Content Areas

Content Areas Logo

 

About Content Areas

Our Guided Reading Content Areas Program enhances students' knowledge in science, social studies, and mathematics and builds reading skills! Fill your guided reading sessions with rich content while you develop essential vocabulary, build background knowledge, and develop strategic reading skills.

  • Titles aligned to content-area standards in Science—45%, Social Studies—40%, and Mathematics—15%
  • Lesson plans that develop important skills for reading informational text
  • A Teacher's Guide written by Dr. Gay Su Pinnell

Teacher’s Guide

Content Areas Teacher's Guide Look Inside

Title List

Bin of books Look Inside

Teaching Cards

Example sheet Look Inside

Buy multiple-level grade sets and save 15%!

Kindergarten (4 levels, A–D)

40 titles, 6 copies each, 240 books

Grade 1 (9 levels, A–I)

90 titles, 6 copies each, 540 books

Grade 2 (10 levels, E–N)

100 titles, 6 copies each, 600 books

Grade 3 (8 levels, J–Q)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 4 (8 levels, M–T)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 5 (7 levels, Q–W)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Grade 6 (7 levels, T–Z)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Complete Set (26 levels, A–Z)

260 titles, 6 copies each; 1,560 books

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader® software, version 4.0 or higher to view and print items marked PDF. Get Adobe Reader® for FREE.

Buy multiple-level grade sets and save 15%!

Kindergarten (4 levels, A–D)

40 titles, 6 copies each, 240 books

Grade 1 (9 levels, A–I)

90 titles, 6 copies each, 540 books

Grade 2 (10 levels, E–N)

100 titles, 6 copies each, 600 books

Grade 3 (8 levels, J–Q)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 4 (8 levels, M–T)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 5 (7 levels, Q–W)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Grade 6 (7 levels, T–Z)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Complete Set (26 levels, A–Z)

260 titles, 6 copies each; 1,560 books

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader® software, version 4.0 or higher to view and print items marked PDF. Get Adobe Reader® for FREE.

Content Areas Reading Levels

Books: "School Day!" and "Numbers All Around"

Level A

Simple texts with one line of one to six words per page, easy-to-see print, and ample space between words. Children can focus on print and gradually increase their control over words. Most of the texts in Level A focus on topics familiar to children.

View Titles

Level A Titles

  • 1, 2, 3, in the Box — Tarlow
  • An Unusual Show — Blonder
  • Elephants Like To — Cherrington
  • Flowers Have Colors — Cherrington
  • I See Bugs! — Blevins
  • Numbers All Around — Berger
  • On a Boat — Novek
  • School Day! — Cervantes
  • We Play Together — Blevins
  • We Read — Blevins
  • We Write — Blevins
Books: "Who Hid?" and "Look and Find Shapes"

Level B

Texts focus on a simple story line or single idea, with direct correspondence between text and pictures; one or two lines of print per page with a variety of punctuation; many texts at this level feature repeating patterns in the text.

View Titles

Level B Titles

  • Can We Go? — Cherrington
  • Can You See the Rabbit? — Berger
  • From Sheep to Sweater — Tarlow
  • How to Make a Wind Sock — Tarlow
  • I See Flags — Blevins
  • Look-and-Find Shapes — Blevins
  • We Live Here — Salzman
  • What's the Weather — Cali
  • Who Hid? — Leber
  • Whose Bones? — Fernandez
Books: "Signs" and "What Time Is It?"

Level C

Texts explore familiar topics in a variety of ways to offer new viewpoints to the reader; simple sentences may have introductory clauses set off by punctuation; text may be patterned but is not as predictable as in Levels A and B.

View Titles

Level C Titles

  • A Kitten Is a Baby Cat — Blevins
  • Fun With Simple Machines — Tarlow
  • How Will I Get to Grandma's House? — Blevins
  • My Scrapbook — Alexander
  • On the Farm
  • Please, Thank You — Alexander
  • Signs — Canizares
  • We Like Summer — Blevins
  • What Time Is It? — Moriarty
  • Where Are They? — Humphries
Books: "Then & Now" and "Clifford Can"

Level D

Texts cover familiar topics but introduce new, more abstract ideas; illustrations support the text, but more attention to print is required; text contains more compound and multisyllabic words and a full range of punctuation.

