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.
Raindrops break the speed limit
Stephen Ornes discusses the physics that affect how fast raindrops fall.
Why Paralympic sprinters have trouble with curves
Helen Thompson discusses a study about how physics affects the performance of sprinters with prosthetic legs.
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.
Shauna Singh Baldwin
A woman describes washing her husband’s turbans.
Getting Started on Saving the Everglades
Humans have had a complicated relationship with the Florida Everglades for over 100 years.
They Need Fire!
Buffy Silverman discusses some of the effects of forest fires.
Life in a Vernal Pool
Lori Wollerman Nelson
Lori Wollerman Nelson describes life in a seasonal pond, known as a vernal pool.
Elizabeth Preston describes the colorful Zhangye Danxia mountains in China.
Betsy James discusses what we can learn from rocks.
Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body
Lindsey Konkel describes the dangerous effects of air pollution on the body and mind.
A September Night
George Marion McClellan
A speaker describes a September night in the bayou.
City of Specters
A woman in North Korea catches the attention of government officials when she uses curtains that aren’t sanctioned by the government to cover her windows.
With Liberty and Justice for All?
A fictitious slave of Thomas Jefferson describes her life in slavery in this short story.
Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew
The Standing Stone Creek is a small stream in Pennsylvania that runs into the Susquehanna River.
Banksy and the tradition of destroying art
Banksy, the popular street artist, is not the first artist to destroy his own work.
What do you want (really, really want) out of your college education?
Richard Gunderman discusses what a college education can provide for students.
A teenage girl decides not to join her family on vacation.