But when Gus loses trash by accident, he must call on friends to help him clean up the mess. Written and illustrated by Ken Bowser.

  • Lexile: 410L
  • ATOS: 2.4
  • Guided Reading: J
  • General fiction

Hal & Al

Hal has worked in the warehouse a very long time. Will his loyalty be put to the test when a new machine shows up? Written and illustrated by Ken Bowser.

  • Lexile: 480L
  • ATOS: 3.4
  • Guided Reading: L
  • General fiction

Hauling a Pumpkin: Wheels and Axles vs. Lever

Noah has picked out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween. He needs help getting it home! Which simple machine will help him the most: wheels and axles or levers? Written by Mari Schuh.

  • Lexile: 370L
  • ATOS: 2.4
  • Guided Reading: H
  • Nonfiction

Homesick Penguin

Penguin likes to visit his friend Duck. But he begins to miss some of the things at home. How can Duck cheer up his homesick friend? Written and illustrated by Ken Bowser.

  • Lexile: 340L
  • ATOS: 2.0
  • Guided Reading: G
  • General fiction

Hooray for Chefs!

Chefs work in kitchens and make delicious food. This selection teaches us about what it's like to be a chef. Written by Kurt Waldendorf.

  • Lexile: 330L
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Hooray for Farmers!

Farmers work on farms and grow all kinds of things. This selection teaches us about what it's like to be a farmer. Written by Kurt Waldendorf.

  • Lexile: 350L
  • ATOS: 2.2
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Hooray for Nurses!

Nurses work in hospitals and take care of patients. This selection teaches us about what it's like to be a nurse. Written by Elle Parkes.

  • Lexile: 390L
  • ATOS: 2.8
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Hooray for Pilots!

Pilots fly planes that take us places. This selection teaches us about what it's like to be a pilot. Written by Elle Parkes.

  • Lexile: 420L
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Hooray for Veterinarians!

Veterinarians work at animal hospitals and care for animals big and small. This selection teaches us about what it's like to be a veterinarian. Written by Kurt Waldendorf.

  • Lexile: 300L
  • ATOS: 2.1
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

I Love Cats

Cats are cute and fun! But they need a lot of love and care. Would a cat be the perfect pet for you? By Harold T. Rober.

  • Lexile: 1.3
  • ATOS: 340L
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

I Love Dogs

Dogs are furry and cuddly! But they need a lot of love and care. Would a dog be the perfect pet for you? By Tessa Kenan.

  • Lexile: 320L
  • ATOS: 1.2
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

I Love Goldfish

Goldfish are fast swimmers! They need a few things to be a pet. Would a goldfish be the perfect pet for you? By Harold T. Rober.

  • Lexile: 350L
  • ATOS: 2.3
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

I Love Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are tiny and fluffy! But they need a few things to be a pet. Would a guinea pig be the perfect pet for you? By Harold T. Rober.

  • Lexile: 340L
  • ATOS: 2.3
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

I Love Hamsters

Hamsters are small and quick! They need a few things to be a pet. Would a hamster be the perfect pet for you? By Harold T. Rober.

  • Lexile: 260L
  • ATOS: 1.8
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

I Pick Fall Pumpkins

Do you pick pumpkins in the fall? Pumpkins can be big or little, decorated or eaten. What kind of pumpkin would you pick? By Mary Lindeen.

  • Lexile: 250L
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Guided Reading: G
  • Nonfiction

Ice Cream

Ice cream is a favorite dessert! What is your favorite flavor? Learn how ice cream is made. Then try it on your own! Written by Sara E. Hoffman.

  • Lexile: 160L
  • ATOS: 0.8
  • Guided Reading: E
  • Nonfiction

Klink and Klank

Klink and Klank spend a lot of time together, but then Klank decides to try new things. Will the buddies continue to be friends? Or will they go separate ways? By Jeff Dinardo, illustrations by Jim Paillot.

  • Lexile: 260L
  • ATOS:  2.3
  • Guided Reading: J
  • General fiction

Lawni Takes the Field

The field isn’t ready for the big game. Will Lawni be ready to pitch in to help the big machines complete the job? Written and illustrated by Ken Bowser.

  • Lexile: 3.6
  • ATOS: 520L
  • Guided Reading: L
  • General fiction

Look, Clown Fish!

The clown fish is one of many ocean animals. Clown fish are small and colorful. Have you seen a clown fish? Written by Tessa Kenan.

  • Lexile: 320L
  • ATOS: 2.3
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Look, a Dolphin!

Dolphins are ocean animals. They are large and smart. Have you seen a dolphin? Written by Tessa Kenan.

  • Lexile: 340L
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Look, a Jellyfish!

Jellyfish are ocean animals. They look like jelly and wiggle in the water. Have you seen a jellyfish? Written by Tessa Kenan.

  • Lexile: 2.3
  • ATOS: 270L
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Map My Neighborhood

Neighborhoods are where we live. They have homes, stores, parks, and other buildings. Can you draw a map of yours? Written by Jennifer Boothroyd.

  • Lexile: 250L
  • ATOS: 1.9
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

The Fable of The Bully Dragon

Ming and her family could sell rice at market on the other side of the mountain, but the dragon on the mountain steals rice. By facing her fears, the bully dragon looks less fearsome. By Jeff Dinardo, illustrations by Livia Coloji.

  • Lexile: 470L
  • ATOS:  3.6
  • Guided Reading: L
  • Folklore/Fables/Myths

The Not-So-Right Day

Milo likes to do things in the right order. His little brother Iggy has his own way of doing things. And at the end of the day, either way is just fine. By Wiley Blevins, illustrations by Elliot Kreloff.

  • Lexile: 290L
  • ATOS: 2.2
  • Guided Reading: K
  • General fiction

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Winter 2017: New titles

Reading Assistant Plus New Titles - Winter 2017

Ana and the Pet Show

Ana is having a pet show! All her friends will bring their pets. What happens with so many neighborhood pets together? By Sara Hoffman, illustrations by Lisa Bueno.

  • Lexile: 250L
  • ATOS: 0.9
  • Guided Reading: E
  • General fiction

Bear's Bad Day

Some bullies do not know they are being mean. They may simply feel unsure of themselves. But even a bully needs a friend. By Wiley Blevins, illustrations by Dave Clegg.

  • Lexile: 170L
  • ATOS: 1.2
  • Guided Reading: H
  • General fiction

Bunny and Bird Are Best Friends

The two friends do everything together. But when Bird and her family go away, Bunny is left all alone. How will Bunny get through a lonely winter? By Jeff Dinardo, illustrations by Jannie Ho.

  • Lexile: 200L
  • ATOS: 1.3
  • Guided Reading: G
  • General fiction

Big Box of Shapes

Triangles, circles, squares. To most of us, these are just simple shapes. But in the imaginations of Lulu and Max these shapes take on exciting new meanings. What will you see? By Wiley Blevins, illustrations by Elliot Kreloff.

  • Lexile: 210L
  • ATOS: 1.5
  • Guided Reading: H
  • General fiction

A Party with Joe

Joe is throwing a party! There will be decorations, games, and food! By Sara Hoffman, illustrations by Lisa Bueno.

  • Lexile: 420L
  • ATOS: 2.3
  • Guided Reading: G
  • General fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 1

Shawn Cole is a fifth grade basketball player who doesn't have time to learn about fractions; he’d rather be working on his layup. Shawn’s mother, a mechanical engineer, has a surprise for the family one night after dinner. Written by Amanda Ronan.

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 2

Shawn has a robot living in his house named Cyrus. Cyrus looks exactly like Shawn. That’s not creepy or anything. What is living with a robot like?

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 3

As the Cole family adjusts to having Cyrus around, Shawn decides to take advantage of his new genius brother's math skills.

  • Lexile: 530L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 4

Cyrus attends school with Shawn. Shawn’s mother doesn't see any problem as Cyrus learns how to be a fifth grade boy. Shawn isn't so accepting.

  • Lexile: 630L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 5

Shawn'’s attempt to take advantage of his robot brother backfires. What are the consequences?

  • Lexile: 630L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 6

Shawn has to pay the price for cheating in math class, but can Cyrus come to the rescue?

  • Lexile: 590L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 7

Shawn’s dad finds out about the math scheme. Is this worse than Shawn thought? Did Cyrus get them into more trouble than it was worth?

  • Lexile: 710L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 8

Can Cyrus and Shawn reach a truce, despite Shawn getting in trouble?

  • Lexile: 580L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

My Brother Is a Robot: The Experiment, Chapter 9

Cyrus and Shawn might end up as friends after all.

  • Lexile: 560L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

Can You Tell a Velociraptor from a Deinonychus?

A small, fierce dinosaur follows its nose. Its tail helps it balance. Then it sinks its sharp teeth and claws into its next meal. Was that a Velociraptor? Or was it a Deinonychus? These dinosaurs looked similar, but they were very different. Written by Buffy Silverman.

  • Lexile: 530L
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 1

High interest/Low reading level

Damien is a young creative writer that easily gets lost in his journal. His real life and the stories he writes collide in this adventure about making it through middle school.

  • Lexile: 620L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 2

High interest/Low reading level

Damien usually sits with the Doomsday Geeks, but he’s not happy about it. However, there is one person that always seems to cheer him up.

  • Lexile: 720L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 3

High interest/Low reading level

Damien’s older sister Hildy always has something to pester Damien about, and today is no exception. What has she got up her sleeve now?

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 4

High interest/Low reading level

Things continue to worsen for Damien after hearing his sister’s comments. Can he catch a break?

  • Lexile: 590L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 5

High interest/Low reading level

Things start getting weird after Damien’s notebook goes missing. Does everyone know about his writing? Does Samantha know?

  • Lexile: 530L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 6

High interest/Low reading level

Damien takes some time in math class to nail down suspects, but a cryptic note only makes finding the culprit more confusing.

