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    • 08/22/13
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    Dear Mrs. LaRue

    Mrs. LaRue sends her dog, Ike, to obedience school because of a series of inappropriate behaviors that he displays toward everyone. Ike…

    Grade 4

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    Tops and Bottoms

    In this trickster tale, Bear and Hare are involved in a gardening partnership. Industrious, clever Hare makes a deal with Bear— H…

    Grade 3

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    Two Bad Ants

    Two ants, along with others from their nest, set out to gather crystals for their queen. Initially staying and keeping crystals for the…

    Grade 3

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    My Side of the Mountain

    Sam Gribley has been living alone in the woods all summer, but fall has arrived and the fear of winter has forced Sam to think of new w…

    Grade 5

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    A Day's Work

    After his grandfather comes to America from Mexico, Francisco helps him find work. Francisco finds his grandfather work as a gardener e…

    Grade 3

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    Donovan's Word Jar

    Donovan asks his grandmother for advice as to what he should do with his collection of words in a jar, and she shows Donovan how he can…

    Grade 4

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    Pioneer Girl

    “Pioneer Girl” relates the real-life experiences of the McCance family, Nebraska homesteaders in 1885, combining narrative …

    Grade 5

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    The Albertosaurus Mystery

    This informational text describes how paleontologists continue to investigate unanswered questions about dinosaurs. (Houghton Mifflin H…

    Grade 3

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    Cendrillion

    In this Caribbean Cinderella story, Cendrillon is treated as a servant by her step-mother and half-sister. Nannin, the godmother, uses …

    Grade 4

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    My Name is Maria Isabel

    More than one Maria in class causes Maria Isabel to worry for weeks about not being in the pageant, when the teacher confuses their nam…

    Grade 4

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    My Rows and Piles of Coins

    This is a story about Saruni, a young boy, and his family, who are both consumers and sellers in a market in Tanzania. There are many e…

    Grade 3

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    The Extra Good Sunday

    Beverly Cleary tells the story of a family on a rainy Sunday in a household full of bad moods. Ramona’s father suggests they all …

    Grade 3

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    Stone Soup

    This folktale is about three monks who visit a village filled with unhappy people. The villagers do not welcome the monks, so the three…

    Grade 3

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    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

    A little boy loses his neighbor’s dog inside the mysterious garden of Abdul Gasazi, who tells the boy that he has turned the dog …

    Grade 3

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    My Brother Martin

    In the memoir, Martin’s big sister Christine tells how they grew up during a time when blacks and whites lived separately. Martin…

    Grade 4

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    The Keeping Quilt

    Patricia’s Great-Grandmother comes to America as a child from Russia. She creates a quilt that is passed on from generation to ge…

    Grade 3

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    What Do Illustrators Do?

    This narrative nonfiction story sequences the steps an illustrator follows when creating pictures for a story. The author tells the sto…

    Grade 3

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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

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    Boss Of the Plains

    This biography relates the life of John Batterson Stetson as a hatting apprentice until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and decided …

    Grade 4

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    A Boy Called Slow

    Tradition in the Lakota Sioux involves giving a name to a child based on his actions, so a young child who moves slowly in all he does …

    Grade 5

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    Shiloh

    This story is an excerpt from a novel. It is about a boy named Marty who wants to save a runaway dog from being abused. He brings the d…

    Grade 5

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    Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

    Pilot Amelia Earhart and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt are good friends and one night, after dinner at the White House, Amelia then offe…

    Grade 4

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    Penguin Chick

    In this nonfiction selection, an Emperor penguin lays an egg in the bitter cold of Antarctica. The penguin parents battle the harsh env…

    Grade 3

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    Inside Out

    In this story, Francisco comes from Mexico to a new school, and he has difficulty understanding the English language and communicating …

    Grade 5

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    Cook-A-Doodle-Doo

    In this work of fiction, Rooster and his eager friends set out to make strawberry shortcake, a recipe from Little Red Hen’s cookb…

    Grade 3

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    Heat Wave!

