CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
The Cod Industry: Lifeblood of Newfoundland
Ann Stalcup discusses the cod industry in Newfoundland.
Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance
Eric Niiler discusses why skiers use wax on their skis.
A Matter of Taste
Jeanne Miller explains how humans taste different flavors.
Christine Fournier describes the different ways in which two farmers grow crops.
Adhesive from trees could make tape more eco-friendly
Tyler Berrigan discusses a new type of glue for tape that comes from trees.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
The holiday of Cinco de Mayo is recognized as a celebration of culture for Mexican people around the world.
First Contact with Europeans
Stephen Currie discusses European explorers’ first contact with American Indians in 1513.
The Magical Transformation of Bread
Marcus Woo describes the chemistry of making bread.
Chocolate from Children
Children in West Africa pick the cocoa beans that make chocolate.
Working the Farms
Mike Weinstein discusses the migrant children who work on farms in the U.S.
What We Eat Is Who We Are
Prana Joy Mandoe
In this informational text, Prana Joy Mandoe discusses traditional Hawaiian foods.
Army Code Talkers
The United States Government
American Indians created complex codes using their native languages in order to aid the United States in WWI and WWII.
Falling through Earth might be a long and fruitless trip
Emily Conover discusses the possibility of someone falling through the center of Earth.
'Couch potatoes' tend to be TV-energy hogs
Kathiann Kowalski discusses how heavy television watching wastes electricity and contributes to global warming.
With Liberty and Justice for All?
A fictitious slave of Thomas Jefferson describes her life in slavery in this short story.
A teenage girl decides not to join her family on vacation.
Why do volcanoes erupt?
Heather Handley discusses why volcanoes erupt.