  • Lexile: 540L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 7

High interest/Low reading level

Damien is lost without his notebook. An evening at home doesn’t clear up any confusion, as the list of suspects continues to grow.

  • Lexile: 630L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 8

High interest/Low reading level

Another anonymous note sends Damien’s thoughts spinning.

  • Lexile: 660L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 9

High interest/Low reading level

Damien suspects the Doomsday Geeks stole his notebook, especially after they seem to be more friendly than normal. What could they want from Damien?

  • Lexile: 650L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 10

High interest/Low reading level

Damien comes to some realizations after an awkward confrontation with the Doomsday Geeks. Can he make it out alive?

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 11

High interest/Low reading level

The culprit is revealed—and it is not who you think it is. But why?

  • Lexile: 580L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 12

High interest/Low reading level

Damien musters up the courage to talk to Samantha. How will the conversation go? And who was sending Damien those mysterious notes?

  • Lexile: 580L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Misadventures of Damien Seeley, Chapter 13

High interest/Low reading level

How do things end for Damien, Saramus Dent, Samantha, and the Doomsday Geeks?

  • Lexile: 520L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 1

Tina spends the summer at camp, but a talent show gone wrong could set a bad precedent for the school year ahead.

  • Lexile: 740L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 2

Will Tina’s classmates be able to put her summer camp talent show fiasco behind them? Tina begins sixth grade hoping no one remembers her failed attempt at acting.

  • Lexile: 810L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 3

Tina can’t faint on command, but the Sweets don’t believe her. Can Tina steer clear of the potential wrath of the popular Sweets?

  • Lexile: 760L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 4

Tina’s last class of the day is drama, with one of her favorite teachers, Mr. Diavolo. Taking drama could be a good thing.

  • Lexile: 660L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 5

Tina and her new friend spend their days avoiding the Sweets at all costs.

  • Lexile: 790L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 6

Tina has to perform a monologue for drama class, and she can’t avoid the terrorizing presence of Stella Sweet. Tina must figure out a way to go undetected while doing well on her monologue.

  • Lexile: 650L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 7

Tina lashes out at Julian when they disagree about what Tina should do about Stella Sweet. Can she repair their friendship in time for the big day?

  • Lexile: 630L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 8

Mr. Diavolo is a new challenge for Tina as she searches for an ally. Tina has to find the strength and courage to perform her monologue on her own.

  • Lexile: 660L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 9

Despite Tina's insistence, the Sweets want what they want. A confrontation in the bathroom is an interesting challenge for Tina as she learns she must stand up for herself.

  • Lexile: 650L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 10

Things aren’t all bad, are they? Will the monologue be the success Tina hopes it to be? Will she have a friend at the end of all this?

  • Lexile: 670L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 11

The moment of truth has arrived. How does Tina handle it? Does she have the confidence to do well?

  • Lexile: 870L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 12

When it comes time to perform, Tina will surprise everyone, including herself. Is it what you expected?

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

Tina Leen the Drama Queen, Chapter 13

Even though Tina surprised everyone, it is another student that takes the limelight, and all for the wrong reasons.

  • Lexile: 740L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Realistic fiction

The Melting Arctic

The Arctic Circle has been changing its behavior in recent years. What it's doing now has long-lasting and far-reaching effects that impact every corner of the globe.

  • Lexile: 590L
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • Nonfiction

Climate Change Around the World

The effects of climate change have begun to impact populations around the world in a variety of ways, including desertification, extreme weather events, and drought. Read to find out what communities are doing to combat detrimental impacts to their regions.

  • Lexile: 900L
  • ATOS: 7.0
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Changing World, Chapter 1

Newtok, Alaska is situated in a precarious place. The ground on which the town resides used to be permafrost, but with recent changes in the climate, the permafrost isn’t there. What is the town doing to compensate?

  • Lexile: 960L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Changing World, Chapter 2

What is the greenhouse effect? In this writing, the author delves into the science that explains the phenomenon and how it impacts the globe.

  • Lexile: 930L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Changing World, Chapter 3

The small island nation of Kiribati was established as a European trade route in the 18th and 19th centuries, but as recently as 1979 became its own sovereign nation. Unfortunately, Kiribati has been one of the first nations heavily impacted by the effects of climate change. Its residents are working hard to keep their homeland and heritage safe.

  • Lexile: 930L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Changing World, Chapter 4

Some scientists aren’t so worried about rising ocean levels, as it appears there is evidence to prove that islands are rising, too. How? And why?

  • Lexile: 1050L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Changing World, Chapter 5

Human impacts on climate change increase its effects on vulnerable populations like the residents of Kiribati. What can and will world leaders do to help safeguard those most affected by climate change?

  • Lexile: 920L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Changing World, Chapter 6

Kiribati’s citizens are between a rock and a hard place, with some being forced to migrate permanently due to rising ocean levels. What will other nations do to support Kiribati's initiatives on migrating with dignity?

  • Lexile: 1100L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Changing World, Chapter 7

If world leaders can come together to combat effects of climate change before it is too late, we will be around for many years to come. In what ways can we do our part?

  • Lexile: 980L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Weather v. Climate

Climate change is a buzzword—but what is climate exactly? Learn about the differences between everyday weather and what scientists are referring to when talking about “climate.”

  • Lexile: 1000L
  • ATOS: 7.8
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Nia Bakes Cookies

Nia has some helpers in her kitchen! Story by Sara E. Hoffmann, illustrated by Katie Strange.

  • Lexile: 410L
  • ATOS: 1.4
  • Guided Reading: I
  • Realistic fiction

Bobbi’s Big Brake

Bobbi is a small truck that works on a construction site. While she may be small, she learns that learns that she can help in a big way!

  • Lexile: 520L
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Guided Reading: K
  • General fiction

Climate Migrants in the U.S., Chapter 1

Climate migrants can be found around the globe, including the United States. In this chapter we learn about Hurricane Katrina’s impact in the U.S.

  • Lexile: 1160L
  • ATOS: 9.1
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants in the U.S., Chapter 2

Climate migrants can be found around the globe, including the United States. In this chapter we learn about Hurricane Sandy’s impact.

  • Lexile: 1160L
  • ATOS: 9.1
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Climate Migrants in the U.S., Chapter 3

Climate migrants can be found around the globe, including the United States. In this chapter we learn about Miami’s climate woes.

  • Lexile: 1160L
  • ATOS: 9.1
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

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Winter 2017: Original titles

Reading Assistant Plus Original Titles - Winter 2017

Original titles K-3

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

What better way to applaud someone than to sing a rousing round of this centuries-old traditional song!

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

If You're Happy and You Know It

This song is bound to bring smiles to readers’ faces as they read about clapping, stomping, and shouting out their happy feelings.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

I Can Take Care of My Pet

In this first-person story, children tell about the rewards and responsibilities involved in owning different pets. By Carrie Finison.

  • Lexile: 110L
  • ATOS: 0.7
  • Guided Reading: D
  • Nonfiction

Big Cats and Bootsy

Jeff notices all the ways his pet cat Bootsy is like the big cats at the zoo. Ginny notices all the differences, including the most important one! Story and art by Valeri Gorbachev.

  • Lexile: 100L
  • ATOS: 0.8
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Realistic fiction

I Can Swim

The narrator’s brother and sister can swim, and now he can too. All it takes is learning how to jump, float, blow bubbles, and kick. By Elizabeth Carini.

  • Lexile: 60L
  • ATOS: 0.9
  • Guided Reading: D
  • Nonfiction

Elephants

This short, amusing poem concisely sums up an elephant’s physical features. Art by Carla Cruttenden.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The Five Senses Song

Children describe how they use each of their five senses. Art by Marilyn O’Dowd.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

My Nose Knows

In this simple, rhyming poem, the narrator describes how we use our sense of smell. By Joan Paquette.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Down in the Grass

The snake appears harmless enough, but there’s a surprise in store for the narrator at the end of this poem. Art by Carla Cruttenden.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

I Can Ride a Bike

At first, Jack is a little nervous about learning to ride his new bike. But after a few tips from Uncle John, Jack is riding on his own without even realizing it. By Elizabeth Carini.

  • Lexile: 160L
  • ATOS: 1.2
  • Guided Reading: E
  • Nonfiction

I Can Walk to School

Anna wants to walk to school by herself, but Dad is not so sure. After proving that she’s ready, Anna sets off on her own the next day—and runs into her friend Lily, also walking to school by herself! By Carrie Finison.

  • Lexile: 160L
  • ATOS: 1.2
  • Guided Reading: E
  • Nonfiction

I Can Tie a Bow

The narrator’s delight and sense of accomplishment at tying her shoes shines through in this first-person narrative poem. By Carrie Finison.

  • Lexile: 220L
  • ATOS: 1.3
  • Guided Reading: E
  • Poetry

The Yak

The unusual yak is the subject of this rhyming poem. By Dennis Webster.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

February Twilight

In this poem, the narrator gazes up at the winter night sky, aware of being watched as she watches. By Sara Teasdale.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Fog

High interest/Low reading level

With understated elegance, poet Carl Sandberg compares the fog rolling in and out to the movement of a cat.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

White Fields

The poet tells of children walking through winter fields covered with snow. By James Stephens.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Crow Said No

Crow begins by saying no, but eventually relents after each of Finch’s requests. Before long, Finch and her growing family have moved in with Crow. When Finch offers to move out, Crow realizes he has grown fond of them and invites them to stay. By Angela B. Haight.

  • Lexile: 170L
  • ATOS: 1.5
  • Guided Reading: J
  • General fiction

Rainbow Song

This song about the colors of the rainbow has some points about the mysterious beauty of a rainbow for readers to ponder.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Ravenous Ralphie

What will finally stop Ralphie from eating everything in sight? In this clever rhyming poem, the persistent tempo beats like a drum. By Julie Brinckloe.