    A fantastic heat wave hits a Kansas farm, roasting the geese, popping the corn in the fields, and causing other distressing events. The…

    Grade 4

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    Eye of the Storm

    This book describes how storm chaser Warren Faidley finds storms and photographs them, as well as how he makes a living off his photogr…

    Grade 5

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    Grandfather's Journey

    As a young man tells the story of his grandfather’s journey from Japan to the United States he reveals that the two actually have…

    Grade 4

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    Snowflake Bentley

    This biography details the life of Wilson Bentley, a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order…

    Grade 4

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    Boom Town

    A family moves into an unpopulated area. With the ingenuity of one young girl, a town is established and grows. The idea of supply and …

    Grade 3

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    The Last Dragon

    A young boy, Peter, is hesitant to spend the summer with his great aunt in Chinatown. Peter finds an aging parade dragon in a store and…

    Grade 4

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    The Ballad of Mulan

    When war breaks out in Mulan’s land and her father is drafted into the army, Mulan makes a great sacrifice when she disguises her…

    Grade 3

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    A Very Important Day

    In this story, several different families from other countries prepare to become US citizens. Characters from different cultures share …

    Grade 4

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    Goin' Someplace Special

    Tricia Ann begs her grandmother to be allowed to go to Someplace Special all on her own, and reluctantly, her grandmother agrees, telli…

    Grade 5

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    Author, A True Story

    The author, Helen Lester, traces her writing career from the age of three to adulthood. She shares her struggles with writing in elemen…

    Grade 3

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    Wildfires

    Wildfires can cause damage but also play a critical role in the renewal of forests and grasslands. Through the example of the 1988 Yell…

    Grade 4

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    The Journey

    This Informational text focuses on the migration habits of the grasshopper/locust and the gray whale. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journe…

    Grade 3

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    Uncle Jed's Barbershop

    Despite obstacles in his life such as a family illness and the Great Depression, Uncle Jed achieved his dream of opening a barbershop a…

    Grade 3

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    Aunt Flossie's Hats

    Sarah and Susan are sisters who enjoy spending Sunday afternoons with their great-great Aunt Flossie. Aunt Flossie entertains her great…

    Grade 3

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    The Stories That Julian Tells

    Julian meets Gloria, a new girl in his neighborhood. Together they make a wish kite, with wishes fastened to its tail; both wish for la…

    Grade 3

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    Happy Birthday Dr. King

    When ten-year old Jamal’s grandfather hears that the boy is in trouble for fighting to sit in the back of the bus, he tells Jamal…

    Grade 4

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    The Lost and Found

    Two students hide in the bathroom in order to avoid taking the math test, eventually telling their teacher they were trapped yb a giant…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Wolf!

    This fantasy tells the story of a wolf who learns to read to gain the respect and friendship of farm animals. (McGraw-Hill Treasures, 2…

    Grade 3

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    A Mr. Rubbish Mood

    Judy Moody is on a mission to save the rain forest. Not only has she chosen to make this her mission, she is also determined to make it…

    Grade 3

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    Tanya's Reunion

    Tanya is initially thrilled to be heading early to Grandma’s Virginia family farm for a reunion, but it's not as much fun as she …

    Grade 4

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    Dear Juno

    Juno receives a letter from his grandmother who lives in Seoul, Korea. Even though he cannot read the Korean-language text, she is able…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Skylark

    In this story, a family struggles on a prairie farm during a drought. They are forced to make a painful choice when their water soon ru…

    Grade 4

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    The Mysterious Giant

    In this folktale, the town of Barletta faces destruction until Zia Concetta asks the town’s giant statue for help. With a clever …

    Grade 3

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    James Forten

    James Forten, a free African American in Philadelphia, joins the United States’ fight for freedom on the high sea. After the Revo…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Raising Dragons

