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Grow Your Mindset!
ReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) Mike waited and waited. Was it going to be good news or bad news? Who would be in, and who would be out? Would he make the team or not? Finally, the coach put two lists on the door of the school gym. Mike looked... Read more
20 Word Learning Tips
ReadOasis Step 2 Learning new words is a big part of learning any language. In English, well-educated native speakers know around 20,000 word families. That?s a lot! To read well in English without dictionary support, you need to know about 8,000 to 9,000 word families. That?s a lot, too.... Read more
Rachel Carson, Nature Writer
ReadOasis Step 2 Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 ? April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and nature writer. She started her career working for the government. She worked to take care of fish, animals, and the environment. But in the 1950s, she became a full-time nature writer.... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Professor Harry Harlow thought that he had created a difficult puzzle. He placed a hinge on a block of wood. A hook held the hinge closed. A pin blocked the movement of the hook. To open the hinge you first had to remove the... Read more
Happiness in 59 Seconds (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Jim sat into a soft, red chair. He looked down, and then he started to cry. "Am I asking too much?" he said. "I just want to be happy." Dr. Jones gave Jim a box of paper tissues. "Thank you," said Jim as he took the... Read more
The Story of Aspirin
ReadOasis Step 3 For Jim, the morning started in pain. It was a sharp pain in the front of his head. It hurt so bad that he found it hard to get out of bed. But he had to get up because today was another busy day at work. He... Read more
Ben Franklin’s Curious Kite (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) ?Quick! A storm is coming! 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... Read more
The Rabbit Explosions
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 4 It is the year 1859. Thomas Austin is a sheep rancher in Australia. He wants to hunt rabbits on his ranch, but he faces a problem: there are no rabbits in Australia. So, he decides to import some rabbits all the way from... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Lake Hume at 4% by suburbanbloke (Creative Commons License) Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar, near the border of India. 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... Read more
The Happiest Country
ReadOasis Step 2 The place smelled of death and sadness, the place where police keep dead bodies. And Jose Garcia sat and cried as he waited. Violent men killed Jose's brother. And Jose came to this place to get his brother's body. Jose spoke of his violent city with... Read more
The Smartest Dog in the World (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Chaser with Neil Degrasse Tyson on ABC Television Dr. John Pilley felt sad. For many years, he worked with Yasha. He worked with Yasha as a scientist, but they were also best friends. As time passed, Yasha became very sick. Dr. Pilley tried to help Yasha,... Read more
Spreading Deadly Ebola
ReadOasis Step 3 Patrick Sawyer was in danger, but he didn?t know it. He was in Liberia and working for the government. During that time, he was caring for his sister. She was extremely sick and getting worse every day. On July 7, 2014, Patrick?s sister died. The cause... Read more
The Singularity (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Ashley was born on March 7, 2027. It's her birthday today, and she is 18 years old. Her birthday present will be a new computer. Her budget is 1,000 dollars, and today (March 7, 2045), this money will buy her a very powerful machine. In fact,... Read more
Roentgen and the Discovery of X-rays
ReadOasis Step 2 When she saw her the bones in her hand she said "I have seen my death!" Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) was a German scientist who discovered x-rays. This was a great advance for physics and medicine, and it earned Roentgen the Nobel Prize in 1901. In November 1895,... Read more
What is Health?
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 1 A doctor was checking an older woman. When he finished, the doctor told her, "You're in good health. You'll live to be 80." "But doctor," the woman said, "I am 80 right now." With a smile, the doctor answered, "See, what did... Read more
The Beautiful Bird
ReadOasis Step 3 The forest was thick, and the grass was tall. We walked quietly and carefully by the bank of the river. We were in the shade of the trees, but the river danced with the light of the afternoon sun. "Watch out for snakes," my father said... Read more
ET and Intelligent Life
ReadOasis Step 2 The film ET warmed the hearts of millions of children and adults. It was funny and exciting. And it told a hopeful story about love and friendship. In one scene, ET points his finger to the sky. And he says, "ET phone home." This simple phrase... Read more
Habit Power (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Will walked into the large office area and looked around. He was carrying a cup of coffee, and he spilled some on his hand. ?Ouch!? he said. ?That?s hot!? He looked around, but all the other workers were busy. They didn't even notice him. He walked over to... Read more
The Rules of Elite Success
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The computer sat in a funny little room at the Lakeside School in Seattle. It was a gift from the Mother?s Club. Costing $3,000, it was expensive at the time. But the mothers wanted the students to have a computer so they could have... Read more
Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 A great tree comes from a small seed, and from small beginnings come great things. Gregor wanted to solve a problem. It was a big and important problem. But he was not a big and important man. And he was not studying... Read more