  • Lexile: 190
  • ATOS: 1.5
  • Guided Reading: H
  • Poetry

The Green Grass Grows All Around

The green grass grows everywhere in this lighthearted song. Key elements are a simple story line, rhythmic language, and a repetitive and cumulative text pattern.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Bedroom Monster

As the narrator of this poem searches through the jumble of items stashed beneath the bed, he concludes that the unusual smell in the bedroom must come from a monster. Readers might draw a different conclusion. By Marilyn Helmer.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The Crocodile

Readers are given some advice to heed in this rhyming poem about a hungry crocodile. Art by Carla Cruttenden.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Color

This poem by a well-known 19th century poet takes readers on a simple, pleasurable tour of nature’s display of color. By Christina Rossetti.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The Falling Star

Sara Teasdale’s classic poem describes the beauty and volatility of a falling star. Illustrated by Laura Levy.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

A Smiling Young Lady of Niger

High interest/Low reading level

A lady decides to ride a tiger. When they return from the ride, the tiger wears a big smile. But where has the lady gone? A very short but powerful poem. By William Cosmo Monkhouse.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Ah-Choo!

What’s causing all the mayhem in this poem? Could it be the result of a simple sneeze? By Rick Walton.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The House That Jack Owns

There’s never a dull moment in the house that Jack owns. Each verse in this cumulative rhyme has readers wondering what will happen next.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The Magic Pot

Is it really a magic pot that the tinker sells Mrs. Black? Readers find out how Mrs. Black outsmarts the tinker at his own game. Story and art by Gavin Bishop.

  • Lexile: 300L
  • ATOS: 2.1
  • Guided Reading: L
  • General fiction

The Ocean Is Big, My Father Said

A young girl on her first trip to the ocean finds a way to deal with her fears by meeting the water on her own terms. By Linda Ward Stephens.

  • Lexile: 300L
  • ATOS: 2.1
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Realistic fiction

Pollywog Pete

Poor Pete has no feet! Will he ever get out of the puddle in the street? In this poem, a tadpole’s dilemma is solved when he finally grows his frog feet. Poem and art by Julie Brinckloe.

  • Lexile: 330L
  • ATOS: 2.1
  • Guided Reading: F
  • Poetry

Harley Hippo

This amusing rhyming poem uses alliteration to tell about the sights that Harley the Hippo sees in one day. By Julie Brinckloe.

  • Lexile: 370L
  • ATOS: 2.1
  • Guided Reading: E
  • Poetry

I'd Rather

The poet leaves no doubt as to his preferences, incongruous as they might seem, in this limerick. By Gelett Burgess.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Colors of the World

Rain brings the feuding, boastful Colors together in harmony in this Native American story. The rainbow that the Colors form is a sign of peace and hope. Retold by William Royce.

  • Lexile: 310L
  • ATOS: 2.2
  • Guided Reading: H
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Saturday Morning

How does a family choose an activity that everyone will be happy with? By going to the museum, they can see a star show and visit the fish in a tide pool. By Myka-Lynne Sokoloff.

  • Lexile: 320L
  • ATOS: 2.2
  • Guided Reading: K
  • Realistic fiction

The Old Man of Blackheath

The old man in this amusing limerick has misplaced his teeth. By Edward Lear.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

As a Beauty

The poet presents a self-deprecating view about his own appearance in this limerick. By Anthony Euwer.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Busy Saturday

Some families shop, some play, and some visit. Everyone’s busy on Saturday. By Michael Falcon.

  • Lexile: 320L
  • ATOS: 2.3
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Realistic fiction

The Tale of King Midas

This selection presents the classic Greek myth of King Midas, whose touch turns objects to gold. When the golden touch has unintended consequences, Midas learns a lesson about material wealth and the important things in life. Retold by William Royce.

  • Lexile: 320L
  • ATOS: 2.3
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Gordon Goes Camping

Before Gordon sets out to go camping, his friend Marvin reminds him of the supplies he needs. Finally, Marvin tells Gordon he’ll need one last thing: Marvin, to help him carry it all! By Julie Brinckloe.

  • Lexile: 360L
  • ATOS: 2.3
  • Guided Reading: K
  • General fiction

Background: Lighting the Way

Throughout history, lighthouses have helped ships safely navigate through storms and dangerous waters. By William Royce.

  • Lexile: 560L
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Guided Reading: M
  • Nonfiction

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie,
Chapter 1

As Abbie’s father sails away to get food, medicine, and supplies for the family, he reminds Abbie that she has the skills necessary to take care of the lighthouse in case of his absence. By Peter and Connie Roop.

  • Lexile: 370L
  • ATOS: 2.2
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie,
Chapter 2

Mama is sick, and a winter storm is coming. Abbie realizes that she’ll need to tend the lighthouse lamps tonight.

  • Lexile: 320L
  • ATOS: 2.0
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie,
Chapter 3

When the storm worsens during the night, Abbie wakens to check the lamps and scrape ice off the lighthouse windows.

  • Lexile: 210L
  • ATOS: 1.7
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie,
Chapter 4

The storm rages for over a week, and Abbie is exhausted by her lighthouse duties. Finally, the skies clear and Papa is able to sail home.

  • Lexile: 350L
  • ATOS: 1.7
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

The Five Senses

We perceive our world through our five senses. Each sensory part of our body—eyes, ears, skin, nose, mouth and tongue—connects to the brain and helps us understand our world. By Sharon Franklin.

  • Lexile: 370L
  • ATOS: 2.4
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

How the Rainbow Was Made

In this Native American folktale, Naz is busy painting flowers in the fields. Swooping birds dip into his paints and fly through the sky’s mist, creating a rainbow. Retold by Robert Croft.

  • Lexile: 400L
  • ATOS: 2.4
  • Guided Reading: G
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Mouse Deer and Crocodile

Mouse Deer makes an appearance in this story from Indonesia and Malaysia. Mouse Deer, the trickster, fools Crocodile on more than one occasion. Retold by Aaron Shepard.

  • Lexile: 400L
  • ATOS: 2.4
  • Guided Reading: J
  • General fiction

The Snowflake

This poem describes the fragile beauty of a winter snowflake. By Walter de la Mare.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Jake and Kim

When Jake and Kim first meet, it seems unlikely that they’ll become friends. But as each boy slowly lets down his guard, a tentative friendship develops. By Myka-Lynne Sokoloff.

  • Lexile: 380L
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Guided Reading: L
  • Realistic fiction

Who's on First

High interest/Low reading level

Abbott and Costello were a comedy team popular in the late 1930s through the 1950s. Their most famous routine, Who’s on First?, is a funny dialog about America’s pastime.

  • Lexile: 580L
  • ATOS: 2.6
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

Mean Farmer Brown

This lively story in rhyme tells the story of mean Farmer Brown and how he turns his life around. Story and art by Julie Brinckloe.

  • Lexile: 360L
  • ATOS: 2.7
  • Guided Reading: I
  • Poetry

Ray Charles: A Great Singer

High interest/Low reading level

Ray Charles accomplished great things in the musical world despite the fact that he had no sight. This biography provides details about Charles’s life. By Sharon Franklin.

  • Lexile: 370L
  • ATOS: 2.7
  • Guided Reading: I
  • Biography/autobiography

Father's Fabulously Fantastic Flying Flapjacks

Follow the kids as they gather and mix the ingredients for Saturday morning pancakes. The last step is to wake Father up to do the cooking! By Ann Hamilton.

  • Lexile: 380L
  • ATOS: 2.7
  • Guided Reading: K
  • Realistic fiction

Precocious Piggy

This set of rhyming poems tells about Piggy’s adventures in the big, wide world. By Thomas Hood with art by his son, Tom Hood.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The Joke's on Us

When readers get to the punch line on these three jokes, they’ll laugh right out loud!

  • Lexile: 470L
  • ATOS: 2.8
  • Guided Reading: O
  • General fiction

Doctor Paulie's Amazing Worm Digger, Chapter 1

Paulie thinks about a way he can get rich—he’ll create a formula that makes worms pop out of the ground. He looks in the kitchen for ingredients. By Julie Brinckloe.

  • Lexile: 490L
  • ATOS: 3.6
  • Guided Reading: K
  • Realistic fiction

Doctor Paulie's Amazing Worm Digger, Chapter 2

Paulie mixes up his secret formula in a jar and pours it all over the grass. He figures he’ll have to wait a little while for the worms to start coming up out of the ground.

  • Lexile: 410L
  • ATOS: 3.4
  • Guided Reading: K
  • Realistic fiction

Doctor Paulie's Amazing Worm Digger, Chapter 3

It rains all afternoon. When Paulie goes back outside, he sees worms everywhere. His secret formula works! Inside, Mom and Dad are looking at what’s left in the jar. They don’t look happy.

  • Lexile: 330L
  • ATOS: 2.1
  • Guided Reading: K
  • Realistic fiction

Doctor Paulie's Amazing Worm Digger, Chapter 4

Paulie explains that the formula has to be disgusting to make the worms pop out of the ground. Paulie is chagrined when his parents explain that worms always come out when it rains. In the end, it turns out that the formula is good for something—killing grass!

  • Lexile: 400L
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Guided Reading: K
  • Realistic fiction

The Little-Like-Me Baby

Mr. and Mrs. P. have a new baby, but it doesn’t look like them. What kind of animal is it? By Phillis Gershator.

  • Lexile: 440L
  • ATOS: 2.9
  • Guided Reading: J
  • General fiction

Windy Nights

High interest/Low reading level

Robert Louis Stevenson uses meter and rhyme to carry the reader along with the wind, as if it were a man on a galloping horse.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

If a Hippopotamus Shows Up at Your Door

Here are some tips on how to handle an unexpected visit from a hippopotamus. The repetitive text encourages readers to anticipate what might happen next. At the end, the story leads right back to the beginning. Story and art by Robin Spowart.

