Posts Tagged "Middle School"

New Product Review: Mentoring Minds’ Total Motivation Math

Mentoring Minds' Total Motivation MathMentoring Minds’ Total Motivation Math is a supplemental product that supports targeted remediation and preparation for Texas’ STAAR mathematics exams in grades 6-8. Content is available in print and online formats. Content is organized using a clear structure that focuses on direct instruction, practice, and assessment. Instruction supports Response to Intervention programs as well as test preparation.

Total Motivation Math presents instruction in units organized using the 5E instructional model. Each unit contains an introductory, open-ended problem set; guided and independent practice activities; a short, multiple-choice formative assessment; critical thinking extension problems; journal and vocabulary exercises, a “Motivation Station” extension activity; and homework.

At each grade level, Total Motivation Math includes two performance-based assessments. Assessments provide a narrative “Stimulus” that frames the context for problem solving, a “Task Overview” that clarifies the problems to be solved, and a series of open-ended problems in which students apply what they have learned to the problem.

About Mentoring Minds*

Mentoring Minds is an educational publisher focused on the success of students. Mentoring Minds’ passion is to develop quality educational materials that encourage students to think critically for effective problem solving. Equipped with many years of educational experience, Mentoring Minds’ product development team creates materials that address relevant issues in the classroom such as critical thinking, vocabulary development, the prevention of bullying, classroom management, and accommodations for students with special needs.

 

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New Product Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections

thumb_Collections_2017_Cover_Image_Grade_8Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) Collections is a comprehensive product that supports English language arts instruction in grades 6-12. Content is available in print and online formats and facilitates instruction in blended learning environments. Across grades, instruction focuses on developing students’ close reading skills, ability to think critically about texts, and use of textual evidence to support their conclusions. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades 6-8.

Across grade levels, content is organized in six “Collections,” or units, built around literary and informational texts that address a common theme (e.g., “Approaching Adulthood”). Instruction in each Collection centers on anchor texts and related reading selections. eTexts integrate content from Collections’ “Close Reader” consumable print work text. Close Reader selections address the same topics as the anchor texts and provide opportunities for students to apply close reading skills with scaffolding and support. Close Reader content is available in Spanish.

Collections contains extensive resources for English language learners (ELLs) and struggling readers, including Level Up” tutorials and “Xplor eMagazine.” Level Up tutorials provide direct instruction in basic skills and Xplor presents short, engaging articles related to content. Teacher resources contain “Language Workshops” lessons for ELLs. Language Workshop provides lesson plans that address the specific needs of ELLs and are parallel in content to each anchor text lesson. Each Workshop lesson supports students in understanding the author’s language, learning new vocabulary, and unpacking the text’s meaning.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*

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.

HMH’s renowned and awarded children’s books, novels, nonfiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. Our distinguished author list, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Philip Roth, and brands from Curious George to The Lord of the Rings, includes 10 Nobel Prize winners, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, 15 National Book Award winners, and more than 100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients.

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

 

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New Review: Pearson myPerspectives

Pearson's myPerspectivesPearson’s myPerspectives is a comprehensive product that supports English language arts instruction in grades 6-12. Content is available in print and online formats and facilitates instruction in blended learning environments.  The student-centered program develops close reading skills and students’ ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken formats. Learning List recently reviewed online resources for grades 6-8.

At each middle school grade, instruction is organized in five thematic units (e.g., “Facing Adversity”). As the title suggests, myPerspectives explores authors’ points-of-view and helps students develop their own perspectives. Units present a balance of literary and informational texts and a variety of genres from a range of time periods. Readings have diverse authorship and represent protagonists and themes that reflect a variety of experiences, support inclusion, and facilitate understanding.

myPerspectives incorporates a structured approach to close reading that asks students to: (1) Notice elements of the text (e.g., who, what, where), (2) Annotate the text, (3) Connect the text to prior knowledge or other texts they have read, and (4) Respond to the text (e.g., complete Comprehension Checks, write a summary). The complexity of texts builds within and across middle school grades. Teacher resources for each reading selection include a “Text Complexity Rubric” that clarifies the text’s complexity using quantitative (e.g., Lexile level) and qualitative (e.g., structure) measures.

About Pearson*

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Pearson’s mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning.

Bringing digital learning to school children worldwide, Pearson is helping to transform education with full-time online and blended schools, online courses, technology, and host of support services. With a focus on successful student outcomes, these programs deliver high-quality, highly personalized, and flexible learning experiences — students are able to complete schoolwork when and where they learn best, 24/7.

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New Product Review: Achieve 3000 for the California Common Core State Standards

Achieve3000Learning List recently reviewed Achieve3000’s products for alignment to the California Common Core State Standards. Achieve3000 provides supplemental, online literacy programs for students in grades 2-12.  Products include: KidBiz3000 (grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000 (grades 6-8), and Empower3000 (grades 9-12). Each product differentiates instruction according to each students’ individual, Lexile-based reading levels, ensuring all students have access to the same content irrespective of their reading ability.

Please see our original blog post about Achieve3000 products here.

 

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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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