Paul Revere | Short Reads

Paul Revere | Short Reads

PAUL REVERE On April 18, 1775, in the dark of night, Paul Revere awoke to pounding on his door. Friends brought news: British troops were on the move! Revere pulled on his clothes and jumped on a borrowed horse. Along with two other horsemen, he galloped from his home...

Exercise | Short Reads

Exercise | Short Reads

People exercise to keep healthy. They exercise to lose weight or to stay fit. They exercise to make their muscles bigger and stronger. Maybe you play soccer or some other sport for exercise. Getting exercise can be fun and can make you feel good.
Exercise is a big part of staying physically fit. People who are physically fit are alert and full of energy. Exercise can also help people handle stress. Exercise is especially good for children, teens, and older persons.

Eclipse | Short Reads

Eclipse | Short Reads

Imagine how frightened prehistoric people must have been when they saw a black disk covering up the Sun. This darkening of the Sun in the middle of the day is called an eclipse. The Moon can go dark in a similar way at night. Eclipses are caused by shadows.

Greatest Mysteries Series | Episode 3

Greatest Mysteries Series | Episode 3

Sometimes cultures leave behind mysteries that baffle those who come after them, from standing stones to coded manuscripts. Here are a few that have stood the test of time. This is a new episode form our Great Mysteries Series in which we will talk about many interesting and puzzling mysteries yet to be solved.

Alligators and Crocodiles | Short Reads

Alligators and Crocodiles | Short Reads

What is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? That’s kind of a trick question. “Crocodile” is a common name for an order, or large group, of animals called crocodilians. Alligators, caimans, and gavials are all crocodilians—but so are crocodiles.

Democracy | Short Reads

Democracy | Short Reads

When you play with friends, who gets to choose the game? Do you all decide together? Do each of you play a part in the decision? If so, you and your friends are a democracy.
Usually, when we speak of a democracy, we mean a country. In a democratic country, the people choose how they will be governed. Most of the time, they do this by electing leaders who run the government.

Swamps Features and Creatures | Word Power

Swamps Features and Creatures | Word Power

This is what we are going to talk about in today’s episode, Swamps Features and Creatures. There might be very few horror stories that did not employ the swamp as part of its creepy setting in one way or another. Swamps have been infamous for hosting dangerous, and according to most accounts in fiction, evil creatures, so people would usually get the chills whenever they pass by a swamp, or even worse, if they have to spend the night in a swamp. How much of that is true, and how much of it is pure fiction?

Marco Polo | Short Reads

Marco Polo | Short Reads

They called him “the man with a million stories.” People flocked to Marco Polo’s home to hear him tell exciting tales about his travels in distant lands.
Marco Polo won fame for his journeys across Asia. He wrote a book about his travels that became one of the most famous travel guides in history.

Ice Cream | Short Reads

Ice Cream | Short Reads

Ice cream is a frozen treat that comes in hundreds of flavors. What’s your favorite flavor? Is it vanilla? That’s the most popular flavor by far. Chocolate ranks second in popularity.
Ice cream is especially popular in the United States. In fact, Americans eat more ice cream than people in any other country.

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