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Grade 5

Machines

Jet Fighters

The high maneuverability and speed of jet fighters cause pilots to experience g-forces nine times that of gravity! Students will learn about the history, technology, and future of the fastest… More →

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Paranormal

Wretched Ruins

The remains of ancient civilizations hold the keys to the fascinating histories of vanished cultures and their many secrets. Are these places still haunted by long-past tragedies? In this… More →

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Animals · Blastoff! Readers Level 4

Bulldogs

Bulldogs have flat, wrinkled faces and wear permanent frowns. These non-sporting dogs once fearlessly fought bulls in a sport called bull baiting. Young readers will track the history of… More →

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Sports

Larry Fitzgerald

In 2009, Larry Fitzgerald established himself as one of the NFL's best players when he led the Arizona Cardinals to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. The hard work and passion Larry… More →

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Military

Arleigh Burke Destroyers

Loaded with guns, torpedoes, and guided missiles, Arleigh Burke Destroyers are always ready to protect U.S. Navy warships. Young readers will learn how these destroyers use the latest… More →

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Social Studies

Slammed by a Tsunami!

On December 26, 2004, carpenter Ari Afrizal was helping build a house on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Suddenly, he heard a loud whooshing sound and saw a wall of water heading directly… More →

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Animals

Katydids

How do katydids protect themselves from predators like birds, spiders, and snakes? These insects have wings that look just like leaves on a tree, helping them disappear into their… More →

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Animals

Warty Toads

Many people believe that a person can get warts just by touching a toad. While this enduring myth is not true, a toad's warts are harmful to many of its predators. The warts produce a poison… More →

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Animals

Tiger Sharks

How does the tiger shark sneak up on its prey? These two-toned sharks have dark blue or gray backs that blend in with the dark waters near the ocean floor. They also have white or… More →

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Animals · Blastoff! Readers Level 4

Collies

Because of strong herding instincts, Collies often try to round up animals and people. The movie “Lassie Come Home” featured one of these dependable dogs and made Collies popular pets. Young… More →

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Military

F-35 Lightning IIs

F-35 Lightning IIs are U.S. Air Force strike fighters that battle enemy aircraft to control the skies. Readers will track F-35s on active missions and study the high-tech weaponry and… More →

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Animals

Little Newts

Most ts are small-—between 2 and 5 inches. How do these little amphibians protect themselves from big, hungry enemies? Many ts, such as the red-spotted t, are covered in poisonous mucus. The… More →

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