Big Universe

High interest literature is critical to sparking a student’s love for reading, especially in the formative years. With award-winning Big Universe, you can access thousands of leveled eBooks and balanced literacy tools through their affordable, supplemental platform, which is available 24/7 on any device. Here’s some of this 2019 Cool Tool Award Winner’s great features: 

14,000+ leveled eBooks

  • Quality nonfiction and fiction leveled eBooks to support K–12 cross-curricular teaching and differentiated instruction
  • Wide variety, including Spanish, nonfiction-fiction pairs
    Approximately 66 percent of texts are for grades K–5; 22 percent are for grades 6–8; and 12 percent are for grades 9–12


Balanced literacy tools

  • Engaging reading practice opportunities, such as read alouds, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, writing workshops, and reading workshops
  • Integrated tools include embedded assessments with instant results, a student recommendation engine, and analytics to demonstrate reading growth
  • Ability to access the platform 24/7 from anywhere on any device
    Responsive design to adapt to all sizes, from smartphones to tablets, laptops, and whiteboards


Additional features to engage readers

  • Personal bookshelves for students to save and share their favorite texts
  • Powerful search functions to help teachers identify texts by genre, grade level, Lexile®, and other filters
  • Built-in lesson plans attached to individual books
  • Robust management tools for importing SIS data, reporting, content filtering, and other functions


And, it’s all research-backed. According to a 2014 study conducted by independent research firm SEG Measurement, fourth grade students who used Big Universe over a six-month period showed greater improvement in reading skills than comparable students who did not use the platform. Learn more


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