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The Unhappy Pine Tree
Kathy C. Tierney
In this text, a pine tree is granted three wishes when he is unhappy with the way he looks.
Why Should We Reduce Our Plastic Waste?
This text explains why plastic waste is harmful to the environment and what we can do to help.
Tracking My Trash
In this text, the narrator follows his trash to uncover what happens after it is thrown out.
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.
Fun and Games
Kelsie Ingham describes the games and sports that Native American children played.
From “The Wild Horses of Assateague Island”
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Wild horses continue to roam on Assateague Island, in the United States.
Home Sweet Home
Sarah J. Bell
Sarah J. Bell discusses the houses that Native Americans built hundreds of years ago.
How Pixar Tells a Story
Rachel Slivnick discusses the stories of Pixar movies.
Excerpt from “Inuit”
Carol White describes how a group of people, known as the Inuit, live in the Arctic.
The Elephant and the Crocodile
H. Berkeley Score
A Crocodile and an Elephant attempt to find out which is the better animal.
Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski discusses a teen storyteller.
Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World
Thornton W. Burgess
A group of animals search for the best thing in the world.
What Is a Spacewalk?
Spacewalks are when astronauts leave their spacecraft and work in space.
The Three Sisters
Barbara Hagen discusses the food that many Americans Indians ate hundreds of years ago.
How the Stories Came to Be
Mabel Powers retells a folktale about the beginning of stories.
The Peanut Man
George Washington Carver showed farmers the benefits of growing peanuts.
The Mysterious Egg
A group of farm animals waits for a mysterious egg to hatch.
Obento: Art in a Lunch Box
Teresa V. Mitchum
Teresa V. Mitchum describes the lunches children bring to school in Japan.