View Titles

Level D Titles

  • Animals in Art — Blevins
  • Clifford Can — Blevins
  • Feel Better
  • How Many Ducks? — Blevins
  • I Need a Little Help — Schulz
  • Look at These Trees
  • The Little Red Hen — Tarlow
  • Then and Now — Berger
  • We Need the Sun
  • Where Does Food Grow? — Blevins
Books: "Cat in the Bag" and "Hello Doctor"

Level E

Stories have more or longer episodes; informational texts present more complex ideas; texts are longer than in previous levels, with more pages or more lines of text on each page; sentences carry over several pages, with more complex punctuation.

View Titles

Level E Titles

  • All Around Our Country — Hutchins
  • Animal Moms and Dads — Tarlow
  • Cat in the Bag — Miller
  • City Life and Country Life — Moriarty
  • Hello, Doctor — Marx
  • Let's Go to a Fair — Foley
  • Let's Go to a Museum — Blevins
  • Let's Go to a Museum — Blevins
  • School Long Ago — Novek
  • What Do Artists Use? — Berger
Books: "Ellen Ochoa" and "Watch Me Plant a Garden"

Level F

Concepts presented in texts at this level are more distant from familiar topics; larger variety of frequently used words and many more new words; text reflects patterns of written, rather than oral, language.

View Titles

Level F Titles

  • Animal Pals — Cherrington
  • Ellen Ochoa — Walker
  • How Does Your Salad Grow? — Alexander
  • I Can Play Soccer — Eckart
  • I Like Cheese — Pickering
  • I'm a Seed — Marzollo
  • My Goldfish — Walker
  • Storms — Durgin-Bruce
  • Watch Me Plant a Garden — Otten
  • What Can I Buy? — Moriarty
Books: "Find the Wild Animal" and "It's A Good Thing There Are Insects"

Level G

In texts at this level, the language changes on each page, rather than repeating in patterns; texts offer challenges in ideas and vocabulary, with some introduction to technical language; variety of print styles and text layout require readers' close attention and flexibility.

View Titles

Level G Titles

  • Find the Wild Animal — Foley
  • From Seed to Pumpkin — Kottke
  • How Big? How Much? — Hutchins
  • It's a Good Thing There Are Insects — Fowler
  • Made With Glass — Cherrington
  • Make a Leaf Rubbing — Ballinger & Gosset
  • Math At the Store — Amato
  • The Secret Code — Rau
  • Tic-Tac-Toe, Three in a Row — Stamper
  • Tracks in the Sand — Levin
Books: "The Wheat We Eat" and "I Am Planet Earth"

Level H

Texts are similar in difficulty to level G, but the texts vary more widely in size of print, length of sentences, and type of language; texts are less repetitious in events and language structures, with expanded vocabulary.

View Titles

Level H Titles

  • A Day With a Mechanic — Winne
  • A Day With Air Traffic Controllers — Winne
  • Colin Powell — Hill
  • From Acorn to Oak Tree — Kottke
  • George Washington — Abraham
  • I Am Planet Earth — Marzollo
  • Monster Money — Maccarone
  • School in Colonial America — Thomas
  • The 100th Day — Maccarone
  • The Wheat We Eat — Fowler
Books: "How Many Ants?" and "Presidents' Day"

Level I

Longer and more complex stories than in levels G and H, with more highly elaborated information; multisyllabic words arranged in longer sentences and paragraphs that require complex word solving; illustrations enhance meaning but provide less support for understanding the meaning of the text.

