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NEW! Guided Reading Short Reads

Guided Reading Short Reads gives students the practice they need to read and understand the complex, informational texts that we encounter every day. With a wide range of subjects and text types, students will expand their academic and domain-specific vocabulary and deepen their comprehension and analytical skills.

  • 100 % informational text
  • Fits seamlessly into classroom guided reading groups
  • Teaches strategies for decoding and comprehending complex informational texts
  • Features high-interest texts thematically linked to Guided Reading Nonfiction Focus 2nd Edition

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Kindergarten (4 levels, A–D)

40 cards, 6 copies each, 240 cards

Grade 1 (9 levels, A–I)

90 cards, 6 copies each, 540 cards

Grade 2 (10 levels, E–N)

100 cards, 6 copies each, 600 cards

Grade 3 (8 levels, J–Q)

80 cards, 6 copies each, 480 cards

Grade 4 (8 levels, M–T)

80 cards, 6 copies each, 480 cards

Grade 5 (7 levels, Q–W)

70 cards, 6 copies each, 420 cards

Grade 6 (7 levels, T–Z)

70 cards, 6 copies each, 420 cards

Complete Set (26 levels, A–Z)

260 cards, 6 copies each; 1,560 cards

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Buy multiple-level grade sets and save 15%!

Kindergarten (4 levels, A–D)

40 cards, 6 copies each, 240 cards

Grade 1 (9 levels, A–I)

90 cards, 6 copies each, 540 cards

Grade 2 (10 levels, E–N)

100 cards, 6 copies each, 600 cards

Grade 3 (8 levels, J–Q)

80 cards, 6 copies each, 480 cards

Grade 4 (8 levels, M–T)

80 cards, 6 copies each, 480 cards

Grade 5 (7 levels, Q–W)

70 cards, 6 copies each, 420 cards

Grade 6 (7 levels, T–Z)

70 cards, 6 copies each, 420 cards

Complete Set (26 levels, A–Z)

260 cards, 6 copies each; 1,560 cards

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

Short Reads Reading Levels

Example Sheets: "How Many Deer" and "Make a Fruit Face"

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.

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Level A Titles

  • My Pet Scrapbook
  • Garden Magazine
  • A Guide to Fish
  • Dog Facts
  • How Many Deer?
  • My Day on the Farm
  • I See the Weather
  • My Email to Ben
  • The Letter B
  • Make a Fruit Face
Example Sheets: "Newsies" and "Deer Dog"

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.

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Level B Titles

  • New Fruit Market!
  • Use Shapes to Make a Mouse
  • Email From Max to Jen
  • My Picture Dictionary
  • How Many Animals?
  • My Yard
  • My Day in Town
  • Bird Nest Facts
  • Look at Frogs
  • At Night
Example Sheets: "Farm Animal Sounds" and "My Ball Game"

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.

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Level C Titles

  • Make a Vegetable Face
  • My First Dictionary
  • Emails From the Beach
  • See the Sea Animals: A Class Journal
  • What Do You See?
  • What Do You See?
  • Facts About Animal Legs
  • Farm Animal Sounds
  • Butterflies
  • New Children’s Library Opens!
Example Sheets: "What's the Sport" and "Express News"

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.

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Level D Titles

  • Paper Plate Fish
  • The Dictionary of Fruits and Vegetables
  • Busy Day Emails
  • Fall Fruits
  • My Day at the Park
  • Fly, Swim, or Jump?
  • What a Puppy Needs
  • Indoor Fun
  • What’s the Sport?
  • New Fire Station Opens
Example Sheets: "Camel" and "The Evening News"

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; with more complex punctuation.

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Level E Titles

  • My Day at the Airport
  • Camel
  • Email From the Mountains
  • All Year Long
  • Painting Is Fun
  • How to Mix Paint Colors
  • Is This a Real Animal?
  • Dogs in Our Town Help
  • What Is in the tree?
  • Park Cleanup!
Example Sheets: "Penguins"

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.

