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.
Many Hits, Rather Than A Big One, Pose Greatest Concussion Risk
Nancy Shute discusses a study that explores the effects that several hits to head can have on the brain.
What Is a Spacewalk?
Spacewalks are when astronauts leave their spacecraft and work in space.
A New Spin on a Space Horse
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell describes a feature in the space known as the Horsehead Nebula.
Excerpt from “The Lotos-Eaters”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A group of sailors experiences strange effects after eating a special flower.
The Three Sisters
Barbara Hagen discusses the food that many Americans Indians ate hundreds of years ago.
Smartphones Put Your Privacy At Risk
Maria Temming discusses how smartphones can present a threat to your privacy.
Supreme Court Landmark Series: Tinker v. Des Moines
In the Supreme Court Landmark Series, a host discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines.
Robin A. Zimmerman
Robin A. Zimmerman discusses the significance of the quetzal, a beautiful bird of Mexico and Central America.
How the Stories Came to Be
Mabel Powers retells a folktale about the beginning of stories.
Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur.
Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History
Michaeleen Doucleff discusses Alison Macintosh’s study of prehistoric women’s bones.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
Learning About the Holocaust
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the organized killing of Jewish people during World War II.
Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
Three researchers discuss their experiment exploring people’s judgements of the perceived risks parents expose their children to.
The Peanut Man
George Washington Carver showed farmers the benefits of growing peanuts.
The Decision to Drop the Bomb
On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first, and only, nation to use nuclear weapons when it bombed a Japanese city.
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Dissenting Opinion
Justice Hugo Black
Justice Hugo Black discusses his dissenting opinion regarding the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.
The Mysterious Egg
A group of farm animals waits for a mysterious egg to hatch.
The Center of Our Solar System
Jessica McBirney discusses the important role that the sun plays in our solar system.