• Year Levels F–5
  • Curriculum ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
  • Subject Science
  • Resource Formats Print, Digital
  • Learning Focus Independent reading, Take-home reading

What it is

Science Readers is a series of high interest, levelled informational texts and thoughtfully designed lesson plans for learners in K–5. They span across science strands and skills that include:

  • biological sciences
  • physical science
  • Earth and space science
  • scientific practices.

Science Readers are available as year-level kits. Each kit contains:

  • 96 books (16 individual titles, 6 copies of each)
  • a teacher's guide with easy-to-implement lessons and activities
  • access to digital resources including interactive eBooks, reproducible student activity pages and audio recordings.

How it helps


High-quality visual design: Engage learners with science readers featuring dynamic photos, charts, illustrations, and sidebars.

Support for active learning: Use simple hands-on science experiments to keep learners motivated while they read and comprehend science content.

Integrate science and literacy instruction: Learners will explore, collaborate, inquire, and think critically about science while growing as readers and writers.


Cultivate an inquiry-based environment: Rely on content developed to support STEM education and the 5E Instructional Model.

Simplify lesson preparation: Minimise planning time with carefully thought-out lesson plans addressing literacy and science objectives plus multiple assessment types and differentiation strategies.

Innovative digital learning: Increase learner engagement by integrating technology into instruction with eBooks, audio recordings of books, and additional digital resources.

What it includes

Discover how Science Readers improve teaching outcomes.


Student materials

Provide students with access to high-quality informational text partnered with scientific investigations.

  • The books cover the three strands of science: biological, physical, and Earth and space.
  • One book in each kit is devoted completely to scientific practices.
  • Sixteen titles, six copies each, 24–32 pages per book in print and digital formats.
  • Multiple texts around common themes build conceptual knowledge.
  • Features hands-on lab activities to engage students in the scientific content and authenticate their learning.


Teacher materials

Easy-to-implement lessons and activities foster students' curiosity about the world around them.

  • To further meet the needs of students and teachers, the lessons and activities support STEM instruction and are aligned to the Next Science Readers Generation Science Standards.
  • Easy-to-implement teacher guided lessons that address both literacy and science objectives.
  • Lessons come with a three-part framework: before-, during-, and after-reading strategies.
  • Includes introductory and lab activities to develop academic vocabulary and strategies to authentically assess student learning. Multiple assessment types help guide instruction.


Digital materials

  • Interactive eBooks feature tools and activities to allow students to interact with the text to extend learning.
  • Audio recordings of the books to model fluent and expressive reading.
  • PDF formats of each book and reproducible student activity pages to maximise teacher planning time and allow for flexible or distance learning.

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