    A young girl raises a dragon on her family’s farm. The young girl takes the dragon to Dragon Island, but returns to the farm with…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    A Symphony of Whales

    Glashka uses her innate connection and intuition with nature to help bring together the community in hopes of trying to save the lives …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Davy Crockett Saves the World

    In this tall tale, Davy Crockett lives in the woods where he combs his hair with a rake and shaves his beard with an ax, but Halley&rsq…

    Grade 5

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    Allie's Basketball Dream

    Allie has a new basketball. She has a hard time finding someone to play with her because they believe basketball is a boys’ game.…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    The Jones Family Express

    This realistic fictional story is about Steven and his Aunt Carolyn. The two have always shared a special bond; each time Aunt Carolyn …

    Grade 3

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    The Strongest One

    This is a Zuni play about an ant in the search to find out who is strongest of all. The ant talks with numerous characters to find out …

    Grade 3

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    The Baker's Neighbor

    In this play, the neighborhood baker Manuel bakes delicious smelling pastries and puts them out for sale each morning, but his neighbor…

    Grade 4

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    Gertrude Ederle

    In this story Gertrude Ederle overcomes obstacles, both physical and social, in order to prevail at her lifelong dream of being the fir…

    Grade 3

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    Here's My Dollar

    Angel Arrellano, a nine-year-old girl from Fresno, CA. spearheaded a campaign to raise money to be donated to the local zoo. Her enthus…

    Grade 3

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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

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    Seal Surfer

    Ben goes to the beach and watches a seal being born. Over the next few seasons, Ben develops a special bond with this seal, a bond that…

    Grade 3

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    Gloria Estefan

    Along with her worldwide musical fame, Gloria Estefan also experienced tragedy, but continued to help others in unfortunate situations.…

    Grade 4

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    Sing to the Stars

    Ephram loves to play the violin, and when he discovers that a blind neighbor was once a musician, but stopped playing the piano due to …

    Grade 4

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    Anthony Reynoso

    Nine-year old Anthony is proud of his history, culture, and family tradition of Mexican rodeo-style roping and riding. He also enjoys v…

    Grade 3

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    Rocks In His Head

    As a child, the author’s father was fascinated by rocks.This interest consumed the young boy as he collected them in all of his s…

    Grade 3

    • 09/19/13
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    Home Grown Butterflies

    This nonfiction piece tells about Barbara del Colorado, a village in Costa Rica. People needed a way to make money; a scientist suggest…

    Grade 3

    • 09/11/13
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    A Story, A Story

    This African folk tale explains how many African tales came to be known as “Spider stories.” In this tale, Ananse, the Spid…

    Grade 3

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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

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    Life On the Ice

    In this nonfiction story, readers learn how and why scientists brave the extreme conditions of both poles in order to do research that …

    Grade 3

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    Volcanoes

    In this passage about volcanoes, science writer Seymour Simon explains the characteristics of the different types of volcanoes, and how…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Roadrunner's Dance

    A Rattlesnake proclaims that he is king of the road, and he terrorizes villagers and refuses to let them pass on the road. The villager…

    Grade 4

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    Ranita the Frog Princess

    In this play, a young princess’ refusal to help an elderly woman resulted in her being cursed to live like a frog for many years,…

    Grade 4

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    The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

    Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere warned the colonist of an advancing attack by the British army. Revere rode his horse through the ni…

    Grade 5

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    The Fear Place

    Despite his fear, Doug Grillo must cross a terrifying mountain ledge to find his missing brother. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading, 2…

    Grade 5

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    The Science Fair

    A third grade girl named Beany creates a science fair project with her partner, Kevin. Beany is not confident that their project is the…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Leah's Pony

    This story takes place in the 1930s in the Great Plains region of the United States devastated by a great drought. Leah had been given …

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Balto

    Diphtheria has broken out in Nome, Alaska. Teams of sled dogs carry medicine 800 miles over snow and ice to prevent an epidemic. Everyo…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    La Bamba