  • Lexile: 240L
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Guided Reading: K
  • General fiction

What Is a Folktale?

Readers learn about the characteristics of folktales, why they’ve been around for so long, and what makes them enjoyable. By Myka-Lynne Sokoloff.

  • Lexile: 420L
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Guided Reading: L
  • Nonfiction

The Soup Stone

In this classic Swedish folktale, a hungry traveler teaches an unwitting family how to make soup from a stone. Retold by Michael Falcon.

  • Lexile: 480
  • ATOS: 3.3
  • Guided Reading: L
  • Folklore/fables/myths

The Dark of Night

High interest/Low reading level

Readers will not want to come face to face with the sinister Henry McInnery after reading this ominous poem. By David Borden.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Song Dingbo and the Hungry Ghost

In this Chinese folktale, the boy Song Dingbo uses his wits to keep from being eaten by a hungry ghost. Retold by Eric A. Kimmel.

  • Lexile: 490L
  • ATOS: 3.4
  • Guided Reading: M
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Background: Fighting In Secret

Background information about spies during the American Revolution sets the stage for the following chapter book, Buttons for General Washington. By William Royce.

  • Lexile: 510L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: L
  • Nonfiction

Buttons for General Washington, Chapter 1

John is a young Quaker boy who is an American spy during the Revolutionary War. His mother has sewn secret messages into his coat buttons. His mission is to deliver the messages to his brother Charles in General Washington’s camp. By Peter and Connie Roop.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.7
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Buttons for General Washington, Chapter 2

John gets into an argument with Samuel Baker, whose Tory family is loyal to the British. Samuel knocks John down in the street. After getting up, John reminds himself of the importance of his mission.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.3
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Buttons for General Washington, Chapter 3

A British soldier questions John before allowing him to pass through the guardpost and leave Philadelphia. John discovers that one of his coat buttons is missing.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.2
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Buttons for General Washington, Chapter 4

When John goes back to search for the missing button, he sees that the British guard has found it. Sent on his way again, he takes a shortcut through the woods.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 2.9
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Buttons for General Washington, Chapter 5

While resting, John is captured by a man and brought to an American camp. Accused of spying for the British, John is questioned by an American officer.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

Buttons for General Washington, Chapter 6

John doesn’t realize he has met General Washington himself until his brother Charles arrives. John hands over the buttons with the secret messages. Washington is impressed with John’s bravery.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.2
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

What's So Funny?

What is it about jokes, riddles, and pranks that makes them funny? It’s all explained in this expository nonfiction selection. By Catharine Helck.

  • Lexile: 420L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

Work in Progress

High interest/Low reading level

Frankie used to get in trouble a lot, but recently has been doing better. He is a “work in progress.” During an art museum trip, Frankie learns about other works in progress, and is given a great opportunity. By Wendy Svec.

  • Lexile: 480L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Realistic fiction

What Can Baby Hummingbirds Do?

Baby hummingbirds are as tiny as bees. They stretch out their nests to make room as they grow. When they learn to fly, their rapidly beating wings make a humming sound. By Ruth J. Luhrs.

  • Lexile: 570L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

It's More Than a Game

High interest/Low reading level

After a disappointing math test, Kendra is upset and distracted. Some straight talk from her basketball coach and a great practice help put her problems in perspective. By Claire Daniel.

  • Lexile: 400L
  • ATOS: 3.6
  • Guided Reading: N
  • General fiction

Who Am I?

Hershel and Chaim find themselves in a predicament of their own making in this Eastern European tale about the foolish people of Chelm. Retold by Josepha Sherman.

  • Lexile: 500L
  • ATOS: 3.6
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Background: The Blizzard of 1888

This expository nonfiction selection gives facts about the famous blizzard that struck the northeastern United States in March of 1888. By William Royce.

  • Lexile: 640L
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 1

Milton is delighted when he awakens to find that it has snowed during the night. He offers to go out to get milk for the family, but his parents insist that the storm is too dangerous. Milton convinces his father that they can make a pair of snowshoes. By Margaret K. and Charles M. Wetterer.

  • Lexile: 500L
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 2

Milton and his father fashion a homemade pair of snowshoes. Milton’s father lets him try them out in the deep snow outside their house. Milton successfully navigates using the snowshoes, and his father allows him to go to the store for milk.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 3

Snowdrifts have made the neighborhood almost unrecognizable. Milton finally reaches the store and climbs to the top of a snowdrift to reach the shopkeeper’s window. The surprised shopkeeper sells Milton the milk.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 4

On his way home, Milton hears neighbor after neighbor ask to buy his milk. Milton sells the milk, returns to the store to get more milk for his family, and heads for home.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 4.7
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 5

Milton’s family is relieved when he finally gets home. He is eager to go back out into the storm and convinces his parents to let him get milk for other housebound neighbors. Milton is out all afternoon, and the wires on his snowshoe begin to loosen.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 6

Milton feels his snowshoe getting looser and looser and realizes he must make his way home soon. He decides to do one more errand to get food for a hungry family.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 3.3
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 7

After delivering the food, Milton starts for home. Now both his snowshoes are loose, and Milton is freezing cold. He starts to get concerned about making it home safely.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

The Snow Walker, Chapter 8

Milton finally makes it home, exhausted. It snows for two more days. All the people in the neighborhood talk about Milton’s amazing feat and how he helped everyone.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 3.4
  • Guided Reading: P
  • General fiction

Smallest Dragon

It’s bedtime, and Smallest Dragon hears a noise. By soothing his stuffed animal Elephant, Smallest Dragon learns to overcome his fear. By Lynn Murray.

  • Lexile: 540L
  • ATOS: 3.7
  • Guided Reading: J
  • General fiction

An Elephant Never Forgets

In this story, little Elephant finds out that he’s not the only one who’s forgetful. By Kristin Collier Bennett.

  • Lexile: 560L
  • ATOS: 3.7
  • Guided Reading: K
  • General fiction

Such Foolishness!

Mimi’s good intentions run up against Mama’s practicality in this contemporary fiction selection Mimi saves to secretly buy her mother a pair of earrings for her birthday, even while Mama’s warnings about spending money foolishly pass through her mind. By Robin Pulver.

  • Lexile: 570L
  • ATOS: 3.7
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Realistic fiction

Goose on Guard

This narrative nonfiction selection follows mother and father goose as they return with the spring migration to start their new family. They are rewarded for their attentive and watchful routines when four little goslings hatch. By Eileen Ross.

  • Lexile: 690L
  • ATOS: 3.7
  • Guided Reading: K
  • General fiction

Merry-Go-Rounds, Chapter 1

The story of merry-go-rounds began over 900 years ago in the country of Arabia. By Art Thomas.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

Merry-Go-Rounds, Chapter 2

What did the first merry-go-rounds look and how did they change over time?

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

Merry-Go-Rounds, Chapter 3

During the Industrial Revolution, merry-go-rounds evolved from being animal- and people-powered to being steam-powered.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.3
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

Merry-Go-Rounds, Chapter 4

Today’s merry-go-rounds work differently than those in earlier times, but they are still popular with children and adults.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

Afterword: Whirling Works of Art

Unusual and unique merry-go-rounds are found all across the United States. This afterword describes some of the unique, historical merry-go-rounds found in many American towns. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 740L
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

The River Otter

River otters love to swim. They find their food in the water, and they amuse themselves frolicking in the water. But these playful animals like to end their day by sleeping in a nice, dry bed. By Janeen R. Adil.

  • Lexile: 640L
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Guided Reading: J
  • Nonfiction

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, Chapter 1

High interest/Low reading level

Honey Creek is flooded, and Kate and her family worry about the safety of the nearby railroad bridge. Just before midnight, they hear the crack and hiss of the bridge collapsing into the river as a train crosses. By K. Wetterer.

  • Lexile: 400L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: M
  • Nonfiction

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, Chapter 2

High interest/Low reading level

Kate rushes through the raging storm to the collapsed bridge, where she hears voices shouting for help. She takes off for the station to get help.

  • Lexile: 430L
  • ATOS: 2.7
  • Guided Reading: M
  • Nonfiction

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, Chapter 3

High interest/Low reading level

To get to the station, Kate crosses the river on another bridge, one with missing boards and no handrails.

  • Lexile: 440L
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Guided Reading: M
  • Nonfiction

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, Chapter 4

High interest/Low reading level

Exhausted, Kate reaches the station and gets warning to the Midnight Express, which is on the way to the collapsed bridge. She then leads a rescue team back to Honey Creek and the two men in the creek.

  • Lexile: 450L
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Guided Reading: M
  • Nonfiction

Afterword: The Real Kate Shelley

High interest/Low reading level

This selection provides facts about Kate Shelley’s life and her legacy in the state of Iowa. By Helena Kristensen.

  • Lexile: 740L
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Guided Reading: M
  • Nonfiction

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

High interest/Low reading level

The shepherd boy in this classic folktale learns why it’s important to always tell the truth. Retold by William Royce.

  • Lexile: 650L
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Original titles 4-5

It's Just One Piece of Trash

High interest/Low reading level

Kelly tosses trash onto the ground, and Maya’s sharp rebuke angers her. A conversation leads to a mended friendship and greater awareness of environmental issues. By Claire Daniel.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Guided Reading: N
  • General fiction

A Good Night's Study

High interest/Low reading level

Marco has an extreme study plan, but his family thinks he isn’t getting enough sleep. He falls asleep anyway—and the next morning realizes that a good night’s sleep is as important as a good night’s study. By Catharine Helck.

  • Lexile: 560L
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Realistic fiction

Surprise Moves

Three boys take up a challenge to participate in a skateboarding contest. They meet a new skateboarder with great moves that complement theirs. Should they let her into their group? By Catharine Helck.

