Reading Essentials® In Science

Reading Essentials® In Science

Grades K–8 | Guided Reading Level A–Z | Lexile Level BR–1110

Develop informational reading skills with curricular-aligned science books!

Develop reading proficiency through research-based teaching strategies. Build skills in content-area comprehension of informational text, a critical component of state tests. Student books are closely correlated to state standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

A high-impact visual design captures interest, directing attention to critical textual elements. Students develop informational reading skills, including technical vocabulary, expository text structures, informational text features, and critical reading skills.

I think the book is great! I especially like the glossary/index and vocabulary list. The pictures are really nice and the text is very readable! I will look for your catalog next year, as nonfiction reading in the content areas has become a focus in our building...

Mike Laub, Special Education Teacher

Clinton Elementary, West Seneca, New York

Titles in This Program


Digital Library

Grade K Collections

Grade 1 Collections

Grade 2 Collections

Grades 3-5 Collections

Grades 5-8 Collections

Program Features & Resources


217 Leveled Texts

  • Kindergarten
    8-page books cover Guided Reading Levels A/B through D/E and Lexile Levels BR through 460.

  • Grade 1
    16-page books cover Guided Reading Levels F/G through I/J and Lexile Levels BR through 750.

  • Grade 2
    24-page books cover Guided Reading Levels J/K through N/O and Lexile Levels 420 through 820.

  • Grades 3-5
    24-40 page books cover Guided Reading Levels M/N through U and Lexile Levels 750 through 960.

  • Grades 5-8
    32-48 page books cover Guided Reading Levels T through Z and Lexile Levels 720 through 1040.

Science Features

  • In-depth, yet accessible explanations of science topics.
  • Science topics aligned with state standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Experiments using the scientific method.
  • Introduction to scientists of significance.
  • Focus on technology advancements.

Informational Reading Skills Features

  • Headings, subheadings, photos, timelines, charts, and more.
  • Develops technical vocabulary.
  • Introduces various expository text structures.
  • Provides practice of critical informational reading skills.
  • Develops informational reading skills, including
    —cause and effect
    —relating visuals to text
    —compare and contrast
    and more

FREE Teaching Support

All purchases of print or eBooks include access to title-specific teacher resources.

Digital Library

Includes eBook editions of all Reading Essentials in Science titles and title-specific teacher support.
All teachers, all students—unlimited building access for one year.


Includes one softcover copy of each title in a set and FREE teacher resources.


Individual titles are sold in softcover 6-packs conveniently packaged in a storage bag.

Teacher Materials

FREE Teaching Support

  • All purchases of print or eBooks include access to title-specific teacher resources.

Grades K–2

  • Title-specific Lesson Cards include before-, during-, and after-reading activities (grades K and 1 titles) including science-specific background information (grade 1 titles only).
  • Text reproducibles for fluency practice and assessment (grade 2 titles only).
  • Title-specific literacy and content-area reproducibles (grade 2 titles only).
  • Title-specific multiple-choice summative assessments (grade 2 titles only).

Grades 3–8

  • Teaching and Assessment Resources include strategies, activities, and information to improve comprehension
    —prereading ideas
    —reading, writing, vocabulary, and content-area activities
    —content-area vocabulary-building exercises
    —project ideas and experiments
    —strategies for use with English Language Learners
    —an objective test for each title

Teaching Content-Area Literacy Strategies Resource

Research-based strategies teach content-area literacy before, during, and after reading and with English Language Learners.

Look Inside

Sample Pages

Grades K–2

Weather Changes
Student Book | Lesson Card

Student Book | Lesson Card

Student Book | Lesson Card

Grades 3–8

Student Book

Consumption and Waste
Student Book

Chemical Energy
Student Book

The Earth
Student Book

Teaching and Assessment Resource

Teaching Content-Area Literacy Strategies Resource




Common Core State Standards

Common Core English Language Arts Standards Science and Technical Subjects

Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Reading: Informational Text


Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Customer Reviews

"The Reading Essentials package will also be a great supplement to our curriculum in both reading and science. We are just starting to introduce a new "hands-on" science program that is not supported by text materials. Even though it aligns with the content standards, we did have some gaps. Reading Essentials in Science will help us fill those gaps."


Dover Elementary School, Westlake, Ohio