    Manuel, a fifth grader, feels average and lacks confidence in himself. He has doubts about volunteering for the elementary school talen…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Dancing Rainbows

    Curt, a young Tewa Indian, and his grandfather, Andy, prepare for Feast Day. They enjoy the good food, beautiful dances, colorful costu…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    One Grain of Rice

    A raja decrees that the villagers must give most of the rice they harvest to him. He promises to store it safely and distribute it in t…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Salmon Summer

    Like his Aleut ancestors, Alex continues the tradition of catching salmon, during their spawning at Kodiak Island in Alaska, to feed fa…

    Grade 4

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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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    Pepita Talks Twice

    Pepita stops speaking Spanish because she is tired of being the neighborhood translator. However, when a disaster nearly occurs, Pepita…

    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

    • 09/06/13
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    Beauty and The Beast

    A Prince must find a girl who will love him, in spite of his frightening curse. (McGraw-Hill Imagine It!, 2008) This lesson was create…

    Grade 3

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    Mystic Horse

    In this legend, the author uses the struggles of a poverty stricken boy and his grandmother to show how even in their trials, the decis…

    Grade 4

    • 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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    Passage to Freedom

    The family of a Japanese diplomat, Mr. Sugihara, living in Lithuania in 1940, is confronted by Jewish refugees asking for Japanese visa…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    The Planets in Our Solar System

    This informational, nonfiction text introduces the solar system and its many parts – the sun, the eight planets, the satellites o…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    The Grizzly Bear Family Book

    In this nonfiction piece, the author shares what he learned about the way of life of grizzly bears after spending a full year in Alaska…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    The Waterfall

    A boy on a family backpacking adventure discovers an amazing waterfall and decides he wants to climb to the top. The boy becomes a lead…

    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

    • 09/06/13
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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

    • 09/06/13
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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

    • 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

    • 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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    In the Days of King Adobe

    A poor but generous old woman gives two roguish travelers a night’s lodging and a dinner that includes slices of her treasured ha…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Little Grunt and the Big Egg

    Life in the Grunt tribe changes when a baby dinosaur hatches from the huge egg that Little Grunt drags home for brunch. (Houghton Miffl…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Poppa's New Pants

    Poppa buys himself some new pants that need hemming. The women of his family are too tired to hem the pants before church the following…

    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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    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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    Mariah Keeps Cool

    With the help of her friends and family, Mariah plans a surprise party for her sister Lynn. After many close calls, the party is succes…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Zathura

    Danny and Walter Budwing are two brothers who don't get along, and one day, when they are home alone, Walter, the elder, chases his lit…

    Grade 5

    • 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

    • 09/06/13
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    Rosie, A Visiting Dog's Story

    Rosie is a Tibetan terrier whose friendly nature makes her a perfect visiting dog. After a lot of training, she brings comfort to peopl…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Nate The Great

    Detective Nate the Great searches San Francisco for a lost joke book. He discovers that the wrong place can be the best place to look f…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Class President

    The election for class president of the 5th grade shapes up as a two-way race between Cricket and Lucas, but throughout the course of t…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Koko's Kitten

    Koko’s Kitten is the story of Koko, a gorilla, who longs to have a kitten as her “baby." Koko is able to communicate her lo…

    Grade 4

    • 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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    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

    • 09/06/13
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    If You Made a Million

    This text explains the nuts and bolts of how different types of coins, bills, and checks; how they are connected; and how your dollars …

    Grade 3

    • 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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    Satchel Paige

    An African American named Leroy ʺSatchelʺ Paige was one of the greatest baseball pitchers that ever lived, but baseball was a segregate…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Bridge Dancers

    In this book, two sisters, Maisie and Callie, are faced with a challenging situation. Callie gets hurt while their mother is away and M…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Carlos and the Skunk

    In this story, Carlos and Gloria have been friends since they were young, and Carlos begins to develop feelings for Gloria, so he decid…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Elena

