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New Review: BrainPop

BrainPopLearning List recently reviewed BrainPOP’s core content resources (i.e., science, social studies, mathematics, and English language arts) for grades K-8. BrainPOP is a supplemental program that supports instruction in the core content areas as well as technology, arts and music, and health. Resources are available online and include some printable materials (e.g., worksheets). Instruction uses engaging videos and interactive concept maps to address content.

BrainPOP organizes content in “Topics” that address a range of subject-area concepts (e.g., atoms, citizenship, writing skills). Topics include a short movie in which an animated characters named Annie (grades K-3) and Tim (grades 4-8) and their robot friend Moby explore a question (e.g., How do tornadoes form?). Movies provide background information, explore and illustrate key concepts (e.g., updrafts), and introduce and define new vocabulary.

After the movie, students can “Make a Map” and/or take a short quiz over content. Make a Map allows students to create a concept map using a set of premade map templates, such as compare and contrast, vocabulary, cyclical relationships, and problem/solution analysis. Tools also allow students to create entirely new concept maps. The quiz is a five-question multiple-choice check for understanding.

Other resources include content-related games, an “FYI” feature, and additional activities related to the video. FYI is a set of 5-paragraph, illustrated, informational articles and a related comic that extend students’ learning. For example, the FYI for a social studies topic addressing the California Gold Rush includes articles about traveling to California Trail and the Donner Party, John Sutter, and a comic addressing gold prices.

About BrainPOP*

BrainPOP was founded in 1999 by Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician, as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients. Today, BrainPOP is used in 25 percent of U.S. elementary and middle schools, with rapid international growth. An in-house team of educators, animators, and writers produce and continually improve BrainPOP, incorporating valuable teacher and parent input.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from BrainPOP.

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New Review: McGraw-Hill Education’s Everyday Mathematics 4

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[Source: McGraw-Hill Education]

McGraw-Hill Education’s Everyday Mathematics 4 is a comprehensive mathematics program that supports the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in grades K-6. Resources are available in print and online formats. Learning List recently reviewed the program’s online content.

Everyday Math emphasizes coherent content that is spiraled (i.e., revisited) appropriately within and across grade-levels. This “spiraled” approach distributes learning over time rather than concentrating instruction in a single unit, section, or lesson. Instruction is sequenced to address the CCSS and structured in sections and lessons that address “Goals for Mathematical Content” (GMC) and “Goals for “Mathematical Practice” (GMP). For each GMC, sections provide introductory lessons that allow students to explore and practice new concepts. Subsequent lessons develop students’ skills and ability to apply what they have learned. Sections end with concluding instruction in which students review, apply, and transfer their learning in new contexts and to non-routine problems.

A set of “Spiral” tools allow teachers to see how each lesson’s instruction connects concepts and ensures coherent instruction within and across grade levels. The “Spiral Shapshot” is a lesson-level resource that illustrates how content is building across previous lessons, the current lesson, and future instruction. The “Spiral Trace” is presented at the opening of each unit and illustrates how concepts develop over the course of the unit’s instruction. The “Spiral Tracker” provides a comprehensive view of how content is developed over the course of a year, including lesson activities and assessments.

About McGraw-Hill Education*

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[Source: McGraw-Hill Education]

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw-Hill Education.

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New Review: Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Math

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[Source: Curriculum Associates]

Learning List has reviewed Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Math. This supplemental resource supports math instruction and preparation for Texas’s STAAR testing for students in grades 1-8. Materials are available in print format. Content addresses grade-level TEKS while developing students’ understanding of key concepts and ability to apply concepts in problem solving activities.

Content is presented in units organized by the STAAR Performance Categories (e.g., Measurement and Graphing). Units are made up of short, scaffolded lessons that focus on one or more TEKS. Instruction is organized using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model and includes direct instruction, modeling, and guided and independent practice.  

At each grade level, “Teacher Guides” contain tools to help teachers transition to the new mathematics TEKS. Guides provide a crosswalk document that explains how the STAAR Ready program addresses the demands of the TEKS, including the process standards. A pair of tables (1) identify lesson activities and problems that require higher level thinking as measured by Webb’s Depth of Knowledge index, and (2) present a “Cognitive Rigor Matrix” that combines Webb’s and Bloom’s indicators of high level thinking and describes student behaviors that demonstrate higher-level thinking. Teacher Guides also have correlation tables for lesson activities and STAAR Practice problems.

