Most of the reading that we do in real life is non-fiction although most classroom programs focus mainly on reading fiction materials. Correct this imbalance and incorporate the 21 non-fiction stories found in this resource to develop and strengthen inquiry and research skills. The ability to read and understand non-fiction is a vital skill for young children as they progress toward inquiry skills and research. The three levels of reading material allows students who are below, at, or above grade level to participate in the activities. Each subject area covers the following reading format: Before I Read which develops reasoning, critical thinking skills, and vocabulary development skills to be used prior to reading the passage. Story topics include: Hiccups, Creatures of the Night, Ghost Fish, Daring Longship Sailors, Ice on the Move and Deep, Dark, and Mysterious. Supports Common Core Standards for Reading, Literature and Informational Text.