    During the Mexican Revolution, a heroic mother, Elena, struggles to protect her family after her husband dies from an accident, and she…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Since Hanna Moved Away

    This poem describes the feelings of a girl whose best friend, Hanna, has moved away. The little girl feels that nothing will be the sam…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Saving The Sand Dunes

    This nonfiction text discusses how a fourth grade class at Union Avenue School worked hard to protect the New Jersey shoreline by plant…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Cocoa Ice

    "Cocoa Ice" is set in the early 1800s and describes the exchange that occurs when a trading ship from Maine travels to the Caribbean vi…

    Grade 3

    • 09/11/13
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    The Talent Show

    Benny is nervous about the upcoming talent show. After a talk with her parents, Beany realizes that the most important thing is doing w…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung

    This story is written from the perspective of Wong Ming-Chung, a young Chinese boy who traveled to America to join his uncle during the…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Voyage of the Mayflower

    The pilgrims from England traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of establishing a new colony in North America. The separatists or…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Red Riding Hood

    In this play, Red Writing Hood does not like the way her fairy tale ends, so she decides to change the events of her own fairy tale by …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Going West

    A typical day in the life of a 1840's pioneer began early in the morning and involved a great deal of hard work and persistence from ea…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Centerfield Ballhawk

    Young Jose’ Mendez is a terrific centerfielder but a weak hitter. Jose’ wants his father to be proud of him. When his fathe…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Officer Buckle and Gloria

    Police Officer Buckle gives safety speeches that no one listens to until a police dog, Gloria, joins him. Because Gloria acts out the s…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wild Shots, They're My Life

    A wildlife photographer describes her love for animals and how she took some of her favorite up-close photos of them. (Houghton Mifflin…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Hurricanes

    This nonfiction story presents facts and details about how and where hurricanes are formed, the ways in which people are warned of hurr…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Go Around Dollar

    “The Go-Around Dollar” is a selection that combines two genres: realistic fiction and expository text. It provides an enter…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Toto

    A timid young boy and a curious elephant face challenges and help each other as they grow into adulthood in a small village near a game…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Escape

    In this excerpt from Charlotte’ Web, Wilbur, a bored and lonely young pig, wants a little excitement. A friendly goose shows Wilb…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    What About Me?

    This fable is about a boy’s search for knowledge. To achieve his goal, the boy barters with characters ranging from a carpet make…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Garden of Happiness

    Marisol watches her neighbors excited about making a vacant lot beautiful, so she hunts and hunts and finds her own little patch where …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Martha Helps the Rebel

    This play takes place in South Carolina in 1780 during the American Revolution, when a mother and her daughter are going about their da…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Just Plain Fancy

    “Just Plain Fancy” is the story of a young Amish girl, Naomi, who longs to have something fancy in her life. But when an sh…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mahalia Jackson

    Mahalia Jackson begins with the grandfather sharing the historical underpinnings of the blues, including a brief history of the African…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Blue Willow

    Janey’s father is an immigrant worker and this forces Janey and her family to move around every few months, but Janey finds a fri…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Medicine: Past and Present

    Major medical discoveries are detailed over time. Diverse individuals, using scientific methods and innovation, determined causes for d…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Shutting Out the Sky

    This excerpt focuses on a sixteen year old boy, Marcus Ravage, who travels to America (New York) from Romania. He hopes to become rich …

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Messages by the Mile

    Scientists Dr. Roger Payne and Dr. Katherine Payne have discovered that the use of infrasonic sounds is a method of communication used …

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Rugby and Rosie

    In this story, a boy has a dog named Rugby with whom he is great friends. One day a puppy named Rosie joins the family. Rugby does not …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Roxaboxen

    In this realistic fiction story, young children’s powers of imagination create the town of Roxaboxen filled with houses, building…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Four Dollars and Fifty Cents

    In this tall tale story, deadbeat Shorty Long has to avoid the people to whom he owes money. He tries to trick Widow Macrae out of $4.5…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Cows in the Parlor

    "Cows in the Parlor: A Visit to a Dairy Farm" is an expository article about the daily running of a dairy farm. Students learn about a …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Two Drawings

    As a child, the narrator describes how his magnificent career as an artist was ended at an early age by adults who lacked imagination, …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
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    Fire!

