This site looks awesome and is through Smithsonian. Each article offers a critical thinking question at the end. Each article has a lexile where you can change the level. Students and teachers can create accounts. Students choose articles they want to read. They can answer three well-written comprehension questions at the end and create a comment about the article as well. Teachers can assign articles and view quizzes. You can view quizzes by students or print them all. And it’s all free!
This is a very kid and teacher friendly site. It has tons of articles and you can create your own class page. You can add your students and they can log on and read articles and answer questions. It’s a social network as well and they can interact with other readers. You can download the articles and use them for your classroom. And it’s all free!
Another great site where teachers can assign articles with follow up questions. Good for test prep. Although there aren't many articles on this site.
This site offers the lexile of the article. And you can change the lexile to make it lower or higher.
Collection of nonfiction articles you can read online.
National Geographic for Kids
This website has articles online you can read for free.
The Why Files
Teachers and students can read articles online, or teachers can print them. They have a cool feature where you can delete text or images from the article directly on the site. And you can choose articles by standard.
Features and Quick Reads are articles that are printable.
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Students and teachers can read articles online or teachers can print articles directly from the site.
Time For Kids
This is a classroom magazine, but they publish online current event articles as well that are free.
NY Times Learning Blog Grades 6-12
This offers online articles and numerous teaching resources. They provide text to text where they pair two texts and students can compare them. They also have student opinion articles where students can read and then respond with their own opinions.
NY Times Infographics
The Washington Post Kids Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/
PBS News Hour Grades 7-12
This website has articles with videos and critical thinking questions at the end. These can be read online and printed.
Read online or printable.
BAM Activity: Health Related Articles for Kids
Read online or printable.
NFL for Kids
Sports articles for kids to read online.
Offers lots of facts and articles about numerous topics.
Printable Nonfiction Passages
For The Teachers
Lexile Leveled printable nonfiction articles.
Text Set of Articles about Nonfiction Issues
Could be used for making judgments and forming opinions, persuasive writing, or author’s purpose.
Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week.
Higher Level Nonfiction with instructed annotations and critical thinking questions.
Jim Burke’s Digital Text Book
Jim Burke shares his collection of digital texts and links online that he uses in his high school English class.
Best Info Graphics
This website offers the best info graphics.
Lastly, I used easel.ly to create the infographic above. It was really easy. Teachers could easily create infographics or even students could create them too. It's a free subscription for the basic version and then you can upgrade for $2 a month to have more options. You basically just choose a preloaded template and alter whatever you want.
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