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    • 05/12/17
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    Insects and Bugs

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 09/21/16
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    Endangered Animals

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 5

    • 09/21/16
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    Poisonous Animals

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 3–5

    • 09/21/16
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    Inventors

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resourc…

    Grades 4–6

    • 08/16/15
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    History of Toys

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 08/15/15
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    Unwanted Guests

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 08/15/15
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    Harlem Renaissance

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 08/15/15
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    Salem Witch Trials

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 5–10

    • 08/15/15
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    Desert Animals

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 5–7

    • 08/15/15
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    Wild Weather

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–6

    • 11/18/14
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    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

    • 10/23/14
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    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

    • 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
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    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

    • 10/23/14
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    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
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    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

    • 09/14/14
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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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    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
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    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
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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

    • 09/14/14
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    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

    • 09/14/14
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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

    • 09/14/14
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    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

    • 09/11/14
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    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
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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

    • 09/24/13
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    Woodsong

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

    Grade 5

    • 09/15/13
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    Colorin Colorado

    The Colorin Colorado website provides resources for educators, administrators and families of English Language Learners (ELLs). It incl…

    Grades K–12

    • 08/23/13
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    Fluency Chart

    Quick reference chart helps teachers identify readers who need fluency support, set goals, and track progress.

    Grades 1–8

    • 08/22/13
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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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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
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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

    • 08/22/13
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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

    • 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

    • 08/22/13
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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

    • 08/22/13
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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

    • 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

    • 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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    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

    • 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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    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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    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

    • 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

    • 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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    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
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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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    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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    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
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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

    • 08/22/13
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    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
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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

    • 08/22/13
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    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

    • 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

    • 08/22/13
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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

    • 08/22/13
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    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
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    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
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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

    • 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

    • 08/22/13
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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

    • 08/22/13
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    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

    • 08/22/13
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    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

    • 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

    • 08/22/13
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    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
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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

    • 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