    In this text, students learn about the daily role of a firefighter and the importance of firefighters in communities past and present. …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Great Grandmother's Gourd

    In this story, the people of Fatima’s village found a new way of living that replaced old traditions, but despite ridicule, her g…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Our Song

    The story tells us about Josie’s relationship with her great-great-grandma. Josie and her family return to their homeland of Sene…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Two Tickets to Freedom

    In this biography, a young couple, William and Ellen Craft, attempt to escape to freedom from slavery in Georgia. They disguise Ellen a…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Coming of the Long Knives

    After Bright Morning's tribe is commanded by the Long Knives (the United States soldiers) to leave the canyon that is their home, the t…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Story of Jumping Mouse

    The Story of Jumping Mouse is a legend told by the Native Americans of the Great Plains. This is a tale of a compassionate, courageous …

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Night Journey

    In this story, Rache is learning about the shocking history of her family through her Nana Sashie’s story about her family’…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Love as Strong as Ginger

    In this story, a young girl shares what it is like to spend time with her grandmother at her home and at her job at the crab chong wher…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Two Days in May

    Sonia, her father, and a group of their neighbors launch a peaceful protest to help 5 deer that have wandered into their city neighborh…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Hatchet

    In this excerpt, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson overcomes the initial hurdles of survival in the Canadian wilderness.  As he ward…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
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    When Schlemiel Went to Warsaw

    Schlemiel is a lazy peasant from the town of Chelm with dreams of travelling. Taking a trip to Warsaw, he is tricked into retracing his…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Time for Kids Beyond the Horizon

    In this article, Mr. Koffi Annan spoke to world leaders on the issue of protecting our environment. He states that since the beginning …

    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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    The Search

    Miguel went with his father and brothers on their annual sheep move in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, but some of the sheep got lost d…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    The Great Kapok Tree

    In this fantasy by Lynn Cherry, a man is trying to cut down a kapok tree in the Amazon rainforest.  After a while of cutting the h…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Maya Lin: Architect of Memory

    This is an informational article about a woman named Maya Lin who has designed monuments around the country honoring historic events. (…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    First Day Jitters

    Sarah is nervous about starting a new school and shows it by trying to stay in bed and saying she’s too sick to go to school. The…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    Finding the Titanic

    Robert Ballard describes how he and his team discovered the Titanic in 1985.  Through a flashback to the story of 12-year old Ruth…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    The Marble Champ

    Even though Lupe Medrano is the top student at her school, she is a failure at sports until she tries her hand at marbles, so she pract…

    Grade 5

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Navajo Code Talkers

    This lesson was initially created through the Basal Alignment Project and was then further developed by the 4th grade team from Pleasan…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Gardener

    Lydia Grade is sent to live with her Uncle Jim while her parents look for work.  She happily settles in to her new home where she …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
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    By the Shores of Silver Lake

    Laura Ingalls and her family are traveling by train to meet her father in Tracy.  This story describes their first train ride as t…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Angel Child, Dragon Child

    During her first days at school in America, Ut experiences alienation and separation. Later, she finds understanding and acceptance. Wi…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Adventures of Sojourner

    The Adventurers of Sojourner presents a third-person narrative account of the Mars Pathfinder mission, which included the deployment of…

    Grade 6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    A Package for Mrs. Jewls

    While cleaning the schoolyard, Louis accepts a package for Mrs. Jewls. It is very large and heavy, but he carries it up 30 flights of s…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Earthquake Terror