View Titles

Level I Titles

  • A Flag for All — Brimner
  • The Apple Pie Tree — Hall
  • A House Spider's Life — Himmelman
  • Beetles — Eckart
  • Choosing Eyeglasses With Mrs. Koutris — Flanagan
  • How Many Ants? — Brimner
  • Looking Through a Telescope — Bullock
  • Presidents' Day — Marx
  • Shadows — Otto
  • Where Do Puddles Go? — Fowler & Robinson
Books: "Inside an Ant Colony" and "Bart's Amazing Charts"

Level J

Beginning chapter texts appear for the first time at this level, requiring readers to recall information over more than one sitting; fewer illustrations with whole pages of text in some texts.

View Titles

Level J Titles

  • An Earthworm's Life — Himmelman
  • Bart's Amazing Charts — Ochiltree
  • The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue — Wahl
  • Germs! Germs! Germs! — Katz
  • Giant Pandas: Gifts From China — Fowler
  • Harriet Tubman — Nichols
  • How Do Your Lungs Work? — Curry
  • Inside an Ant Colony — Fowler
  • Thunder and Lightning — Pfeffer
  • We Need Directions! — De Capua
Books: "The Earth is Mostly Ocean" and "Plants that Eat Animals"

Level K

This level includes chapter texts and short informational texts with difficult concepts; readers learn about concepts and events outside their own experiences; readers need to use a variety of strategies to figure out different writing styles.

View Titles

Level K Titles

  • A Girl Named Helen Keller — Lundell
  • Fluff and Feathers, Spikes and Skin — Finton
  • Plants That Eat Animals — Fowler
  • Sounds All Around — Pfeffer
  • The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street — Losi
  • The Best Way to Play — Cosby
  • The Earth Is Mostly Ocean — Fowler
  • The Mississippi River — Fowler
  • Under the Ground — Pluckrose
  • Veteran's Day — Cotton
Books: "The Grapes of Math" and "Chomp!"

Level L

Texts at this level are much longer and more complex, and include biographies; longer texts include many multisyllabic words and expand readers' vocabularies; some texts present abstract or symbolic themes.

View Titles

Level L Titles

  • Antarctica — Fowler
  • Bats — MacLulich
  • Chomp! A Book About Sharks — Berger
  • Flies Are Fascinating — Wilkinson
  • In 1492 — Marzollo
  • Japan — Pluckrose
  • Solar System — Vogt
  • Tell Me Why Planes Have Wings — Willis
  • The Grapes of Math — Tang
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex — Landau
Books: "Tell Me How Much it Weighs" and "Save the Rain Forest"

Level M

Text includes more complex language and requires reader to make interpretations; most texts at this level have greatly expanded vocabulary; many texts at this level have smaller print with narrower word spacing.

View Titles

Level M Titles

  • A. Lincoln and Me — Borden
  • Five True Horse Stories — Davidson
  • Helping Paws: Dogs That Serve — Luke
  • I Hate English! — Levine
  • Journey of the Butterfly — Scrace
  • Save the Rain Forests — Fowler
  • Sounds, Light, Heat: Energy at Work — Berger
  • Tell Me How Much It Weighs — Willis
  • Turtles Take Their Time — Fowler
  • What If You'd Met . . . Beethoven — Myers
Arrangement of books including "Sleep and Rest"

Level N

Vocabulary continues to expand and go beyond readers' own experiences; variety of texts offer readers a chance to interpret information and speculate on alternate meanings.

View Titles

Level N Titles

  • Becoming a Citizen — De Capua
  • Constellations — Sipiera
  • Hawks on the Clock —Moriarty
  • Let's Find Out About Money — Barbaras
  • Measuring Penny — Leedy
  • Special Olympics — Kennedy
  • Staying Healthy: Sleep & Rest — McGinty
  • Tell Me How Far It Is — Willis
  • Wild Weather: Blizzards! — Hopping
  • Working at a TV Station — Davis
Books: "Stargazers" and "Mammal Records"

Level O

Longer texts at this level present varied vocabulary that will require readers to interpret the meaning of the text; texts have more sophisticated subjects and more complex sentence structures.

