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  Power Pairs
Grades 1 to 4
Better Together: Fiction and Nonfiction Pairs Boost Students' Engagement and Comprehension

102 Power Pairs Cover Popular Science, Social Studies, and Math Themes

  • CREATE a dynamic learning environment, while increasing comprehension with 102 Fiction/Nonfiction Thematic Power Pairs, available in Print, E-Book, and Audio formats.
  • INTRODUCE a topic with the Fiction book, and reinforce it with the Nonfiction book.
  • INCORPORATE vocabulary, comprehension, and writing strategies into content area instruction.

Why Pair Fiction and Nonfiction Texts?

  • DIFFERENTIATE instruction to support struggling readers in accessing content in a variety of genres.
  • PROVIDE a bridge between fictional characters, settings, and problems to people, places, and problems of the real world.
  • DEVELOP background knowledge, literacy, and writing skills.
  • INCREASE students' vocabulary and improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Student Books
Available in Print, E-Book, and Audio Formats
  • Each of the 34 Theme Sets include one Fiction/Nonfiction pair each of Below-, On, and Above-Level titles.
  • Engage students and build their background knowledge with Fiction titles.
  • Meet content standards and increase students' vocabulary and comprehension with Nonfiction titles.
  • Discuss the Power Pairs books using the "Think About It" questions on the inside back cover of each Student Book.

Lesson Plans
Differentiate Instruction and Meet the Needs of Every Student.
  • Valuable instruction for using the Fiction and Nonfiction title together
  • Individual instruction for each title that includes reviewing the key themes and Close Reading prompts
  • Optional Writing Activities about each topic
  • 3 Blackline Master Activities (1 for each title and 1 connecting the pair)
  • Strategies for working with English Language Learners
  • Take a Look Inside! Download a FREE Lesson Plan sampler.


Teaching Strategies for Fiction and Nonfiction Paired Sets
Create a Dynamic Learning Environment and Increase Comprehension

Look Inside!

E-Books Available
Perfect for whole class and small group settings.
Download a Fiction Science E-Book Sample.
Download a Fiction Science E-Book Sample.
(600 KB)
  Download an E-Book Sample.
Download a Nonfiction Science E-Book Sample.
(1.5 MB)
  Download an E-Book Sample.
Download a Fiction Social Studies E-Book Sample.
(550 KB)
  Download an E-Book Sample.
Download a Nonfiction Social Studies E-Book Sample.
(1.3 MB)

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Power Pairs Teacher Guide Sampler
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Lesson Plan samples.


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Teaching Strategies for Fiction/Nonfiction Pairs.


Titles in this Series Guided Reading Level Lexile® Interest Level
Power Pairs Science Theme Sets D - R 220L - 870L 1 - 4
Power Pairs Social Studies Theme Sets D - R 220L - 970L 1 - 4
Power Pairs Math Theme Sets D - N 210L - 790L 1 - 4

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