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FYI for KIDS

FYI for Kids is a collection of engaging and high-quality magazine articles designed to enhance the Common Core classroom’s reading repertoire.

The objective of this project is to demonstrate a type of text that is essential for increasing students’ engagement in and proficiency with complex texts—short engaging articles that communicate critical information.

Read the Frankly Freddy article on "FYI for Kids: Building Students' Capacity for Complex Text" to learn more.

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All FYI for Kids titles

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Geography & Economics

21 April 2014

Surprises Inside a Rock

What are geodes and how do they form? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: Surprises Inside a Rock.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Geography & Economics

21 April 2014

New Animal Species

What new animals species have been discovered and where do they live? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: New Animal Species.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Heroes

21 April 2014

A Hero Who Gives Things Away

How does Cameron Payne give back to his community? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: A Hero Who Gives Things Away.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Heroes

21 April 2014

From Grease to Gold

How did Cassandra Lin recycle used cooking oil to help her community? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: From Grease to Gold.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Science
Theme
Physical Science

21 April 2014

Can People Live on the Moon?

What can plants teach us about living on the moon? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: Can People Live on the Moon.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Science
Theme
Physical Science

21 April 2014

Why Do Things Move?

Can a soccer ball stay in motion forever? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: Why Do Things Move?

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Science
Theme
Physical Science

21 April 2014

Grip and Glide With Friction

Why does a basketball roll faster on a basketball court than on the grass? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: Grip and Glide With Friction.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Science
Theme
Physical Science

21 April 2014

Lasers: The Power of Light

What are lasers and what do they do? Let’s find out with FYI for Kids: Lasers:The Power of Light.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Geography & Economics

12 March 2014

Adding Up Pennies

What would happen if there were no more pennies? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Adding up Pennies.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
History

12 March 2014

What Makes a Wall Great?

Why was the Great Wall of China built? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: What Makes a Wall Great?

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Science
Theme
Earth Science

12 March 2014

Bigger Than an Elephant

Can plants really be bigger than elephants? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Bigger Than an Elephant.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Inventors

12 March 2014

Young Inventors: Jack Andraka

How is Jack Andraka changing the way doctors find cancer cells? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Young Inventors: Jack Andraka.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Culture

12 March 2014

Kites: Dancers in the Wind

How have kites been used around the world? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Kites: Dancers in the Wind.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Science
Theme
Earth Science

12 March 2014

How Insects Live in Winter

How do insects survive in the winter? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: How Insects Live in Winter.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Geography & Economics

12 March 2014

Minding Your Business

What do you do when you have an idea for a business?  Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Minding Your Business.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Culture

12 March 2014

Raisins: A Sweet Treat

Where do raisins come from and how did they get so sweet? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Raisins: A Sweet Treat.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Culture

12 March 2014

Hula: Dance That Tells a Story

Where did hula dancing come from and how does someone tell stories with dancing? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Hula: Dance That Tells a Story.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Inventors

12 March 2014

Young Inventors: Caine Monroy

What does cardboard boxes plus imagination equal? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Young Inventors: Caine Monroy.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Sports & Games

9 February 2014

Video Games for Work and Play

What kind of video games do people use for work or for play? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Video Games for Work and Play.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Word Study

5 February 2014

The Hidden Meanings of Names

Which states were named after people? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: The Hidden Meanings of Names.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Civics

5 February 2014

Voting Makes a Difference

How does voting help a group of people decide what to do? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Voting Makes a Difference.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
History

5 February 2014

Power to the People

What is absolute power and what did it mean for the people of a country? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Power to the People.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Civics

5 February 2014

Get Involved in Your Community

What can you do to help your community? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Get Involved in Your Community.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Sports & Games

5 February 2014

Keeping Your Feet on the Ground

How do different kinds of shoes help people play sports? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Keeping Your Feet on the Ground.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Civics

5 February 2014

Write a Letter to Congress

How does writing a letter to Congress help your community? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Write a Letter to Congress.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Sports & Games

5 February 2014

Staying Safe in Sports

What might you wear to stay safe while playing sports? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Styaing Safe in Sports.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Art

5 February 2014

Painting on the Walls

What kinds of art have archaeologists found on cave walls? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Painting on the Walls.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Sports & Games

5 February 2014

Checkers: A Very Old Game

How long have people played checkers? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Checkers: A Very Old Game.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Science
Theme
Earth Science

5 February 2014

An Island is Born

What are mud volcanos and how do they make new islands? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: An Island is Born.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Sports & Games

5 February 2014

Chess: A Game of Kings and Queens

How do you win in a game of chess? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Chess: A Game of Kings and Queens.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Art

29 October 2013

Quilts: Pieces of Art

What keeps us warm and is also art? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Quilts: Pieces of Art.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Word Study

29 October 2013

The Wide World of Bread

How important is bread to people around the world? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: The Wide World of Bread.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Word Study

29 October 2013

Noodles Around the World

How many different kinds of noodles are there in the world? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Noodles Around the World.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Heroes

29 October 2013

Changing Lives, One Cow at a Time

How does giving someone a cow make a difference? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Changing Lives, One Cow at a Time.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Science
Theme
Earth Science

29 October 2013

Beavers and the Environment

How do beavers help and destroy the environment? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Beavers and the Environment.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Music

29 October 2013

Stringing Along

What are string instruments? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Stringing Along.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Music

29 October 2013

Pianos: The Loud and the Soft

Why are pianos known as a percussion instrument if they have strings? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Pianos: The Loud and the Soft.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Art

29 October 2013

The Art of Recycling

Can you make art with recycled materials? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: The Art of Recycling.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Music

29 October 2013

Guitars: The Kings of Rock

When did guitars become popular? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Guitars: The Kings of Rock.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Art

29 October 2013

Stained Glass: Painting With Sunlight

Why were stained glass an important part of churches? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Stained Glass: Painting With Sunlight.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Word Study

14 August 2013

The Colors of English

Where did we get the words we use to describe color? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: The Color of English.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Science
Theme
Physical Science

14 August 2013

What's Out There?

