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Text Complexity Differentiation Report:
"Outstanding Science Trade Books, 2005-2019"

In an effort to put the right book in each reader's hands, this report gives you the following insights into the books on this list.

Quantitative Measures

Below is the low, high, and average Lexile® levels for the books in this list. We hope this range shows the variety and differentiation that you want for these titles.

(157 of 185 titles have known Lexile® levels.)

Lexile® Average: 884 (Range: 100 - 1340)


Grade Band Lexile® ATOS Degrees of Reading Power® Flesch-Kincaid Fountas & Pinnell Reading Maturity SourceRater
2-3 420-820 2.75-5.14 42-54 1.98-5.34 I-P 3.53-613 0.05-2.48
4-5 740-1010 4.97-7.03 52-60 4.51-7.72 O-V 5.42-7.92 0.84-5.75
6-8 925-1185 7.00-9.98 57-67 6.51-10.34 U-Z 7.04-9.57 4.11-10.66
9-10 1050-1335 9.67-12.01 62-72 8.32-12.12 Z+ 8.41-10.81 9.02-13.93
11-12 1185-1385 11.20-14.10 67-74 10.34-14.20 Z+ 9.57-12.00 12.30-14.50
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Reading Level and Grade Band Crosswalk

Source: National Governors Association for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers.[1]

Qualitative Measures

This graph reveals the aggregated low, high, and average qualitative measures for the books in this list. We hope this range of information shows the variety and differentiation that you want for these titles.

(14 of 185 titles have known qualitative measurements.)

 

Qualitative Text Complexity Ranges

  • Slightly
  • Moderately
  • Very
  • Exceedingly
Meaning
Text Organization
Use of Visual Features
Conventionality
Vocabulary
Sentence Structure
Life Experience/Subject Knowledge
Cultural Knowledge/Intertextuality

= average of submitted values = low and high range of submitted values


Qualitative measures for each title are determined by professional educators who complete the literary or informational text complexity rubrics, and results are crowd sourced for each title. These are relatively new on TeachingBooks.net, so only a small percentage of all titles have currently been evaluated. Perhaps you can help?

Genre & Curricular Area Measures Summary

Below please find the most common Genres and Curricular Areas for the books in this list. We hope this information shows the variety and differentiation that you want for these titles.

(185 of 185 titles have genres or curricular ares.)

Genres
  • Nonfiction (169 books)
  • Biography (48 books)
  • Poetry (8 books)
  • Adventure (5 books)
  • Concept Book (5 books)
  • Historical Fiction (3 books)
  • Realistic Fiction (2 books)
  • Sports (1 books)
  • Graphic Novel (1 books)
  • Horror (1 books)
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy (1 books)
Curricular Areas
  • Science (177 books)
  • STEAM (72 books)
  • English Language Arts (68 books)
  • History (50 books)
  • Social Studies (41 books)
  • Math (10 books)
  • Health (7 books)
  • Art (4 books)
  • French (2 books)
  • Physical Education (1 books)
Not Represented

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Genre and Curricular Area categories are assigned by TeachingBooks.net based on professional reviews, authoritative sources, and company guidelines.

Instructional Materials Summary

Below please find a summary of available multimedia texts and instructional materials that enrich and deepen the discussion of the titles on this list.

  • 115 Videos
  • 45 Book Readings
  • 187 Lesson Plans
  • Total of 1657 resources

View List and then hover over or click on any book image to get resources for a specific title.

Details for Each Book

Below please find information about each book that reveals curricular areas, genres, Lexile® and Qualitative measures, along with a summary of the collection of online instructional materials available at TeachingBooks.net.


Below are the titles on . If you wish to see the curricular areas, genres, Lexile® and Qualitative measures, along with the collection of ready-to-use instructional materials, go online to TeachingBooks at: https://www.teachingbooks.net/ql2sozw


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Best in Snow by
Lexile: 260

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Slightly Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Slightly Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Slightly Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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The Boy Who Invented TV by
Lexile: 860

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Very Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Very Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Citizen Scientists by
Lexile: 1050

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Very Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Very Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Exoplanets by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Eyes Wide Open by
Lexile: 1080

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Very Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Very Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Exceedingly Complex
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If Stones Could Speak by
Lexile: 1070

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Very Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Very Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Insects by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Invincible Microbe by
Lexile: 1200

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Ivan by
Lexile: 620

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Slightly Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Slightly Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Neighborhood Sharks by
Lexile: 1330

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Very Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Papa's Mechanical Fish by
Lexile: 480

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Moderately Complex
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Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop
Lexile: 830

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by
Lexile: 230

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Slightly Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Slightly Complex
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The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop
Lexile: 890

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Very Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Terrible Typhoid Mary by
Lexile: 980

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Very Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Very Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Very Complex
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What Color Is My World? by
Lexile: 880

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Very Complex
 
 

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