High Interest Reading Activities with Games and Activities...
Reading Skills
  4B Science  

Do you know how magnets work? Do you know why the ocean is salty? Or what's the difference between fruits and vegetables? Do you what Rayleigh Scattering is? Reading Skills 5A is a collection of nonfiction passages with interactive learning activities, written by children's author Marne Ventura, M.A. and developed by Fred Ventura, Ph.D. This app is the first in the Reading Skills Series published by Ventura Educational Systems.

Reading Skills 5A - Science

Welcome to Reading Skills 5A Science. This app presents twelve high-interest passages with stories and information about science topics at the fifth grade reading level. Each passage is followed by three activities to help readers strengthen their reading skills.

Understanding informational text is essential to literacy. To help young readers develop this skill, twelve fun, high-interest passages about genetics, earth science, botany, electromagnetism and more, written at the fifth grade reading level, are presented.

Reading Skills 5A - Overview

Each passage is followed by three engaging activities based on the following Common Core Standards for Grade 5 Language Arts:

Multiple Meaning Words
Fact vs. Opinion
Main Idea and Supporting Ideas
Author's Purpose
Drawing Conclusions
Compare and Contrast
Synonyms and Antonyms
Using Text Features

Reading Skills 5A


Engaging Content

Why is the ocean salty? How do magnets work? What's the different between fruits and vegetables? These are just a few of the fascinating topics presented in the reading passages for this app.



As students work with this educational app they will improve and strengthen their reading skills. Each high-interest reading passage about mathematics has follow-up activities to help build vocabulary and enhance comprehension.

Using Reading Skills 5A provides three follow-up activities for each of the 12 passages:

  • Word Fun - is a word game where a clue is given along with the scrambled letters of a vocabulary word from the passage. The challenge for the student is to unscramble the letters to spell the word.
  • Fact Check - is a activity designed to help improve recall and comprehension. When doing this activity students will read a statement and tap either True or False based on the facts presented in the passage.
  • Skills Practice - is a activity where questions based on the selected passage is presented. Students demonstrate their reading comprehension skills by answering multiple choice questions.
  • High-Interest Content about Math Related Topics
  • Interactive Activities to Build and Reinforce Reading Skills
  • Supports Common Core Reading Objectives
  • Focuses on Learning by Doing Strategies
  • Engaging Reading Activities Presented in an Open-ended Learning Environment
  • On/Off Options and Controls for Various Features

Improve Reading Skills

Reading Skills 5A is designed to help develop and improve reading skills. Using simple gestures students move from one reading activity to another. By either dragging letter tiles or tapping the screen, students improve vocabulary and spelling, demonstrate their ability to recognize the main idea and supporting details. The practice summarizing reading material and in general practice a variety of skills essential for reading comprehension.

The Fact Check activity presents a statement based on the content of the selected reading passage. Students indicate either True or False for the statement by tapping an icon.


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Build Vocabulary and Spelling Skills

Students enjoy games. Word Fun is an activity where students unscramble letter tiles to spell the a vocabulary word taken from the reading passage.

  • Slide letter tiles to spell vocabulary words.
  • Complete the activity by earning 10 gold stars
  • Vocabulary words are pronounced.


The Skills Practice activity focuses on a variety of reading skills including finding the main idea, locating supporting details, and determining the author's purpose.



Understanding informational text is essential to literacy. To help young readers develop this skill, twelve fun, high-interest passages about science, genetics, earth science, botany, physics, electromagnetism, written at the fifth grade reading level, are presented:

  • Mendel's Genetics
  • Why is the Ocean Salty?
  • Fruit or Vegetable?
  • Rayleigh Scattering
  • The Earth's Layers
  • How do Magnets Work?
  • The Earth's Layers
  • How Does Hail Form?
  • What is a Calorie?
  • Where are the Monarchs?
  • Structure of a Cell
  • Hearing and Sound Waves
  • Simple Machines

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Teachers can use the Scoreboard feature to keep track of student performance as they work their way through all the passages and activities.

Reading Skills 5A is Now Available at the Apple iTunes Store.