What spacecrafts have traveled the farthest from Earth? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: What's Out There?.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Heroes

14 August 2013

Young Heroes: Katie Stagliano's Dream

How did Katie Stagliano combine gardening and helping her community? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Young Heroes: Katie Stagliano's Dream.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Word Study

14 August 2013

What's Your Name?

Where do we get words that describe new technology? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: What's Your Name?

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Music

13 August 2013

Drums: Keep the Beat

What are drums made of and how do people use them to make music? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Drums.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
History

13 August 2013

Life in a Medieval Castle

What would it be like to live in a castle? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Life in a Medieval Castle.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Music

13 August 2013

Horns: The Sound of the Wind

What are horn instruments? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Horns: The Sound of the Wind.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Fashion & Crafts

13 August 2013

Flip-Flops

Are there different kinds of flip-flops? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Flip-Flops.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
History

13 August 2013

Red Alert! The British Are Coming!

Why was the British army called redcoats? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Red Alert! The British Are Coming!

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Heroes

13 August 2013

On Guard! Junior Lifeguards

What kind of skills do junior lifeguards learn in order to keep people safe at the ocean? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: On Guard! Junior Lifeguards.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Culture

28 June 2013

Working Dogs

How do dogs help people? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Working Dogs.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Art

28 June 2013

Poster That Pop

Why do artists make colorful posters? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Posters That Pop.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Fashion & Crafts

28 June 2013

Cool Hats

What's so cool about hats? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Cool Hats.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Geography & Economics

28 June 2013

Midnight Sun and Northern Lights

It's midnight and it's still light out? What's going on? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Midnight Sun and Northern Lights.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Inventors

28 June 2013

Young Inventors: Chester Greenwood

How did Chester Greenwood's cold ears help us stay warm in the winter? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Young Inventors: Chester Greenwood.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Word Study

28 June 2013

Nicknames

Do you have a nickname? What's a nickname? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Nicknames.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
History

28 June 2013

Sammy Lee: Olympic Diver

How did discrimination and the Korean War keep Sammy Lee from his favorite sport? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Sammy Lee: Olympic Diver.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Text Study

28 June 2013

Tall Tales

What are tall tales and how do they help people forget their troubles? Let's find out FYI for Kids: Tall Tales.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
History

28 June 2013

Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King worked alongside her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr, on the fight for civil rights for all Americans. How did she carry on the fight after his death? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Coretta Scott King.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Text Study

28 June 2013

Monster Stories

The Loch Ness monster isn't real. Right? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Monster Stories.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Art

15 April 2013

Nesting Dolls

How are dolls a kind of folk art? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Nesting Dolls.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Science
Theme
Life Science

12 April 2013

Bird Nests

How do birds keep their eggs and baby birds safe? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Bird Nests.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Science
Theme
Earth Science

12 April 2013

Going With the Flow

When it rains, where does the water go? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Going With the Flow.

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Complexity Level
1
Content Area
Art & Music
Theme
Art

12 April 2013

Posters Over Time

Why did people make posters? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Posters Over Time.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Science
Theme
Life Science

12 April 2013

Bats

Are bats a different kind of bird? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Bats.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Text Study

12 April 2013

Fractured Fairy Tales

What are fractured fairy tales? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Fractured Fairy Tales.

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Complexity Level
2
Content Area
Social Studies
Theme
Culture

12 April 2013

Totem Poles

How are totem poles important in Native American culture? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Totem Poles.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Text Study

12 April 2013

Greek Mythology

Are Greek myths stories or are they real events that happened long ago? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Greek Mythology.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Language Studies
Theme
Word Study

12 April 2013

Putting Two Words Together

Any word that has "ball" in it means it has something to do with a ball (a round toy that people play with), right? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Putting Two Words Together.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Sports & Games

12 April 2013

Bats in Sports

How many different kinds of bats are there? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Bats.

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Complexity Level
3
Content Area
Science
Theme
Life Science

12 April 2013

Moles

What are moles? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Moles.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Science
Theme
Life Science

12 April 2013

Bison

Are bison and buffalo the same animal? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Bison.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Inventors

12 April 2013

Young Inventors: Louis Braille

Why did Louis Braille invent a writing system for the blind and visually impaired? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Louis Braille.

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Complexity Level
4
Content Area
Science
Theme
Life Science

12 April 2013

Standing on Your Own

Not all babies are able to walk, swim or fly on their own as soon as they are born. How do mothers or fathers move their babies around? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Standing on Your Own.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Human Interest
Theme
Young Heroes

12 April 2013

Young Heroes: Rachel Beckwith

How did a child's birthday wish change communities halfway across the world? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: A Birthday Wish: Rachel Beckwith.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Science
Theme
Life Science

12 April 2013

Counting Animals

Why do scientist need to know how many animals there are in the world? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: Counting Animals.

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Complexity Level
5
Content Area
Science
Theme
Earth Science

12 April 2013

The Tides

How does the tides affect the animals and plants that live on the beach? Let's find out with FYI for Kids: The Tides.

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