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Level F Titles

  • Make a Matching Pattern
  • The Air Show Is Here!
  • The Shore
  • Lions
  • Is an Animal a Living Thing?
  • A Day in the Sun
  • Hiking
  • Penguins
  • Growing and Changing
  • On the Ranch
Example Sheets: "Think About Size" and "Teeth"

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 layouts require reader's close attention and flexibility.

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Level G Titles

  • Toy Museum to Open on Saturday!
  • Is It an Alligator or a Crocodile?
  • Think About Size!
  • Life in a Swamp
  • All Kinds of Places
  • PIctures From the Woods
  • Get Up and Go!
  • At the Pumpkin Farm
  • Teeth
  • Make a Paper Bag Puppet
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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.

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Level H Titles

  • Animals in the News
  • A Lot to Crow About!
  • Comparing Insects
  • Science Tools for Observing
  • Animal Look-Alikes
  • Polar Bear
  • My Rock Collection
  • Grow a Bean Plant
  • African Elephants
  • Greetings From the Seashore
Example Sheets: "Martin Luther King, Jr." and "Do Butterflies like Turtle Tears?"

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.

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Level I Titles

  • On This Day, July 4th
  • Do Butterflies Like Turtle Tears?
  • Strange Plants
  • Service Dogs
  • Super Birds
  • Jane Goodall
  • Monument Valley
  • Mixing Science and Art
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man Who Had a Dream
  • Trip to the Moon
Example Sheets: "Doreen Cronin" and "Very Strange Fish"

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.

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Level J Titles

  • It’s National Oatmeal Day!
  • Building for the Future
  • Very Strange Fish
  • What Is a Volcano?
  • When They Were Kids
  • Afterschool All Stars
  • Moon Watch
  • Interview With Author Doreen Cronin
  • Zapped!
  • Dreams
Example Sheets: "Purrfect Pals" and "How to Grow Sweet Potatoes"

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.

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Level K Titles

  • Kid Heroes Save Lives
  • On to Mars!
  • My Trip to the Statue of Liberty
  • Kites
  • Whales
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • The Story of Ping-Pong
  • How to Grow Sweet Potatoes
  • Purrfect Pals
  • A Guide to Clouds
Example Sheets: "Golden Gate Bridge"

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.

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Level L Titles

  • Eiffel Tower Is 125 Years Old
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • A Guide to Baseball
  • Keep Cool, Koala!
  • Musical Instruments
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Solar Eclipse
  • How to Build a Birdhouse
  • Bicycle Academy
  • Interview With Scientist Jeremy Owen
Example Sheets: "The Giant Panda" and "An Origami Fish"

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.

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Level M Titles

  • Grizzly Bear Sends Man Up a Tree
  • Does Yellow Make You Smile?
  • The Giant Panda
  • Reptiles
  • Have No Fear!
  • How to Make an Origami Fish
  • Interview With a Wild Animal Expert
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Visit Sugar Maple Farm
  • Water
Example Sheets: "Make a Garden in a Jar" and "The Bugle"

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.

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Level N Titles

  • Forest Fires
  • On This Night . . . April 26, 1777
  • Animals of the Rain Forest
  • A Matter of Taste
  • Oceans
  • Chess: Are You Game?
  • Interview With a Dog Trainer
  • Make a Garden in a Jar
  • Fluff & Feathers Poultry Ranch
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
Example Sheets: "A City Under the Sea" and "Dinosaur Days"

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.

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Level O Titles

  • Coming Soon: The World’s Largest Ferris Wheel
  • Oops! Stories Behind Inventions
  • Desert Animals
  • What Is a Zoo Nutritionist?
  • A City Under the Sea
  • The Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison
  • Interview With a Weather Reporter
  • Dinosaur Days
  • Abigail Adams
  • Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
Example Sheets: "Weather" and "Smile and say Kimchi!"

