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.
Good dog! Canine brains separate tone of speech from its meaning
This text discusses how humans seek to understand dogs.
For a North Korean refugee raising her kids in the UK, the past is never far
Jieun Baek speaks to a North Korean refugee about her experiences in North Korea and raising her kids in the United Kingdom.
Could the mystery of the meow be solved by a new talking cat collar?
This text discusses how humans seek to understand animals.
The power of ‘like’
Alison Pearce Stevens
According to research, social media “likes” may have a greater impact on people than we realized.
Cool Jobs: Reaching Out to E.T. Is a Numbers Game
Ilima Loomis discusses how scientists use math to look for alien life.
The Value of Being Confused
Barrett Smith discusses the benefits of being confused.
The Story Behind Your Dreams
Ben Slivnick discusses why humans dream.
The Black Death
Margaret Gushue discusses how a devastating plague changed Europe in the 14th century.
Emily Sohn discusses an experiment that tests the unselfish nature of young children and chimps.
The best way to deal with failure
Selin Malkoc discusses how people deal with failure.
Earthlings, Meet Venus
Rachel Slivnick describes what it’s like on Venus.
Into the Wild
This text explains how scientists use hidden cameras to capture animal behavior in the wild.
Trouble for Turtles
This text describes how scientists prevent criminals from stealing turtle eggs.
Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case
Nina Totenberg discusses a re-enactment of the famous Supreme Court case, Tinker v. the Des Moines Independent Community School District.
Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals
Christopher Joyce discusses the discovery of cave art that may have originated from Neanderthals.
Fun and Games
Kelsie Ingham describes the games and sports that Native American children played.
The Quake That Shook Up Geology
Beth Geiger discusses the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.
Why there's no place like home for the holidays
Frank T. McAndrew
Frank T. McAndrew discusses why people come home for the holidays.
The Legacy of William Shakespeare
Mia Hodorovich discusses the legacy of the playwright William Shakespeare.