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New Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s English 3D

LeaHoughton Mifflin Harcourt’s English 3Drning List has reviewed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s English 3D, which is a supplemental resource to support the acquisition of language skills for English language learners and other students with language deficiencies in grades 4-12. Resources are available in print format. Additional online materials for grades 4-8 are available at HMH Teacher Central, and some resources for grades 9-12 are on CD-ROM. Instruction focuses on improving students’ linguistic and academic skill sets during dedicated time for language development.

Instruction is systematic and explicit and focuses on learning and practicing the English language skills, including contextually appropriate language, fluency skills, and purposeful speaking and writing.  Across grade levels, student materials include “Issues Books” and “Language & Writing Portfolios.” Issue Books contain cross-curricular informational and literary texts addressing particular issues of interest to students.  Portfolios are “interactive worktexts” that support vocabulary acquisition, collaborative learning experiences, and the development of written and spoken language skills.

Issues Books address real-world issues relevant to students’ lives, such making health choices, street art, and bullying. The texts build in complexity across the school year. In terms of Lexile (L) levels, texts for grades 4 and 5 range from 770L to 980L, texts for grades 6-8 range from 830L to 1270L, and texts for grades 9-12 range from 890L to 1410L. For each Issue, the Language & Writing Portfolios contain worksheets, graphic organizers, sentence frames (e.g., “Based on my experience, video games mostly [harm/benefit] teens because they are ____ [adjective: enjoyable, distracting] and_____ [adjective: relaxing, violent]”), self-assessment rubrics, and other resources to support student learning. Each Issue concludes with a summative test and English 3D includes beginning-of-the-year, mid-year, and end-of-year assessments of academic language.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)*

As a global learning company, HMH specializes in pre-K–12 education content, services and cutting edge technology solutions for today’s changing landscape.

HMH creates engaging, dynamic and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to K-12 and beyond the classroom, serving more than 50 million students in more than 150 countries. Available through multiple media, our content meets the needs of students, teachers, parents and lifelong learners, no matter where and how they learn.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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New Reviews: Big Ideas High School Math

 

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Big Ideas Learning® provides comprehensive courses for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II in its Big Ideas Math® series for Texas high schools.  Courses integrate the Mathematical Process Standards throughout instruction and include support for English language learners and Response to Intervention at each tier. Instruction encourages students to think mathematically, justify their conclusions, and communicate their reasoning using precise language. Virtual samples are available hereLearning List has reviewed this series relative to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

In each course, chapters begin with two short features: (1) a review of prior learning titled “Maintaining Mathematical Proficiency” and (2) a set of exercises focused on Texas’ Mathematical Process Standards. New concepts are framed by an “Essential Question” and include a brief set of “Explorations” exercises that help students make sense of what they are learning. Online resources include a “See the Big Idea” video that connects each chapter’s content to real-life STEM issues.  Each chapter has a TEKS-based practice test (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and a performance task in which students apply new learning to a real-life problem.

Big Ideas Learning provides a comprehensive correlation to the TEKS as well as point-of-use references to the relevant TEKS in each course’s teacher edition.  Teacher resources also include point-of-use pacing guides, answer keys, and guidance in differentiating instruction, designing interventions, and supporting ELLs. Print teacher editions reference the online resources that are available to support each lesson.

Big Ideas Math® is a registered trademarks of Larson Texts, Inc.

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New Reviews: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Texas High School Math

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Texas High School Math Series provides comprehensive Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II courses designed specifically for Texas students.  Learning List has reviewed each course as submitted for state adoption in Texas. The courses support instruction in blended learning environments and include videos, interactive tools, and adaptive software that customizes instruction based on individual student needs. Instruction combines Texas’ math content and process standards and includes performance-based assessments and opportunities for students to write about math concepts.

Video Overview [Source:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]

Video Overview [Source:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]

Online content includes interactive problem sets, videos and tutorials, and the Personal Math Trainer (PMT), powered by Knewton™, through a Student Dashboard. Interactive problems provide students with immediate corrective feedback. Videos highlight the real-world applications of algebra, and video tutorials explain example problems. Lesson videos include scannable QR codes that enable students to access them on smartphones. The PMT is an adaptive practice, homework, and formative assessment tool that pinpoints students’ needs to deliver targeted remediation, extension, and enrichment in order to help them learn more efficiently and effectively. The PMT prescribes intervention activities based on individual student work and automatically grades assignments. Grades are reported on the teacher dashboard.

