Grade 5 Familiar Texts for Instructionally Embedded Model States

DLM Familiar Texts are provided for use during shared reading instruction. During shared reading instruction, adults work to maximize student engagement and interaction, while asking very few direct questions. This is especially important for students who are completing DLM testlets at the Initial Precursor linkage level. These students struggle with engagement and communication. As such, adults have to work to recruit and sustain student interest and engagement while teaching them to communicate using gestures, images in the book, and objects. Shared reading interactions can also help students learn to respond to simple yes/no questions using a gesture or movement (e.g., head shake/nod, looking up/down, hand up/down).

You can learn more about shared reading by completing these DLM Professional Development modules:
Shared Reading Online Self-directed Module
Shared Reading Facilitated Module Materials for Groups

Or the modules and supports provided by our partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at

About Grade 5 Familiar Texts (pdf)

Texts with an asterisk (*) contain material that some students may find sensitive.


Breakfast on the Mountain*
Grandfather Helps His Neighbors
Heidi Goes Home
Heidi in the City*
Heidi Learns to Read
On the Mountain
Visiting Clara
Visiting Friends

Informational Texts
Living on the Mountain
Weather is Amazing

Tuck Everlasting

Dinner with the Tucks
The Spring*
Toad Escapes
Winnie Goes Exploring

Informational Texts
Arts and Crafts
Things that Grow

The Secret Garden

Gifts from Grandma
Mary and Colin*
Mary Goes Exploring*
Mary Home Alone*

Informational Texts
Be Polite*
Families Everywhere
Kinds of Gardens