Social studies and science themes will drive reading instruction. Teachers will use picture books, novels, primary sources, non-fiction text, and articles at varying levels to meet the students' needs. In kindegarten through fourth grade, science topics will also be included in the integrated block. This interdisciplinary approach will enable the students to read more nonfiction, which is a shift required in the Common Core English/Language Arts Standards. It will also encourage the students to delve deeper into the content, leading to a better understanding of key social studies and science concepts.