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[Source: Curriculum Associates]

About Curriculum Associates*

Curriculum Associates is a rapidly growing education company committed to making classrooms better places for teachers and students. We believe that all children have the chance to succeed, and our research-based, award-winning products, including i-Ready®, Ready®, BRIGANCE®, and other programs, provide teachers and administrators with flexible resources that deliver meaningful assessments and data-driven, differentiated instruction for children.

Because we are independently owned and operated, we are able to provide the best prices so that every district, school, and educator can afford to bring top quality resources to their students. By maintaining our independence, we are able to channel our investments toward the things that really matter—like product development, research, and unmatched customer service.

For the past 40 years, we have consistently developed high-quality products that make a profound difference in the lives of students and educators, and we will continue to bring these proven products—as well as new ones—to you in the future.

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

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Reviewed: Inquiry by Learning.com

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[Source: Learning.com]

Learning.com’s Inquiry is a web-based, K-8 resource focused on developing students’ technology skills and supporting schools’ transition to project-based learning (PBL) in the core subject areas. Content includes subject-based projects at each grade level as well as age-appropriate instruction in digital citizenship differentiated for the early elementary (K-2), elementary (3-5), and middle (6-8) school levels. Learning List has reviewed the Texas Edition resources for grades K-8.

Each grade level includes six pre-developed blended learning projects that address one of the four core content areas (i.e., math, ELA, science, and social studies). Projects begin with an optional pre-test that assesses whether students have the technology skills needed to complete the project. Based on pre-test results, students are prescribed individualized lessons from the “EasyTech” library that address gaps in technology skills.

Projects are framed in terms of an “Essential Question” and are structured as sequential tasks that students complete either individually or in groups to produce a final digital product. Projects require students to research, create, and present content using digital resources and some projects also include games, quizzes, and journaling assignments. Projects are flexible and teachers may choose to implement some or all components. Each project includes detailed lesson plans, estimated timelines, and suggested evaluation and extension activities.

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[Source: Learning.com]

About Learning.com*

Learning.com provides K-12 solutions to help students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts around the country equip their students with the digital literacy skills needed for online assessments, college, and the workforce using their digital literacy solutions. Learning.com supports districts as they move to digital content with tools to build and share district-created digital curriculum.

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

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New Reviews: Lexia Reading Core5

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 Lexia Reading Core5 is an online, supplemental reading program for grades PK-5 that includes some print materials. Learning List recently reviewed Core5 products for grades K-5. The data-driven program provides differentiated instruction to help close reading gaps and ensure all students become proficient readers. Core5 combines individualized, adaptive, technology-based lessons with teacher-led direct instruction to meet the needs of students below, at, and above grade level. The program supports Response to Intervention (RtI) at each tier.

Core5 is made up of three components: (1) individualized online instruction, (2) teacher-led direct instruction, and (3) performance data contained in the myLexia reporting tool. Online content is organized in 18 levels that increase in difficulty, building from oral language and listening skills to academic vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency skills. At the start of each school year, a placement test identifies the appropriate level for each student.

Online content is presented using colorful animated characters in a game-like format that keeps students engaged. Teacher-led lessons use the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model that includes modeling (i.e., “I do”), guided practice (i.e., “we do”), and independent practice (i.e., “you do”). MyLexia performance data and monitoring tools allow administrators and teachers to track progress at the district, campus, classroom, and individual student level. MyLexia predicts the probability of student success on assessments and includes an “Ability Score” that measures students’ growth in word recognition, vocabulary knowledge, syntactic knowledge, and reading comprehension skills.

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About Lexia Learning*

Lexia Learning is one of the best-known and most highly respected reading technology companies in the world. Headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, Lexia was founded more than 30 years ago with private funding and grants obtained from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Today, the company maintains a keen focus on its promise to improve student literacy through the use of technology, and has helped millions of students build reading skills.

In 2013, Lexia was acquired by Rosetta Stone.

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

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