Supplemental Materials

New Product Review: Writing A-Z

Learning A-Z's Writing A-ZLearning A-Z’s Writing A-Z is a supplemental product that addresses writing instruction in grades pre-K-6. Content is available online and includes printable resources. Instruction develops students understanding of the writing process and builds writing skills across a variety of genres, including narrative, informational/explanatory, persuasive, and transactional (e.g., letters) writing. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades K-5. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Edmentum Study Island—Math

Edmentum's Study Island English I and IIEdmentum’s Study Island is a supplemental online product that helps students in grades K-12 master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and prepare for STAAR exams. Content is available for mathematics, English language arts/reading, science, and social studies. Resources support teacher-guided instruction and independent study. Teachers may create their own lessons and assessments using online tools. Learning List recently reviewed math materials for grade 3. [Read more…]

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What to Expect from Supplemental Materials

A supplemental resource is designed to complement and support comprehensive materials. Publishers design supplemental resources for different purposes, including to:

  • help students learn the content and practice the skills contained in all of the standards for a particular grade and subject;7th Grade Supplemental Math
  • offer some of the same resources as comprehensive materials to support students in learning a specific subset of standards (e.g., writing standards, Personal Financial Literacy, etc…);
  • target specific standards with which students typically struggle;
  • build skills addressed across grade level standards; or
  • support specific student learning needs, such as the needs of English language learners, students with disabilities, or advanced learners.

Supplemental materials vary in the percentage of standards they intend to address. Some intend to align to all grade-level standards, but most do not. Thus, a supplemental resource that is aligned to only 50% of the grade-level standards may be the best material to select if it is aligned to the standards you need it to teach.  Similarly, a resource that intends to build vocabulary may do so effectively but not teach the other content and skills the standards require. Thus, such a product may be a great addition to your district’s instructional arsenal, even though it is only aligned to less than 10% of the grade level standards. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Education Galaxy Reading

Education GalaxyEducation Galaxy is a supplemental, online test preparation program for students in grades K-5. The program supports practice and review for STAAR math, science, reading, and writing tests. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grade 3 reading. The program provides individualized instruction to address learning gaps in students’ mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Reasoning Mind STAAR Readiness

Reasoning Mind STAAR ReadinessLearning List has reviewed Reasoning Mind’s STAAR Readiness, which is a supplemental online product that supports students in grades 3-8 in preparing for each grade’s STAAR mathematics exam. The program focuses on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that are assessed at each grade level. Online tools allow teachers to create customized assignments to address individual student learning needs. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Vocabulary.com

Vocabulary.comVocabulary.com is a supplemental online product that supports the development of academic vocabulary across core subject areas in grades 5-12. Content is fully online and some resources, such as vocabulary lists, may be printed. Instruction is adaptive. The program adjusts the level of difficulty based on individual student responses. [Read more…]

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