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    • 09/06/13
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    A Pen Pal for Max

    This realistic fiction story is about a young boy, Max, who is growing up on a large fruit farm in Chile and how he wants to find a fri…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    Antarctic Ice

    The story explains the life of animals that live in Antarctica.  The author describes life for the animals as they wait for summer…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Danitra Brown Leaves Town

    “Danitra Brown Leaves Town” is a series of poems about two young city girls, Danitra and Zuri, who are best friends, and Da…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Dear Mrs. Parks

    Mrs. Parks gives advice to students on a variety of issues by answering some of the letters she has received over her lifetime. She emb…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    Dragons and Dinosaurs

    Since ancient times, people have used bones and fossils to imagine what animals that lived in the past were like. When scientists and p…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Emerald's Egg

    This informational narrative in the form of a play is about a group of fourth grade students who volunteer to work with rangers on Padr…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Everglades

    As five children travel through the Florida Everglades by canoe, their guide tells them about the evolution of the landscape and life f…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Firestorm

    When Axel and his family take a rafting trip down the swift Salmon River, they sense little risk when smoke appears in the quiet, dry w…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Folk Tales From Asia

    These tales, from Vietnam, Thailand, and China, all demonstrate how it takes the strengths of many to accomplish goals and make a diffe…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Half Chicken

    The folktale “Half-Chicken” is about a chicken hatched with only half a body, one leg, one wing, one eye, and only half as …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Hattie's Birthday Box

    Seventy-four years ago, Spencer gave his sister Hattie a wooden box as a wedding gift, and though it was empty, told her there was some…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life

    Hewitt is quite extraordinary--though he is a son of giants, he is small in stature, yet quite adept at taking care of himself and, wor…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    How Animals Talk

    “How Animals Talk” is an informational, nonfiction selection describing how various animals communicate or send messages. A…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Iditarod Dream

    Dusty Whittemore faces several challenges and below-freezing weather during the Junior Iditarod race in Alaska. Two tangles, a snowmobi…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    It Takes Talent

    When the student’s teacher announces that the school will be holding a talent show, the students are all very excited, with the e…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    John Muir and Stickeen

    In the beginning of the story, John Muir doesn’t want to be bothered by a dog and is irritated that Stickeen is even with him muc…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain

    In 1934, 12-year-old Kai travels alone by steamship from China to Gold Mountain (United States) to live with his father. When Kai arriv…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
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    Klondike Kate

    At a time when it was unusual for women to travel alone to Alaska, Kate Ryan leaves her home in Canada and travels to the Alaskan front…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Line Drive

    This autobiography takes place in the 1960’s, when girls were not allowed to play on boys’ baseball teams, so even though T…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    Lon Po Po

    This is the Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood.  In the story, the mother leaves 3 children home alone as she goes to visit…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Mimicry and Camouflage

    This expository nonfiction text is about how living things have adapted traits of mimicry or camouflage to either fool or attract prey …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Mountains

    In this informational text the author describes mountains in different parts of the world. He tells about the effects of erosion on mou…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Oceans

    This excerpt describes how oceans work: the relationship between the phases of the moon and tides, and the dangers of deadly tidal wave…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    One Small Place in a Tree

    This expository nonfiction text is about how an oak tree may become vulnerable to disease from its bark being damaged by a bear clawing…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Pedro Puts on a Play

    Pedro’s teacher gives a weekend homework assignment that is supposed to be fun for everyone, but Pedro is worried that he doesn&r…

    Grade 4

    • 09/11/14
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    Rope Burn

    Richard moves to a new town and has to make new friends and face the challenge of climbing the rope in gym class. He makes a friend in …

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Schools Around The World

    This informational, nonfiction selection describes how schools are different in various parts of the world and includes “amazing …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Seeing Earth From Space

    The ability to see Earth from space helps scientists to understand both how the planet works and how human activities are affecting the…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    So You Want to be an Inventor

    This informational text details traits and characteristics that different inventors throughout history have demonstrated and how those …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
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    Spiders and Their Webs

    The informational text includes text features, such as photographs and captions, to give an overview of information about spiders and t…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Summer of Fire

    This article describes the out-of-control fires that took place during the summer of 1988. It focuses on the unpredictable fires of the…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Adventurers

    This play is about a group of boys and girls who are summertime campers at the National Sea Base camp in the Florida Keys. Their advent…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    The Babe and I

    This historical fiction story takes place in 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression in New York City. Baseball was king and Babe Rut…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    The Daring Nellie Bly

    In the story, Nellie Bly wants to break the fictional record of Jules Verne’s character, Phileas Fogg, who traveled around the wo…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    The Day Eddie Met the Author

    The students at Riverside Elementary School are excited about a visit from a real author. The class has been reading books by the autho…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    The School News

    This text is a reader’s theater with seven parts set in the television studio of a school’s morning news network. The story…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    Voyage Across the Solar System

    This selection is written as a Readers’ Theater where the students read the script aloud. The script is written as a fictional tr…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Weaving a California Tradition

    The entire Tex family is involved in the hard work of basket making, preserving a tribal tradition. They gather materials from various …

    Grade 4