    This is the story of how 12-year-old Jonathan protects his younger sister, Abby, during an earthquake.  Jonathan, Abby, and their …

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    Red Kayak

    In this excerpt, Brady and his friends don’t demonstrate good judgment when they choose not to warn Mrs. DiAngelo early that morn…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Chuck Close Up Close

    Chuck Close is an American artist who overcomes many obstacles in his life, both unexpected and self-induced.  He overcame his fir…

    Grade 6

    • 10/23/14
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    The Skunk Ladder

    This story is about two boys, “Crazy” Eddie and the narrator, the imaginative contraptions they create, and their wacky adv…

    Grade 5

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Exploding Ants

    Exploding Ants is an expository non-fiction text that explains how animals adapt to survive in their environment. (Pearson Reading Stre…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    A Tree is Growing

    This informational text describes the ways in which trees are made up of many important parts that grow and change. (Houghton Mifflin H…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Great Wall

    This expository text selection outlines the efforts of the Chinese people to build the Great Wall to protect them from the Mongol invad…

    Grade 6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Diary from Here to There

    This personal narrative introduces the genre of a diary to the students.  “My Diary from Here to There,” takes the rea…

    Grade 4

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Challenge

    In this short story, Jose learns a valuable lesson about himself when he tries to impress Estella by challenging her to a game of racqu…

    Grade 6

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Climb or Die

    In this story, after their car crashes in a blizzard and their parents are injured, Danielle and Jake must climb to a weather station n…

    Grade 6

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Houdini's Box

    Victor, a 10-year-old boy, is fascinated with Harry Houdini’s magic tricks. On the date of the visit, Mrs. Houdini tells Victor t…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Ghost Towns of the American West

    This text depicts how the Westward Expansion left a lasting impact on America. The massive migration of people to the American West dur…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    The Astronaut and the Onion

    Gloria waits in a checkout line, tossing around the onion her mother had sent her to buy. She tosses it too far and fears it’s go…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Girl Who Married the Moon

    Two female cousins spend their life doing everything together. One night they realize they are both in love with the Moon and wish to m…

    Grade 6

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Beneath Blue Waters

    Beneath Blue Waters comes from the trade book with the same title.  It focuses on the layers of the ocean.  This selection ta…

    Grade 6

    • 11/18/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Jalapeño Bagels

    "Jalapeño Bagels" is a story about a young bi-cultural boy named Pablo on a search to find a dish to bring to school for Interna…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The View from Saturday

    Nadia’s parents were recently divorced and Nadia is spending the summer with her father in Florida, where Grandpa Izzy lives. Gra…

    Grade 6

    • 11/18/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Seeker of Knowledge

    The author describes the life of Jean-Francois Champollion. This selection uses text and graphics together as a vehicle to deepen the r…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Whose Habitat Is It?

    In this nonfiction article, the author addresses the problems associated with urban sprawl. Urban sprawl destroys animal and plant habi…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Lost Temple of the Aztecs

    The Lost City of the Aztecs is about the demise of the Aztec Empire and how Montezuma, the last Aztec emperor, reacted to the arrival o…

    Grade 6

    • 09/14/14
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    The Hot and Cold Summer

    Before they ever met her, Rory and Derek made a pact not to speak to Bolivia, the new girl in town.  After Bolivia orchestrates a …

    Grade 5

    • 09/24/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Woodsong

    In this narrative, Gary Paulsen describes the relationship, which develops between himself and a dog named “Storm,” the lea…

    Grade 5

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    A Kind of Grace

    In Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s autobiography, she writes of the challenges she faced early on while becoming a track and field athlete…

    Grade 6

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Last Summer with Maizon

    One definition of a protagonist is a character that goes through change.  And part of the definition is that the antagonist is the…

    Grade 6

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Franklin R. Chang-Diaz

    Franklin R. Chang-Diaz is an immigrant from Costa Rica who began thinking about space at age seven when the Soviet Union launched the f…

    Grade 6

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    American Slave, American Hero