  • Lexile: 580L
  • ATOS: 4.1
  • Guided Reading: N
  • General fiction

The Little Mouse

In this fable, an unworldly field mouse sets out for adventure. Fleeing from a fierce-looking but harmless rooster, the field mouse finds shelter with a family of barn mice. Only then does he learn how narrow an escape he made: the real danger lay in the cat sleeping nearby! Adapted from a fable by the Brothers Grimm.

  • Lexile: 620L
  • ATOS: 4.1
  • Guided Reading: L
  • Folklore/fables/myths

The Underground Railroad: Finally Freedom

High interest/Low reading level

This selection picks up where the last one left off as two escaped slaves run from search dogs and finally reach freedom. By Carol Ottolenghi-Barga.

  • Lexile: 590L
  • ATOS: 4.2
  • Guided Reading: W
  • General fiction

The Underground Railroad: Planning the Escape

High interest/Low reading level

A brother and sister plan their escape from slavery. This selection outlines how their community might have supplied them with food, and more importantly, information in the form of messages hidden in song. By Carol Ottolenghi-Barga.

  • Lexile: 600L
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Guided Reading: W
  • General fiction

A Different Kind of Victory

High interest/Low reading level

Josh is facing a critical battle in his online game and his friends are counting on him to win. His sister is counting on him too: she needs his support at her track meet because a good performance might win her a scholarship. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 660L
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Guided Reading: N
  • General fiction

Beavers Build a Home

Follow a pair of male and female beavers as they scout out just the right location to build their new beaver home. With their growing family, they make preparations for the coming winter. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 670L
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

The World of the Bear

Baby bear cubs learn how to make their way in the world under the watchful eye of their mother. The skills she teaches them will come in handy next year when the cubs are out on their own. By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 670L
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

The Road Not Taken

High interest/Low reading level

The consequences of choosing one path over another are explored in this classic American poem by Robert Frost.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The Monkey Man

High interest/Low reading level

Franklin Gale is accused of stealing from the Tudway Bank. He says he didn’t do it, but the evidence against him is strong. Help comes from an unlikely quarter. Adapted by William Royce.

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: R
  • General fiction

The One-Horse Farmer

A farmer’s sole possession is his horse, but what an amazing horse it is! By Sally Derby.

  • Lexile: 730L
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Guided Reading: O
  • General fiction

The Hare Who Would Not Be King

High interest/Low reading level

In this Kenyan folktale, the animals on the African plain are shaken when their newly elected lion king, Kali, turns out to be a cruel ruler. It’s up to wise Hare to outsmart Kali and restore tranquility to the animal community. Retold by Tish Farrell.

  • Lexile: 670L
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Eyewitness to Disaster: The San Francisco Earthquake

High interest/Low reading level

Emma Burke lived in San Francisco in 1906. She tells her story of the quake, survivor’s camp in Golden Gate Park, and the generosity and caring of San Franciscans during rescue and cleanup. Adapted from Emma Burke’s account by Helena Kristensen.

  • Lexile: 570L
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

1906: The Year San Francisco Burned

High interest/Low reading level

Effects of earthquakes on people can be devastating, as this description of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake shows. By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 640L
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

Celebrations Around the World

High interest/Low reading level

Readers learn how people around the world celebrate the New Year and birthdays in different ways. By Sharon Franklin.

  • Lexile: 660L
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

The Necklace

High interest/Low reading level

Matilda hides the truth about losing the necklace she borrowed from a friend. When she finally tells her story, she hears a shocking truth and learns a hard lesson. Adapted from a short story by Guy de Maupassant.

  • Lexile: 670L
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Realistic fiction

The Wise Woman

High interest/Low reading level

In this folktale from Tibet, one king challenges another with an opportunity to prevent his kingdom from being overtaken. The challenged king prevails by listening to the counsel of a wise woman. Retold by William Royce.

  • Lexile: 770L
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Folklore/fables/myths

El Pescado

Mexican cultural tradition runs through this story about young Nicky’s desire to honor his grandfather on Dia de los Muertos. With help from his Papa, Nicky comes to understand the real meaning of the holiday. By Roque Gutierrez, with art by Hector Viveros Lee.

  • Lexile: 820L
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Realistic fiction

Mrs. Fritchet's Ears

In this humorous story, Mrs. Fritchet is self-conscious about her big ears. But she feels differently after she uses her ears to save two boys from danger when a thunderstorm approaches! By Marcie Aboff.

  • Lexile: 830L
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Guided Reading: M
  • General fiction

What Did One Mummy Say to the Other?

In this collection of jokes, readers consolidate their understanding of vocabulary from the previous selections and enjoy a good laugh at the same time. By Judi Gale.

  • Lexile: 550L
  • ATOS: 4.7
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

Cactus Jam

High interest/Low reading level

This selection tells how the Tohono O’odham Indians in Arizona make jam from the saguaro cactus. It’s a process that involves the whole community. By Ruth J. Lurhs.

  • Lexile: 760L
  • ATOS: 4.7
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

You're a Grand Old Flag

George M. Cohan wrote this patriotic song in 1906 for the then-popular musical, George Washington, Jr. The song includes words and phrases often used to describe the United States: home of the free and the brave; grand old flag; and red white and blue.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

Tom Hughes Meets the President

Young Tom Hughes can’t believe his good fortune when he gets a chance to talk with his hero, President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln is impressed with Tom’s thoughtful opinions on the Civil War and slavery. By Catharine Helck.

  • Lexile: 620L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: R
  • General fiction

A Place to Skate

High interest/Low reading level

In 2001, skateboarders in a Massachusetts town had no place to skate. They organized parents and allies, got financial support, and build a fantastic skate park. By Elise Mariel del Fuego.

  • Lexile: 640L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

A Bit of Spice

High interest/Low reading level

Rafael brings Nick along to his abuela’s big Sunday dinner filled with Mexican delicacies. At first Nick is concerned because the dishes don’t look like those from the local Mexican restaurant, but he tries new foods and makes new friends. By Elizabeth Carini.

  • Lexile: 670L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Realistic fiction

Skateboarding!

High interest/Low reading level

This selection traces skateboarding back to its roots in surfing, and reviews facts about skateboarding today, skate parks, and skate moves. By Ellen Chapman.

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Nonfiction

Sea Fever

High interest/Low reading level

The feeling one gets when sailing over the ocean waves draws many people to the sea. This poem describes that feeling through sights, smells, and sounds. By John Masefield.

  • Lexile: NP
  • ATOS: NP
  • Guided Reading: NP
  • Poetry

The Amazing Journey of the Salmon

This selection recounts the fascinating life cycle of a salmon. A tiny hatchling in a small stream heads toward the open ocean, all the while growing bigger. The fully-grown salmon, now ready to spawn, returns to swim upstream against the current to reach its place of birth. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 710L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

The Story of William Tell

High interest/Low reading level

William Tell is ordered by a tyrant to shoot an arrow at an apple placed on his own son’s head. Only after his son survives the ordeal does Tell reveal a second arrow meant for the tyrant if the boy had been hurt. Retold by James Baldwin.

  • Lexile: 710L
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Folklore/fables/myths

A Universe of Stars

High interest/Low reading level

Long ago, people could use only their eyes to study the sky. Now, powerful tools allow us to look farther and farther into the universe. The more we study the night sky, the more we discover. By Ellen Fried.

  • Lexile: 700L
  • ATOS: 4.9
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

Chupacabra Strikes Again?

High interest/Low reading level

The Ramirez family is hanging out at their desert ranch house, when suddenly their dog starts barking crazily. There is something in the yard! Is it the Chupacabra? By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 770L
  • ATOS: 4.9
  • Guided Reading: R
  • General fiction

The Mystery of the Scythe

Billy’s detective skills come into play when a Civil War era scythe is found jammed inside a tree on his family’s property. Research helps Billy solve the mystery of how it got there. Along the way, Billy learns about the costly human toll that war takes. By Mat Rapacz.

  • Lexile: 810
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Guided Reading: R
  • General fiction

Art: A Life's Work

Can you take something that you love and turn it into your life’s work? This artist did! Meet Jenny McGee Dougherty, an artist who started drawing when she was a little girl. By Wendy Svec.

  • Lexile: 650L
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

The World's Biggest Waves

Planet Earth is an interconnected system, with one event affecting another. Tsunamis are giant tidal waves most often caused by earthquakes that occur on the ocean floor. When the ocean floor moves, water above sloshes violently, causing the wave. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

A Magic Mystery

Leandra is determined to figure out how Reid’s magic trick works. A class visit by a detective demonstrating how a polygraph works gives Leandra the spark she needs to solve the mystery. By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 5.2
  • Guided Reading: R
  • General fiction

A Sea Turtle's Journey

After Caretta, a loggerhead sea turtle, lays her eggs, she heads out on a far-reaching two-year journey in the Atlantic Ocean before returning to land again to lay another next set of eggs. By Laurence Pringle.

  • Lexile: 760L
  • ATOS: 5.2
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

Journey to Emerald City

Dorothy and her three friends each have a desire that they believe the great Wizard of Oz can fulfill. They journey to the Emerald City to find him. By L. Frank Baum.

  • Lexile: 830L
  • ATOS: 5.2
  • Guided Reading: U
  • General fiction

The Crow and the Pitcher

In this classic fable, a thirsty crow is frustrated because he can’t reach the last bit of water at the bottom of a pitcher. Unknowingly, he uses Archimedes’ Principle to solve the problem and quench his thirst. Adapted by Edward Ing.

  • Lexile: 750L
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • General fiction

Rosa’s Basket

Rosa is not the only one who decides to take a siesta in the mid-day heat. When she awakens, her basket is filled with delicious picnic treats for herself and her animal friends. By Sally Gwin.