Teacher resources include links to the TEKS, background in key content, questioning strategies, planning and pacing guides, and support for differentiating instruction and teaching struggling readers. Teachers have access to materials for English language learners, Response to Intervention, and advanced learners. Online professional development resources include teaching tips and videos in which master teachers model effective strategies in the classroom.

About HMH: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is dedicated to providing forward-thinking solutions in educational innovation, content, and technology. We help meet the needs of students and teachers preparing for the Texas assessment. 

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New Reviews: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Texas Social Studies Series for Grades 6-11

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) Texas Social Studies Series provides comprehensive core social studies courses for grades 6 through 11. Learning List reviewed the course for each grade level as submitted for state adoption in Texas. Middle school courses include:

  • Contemporary World Studies: People, Places, and Societies;
  • Texas History; and
  • United States History: Early Colonial Period Through Reconstruction.

High school courses include:

  • World Geography,
  • World History, and
  • The Americans: U.S. History Since 1877.

Courses are available in print and online versions and may be downloaded as eReader files.

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Each course integrates literacy instruction and support for active reading with engaging social studies content. Courses focus on making historical events relevant to students’ lives through videos, interactive learning experiences, and features that help students see why content matters to them. Course videos are provided by History®. Content is organized around essential questions and includes frequent references to primary source documents. Instruction emphasizes the development of skills such as accessing and evaluating information, reading maps and graphs, and collaborating with others and each course includes specific resources to help students master the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). A Spanish-language student edition is available for each middle school course and a Texas Guided Reading Workbook in Spanish and English is available for courses across grade levels.

Courses include formative quizzes and summative chapter tests. Chapter tests are provided in multiple versions for students at different levels. Teachers also have access to the ExamView® Assessment Suite, which allows users to create customized tests in English and Spanish. Teacher editions include comprehensive alignments to the TEKS and the ELPS; planning guides; and support for introducing content, pre-teaching, and providing direct instruction. Online teacher resources include editable PowerPoints with interactive content and point-of use links to videos, maps, and primary sources. You can find more information at HMH Texas Social Studies website.

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The Road to Singapore Math – Customized for U.S. Students

Math in Focus: Singapore Math (Source: HMH)

Math in Focus: Singapore Math (Source: HMH)

Since the mid-1990s, Singapore’s students have ranked at the top of international comparisons of mathematics scores on exams such as the TIMSS and PISA. Given this success, many U.S. schools have sought to implement Singapore’s model of math instruction, which focuses on developing a deep understanding of numbers and concepts. To support these efforts, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt worked with Marshall Cavendish, the publisher of Singapore’s leading math textbooks, to produce a Singapore math program tailored for U.S. schools and students. The resulting product, Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish, is a comprehensive K-8 mathematics curriculum that was first introduced to U.S. markets in 2007.

 

At the request of our subscribers, Learning List reviewed Math in Focus (MiF) in the spring of 2014. Our review found that mathematical reasoning and problem solving are the primary focus of the program’s approach to instruction. MiF addresses fewer topics at each grade level, but explores these topics in greater depth. Its content is highly visual and sequenced to support students’ progression from concrete to pictorial to abstract understanding of math concepts. In addition, MiF incorporates models to help students visualize complex problems and develop strategies for solutions. Students are asked to explain and critique their solutions as well as those of their peers using mathematical language. Across grades, instruction focuses on developing students’ ability to use models, reason mathematically, and communicate their reasoning in precise language.

 

Educators who provided feedback for our review stressed the importance of professional development to implementing MiF successfully, noting that the curriculum marked a shift in pedagogy as well as in materials. At the elementary level, they said that teachers needed training in the program’s more rigorous content and the use of higher order questioning strategies. At the middle school level, they said that teachers needed support with the transition to a more student-centered approach of math instruction. MiF includes extensive resources to support the implementation of the Singapore system. Teacher editions include background information on unfamiliar strategies and models and online tools include chapter-specific professional development videos and podcasts in which authors provide information about MiF’s content and pedagogical approach. MiF includes comprehensive support for the Common Core State Standards and provides world-class instruction that meets the needs of U.S. students.

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