    The Lewis and Clark expedition explored unmapped territory from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean from 1804-1806. The expedition …

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    Stealing Home

    Thomas and his Grandfather share a small house with, their cat and pet duck. One day Thomas’s great-aunt Linzy comes to stay for …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Journey to the Moon

    “Journey to the Moon” reflects a huge achievement of landing men on the moon. In 1969, three astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Bu…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Talking Cloth

    Amber, her brother, and her parents visit Aunt Phoebe, a traveler, collector and storyteller.   Aunt Phoebe shares a cloth with th…

    Grade 3

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Suki's Kimono

    Suki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan (grandmother), it holds special memories of her grandmoth…

    Grade 3

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    I Love Saturdays y Domingos

    Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the young girl in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come fr…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    Two Lands, One Heart

    TJ takes a trip to Vietnam with his mother to visit his grandparent’s farm.  TJ learns a lot about the culture and lives of …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
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    Cliffhanger

    In this story, Dag and his son Axel are at their climbing school in the Teton Mountains when the family dog, Grits, is stranded on Cath…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    A Guide to Basketball

    The article gives factual information about the when, where and how the game of basketball began and how it is played. (Houghton Miffli…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Gymnast

    Gary Soto writes an autobiography about a time when he was eleven years old, wanting to be a gymnast like his cousin.  He thinks i…

    Grade 5

    • 11/18/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Talk with an Astronaut

    A group of fifth grade students interview the first Hispanic American astronaut, Ellen Ochoa.  The interview is a question and ans…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Lemons and Lemonade

    This selection is a narrative nonfiction story about supply and demand.  It gives readers information about the basics of starting…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Oral History

    Before language was written, people from all over the world have recorded their family histories orally.  They have used storytell…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Out There

    Although Danny is a young adult of only 17, he is fully capable of taking his father’s boat out to sea to fish. While out on a so…

    Grade 6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Storm in the Night

    “Storm in the Night” is a realistic fiction story that looks at the relationship between a grandfather and grandson.  …

    Grade 3

    • 09/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Jump

    In this story, Michael Jordan is a very active child. His family helps him to channel his energy into positive activities and eventuall…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Water Woman

    In this biography, Amy VanDyken overcomes many challenges throughout her life to become an Olympic gold medalist. (Houghton Mifflin Har…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Old Yeller and the Bear

    With Papa away on a cattle drive, fourteen-year-old Travis is in charge of looking after the family homestead on the Texas plains, mile…

    Grade 5

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    How to Babysit an Orangutan

    In this nonfiction text, orphaned orangutans are cared for and raised at Camp Leakey on the island of Borneo, including the skills the …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/10/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong

    In this story, Jangmi moves from her home in Korea to a new home in the United States. At first she is sad about leaving behind her fri…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Satchmo’s Blues

    Young Louis Armstrong, “Satchmo,” longs to play the horn, but his family has no money for such things.  He was inspire…

    Grade 5

    • 09/10/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Science Fair

    A third grade girl named Beany creates a science fair project with her partner, Kevin. Beany is not confident that their project is the…

    Grade 3

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Sewed Up His Heart

    Dr. Daniel Hale Williams must make the decision to perform a heart operation that could save a patient’s life but could also cond…

    Grade 4

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mom's Best Friend

    Leslie and her family learn to adjust to life without their mother when she is away training her new dog guide, Ursula, after the passi…

    Grade 5

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 02/17/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Fly Eagle Fly

    After a stormy night, a farmer searching for his lost calf finds a baby eagle that has been blown out of its nest. He takes it home and…

    Grade 3

    • 02/17/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Elena's Serenade

    Who ever heard of a girl glassblower? In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called El…

    Grade 3

    • 02/17/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Did a Dino Drink This Water?

    The author explains the complete water cycle and also discusses ocean currents, ocean and lake habitats, and hydroelectricity. He also …

    Grade 3