  • Lexile: 780L
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Guided Reading: O
  • General fiction

Computers and Art

Computers can be used to for most everything, including art. Two contemporary artists share how they use computers in two very different ways. By W. Diskin.

  • Lexile: 730L
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

The Last Laugh

The scoundrel Beeka Mull comes up against the clever Kooshy Ram, and Beeka Mull gets a taste of his own medicine. But who gets the last laugh? An Indian folktale retold by William Royce.

  • Lexile: 750L
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Folklore/fables/myths

The Cop and the Anthem

Soapy is down on his luck again. When an anthem inspires him to turn his life around, things don’t work out the way he planned. Adapted from the short story by O. Henry.

  • Lexile: 780L
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • Realistic fiction

Stormy Weather

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms—readers get the inside story on all kinds of storms in this selection. By Wendy Svec.

  • Lexile: 810L
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

The Bravest Man in the World

In this Chinese folktale, a king seeks the bravest man in the kingdom for his daughter’s hand in marriage. But does the test the king devises truly discover the bravest man? Retold by BaJee Tam and Marilyn Bolchunos.

  • Lexile: 750L
  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Guided Reading: N
  • Folklore/fables/myths

Shipwrecked

An accident during a family boating trip leaves Aidan confused about his surroundings. He is pretty sure he washed up in Bermuda. But is he mistaken? By Elise Mariel del Fuego.

  • Lexile: 740L
  • ATOS: 5.6
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Science fiction

The Tornado

This excerpt from the classic L. Frank Baum story tells the tale of the tornado that lifted Dorothy’s prairie home and dropped it into a magical land.

  • Lexile: 950L
  • ATOS: 5.6
  • Guided Reading: U
  • General fiction

Sink or Float

Archimedes’ Principle says that when an object is placed in liquid, the liquid pushes up on the object. The article includes an experiment using water, two bowls, a cork, and a small rock. By W. Diskin.

  • Lexile: 730L
  • ATOS: 5.7
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

20,000 Leagues: Aboard the Nautilus

A search for a sea monster brings a small group of researchers face to face with the mysterious Captain Nemo. In this excerpt adapted from the novel by Jules Verne, Professor Pierre Aronnax and his companions are brought on board the Nautilus.

  • Lexile: 680L
  • ATOS: 5.8
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Classic fiction

Grand Canyon Math

Poetry, journal entries, and photographs can describe the Grand Canyon, and statistics do too. This article explains some surprising and not-so-surprising math facts about the Grand Canyon. By Cindy Orrell.

  • Lexile: 740L
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

The History of the Mystery

Edgar Allan Poe, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—these are all famous names in the annals of mystery writing. Readers learn how today’s modern detective shows evolved from these illustrious beginnings. By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 760L
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • Nonfiction

Water Worries

How do some places end up with too much water and other places with too little water? Readers get all the details about floods and droughts in this selection.

  • Lexile: 790L
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

Original titles 6-8

The History of Sports

Skateboarding is not the only sport with an interesting history. This article looks at the origins of several contemporary and popular sports. By Catharine Keyes.

  • Lexile: 700L
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Guided Reading: O
  • Nonfiction

Wild Weather

To some people, it seems like there are more and more extreme weather events than ever before. But is our weather really changing? Scientists are studying Earth’s climate for clues to find the answer. By Wendy Svec.

  • Lexile: 760L
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • Nonfiction

Disgusting? Or Delicious?

What is disgusting to some people may be delicious to others. This selection takes the reader on a cross-cultural culinary tour of some of the world’s unexpected delicacies. By Carrie Finison.

  • Lexile: 840L
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Nonfiction

Planting Seeds in the Edible Schoolyard

Famous chef Alice Waters thought growing their own food could help middle-schoolers understand good food and good nutrition. Today, the students plant, harvest, and cook food right from their own schoolyard. By Carrie Finison.

  • Lexile: 850L
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

The Silver Door

A young girl who faces a winter of hunger finds a secret door. What is the mysterious connection between the door and her grandmother? By Claire Daniel.

  • Lexile: 860L
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Science fiction

Eureka

The famous story of the king of Syracuse, who asked Archimedes to find out whether he had been cheated when having a new crown fashioned. In the process, Archimedes discovered what a basic law of physics. Retold from a story by James Baldwin.

  • Lexile: 900L
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • Nonfiction

Surveying Sleep: The National Sleep Debt

Recent research shows that Americans are not getting the sleep they need. How are American’s lives changing their sleep patterns? By Stephen James O’Meara.

  • Lexile: 1060L
  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

The Science of Lie Detectors

The human body goes through certain physiological changes when a person is nervous. Lie detectors, or polygraphs, are designed to take advantage of this fact. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 650L
  • ATOS: 6.1
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Nonfiction

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

During the Civil War, Peyton Farquhar stands on Owl Creek Bridge with a noose around his neck. He escapes his captors and swims home. Or does he? Adapted from the short story by Ambrose Bierce.

  • Lexile: 820L
  • ATOS: 6.1
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Classic fiction

Did You Hear?

Strange rumors about modern life are called urban legends. Today, many urban legends are spread using email and the Internet. What are some of the most common urban legends? By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 840L
  • ATOS: 6.1
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

Learning to Like Ancient Egypt

Kari’s father is teaching in Egypt for a semester, and she is nervous about going with him. Once there, she forgets her apprehension and becomes excited about Egypt, past and present. By Elaine Sibson.

  • Lexile: 710L
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Realistic fiction

Internet Hoaxes and Safety

The Internet is a haven for junk mail, fraud, and unwanted contact from strangers. There are simple ways to avoid Internet fraud and stay safe. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 780L
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Nonfiction

The Star

This excerpt from a story by famous science fiction writer H.G. Wells describes a star that forms when a smaller star collides with Neptune. What seems at first like a beautiful spectacle soon becomes a disaster.

  • Lexile: 830L
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Science fiction

Making a Mummy in Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians prepared mummies with a special method filled with symbolism and purpose. This selection outlines some of the interesting details about that method. By Elaine Sibson.

  • Lexile: 700L
  • ATOS: 6.3
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

What Cultures Share

People of all cultures have something in common: they all have traditions and stories. Though the traditions and stories differ from culture to culture, people everywhere celebrate them. By Catharine Keyes.

  • Lexile: 790L
  • ATOS: 6.3
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

John Powell's Grand Canyon

John Wesley Powell kept a journal during his dangerous expedition of the Grand Canyon. His entries detail the formation, structure, and immense beauty of the canyon. Adapted from Powell’s journal.

  • Lexile: 880L
  • ATOS: 6.4
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Nonfiction

The Revolutionary Deborah Sampson

Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man to fight for America’s freedom during the Revolutionary War. By Ellen Chapman.

  • Lexile: 800L
  • ATOS: 6.5
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Biography/autobiography

Earthlings Bearing Gifts

Citizens of Mars are hopeful that an expected rocket from Earth is the first of many cultural exchanges. What happens when cultures make assumptions about each other? Adapted from a short story by Frederic Brown.

  • Lexile: 770L
  • ATOS: 6.6
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Science fiction

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

If someone says, “Quick, think of a baseball song,” what pops into your head? “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was written in 1908 and is still popular today. By Helena Kristensen.

  • Lexile: 1030L
  • ATOS: 6.6
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • Nonfiction

Before There Were Maps

What did early explorers use for navigation before there were maps? As explorers sailed farther distances, they brought back more and more information for early mapmakers. By Natalie Rosinsky.

  • Lexile: 900L
  • ATOS: 6.7
  • Guided Reading: U
  • Nonfiction

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but escaped to freedom as a young woman. In this biography, readers learn about her remarkable bravery as she returned numerous times to the South to help bring other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

  • Lexile: 890L
  • ATOS: 6.8
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Biography/autobiography

Sleep Deprivation

Inadequate amounts of sleep, or sleep deprivation, can result in nervousness, inability to concentrate, and poor health. By Kathiana M. Kowalski.

  • Lexile: 890L
  • ATOS: 6.8
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

A Penny for Your Thoughts: The Incredible Lincoln Penny

The Lincoln penny looks pretty unexceptional, but there’s a lot of history behind this familiar coin. By Carolyn Johnson.

  • Lexile: 880L
  • ATOS: 6.9
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Nonfiction

How the Other Half Lived

In the late 1800s, immigrants living on New York’s Lower East Side endured horrendous conditions. This selection highlights how Jacob Riis’s groundbreaking use of photojournalism shocked the public into action. By Robert Ing.

  • Lexile: 970L
  • ATOS: 6.9
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Nonfiction

Two Women, One Mission

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Coffin Mott shared a conviction that women should be as free as men to live their lives. They started the women’s rights movement in the United States in the mid-1800s. By Elaine Sibson.

  • Lexile: 810L
  • ATOS: 7.0
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Nonfiction

Elizabeth Van Lew—Civil War Spy

Elizabeth Van Lew lived her beliefs, and those beliefs included freedom for slaves. This biography tells how Van Lew risked her life acting as a spy for the northern Union states during the Civil War. By Catharine Helck.

  • Lexile: 800L
  • ATOS: 7.1
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Biography/autobiography

How to Spot a Liar

Do people lie for the same reason that animals camouflage themselves? This article offers an interesting perspective and provides some tips on how to tell when someone might be lying. By Stephen James O’Meara.

  • Lexile: 850L
  • ATOS: 7.1
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Nonfiction

A View from Lunar Orbit: Apollo 8

Apollo 8 was one mission in America’s quest for the moon. In this excerpt from a December 24, 1968 television broadcast, Apollo 8 astronauts share what they see from lunar orbit. Adapted by Elise Mariel del Fuego.