View Titles

Level O Titles

  • A Million Fish . . . More or Less — McKissack
  • The Amazing Book of Mammal Records — Woods
  • Abraham Lincoln: Road to the White House — Brandt and Mattern
  • Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents: James Monroe — Venezia
  • Growing Crystals: A True Book — Squire
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument — Nelson
  • Rosa Parks: Freedom Rider — Brandt and Mattern
  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims — Bulla
  • Stargazers — Gibbons
  • Straightforward Science: Plant Life — Riley
Books: "Gooseberry Park" and "97 Ways to Train a Dragon"

Level P

Informational texts at this level include science, history, and biography, enabling readers to learn how to gain information from a variety of sources; concepts may include issues of early adolescence.

View Titles

Level P Titles

  • A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder — Wick
  • Eat Your Vegetables! Drink Your Milk! — Silverstein & Nunn
  • Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents: Andrew Jackson — Venezia
  • Heroes of the Revolution — Adler
  • Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure — Neuschwander
  • Snakes — Simon
  • The Magic School Bus® Lost in the Solar System — Cole
  • What Makes You Cough, Sneeze, Burp, Hiccup, Blink, Yawn, Sweat, and Shiver? — Stangl
  • Where Have All the Pandas Gone? Questions and Answers About Endangered Species — Berger
  • Wilma Unlimited — Krull
Books: "Hurricanes" and "High Noon"

Level Q

Selections contain themes to foster group discussion; relationship of illustrations to text also offers opportunities for exploration and discussion; texts contain difficult words, some from languages other than English.

View Titles

Level Q Titles

  • All About Sharks — Arnosky
  • All About Turtles —Arnosky
  • Can You Believe? Hurricanes — Markle
  • Copper — Tocci
  • Cut Down to Size at High Noon: A Math Adventure — Sundby
  • Food Chain Frenzy — Capeci
  • If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake — Levine
  • If You Lived With the Indians of the Northwest Coast — Kamma
  • Oxygen — Tocci
  • Paul Revere — Sullivan
Books: "O, Say Can You See?" and "The Great Fire"

Level R

Texts in this level contain sophisticated vocabulary to challenge readers; some of the longer chapter books require sustained reading effort over several sittings; texts represent a range of times in history.

View Titles

Level R Titles

  • Allergies — Silverstein and Nunn
  • Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? — Fritz
  • Food Chains — Riley
  • George Washington — Venezia
  • John Quincy Adams — Venezia
  • O, Say Can You See? America's Symbols, Landmarks, and Important Words — Keenan
  • Octopuses, Squids, and Cuttlefish — Trueit
  • The Great Fire — Murphy
  • Thomas Jefferson — Venezia
  • Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? — Fritz
Books: "Cuts, Scrapes, Scabs, and Scars" and "Pythagoras?"

Level S

Selections challenge readers to make connections with previous reading and with historical events; words present many shades of meaning that require readers' interpretations; this level includes chapter books in a variety of genres.

View Titles

Level S Titles

  • Abraham Lincoln — Sullivan
  • Christopher Columbus — Roop
  • Cuts, Scrapes, Scabs, and Scars — Silverstein and Nunn
  • Light and Color — Riley
  • The Civil Rights Movement in America — Landau
  • The Water Cycle — Trueit
  • Thomas Edison — Sullivan
  • Valley Forge — Ammon
  • Wacky Trees — Riley
  • What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? — Ellis
Books: "Black Holes" and "Lost Star"

Level T

At this level, readers encounter a variety of nonfiction text structures; expanded vocabulary requires readers to consider both literal and connotative meaning.

View Titles

Level T Titles

  • A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, A Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859 — McKissack
  • Black Holes and Other Space Phenomena — Steele
  • Enemies of Slavery — Adler
  • Land Predators of North America — Swan
  • Life in the Rainforests — Baker
  • Lightning — Simon
  • Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart — Lauber
  • Seahorses, Pipefishes, and Their Kin — Miller
  • Volcanoes — Trueit
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes — Lauber
Books: "Remember the Ladies" and "Freedom Train"

Level U

Texts cover a breadth of topics and present specific, technical information; illustrations require interpretation and connection to text; text requires readers to employ a wide range of reading strategies.

