New Reviews: Read Naturally Live

[Source: Read Naturally, Inc.]

[Source: Read Naturally, Inc.]

Read Naturally Live is a web-based program that provides differentiated instruction to meet the needs of struggling readers and second language learners in grades 1 through 8. The customizable program supports improved vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension through a system of repeated, timed student reading and includes ongoing phonics instruction in grades 1 through 3. Learning List has completed reviews for the web-based program in grades 1 through 8.

Read Naturally includes a web-based diagnostic assessment of oral reading fluency that ensures students start at the appropriate reading level. Instruction is sequential and addresses multiple reading levels for each elementary and middle school grade. At each reading level, the program provides 24 non-fiction texts that are grouped based on difficulty and include relevant, age-appropriate content. Diverse passages focus on history, science, and biography and address the challenges and accomplishments of real people from a range of backgrounds.

Click above to play the video. [Source;: Read Naturally]

Click above to play the video. [Source;: Read Naturally, Inc.]

Audio files help students learn the sounds of letters and the phonics and syllable patterns common to the English language. Through repeated timed readings, students practice decoding words at increasingly faster rates. Timing tools and quizzes allow teachers and students to measure improvements in reading comprehension and fluency. Headphones are recommended to reduce classroom distractions, and Spanish language translations are available for students in grades 1-4. See the video on the right for a brief overview.

About Read Naturally*

In 1989, Candyce Ihnot was a teacher, graduate student, wife, and mother of four active children (ages 18, 14, 12, and 6). That year, as part of her master’s program in special education, Candyce developed a unique and highly effective strategy to help struggling readers achieve fluency. She combined three research-proven methods (teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring) into a simple set of steps that would later become known as the Read Naturally Strategy. Eventually, this strategy would help millions of struggling students read more fluently. Along with her husband, Tom, a high school economics teacher and basketball coach, Candyce founded Read Naturally, Inc., in 1991.

Early on, the husband-and-wife team ran the business from their kitchen table. As Read Naturally’s sales increased, they cleared space in a spare bedroom to expand operations. The kitchen table continued to host “board meetings,” and the basement doubled as the assembly and warehouse space. Candyce developed curriculum materials and trained teachers around the country to implement the strategy. Tom handled the business side of Read Naturally, servicing customers, shipping orders, and keeping the books. All four of their children were employed to stuff envelopes, assemble materials, and carry out countless other tasks. It was truly a family affair—and it still is, after more than 20 years in business. The Read Naturally family has now grown to nearly 30 dedicated and hardworking people, most of whom work in an office less than one mile from the kitchen table where it all started.

The Read Naturally staff prides themselves on the quality of their materials, dedicated service to educators, and the success of students who use their products. They believe that curricula should be interesting and appropriate for each and every student, and that materials should be flexible and adaptable for many situations and environments. Read Naturally believes that teachers understand best the needs of their students, and that teachers should be supported in their efforts through professional development and coaching.

Developing literacy is one of the most important steps toward a successful future. Reading is not only a necessary skill, but also an enjoyable and rewarding practice that enables a lifetime of exploration and discovery. For these reasons, Read Naturally is dedicated to producing better toolsbetter readers, and brighter futures. For more information, click here.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Read Naturally.

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New Reviews: Gourmet Learning Reading

[Source: Gourmet Learning]

[Source: Gourmet Learning]

Gourmet Learning Reading is a vertically-aligned, supplemental reading comprehension program for grades 1-8. The flexible program allows teachers to customize instruction for students reading above, on, or below grade level. The program’s modular design meets a range of teaching needs, including whole-class instruction, supplemental instruction, and Response to Intervention (RtI). Content includes multiple opportunities for re-teaching and for students to interact with peers. Learning List has completed reviews for the supplemental reading comprehension program for grades 1-8.

Click above for video. [Source: Gourmet Learning]

Click above for video. [Source: Gourmet Learning]

Instruction emphasizes the skills and strategies that support independence with the reading process and students’ ability to learn from what they read. Across grades, content includes cross-curricular, fiction and nonfiction reading selections with a high level of differentiation to engage diverse learners. Content-related games and collaborative projects provide opportunities for students to interact with classmates.

Teachers monitor student learning through periodic observational assessments of comprehension and skills. Resources include a practice test, a benchmark test, and a final assessment for each unit of instruction. Click the video for a quick overview of Gourmet Learning’s benefits.

About Gourmet Learning*

The Gourmet Learning team has 100+ years of collective classroom experience. Their programs are research-based principles and practices from The National Reading Panel, NCTM, NSTA, Marzano’s and Hunter’s work on effective classroom strategies.

Each reading program actively involves students in critical thinking strategies and application of skills, based on the work of Benjamin Bloom. Lessons are comprehensive in scope, modular in design and are ideal for differentiated instruction.

Our scope includes Math and Reading objectives in many states. “Modular Design” means you can use our materials to teach or reinforce a single learning objective, a summer school course of selected objectives or an entire year’s curriculum. For more information, click here.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Gourmet Learning.

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New Reviews: TCEE’s Personal Financial Literacy & More (OER)

[Source: TCEE]

[Source: TCEE]

Texas Economics: Math & Personal Finance is a free set of lesson plans for teaching mathematics and personal financial literacy in grades K-12. Lesson plans reference the relevant Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the National Standards for Personal Finance, National Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks, and the National Council on Economics Education Voluntary Standards in Economics. Resources are available for download on the Texas Council on Economic Education website. Learning List has completed reviews for Personal Financial Literacy (Grades 4-6), Personal Financial Literacy – Lessons for Classrooms and After School Programs (Grades 7 & 8) and Texas Economics: Math & Personal Finance (Grades K-3).

Lessons are supplemental and designed to meet the economics strand of the TEKS. At grades K-8, instruction addresses income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Content incorporates age-appropriate children’s literature with plots linked to personal finance (e.g., Curious George Takes a Job) and include activities that address concepts introduced in readings. Each lesson includes rubrics to guide assessment by observing students’ participation in activities and evaluating completed activity sheets.

About TCEE*

[Source: TCEE]

[Source: TCEE]

The Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) has a vision that by working with kindergarten through grade 12 educators, TCEE can establish the seeds of a healthier U. S. economy and personal financial stability.  TCEE’s goal is to provide teachers with hands-on lessons and programs that allow students to practice implementing  real life economic and financial skills, and thus pave the way to a life of economic security and a Smarter Texas. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1969, TCEE has strong program roots throughout the state.

TCEE coordinates programs to provide statewide student activities and teacher staff development with a goal to ultimately reach the 5 million school children of Texas.  TCEE strives to provide free or low cost programs that school districts and teachers can afford in times of significant budget cuts.  Each year TCEE reaches at least 2,000 educators who then impact the learning of 2 million students.

TCEE seeks partnerships to promote its vision that the U. S. become a nation of citizens who have the knowledge and skills to make sound, informed economic decisions.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from TCEE.

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