  • Lexile: 900L
  • ATOS: 7.1
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

Tornadoes: Fastest Winds in the World

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz opens with a tornado whirling through the Kansas prairie. What is a tornado, and what damage do tornadoes actually cause? By Elizabeth Austin. 900 7.1 V Nonfiction

  • Lexile: 900L
  • ATOS: 7.1
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

New Explorers

The Internet and GPS technology, as well as compasses and maps, are tools for the contemporary explorer engaged in the adventure pastime called geocaching. By W. Diskin.

  • Lexile: 920L
  • ATOS: 7.1
  • Guided Reading: U
  • Nonfiction

Orangutan Sisters

Alicia spent the morning fighting with her sister. Now, working at her job at the zoo, she watches two orangutan sisters work and play together. Can Alicia and her sister learn something from the two apes? By Catharine Keyes.

  • Lexile: 920L
  • ATOS: 7.1
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Realistic fiction

Roadtrip! The Garcias Visit the Great Falls Corridor

Imagine seeing the West as Lewis and Clark did on their journey in the early 1800s! The Garcia family does just that on a family trip out west. By Catharine Helck.

  • Lexile: 1010L
  • ATOS: 7.1
  • Guided Reading: V
  • General fiction

Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park

All of us will probably invent at least one thing in our lifetime. Thomas Edison invented the electric light, but what else did he invent? Thomas Edison has more patents registered in his name than any other person in the world.

  • Lexile: 890L
  • ATOS: 7.2
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

From the International Space Station

Astronaut Sandra Magnus is a flight engineer and was part of ISS Expedition 18. This excerpt from her journal provides a unique perspective on what Earth looks like from orbit.

  • Lexile: 910L
  • ATOS: 7.2
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Nonfiction

The Early Mail Service

Most of us take daily mail delivery for granted, but between 1840 and 1880 the United States mail service was very different from the way it is now. By Jane Harrigan.

  • Lexile: 1150L
  • ATOS: 7.2
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

The Grand Canyon

How to describe the Grand Canyon? This selection blends facts and history with poetic descriptions visitors have written about one of America’s most spectacular geological features. Adapted from a text by George Wharton James.

  • Lexile: 840L
  • ATOS: 7.3
  • Guided Reading: Q
  • Nonfiction

The Wonderful Wizard

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is part of American culture. Books, movies, and musicals have all been based on the magical story. Even some of our favorite sayings come from L. Frank Baum’s classic tale. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 870L
  • ATOS: 7.3
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

Cavern of the Shining Ones

What is Layroh’s REAL purpose in leading his crew through the desert? The mission takes a turn for the strange when they reach a mysterious cave. Who are the shining ones and why are they there? Adapted from a novella by Hal K. Wells.

  • Lexile: 930L
  • ATOS: 7.3
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Science fiction

Speech Day

Tomo’s last experience giving a speech wasn’t pleasant, and he’s not too eager to repeat it. But a little coaching from his sister Mari makes a big difference. Students will relate to this account of public speaking challenges and successes. By Claire Daniel.

  • Lexile: 990L
  • ATOS: 7.3
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Realistic fiction

From Smoke Signals to Newspapers

Today, vital information can be quickly spread by telephone or the Internet, but sending news across long distances was especially difficult in early America. The selection provides opportunities for readers to compare different forms of long distance communication. By Beth Bohac.

  • Lexile: 960L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

The World Beneath the Streets

Beneath the streets of New York City, there is a world of power, water, and information. Subway tunnels and other selections create an underground maze full of the everyday—and the unexpected. By Catharine Helck.

  • Lexile: 960L
  • ATOS: 7.4
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

Great Science Fiction

The Golden Age of science fiction was the early 20th century, but stories about the moon were written as early as the 17th century. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 900L
  • ATOS: 7.5
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

John Wesley Powell: American Explorer

John Wesley Powell, a geologist and veteran of the Civil War, is best known for leading the first scientific expedition through the Grand Canyon. By Elise Mariel del Fuego.

  • Lexile: 780L
  • ATOS: 7.6
  • Guided Reading: P
  • Biography/autobiography

About the Underground Railroad

Between 1830 and 1860, thousands of people traveled to northern states by way of the Underground Railroad. What was the Underground Railroad, and how did abolitionists support it? By Ross Rosenfeld.

  • Lexile: 880L
  • ATOS: 7.6
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Nonfiction

What Moved Us West: Gold in California

What are those shiny specks in the water that is streaming through Captain Sutter’s new sawmill? Find out how California’s Gold Rush began. By Helena Kristensen.

  • Lexile: 1130L
  • ATOS: 7.6
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Lewis and Clark: Exploring the Louisiana Purchase

In November of 1805, a small group of explorers fulfilled Thomas Jefferson’s dream, traveling the land from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. By Jerry Miller.

  • Lexile: 930L
  • ATOS: 7.7
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Nonfiction

European Diseases in the New World

Europeans spread deadly diseases in their exploration of the New World. Smallpox, flu, and other diseases were spread to millions of people who had no immunity to them, no knowledge of how to avoid them, and no medicines to fight them. By Nancy Day.

  • Lexile: 860L
  • ATOS: 7.8
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

John Snow and the Cholera Epidemic

In 1854, hundreds of Londoners fell deathly ill from cholera. This selection contains Dr. John Snow’s own words describing how he solved the mystery of cholera’s spread. This famous case began the modern science of epidemiology.

  • Lexile: 950L
  • ATOS: 7.8
  • Guided Reading: S
  • Nonfiction

Taste and Smell

Even though smelling organs and tasting organs are located in different places in our heads, the messages traveling through the nerve systems of both organs arrive in the same area of the brain. By George Erdosh.

  • Lexile: 960L
  • ATOS: 7.8
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Thomas Edison: Edison Lights Up New York City

Until the 1880s and the work of Thomas Edison, U.S. cities were lit by gas lamps. As much businessman as inventor, Edison made good on his promise: “We will make electric light so cheap that only the rich will be able to burn candles.” By Bruce Watson.

  • Lexile: 1060L
  • ATOS: 7.8
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Nonfiction

New Words for New Inventions: Word Lore

How does a new invention get its name? One way is to recycle words from ancient languages! Words like “electricity” and “telephone” were developed for what were then new inventions.

  • Lexile: 870L
  • ATOS: 7.9
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

How Pollution Hurts Living Things

Why are frog populations declining all over the globe? Is pollution at fault? This article explores important questions about frogs, the environment, and toxicology. By Mary Carmichael.

  • Lexile: 980L
  • ATOS: 7.9
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

Take Your Vitamins...Or Don’t?

It’s quick and easy to pop a vitamin pill—but is it really the best way to get the nutrients your body needs? Readers see and evaluate two points of view. By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 1000L
  • ATOS: 7.9
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

New York in Edison's Era

New York City is powered by electricity, natural gas, and steam—and Consolidated Edison is the company that provides most of this power. Over a few years, several companies were joined to form the giant corporation that exists today. By Bruce Watson.

  • Lexile: 1010L
  • ATOS: 7.9
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

The Geography of Disease

Epidemiologists look for patterns in medical data to discover what causes and spreads disease. The warnings they give as a result of the knowledge they gain can save lives. By Wendy Svec.

  • Lexile: 920L
  • ATOS: 8.0
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Nonfiction

Animal Migrations: Land and Sea

Land turtles and sea turtles, crabs and sharks—these animals from land and sea are very different, but they all have something in common: migration. By Stephen James O’Meara.

  • Lexile: 1090L
  • ATOS: 8.0
  • Guided Reading: Y
  • Nonfiction

The Mother of Invention

Inventors have long worked to make everyday routines a little easier. Many inventions were first designed for, or by, people with specific disabilities. Some of these inventors are children. By Ellen Chapman.

  • Lexile: 960L
  • ATOS: 8.1
  • Guided Reading: V
  • Nonfiction

Animals and Dream Studies

Sophisticated imaging techniques are making research into animal sleep behaviors possible. Some new evidence suggests that, like people, animals dream. By Faith Hickman Byrnie.

  • Lexile: 990L
  • ATOS: 8.1
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Columbus's Glory

Spain’s exploration of the New World, and Columbus’ major role in that exploration are described, as is the controversy about whether Columbus is truly the “discoverer” of America. By Beth Weston.

  • Lexile: 1020L
  • ATOS: 8.1
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Early Warnings about Global Warming

Excerpts from a newspaper and a scientific journal show that some scientists have been worrying about global warming for quite a while. By Robert Ing.

  • Lexile: 890L
  • ATOS: 8.2
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Nonfiction

Dendrites for Sale

Zilda is bored with her life and is looking for a change, but is a dendrite implant a good idea? Can she change her mind about changing her mind before it’s too late? By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 950L
  • ATOS: 8.2
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Science fiction

The Brain Never Sleeps

Parts of the brain are responsible for keeping us awake, and other parts are responsible for keeping us asleep. The brain needs sleep, but it never shuts down. By Faith Hickman Byrnie.

  • Lexile: 990L
  • ATOS: 8.2
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Trash to Treasure

Start with garbage and end up with...art? Creative minds have come up with clever ways to turn ordinary trash into awesome art. By Claire Daniel.

  • Lexile: 1000L
  • ATOS: 8.3
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Pollution: Trash and Recycling

As a nation, the United States is one of the world’s leading producers of trash. How can recycling help our growing garbage problem? By Nancy Bronstein.

  • Lexile: 1080L
  • ATOS: 8.3
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Zoos, Pets, and Obesity

Obesity isn’t just a human problem. These selections outline the growing trend of obesity in zoo animals and pets. By Stephen James O’Meara.

  • Lexile: 1090
  • ATOS: 8.3
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

This selection highlights Lincoln’s famous speech, still powerful so many years after he delivered it.

  • Lexile: 1500L
  • ATOS: 8.3
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Balboa, Discoverer of the Pacific

In 1500, Balboa joined an expedition commissioned to explore the northern shore of South America. Balboa’s story encompasses the triumph, tragedy, and greed of the Spanish New World.