View Titles

Level U Titles

  • African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies — Kent
  • Count to a Million — Pallotta
  • Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman — Sterling
  • Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women — Harness
  • September 11, 2001 — Santella
  • The Challenger Disaster — McNeese
  • The Life and Death of Stars — Spangenburg and Moser
  • The Truth About Great White Sharks — Cerullo
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 — Curtis
  • Under the Ocean — Bennett
Books: "What a Great Idea!" and "Color Me Dark"

Level V

Texts present complex issues and use technical language; topics are distant from students' experiences in terms of time and geographic area, and may include realistic historical information and more difficult themes.

View Titles

Level V Titles

  • African Americans in the Old West — McGowen
  • An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly — Pringle
  • Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North, Chicago, Illinois, 1919 — McKissack
  • Escape to Freedom: A Play About Young Frederick Douglass — Davis
  • The Battle of the Alamo — Santella
  • The Boston Tea Party — Stein
  • The California Gold Rush — Stein
  • The Declaration of Independence — Stein
  • What a Great Idea! Inventions That Changed the World — Tomecek
  • Women's Right to Vote — Landau
Books: "Portraits of African-American Heroes" and "The Journal of James Edmond Pease"

Level W

Texts present complex information requiring readers to employ a wide range of content knowledge and to understand the basic organizational structures of nonfiction; topics explore the human condition and social issues; texts vary in length; print is generally in a small font.

View Titles

Level W Titles

  • A Grand Canyon Journey: Tracing Time in Stone — Anderson
  • Adam of the Road — Gray
  • Daniel's Story — Matas
  • Dear Dr. Bell . . . Your Friend, Helen Keller — George
  • Extraordinary Women Scientists — Stille
  • Extraordinary Young People — Brill
  • G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book — Schwartz
  • Portraits of African-American Heroes — Bolden
  • Standing Tall: The Story of Ten Hispanic Americans — Palacios
  • The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier, Virginia, 1863 — Murphy
Books: "Up Before Daybreak" and "The Great Depression"

Level X

Covers increasingly mature themes and requires extensive prior knowledge; texts are designed to present a significant amount of new information.

View Titles

Level X Titles

  • Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation — Haskins
  • Buffalo Soldiers — Cox
  • Forgotten Heroes: The Story of the Not Guilty — Sullivan
  • Katarina — Winter
  • Librarian Who Measured the Earth, Vol. 1 — Lasky
  • Nelson Mandela: No Easy Walk to Freedom — Denenberg
  • The Glory Field — Myers
  • The Great Depression — Stein
  • Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America — Hopkinson
  • Within Reach: My Everest Story — Pfetzer and Galvin
Books: "Indian Chiefs" and "Air Raid - Pearl Harbor!"

Level Y

Texts feature similar themes to previous levels, with more explicit detail; this level requires critical reading skills to evaluate the quality and objectivity of the text.

View Titles

Level Y Titles

  • Air Raid—Pearl Harbor! — Taylor
  • Davy Crockett — Sullivan
  • Favorite Greek Myths — Osborne
  • Hana's Suitcase — Levine
  • Indian Chiefs — Freedman
  • Isaac Newton — Krull
  • Leonardo da Vinci — Krull
  • New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens — Bode
  • Stars and Planets — Stott
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane — Freedman
Books: "Bat 6" and "Guys Read"

Level Z

A challenge for more widely read students requiring critical reading skills; topics include controversial social and political issues; readers experience complex examples of nonfiction organizational structure.

View Titles

Level Z Titles

  • Bat 6 — Wolff
  • Beyond Belief: Strange, True Mysteries of the Unknown — Steiger
  • Flight #116 Is Down — Cooney
  • Guys Write for Guys Read — Scieszka
  • Memories of Vietnam: War in the First Person — Weiss
  • The Disaster of the Hindenburg — Tanaka
  • The Greatest: Muhammad Ali — Myers
  • To Be a Slave — Lester
  • We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909 — Dash
  • When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS — Giblin