Counting Calories
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

On the back of every packaged food item sold at your local grocery store is a label containing nutritional information. The very first number on this label tells customers the number of calories that the food contains. An important component of healthy eating is paying attention to this “calorie count.” Most people know that calories tell us how much of …

Origami Inspiration
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Origami is the ancient art of paper-folding. It begins with a single sheet of thin paper. By folding the paper, the origami artist turns the flat sheet into a three-dimensional sculpture. Popular origami figures include cranes, swans, butterflies, flowers, and stars. Recently, however, origami has become more than just a fun pastime. Scientists are now using this ancient art to …

Manhattanhenge
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

If you happen to be walking the streets of New York City on the evening of July 12th, 2018, get ready to see something special. The locals call it “Manhattanhenge.” The first thing you’ll notice will be the unusual number of people standing on the sidewalks gazing westward. In a city as bustling and busy as New York, it’s not …

Mister Trash Wheel
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

The city of Baltimore, Maryland has been working hard to clean up its harbor. In 2014, they found some much-needed help in the form of a unique vessel that the locals call Mr. Trash Wheel. Mr. Trash Wheel is a self-navigating boat that steers around the harbor and picks up trash. It runs on solar power and uses a conveyor …

Measuring the Earth
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Circumference is the distance around a curved object like a tennis ball or an orange. Measuring the circumference of everyday objects is not difficult. To measure the circumference of a grapefruit, for example, you might wrap a measuring tape or piece of string around it. But what if you wanted to measure the circumference of the Earth? Would you have …

The Science of 3D Movies
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

The lights in the movie theater go down. A message appears on the screen that reminds you to put on your special glasses. Suddenly, the picture comes to life in three dimensions! Like magic, shapes and colors burst into the space between you and the screen. It is a wondrous experience. 3D movies may seem like cutting-edge technology, but you …

Jadav’s Forest
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

In a small forest hut outside a tiny village in eastern India lives a man named Jadav Payeng. Jadav has lived in this rural region of India for his entire life. He raises cattle, and his only source of income is the milk they produce. But despite his humble life, Jadav is admired across the world. When Jadav was 16, …

A Bright Idea
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Most of us don’t have to worry very much about the safety of our water. We turn on the faucet and, like magic, out flows clean pure water. But what if you find yourself far from the comforts of home? For example, you might be camping in the woods. Or you may be traveling in a country that lacks clean …

A Solution for Better Sleep
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

What is the last thing you see before falling asleep at night? A page of a book? The fuzzy nose of a teddy bear? Or is it the screen on an electronic device? New research suggests that viewing a screen just before falling asleep can be harmful. That is because electronic device screens emit blue light. This blue light interrupts …

A Historical Myth
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

Some historical myths are hard to get rid of. For example, Vikings didn’t wear helmets with horns on them. Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb; he just borrowed the idea. George Washington never cut down a cherry tree. One particularly false story has to do with Christopher Columbus, the explorer who sailed to the Americas in 1492. The story …