Level P

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

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Level P Titles

  • On This Day, April 14, 1912
  • Thunderstorm!
  • The Sonoran Desert
  • Fantastic Fish
  • What’s So Funny?
  • Why Do Roaches Rule?
  • Weather
  • Smile and Say Kimchi!
  • Oak Street Farmers’ Market
  • Animal Keeper
Example Sheets: "Animal Record Breakers" and "Creatures of the Deep"

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.

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Level Q Titles

  • Creatures of the Deep
  • Teen Heroes
  • A Guide to Desert Birds
  • Wetlands
  • Forest for the Trees
  • Words! Words! Words!
  • How to Make a Speech and Win Votes
  • Animal Record Breakers
  • Baseball Comes a Long Way
  • Dear Editor
Example Sheets: "Landed on Ellis Island"

Level R

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

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Level R Titles

  • Landed on Ellis Island
  • The History of Gum
  • Guide to Owls
  • Astounding Amphibians
  • What Are Maglev Trains?
  • Robots
  • An Interview With Avi
  • Plant and Light Experiment
  • Signs and Symbols
  • Letter From Frances Perkins
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Level S

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

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Level S Titles

  • A Machine That Flies
  • Wildlife for Sale
  • Fascinating U.S. Sites
  • Visit Washington, D.C
  • What Are Symmetrical Shapes?
  • X-Treme Sports
  • Wake Up!
  • John White Journal Entry
  • Letters Between Grace Bedell and Abe Lincoln
  • Do the Robot
Example Sheets: "Marie Curie"

Level T

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

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Level T Titles

  • Hunter Says He Saw Prehistoric Monster
  • Madame Curie: A Woman Ahead of Her Time
  • Incredible Invertebrates
  • Extreme Weather
  • African Plains Safari
  • Cyberbullying
  • Buffalo Bird Woman
  • Money
  • The Bravest of the Brave
  • Letter From a Pilgrim Girl
Example Sheets: "The Day After Pearl Harbor"

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.

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Level U Titles

  • The Blizzard of 1888
  • Frank O. Gehry: Outside In
  • U.S.A. Bridges & Tunnels
  • Health & Wellness
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Body Language Made Simple
  • The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)
  • The Day After Pearl Harbor
  • Two World Leaders, One World War
  • A Letter from E. B. White
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Level V

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

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Level V Titles

  • San Francisco Earthquake
  • Australia’s Amazing Animals
  • Deepest Lake and Highest Waterfall
  • Inventors and Inventions
  • Trapped in Time
  • Viking Voyages
  • The Journal of Meriwether Lewis
  • The Acid Effect
  • Conservation as a National Duty
  • A Letter From Rachel Carson
Example Sheet: "Fighting Crime"

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.

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Level W Titles

  • Theodore Roosevelt Shot
  • Fighting Crime
  • What Is an American?
  • How Surfers Catch a Wave
  • Just How Smart Are Animals?
  • South America’s Extreme Sites
  • The Great Fire
  • To Miss Anne Mansfield Sullivan
  • What Is a Tessellation?
  • What Killed the Dinosaurs?
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Level X

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

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Level X Titles

  • A Guide to Russia’s Extreme Sites
  • Disasters
  • Foods With a Difference
  • Grow Your Own Egg Crystal Geodes
  • Jack London Book Reviews
  • Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg
  • Maya Lin on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • The Willy-Nicky Telegrams
Example Sheet: "Environment"

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.

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Level Y Titles

  • The Sinking of the Titanic
  • Endangering Wildlife Habitats
  • A Guide to Ancient Sites
  • Our Carbon Footprint
  • Q & A: U.S. Presidents
  • Recycling: A System That Works!
  • Diary of a Union Soldier
  • How to Make a Potato Battery
  • Wangari Maathai Nobel Lecture
  • Lincoln’s Letter to the King of Siam
Example Sheets: "Mongolia"

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.

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Level Z Titles

  • A Guide to Extreme Structures
  • Anne Frank Diary Entry
  • Discover Genghis Khan’s Mongolia
  • The Moon Speech
  • Navigators and Maps
  • President Lincoln Shot
  • September 11, 2001
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • The Real CSI
  • Who Needs Math? Who Needs Science?