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.
Design Par Excellence
Lena Lambrinou discusses the temples constructed by the ancient Greeks.
Explainer: How scientists know Earth is warming
Sharon Oosthoek explains how scientists can document global warming by measuring the Earth’s temperature.
Your food choices affect Earth's climate
Janet Raloff discusses a study comparing the effects of different diets on global warming.
Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body
Lindsey Konkel describes the dangerous effects of air pollution on the body and mind.
California Energy Commission
Electricity is an important source of energy which is created through the interaction of particles.
The author discusses what happens when something short circuits.
Will We Know Alien Life When We See It?
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses what life on other planets might look like.
The Face of Immortality?
Many people believe that a small organism known as a hydra is immortal.
Emerald Ash Borer
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection describes the relatively recent appearance of a beetle in North America: the emerald ash borer.
Chemo Side Effects: Memory
A speaker describes their struggles with memory.
Door to Freedom
After being forced from his home country of Hungary during wartime, Pal attempts to get immigration papers to go to America.
What is a Robonaut?
Robots may soon be working alongside astronauts in space.
Many U.S. Football players had brain disease, data show
Aimee Cunningham discusses the findings of a study that looks at football players’ brains after death.
Don’t Blame the Rats for Spreading the Black Death
Bethany Brookshire discusses new research on how the Black Death spread through Europe.
The Four Dragons
Four dragons work to help people suffering from a drought.
A boy is required to take an intelligence exam by the government once he turns 12-years-old.
The myth of the college dropout
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann discuss the success of college graduates and college dropouts.
Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science
Jo Cutler, Robin Banerjee
Jo Cutler and Robin Banerjee discuss why being kind makes us feel good.