The First National Park
ReadOasis Step 1 A national park is an important place protected by the government. Governments make national parks to protect historical and beautiful places. They want people to enjoy these places, and they want to preserve wildlife. The first national park in the U.S. is called Yellowstone. It was... Read more
Six Keys to a Healthy Life
ReadOasis Step 3 Jeanne Calment was a French woman who lived 122 years. She was born in 1875 and died in 1997. Many records verify her age, and they show that she lived longer than any other human being. At age 85, she started to learn the sport of... Read more
Get Grit! (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Angela Duckworth at TED Angela is smart and talented. But those are not her best qualities. In her first year at Harvard University, she took a course in biology. But she failed the first big tests, and she was getting an F in the class. She... Read more
Happy to Write
ReadOasis Step 2 Mr. Sully stood in front of the class. His old, blue suit looked dirty and worn. His white shirt was turning brown. And his white socks looked gray inside his black shoes. He started speaking. But the class was not listening. He waved his hands to... Read more
Get Power with Body Language (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 "Power posing actually causes people to become more powerful." -- Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy: Wonder Woman Pose (by Thatcher Cook) It was 4:00 A.M, and the sky was black as night. A single car was moving down a long and narrow road. Three young college girls... Read more
Captain Cousteau
ReadOasis Step 3 Jacques Cousteau (June 11, 1910 - June 25, 1997) studied the sea and all forms of life in the water. He was a French naval officer, explorer, scientist, photographer, author, and film producer. "Captain Cousteau," as people called him, became widely known because of his many... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 1)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 1 Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a quiet place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this far off village, but it is not... Read more
A Little Sleep is Better Than Coffee (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 It has been a long day. You are tired from work and study. What should you do? Many people drink coffee or a power drink. But a new study suggests this. A short sleep might be better than a cup of coffee. Researchers studied caffeine. Caffeine... Read more
Hot States
Youtube Video by Dan Ariely ReadOasis Step 3 When emotions take over, we become different people. In fact, we become so different that it’s hard for us to recognize ourselves and realize what we could be doing in this other state. So for example you could make all the... Read more
Einstein Equals Genius
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Albert’s father pulled the compass out of his pocket. He placed it on the table. The needle moved and then stopped, facing north as it always did. It was pulled by an invisible force, a magnetic field. For young Albert, the magnetic field that... Read more
The Trial of Galileo (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Ideas on Trial Galileo was old, weak, and ill. But he had to make the 200 mile journey to Rome in the middle of winter. Why all this trouble? The leader of the Church, the Pope, demanded it. Galileo must go on trial for... Read more
Wolves and the Balance of Nature
ReadOasis Step 2 Yellowstone is a large park in the northern US. It became a National Park in 1872. This means the government protects the natural beauty and animals of the park. But in 1914, the government paid to kill all the predators in Yellowstone. Predators eat other animals.... Read more
Rules for Your Working Brain (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 The bell rings. Students close their books and start packing their bags. Raising his voice, Professor Jones says, “Remember to read Chapter 6 before next class, and your first report is due in 3 days!” Some students groan. Mar y hurries back to her room. She’s... Read more
How to Feel Happier
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 Creative Commons photo by Benjamin Smith This exercise is all about the power of smiling. Obviously you smile when you’re happy. However, research shows the opposite is also true. Smiling actually makes you feel happier. So each day, put a smile on... Read more
Global Warming Blues
ReadOasis Step 3 The sun shined white-hot. John could feel it, almost burning his skin. The air was thick and hard to breathe. The noise and smell of cars surrounded him in a cloud. He looked at his watch. "I'm late," he said to himself, and he started to... Read more
The Trial of Galileo (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was the middle of winter. Galileo was old, weak, and sick. But he had to make the 200 mile (320 kilometer) trip to Rome in the cold. Why all this trouble? The Head of the Roman Church said so. Galileo must go on... Read more
Ben Franklin’s Curious Kite
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) “Quick! It’s stormy outside! Maybe there will be thunder and lightning! Get the kite, and let’s go fly it in the storm!” Photo by GPTMC Imagine hearing these words from your father. You might think going out to play in a storm is fun,... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Doctor Harry Harlow made a difficult puzzle. At least he thought it was difficult. On a block of wood, he placed a metal catch called a hinge. A hinge is a piece of metal joined to a door. It allows the door to open... Read more
Dreams of the Moon
ReadOasis Step 2 On May 25, 1961, American President John F. Kennedy announced a big goal. He said, "I believe we should go to the moon." His plan was this. Land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth within 10 years. The goal was... Read more
Is Crying Good for You?
ReadOasis Step 2 Why do people cry? Maybe tears are good for us. Maybe they calm our minds and cleanse our bodies. Yet researchers have shown that crying can make people feel worse. Psychologists from the US and the Netherlands recently studied crying. They checked detailed descriptions of crying... Read more