  • Lexile: 1060L
  • ATOS: 8.4
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Biography/autobiography

Sleepwalking Stories

Sleepwalking is what scientists call a “parasomnia.” Those with this serious-sounding condition can have some not-so-serious adventures. People who walk in their sleep sometimes do pretty strange things. By Elise Mariel del Fuego.

  • Lexile: 1070L
  • ATOS: 8.4
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Modern Broadcasting

Satellite radio, webcasts and podcasts, streaming TV shows—what would the pioneers of early radio and TV think about the ways we broadcast today? By Katherine Follett.

  • Lexile: 1080L
  • ATOS: 8.4
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

The Lady or the Tiger

Author Frank Stockton’s short story puts the princess at the center of a terrible conflict: will she send her lover to his death, or let him live and marry another woman?

  • Lexile: 1090L
  • ATOS: 8.4
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • General fiction

Columbus and the Taino Tragedy

Columbus’ actions in the West Indies spelled tragedy for the native Taino. By 1514 Hispaniola’s population—an estimated two million before Columbus—had plummeted to fewer than 30,000 people. By Craig Gingold.

  • Lexile: 980L
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Nonfiction

Lewis and Clark: Animals of the West

When Lewis and Clark journeyed west to the Pacific Ocean, they did not know what kinds of animals they would encounter. They were met by prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals described here. By Elise Forier and Mike Weinstein.

  • Lexile: 1000L
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Nonfiction

Samuel Morse

In 1844, Samuel Morse opened the electronic age in communications by sending a message across wires from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland. By Nancy Galloway.

  • Lexile: 1010L
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Biography/autobiography

Preserving the Peculiar

Enter the remarkable world of our National Parks—places where rocks move by themselves, snowdrifts pile as high as ten stacked-up houses, and hot steam spews right out of the ground! By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 1110L
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Make Way for New Inventions

Following Morse’s telegraph, today’s electronic communications make it possible for the mass media to get the news to us almost immediately. By Beth Bohac.

  • Lexile: 1120L
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Sleepwalkers

About 15% of all children and 10% of all adults sleepwalk. Sleepwalkers are living in a world of unconscious perception—one where they can perceive a world but not commit it to memory. By Faith Hickman Byrnie.

  • Lexile: 1300L
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Guided Reading: Y
  • Nonfiction

Casey at the Bat

This classic poem is part of the fabric of America’s pastime. It also teaches about dealing with what appears to be failure. By Ernest Thayer. Art by Marcus Chu.

  • Lexile: 1180L
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Guided Reading: R
  • Poetry

Columbus Day Controversy

People disagree about whether Columbus is a hero or a criminal. This article gives each side’s point of view and lets the reader decide. By Elizabeth Austin.

  • Lexile: 1040L
  • ATOS: 8.6
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

The Pony Express

Before telegraph wires connected cities of the eastern United States with settlements of the West, the Pony Express was established to deliver letters and information quickly and reliably. This selection describes the origins of this uniquely American institution.

  • Lexile: 1110L
  • ATOS: 8.6
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

How Do Your Dendrites Grow?

Dendrites, the structures that pass information from one part of the brain to another, are critical for learning. And just as they can grow, they can also shrink! By Jeanne Miller.

  • Lexile: 1070L
  • ATOS: 8.7
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Sacagawea

Sacagawea was a girl of remarkable courage who grew into a strong, respected woman on the journey to the northwestern corner of the Louisiana Territory. This selection provides a brief biography of this American icon. By Lisa Belcher-Hamilton.

  • Lexile: 1090L
  • ATOS: 8.7
  • Guided Reading: T
  • Biography/autobiography

Nutrition and Brainpower

What you eat affects your mind as well as your body. Learning how to read nutrition labels can help you make healthy food choices. By Faith Hickman Byrnie.

  • Lexile: 1040L
  • ATOS: 8.8
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Friendship: Making Choices

Making and keeping friends isn’t always as easy as it seems. Bullying, as well as other friendship-related issues, are explored in this selection. By Wendy Svec.

  • Lexile: 1050L
  • ATOS: 8.8
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Columbus's Last Voyage to America

Shipwrecks and other problems plague Columbus’ final voyage to America.

  • Lexile: 1060L
  • ATOS: 8.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Nonfiction

Sarnoff: Father of American Television

David Sarnoff liked to imagine the things that electronics could do for people, and he brought many of his ideas to life. His innovative ideas included radio, black-and-white television, and color television. By Richard L. Mattis.

  • Lexile: 1140L
  • ATOS: 8.8
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Biography/autobiography

How to Make a Memorable Speech

Even those who don’t possess outstanding oratorical skills can create a truly good speech by following some basic rules for writing and presentation. This essay is full of practical speechmaking tips. By Claire Daniel.

  • Lexile: 1010L
  • ATOS: 8.9
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Marconi: Father of Radio

In 1899, Marconi proved the value of wireless telegraph, later known as radio. One of the most important influences on this technology was the safety of ships at sea. By Karen F. Hong.

  • Lexile: 1090L
  • ATOS: 8.9
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Better Maps, Books, and Ships

Learn how Spain entered the age of discovery with the help of better maps, books, and ships. By Brandon Miller.

  • Lexile: 1130L
  • ATOS: 8.9
  • Guided Reading: U
  • Nonfiction

Original titles 9-12

Columbus Has a Plan

Spain enters the age of discovery with the vision of Christopher Columbus. By Brandon Marie Miller.

  • Lexile: 1070L
  • ATOS: 9.0
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Amazing Migrations

From whales to butterflies, animals around the globe are on the move. Interesting natural science selections about the migrations of a wide variety of animals. By Stephen James O’Meara.

  • Lexile: 1150L
  • ATOS: 9.0
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Communicating with Apes

Humans talking with apes? Such conversations were once found only in fables or science fiction, but these selections describe the real science in human-ape communication. By Natalie Rosinsky.

  • Lexile: 1100L
  • ATOS: 9.1
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Animals Are Smell Superstars

Creatures in the wild smell and respond to chemicals in their environments in ways that people can only imagine. By Stephen James O’Meara.

  • Lexile: 1130L
  • ATOS: 9.1
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Learn While You Sleep

Evidence suggests that your brain is learning while you sleep, processing and storing memories of what you experience while awake. By Faith Hickman Byrnie.

  • Lexile: 1100L
  • ATOS: 9.2
  • Guided Reading: Y
  • Nonfiction

Studying Sleep

What are biological and circadian rhythms, and how do scientists study inner time? By Lynne Lamberg.

  • Lexile: 1130L
  • ATOS: 9.2
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

By Water to India

In the late 15th century, Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco de Gama continue Prince Henry’s navigation work, finding a water route to India. By Rosalie and Charles Baker.

  • Lexile: 1210L
  • ATOS: 9.3
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

The Tainos Today

The Tainos were decimated and then largely forgotten. They were assumed to have died out, but modern DNA evidence indicates otherwise. By Craig Gingold.

  • Lexile: 1050L
  • ATOS: 9.4
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Sailing Past the End of the World

In the 15th century, Prince Henry of Portugal, ignoring the popular opinion that the world was flat, found a water route to the Far East around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. By Rosalie and Charles Baker.

  • Lexile: 1170L
  • ATOS: 9.4
  • Guided Reading: X
  • Nonfiction

Sleep and Your Body Clock

Teenagers have unique sleep rhythms and body clock functions. Should high school start later to accommodate teenagers’ sleep patterns? How are the brain and the body clock connected? By Lynne Lamberg.

  • Lexile: 1170L
  • ATOS: 9.4
  • Guided Reading: Y
  • Nonfiction

The Genetics of Smell: Do You Smell What I Smell?

Research has proved that, in some cases, variations in smell perception are a result of genetic differences. By Randall Reed.

  • Lexile: 1140L
  • ATOS: 9.6
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Roosevelt: President and Naturalist

Theodore Roosevelt might have become a zoologist had his love of politics not won out over science. This naturalist president used his position and influence to make Americans aware of environmental issues. By Diana Childress.

  • Lexile: 1160L
  • ATOS: 9.6
  • Guided Reading: Y
  • Nonfiction

Trouble and Hope for the Great Lakes

Pollution and other results of human activity have negatively affected the Great Lakes. Scientists and citizens have plans to reverse some of the damage in these great American natural resources. By Billie Kay Tye.

  • Lexile: 1200L
  • ATOS: 9.8
  • Guided Reading: W
  • Nonfiction

Parks, Conservation and Preservation

These selections trace the history of national parks in the United States and describe the National Park Service, the organization that preserves and maintains the parks, monuments, and other areas in the system.

  • Lexile: 1180
  • ATOS: 10
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • Nonfiction

Lincoln's Literary Genius

The Gettysburg Address is Abraham’s Lincoln most quoted speech, but he wrote many others. Though Abraham Lincoln was a plainspoken man, his presidential speeches soar with eloquence. Adapted from The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham.

  • Lexile: 1080L
  • ATOS: 10.2
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

What Good Is Sleep?

This article describes the sleep cycle and the importance of REM and non-REM sleep for health and well-being. By Faith Hickman Byrnie.

  • Lexile: 1230L
  • ATOS: 10.6
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

Great Presidential Speeches

All U.S. presidents give speeches, but some presidents are truly outstanding orators. This selection reviews excerpts from great presidential speeches and connects the speeches with milestones in American history. By Helena Kristensen.

  • Lexile: 1260L
  • ATOS: 10.6
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

About the Brain

The brain controls emotions, appetite, sleep, heart rate, and breathing. This article explains basic structures inside the brain and they function. It also introduces important background information and vocabulary for the selections that follow. By Eric H. Chudler.

  • Lexile: 1100L
  • ATOS: 10.7
  • Guided Reading: N/A
  • Nonfiction

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