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Reading Programs & Resources

Scholastic EMS

Category: Reading Programs

For Ages:

4 - 8


K - 2

A comprehensive STEM focused graded literacy program to develop successful readers​

About Scholastic EMS Readers

A comprehensive STEM focused graded literacy program featuring fiction and non-fiction readers to spark the love of reading for children aged 4 - 8. It effectively links literacy and numeracy in a fun and meaningful context that is relatable to real life situations.

This program aims to: 

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E M S  Readers – English

Develop 5 essential skills areas to become successful readers

EMS Readers highlights both fiction and nonfiction books while also incorporating the 5 key components of reading.

The National Reading Panel has identified the “5 pillars of reading” as essential skills readers need to learn to read, and these components are the basic requirements of any quality literacy program.


Improve retention through visual communication

Studies have shown that visual communication is an effective teaching approach to generate better learning performance.

  • Generate clear messages with the use of visuals.
  • Enhance memory by helping students recall, retain and retrieve content learned.
  • Students build comprehension from what they see and read.
  • Motivate learning with interest for better learning outcome.

EMS Readers – Mathematics

Develop Critical Thinking via the Problem-Solving Process

Introduce students to mathematics in the context of delightful stories. Students will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between math and things in their world.
  • Develop understanding of mathematical processes and concepts through literacy and numeracy in a fun and meaningful way.
Shows mathematic context using relatable stories.
Develop mathematical concepts and mathematical processes (strategies for problem-solving, asking questions, justifying, estimating, using logical reasoning, communicating).


Improve Understanding Through Creative Thinking

Cultivate 21st century competencies through critical thinking questions to construct understanding of the various dimensions of mathematics.

  • Strong emphasis on counting and numbers.
  • Help students link new ideas to ones they already understand.


Students develop number sense, an understanding of how numbers work, rather than have them simply memorize rules and facts.

EMS  Readers – Science 

Build Scientific Knowledge for the Next Generation

EMS Readers sparks students' natural curiosity, build understanding of scientific concepts and expand their opportunities to understand the things around them.

Connect to real-life situations where students can relate and be curious to learn more. 
Students understand the nature of Science with varying text types to develop a broader perspective.


Build Curiosity and an Inquisitive Mind

Help students grasp and understand science concepts while building an inquiring mind in the pursuit of knowledge, encouraging the ability to apply practical skills in their daily lives. 

Encourages students to be inquisitive, to explore their imagination and produce their own imaginative solutions.
The program provides a learning environment where students have the opportunity to communicate their views openly, without bias.

Teaching Support

Support Teaching Experience with Easy-to-Use Resources

Comprehensive teaching notes with targeted instructions to facilitate teaching.
Printable activities and flash cards are ready-to-use to further develop understanding and concepts.
Printable activities and flash cards are ready-to-use to further develop understanding and concepts.

Learning Outcomes

At Kindergarten level, students will be able to build vocabulary knowledge and understand concepts learned.

At Grade 1 level, students will be able to build sentences, develop fluency and be able to communicate while also understanding the concepts introduced and develop problem solving skills.

At Grade 2 level, students will be able to communicate confidently, develop analytical skills and articulate the concepts introduced with deeper comprehension.