Grade 5

Were Early Computers Really the Size of a School Bus?: And Other Questions about Inventions

From the Series Is That a Fact?

Henry Ford invented the automobile. The first video game was created in a science research lab. A melted candy bar inspired the invention of microwave ovens. You may have heard these beliefs… Read More →

  • Lexile: 810
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: 600

Were Potato Chips Really Invented by an Angry Chef?: And Other Questions about Food

From the Series Is That a Fact?

Adding salt to water makes it boil faster. Eating turkey makes you sleepy. Organic food is best for the environment. You may have heard these common sayings and beliefs before. But are they… Read More →

  • Lexile: 830
  • ATOS: 5.2
  • Dewey: 641.3

We're the Center of the Universe!: Science's Biggest Mistakes about Astronomy and Physics

From the Series Science Gets It Wrong

Does the universe circle around Earth? Do creatures live on the sun? Can you tell the future by looking at the stars? At one time, science supported wild notions like these! But later studies… Read More →

  • Lexile: 800
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: 520

Whales

From the Series Animal Lives

Learn all about the amazing world of whales, and follow their lives from calf to adult. Read More →

  • Lexile: 870
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Dewey: 599.5

What Are Conspiracy Theories?

From the Series Searchlight Books ™ — Fake News

Learn all about conspiracy theories that have emerged from the past to today. This accessible overview introduces young readers to thinking critically about the information they may glean… Read More →

  • Lexile: 930
  • Dewey: 001.9

What Are Hoaxes and Lies?

From the Series Searchlight Books ™ — Fake News

Read about hoaxes and lies that have been spread in both the past and present, and learn how they have deceived people. Readers will discover tips on how to identify a hoax and learn to think… Read More →

  • Lexile: 790
  • Dewey: 001.9/50973

What Are Satire and Parody?

From the Series Searchlight Books ™ — Fake News

Satire and parody existed long before modern times. Readers will get an invaluable overview of how to identify satire and parody and how to think critically about current events. Read More →

  • Lexile: 840
  • Dewey: 809.7

What Are the Articles of Confederation?: And Other Questions about the Birth of the United States

From the Series Six Questions of American History

In June 1776, colonial delegates to the Continental Congress began writing a document to set up a new country—with a government independent from Britain. The Articles of Confederation created… Read More →

  • Lexile: 720
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Dewey: 342.7302'9

What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story about Benjamin Banneker

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

In 1791 plans for the new capital city, Washington, D.C., were in the works, but someone was needed to help with the surveying. Thomas Jefferson recommended Benjamin Banneker for the job… Read More →

  • Lexile: 910
  • ATOS: 5.6
  • Dewey: 520.92'4

What Difference Could a Waterway Make?: And Other Questions about the Erie Canal

From the Series Six Questions of American History

In the early 1800s, many Americans living in the eastern states wanted to explore the western frontier. Vast amounts of land and resources lay to the west—but the Appalachian Mountains formed… Read More →

  • Lexile: 860
  • ATOS: 5.7
  • Dewey: 386'.4809747

What Dog Knows

When Wolf finds a fact-filled book in the library, he thinks he will at last outsmart his clever cousin Dog. The two cousins swap fascinating facts about mummies and skeletons; robots… Read More →

  • Lexile: 460
  • Dewey: [Fic]

What I Came to Tell You

Since his mother died earlier this year, Grover Johnston (named after a character in Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel) has watched his family fall to pieces as his father throws himself… Read More →

  • Lexile: 770
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

What I Had Was Singing: The Story of Marian Anderson

From the Series Trailblazer Biographies

Even as a little child, Marian Anderson knew what she wanted to do. More than anything in the world, she wanted to sing. From the age of six, Marian amazed her listeners with the beauty of… Read More →

  • Lexile: 970
  • ATOS: 6.5
  • Dewey: 782.1'092

What Is Propaganda?

From the Series Searchlight Books ™ — Fake News

Introduce readers to the concept of propaganda by analyzing examples from the past and present. This approachable overview includes tips on how to spot propaganda and how to respond to fake news. Read More →

  • Lexile: 900
  • Dewey: 303.3/75

What Makes Medical Technology Safer?

From the Series Engineering Keeps Us Safe

If you pay attention to the news, you've probably seen some scary headlines: deadly viruses spreading, obesity on the rise, and more. But the truth is, most of these scary health issues have… Read More →

  • Lexile: 900
  • ATOS: 6.1
  • Dewey: 610.28

What Makes Sports Gear Safer?

From the Series Engineering Keeps Us Safe

If you pay attention to the news, you've probably seen some scary headlines: fiery NASCAR crashes, career-ending sports injuries, and more. But the truth is, these kinds of accidents are… Read More →

  • Lexile: 830
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Dewey: 796.028'4

What Makes Vehicles Safer?

From the Series Engineering Keeps Us Safe

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  • Dewey: 629.04028'9

What Makes Vehicles Safer?

From the Series Engineering Keeps Us Safe

If you pay attention to the news, you've probably seen some scary headlines: car and plane crashes, trains going off the tracks, and more. But the truth is, these kinds of accidents are rare… Read More →

  • Lexile: 810
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: 629.04028'9

What Protects Us During Natural Disasters?

From the Series Engineering Keeps Us Safe

If you pay attention to the news, you've probably seen some scary headlines: an entire town destroyed by a tornado, floodwaters up to house roofs, and more. But the truth is, these kinds of… Read More →

  • Lexile: 850
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Dewey: 363.34

What's Great about Alabama?

From the Series Our Great States

What's so great about Alabama? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Yellowhammer State! Explore Alabama's warm ocean coast, museums, and rich history. The Alabama by Map… Read More →

  • Lexile: 690
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Dewey: 976.1

What's Great about Alaska?

From the Series Our Great States

What's so great about Alaska? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Last Frontier! We'll explore Alaska's fun-filled parks, fascinating fairs, vast wilderness, and exciting… Read More →

  • Lexile: 770
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: 979.8

What's Great about Arizona?

From the Series Our Great States

What's so great about Arizona? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Grand Canyon State! We'll explore Arizona's vibrant cities, stunning rock formations, exciting rodeos… Read More →

  • Lexile: 760
  • ATOS: 4.7
  • Dewey: 979.1

What's Great about Arkansas?

From the Series Our Great States

What's so great about Arkansas? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Natural State! Explore Arkansas's mountains, forests, big cities, and rich history. The Arkansas by… Read More →

  • Lexile: 620
  • ATOS: 4.1
  • Dewey: 976.7

What's Great about California?

From the Series Our Great States

What's so great about California? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Golden State! Explore California's beaches, mountains, film studios, and colorful history. The… Read More →

  • Lexile: 720
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: 979.4