Posts Tagged "reading"

New Review: i-Ready


[Source: Curriculum Associates]

i-Ready provides supplemental, online resources to support instruction and intervention in mathematics and reading for students in grades K-12. The program uses an adaptive diagnostic assessment to identify individual student strengths and learning gaps and prescribes teacher-led instruction and online tutorials tailored to particular learning needs. Learning List recently reviewed reading and math resources for grades K-8.

An adaptive, diagnostic assessment is the core of the i-Ready instructional program. In reading, the diagnostic assesses students’ learning level in the following domains: phonological awareness (K and 1), high-frequency words (K-3), phonics (K-4), vocabulary (K-8), and reading comprehension for literary and informational texts (K-8). Across grades K-8, the math diagnostic assesses students’ learning in numbers and operations, measurement and data, algebra and algebraic thinking, and geometry.

Based on the results of the diagnostic assessments, students are assigned individualized learning paths made up of online video tutorials and teacher-led lessons. Assessment results also recommend students with similar learning needs for teacher-led, small group instruction.

In video tutorials, age-appropriate animated characters provide direct instruction and lead students through guided practice activities. Tutorials are interactive and provide immediate corrective feedback and explanations of why an answer is or is not correct. Tutorials end with a quiz which students must pass with a score of 70% or higher (teachers may reset passing scores). Downloadable resources that support teacher-led individual, small group, or whole group instruction include “Step by Step” lesson plans and “Ways to Teach” activities. Step by Step lesson plans provide in depth instruction in a single skill. Ways to Teach suggests several activities or approaches to teaching a skill or reinforcing student learning.

About Curriculum Associates*


[Source: 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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New Review: Istation

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[Source: Istation]

Learning List recently reviewed Istation’s supplemental reading and writing resources for grades K-8. Content is presented digitally and includes printable resources. The adaptive instructional program identifies and addresses gaps in learning and supports intervention at each Response to Intervention (RtI) tier. The highly visual program engages students with humorous, animated content that frequently addresses topics in science. Instruction is presented by animated characters in an engaging, game-like format that includes direct instruction and guided and independent practice.

Instruction is personalized and adaptive, and targets each student’s learning needs. Students complete the “Istation Indicator of Progress” (ISIP) at the beginning of the year and each month thereafter.  Based on ISIP results, the program prescribes specific learning activities and the usage time needed to address individual learning gaps. As students move along individualized learning paths, instruction adapts, providing more or less challenging content based on student progress.

Students may practice reading skills using Istation’s library of books. The library has texts organized in 16 “Cycles” that range from PK-15. Cycles address particular Lexile ranges and some Cycles span grade levels. Generally speaking, lower Cycles (i.e., PK-11) address phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, while Upper Cycles (i.e., 12-15) present a variety of literary genres and build vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and word analysis skills. As students move through each Cycle, they encounter texts that increase in complexity.

About Istation*

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[Source: Istation]

Istation (aka Imagination Station) is an award-winning, comprehensive e-learning program used by more than four million students and educators around the world.

Known for its accurate assessments, engaging curriculum, and trusted teacher tools, Istation helps students in prekindergarten-8th grade achieve academic growth.

Istation’s computer-adaptive assessments (known as ISIP™) immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. And our animated, game-like interface engages students so effectively that they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated.

Along with Istation’s highly interactive digital curriculum, teachers also have access to a library of thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive reports are immediately available for educators, administrators, and parents.

Istation offers its ISIP assessments in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Spanish and Math; Istation instruction is available for Reading, Reading in Español, and Math. Students can also use their Istation subscriptions at home.

Since its founding in 1998, Dallas-based Istation has seen tremendous growth. The company’s animated learning program now helps students in forty-four states and four countries learn and grow.

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

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New Review: ThinkCERCA


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Learning List has reviewed ThinkCERCA materials for grades 6-8. ThinkCerca is an online learning platform that helps students in grades 3-12 develop literacy and critical thinking skills across the core subject areas. The supplemental program focuses on developing close reading and academic writing skills. Content addresses the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and supports instruction in blended learning, flipped classroom, and self-paced environments.

ThinkCERCA focuses on developing students’ ability to read a text and produce a written response using the CERCA framework: (1) make Claims, (2) support claims with textual Evidence, (3) explain their Reasoning, (4) recognize Counterarguments, and (5) use language that appeals to a particular Audience. Core instruction is presented in modular “CERCA Sets” that cover content from across the core subject areas (i.e., English/language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies).

Reading selections are drawn from a variety of engaging informational and literary texts and include visual elements, such as photographs and illustrations, to support understanding. Teachers may select texts that are leveled in terms of the complexity for a particular grade level, and may differentiate assignments for students reading at, below, and above grade level.

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[Source: ThinkCERCA]

About ThinkCERCA*

ThinkCERCA is an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. ThinkCERCA helps whole school teams differentiate for engaging learning in classrooms of diverse learners. The CERCA Framework provides a common language for students, teachers, parents, and administrators to drive sustainable growth in student achievement.

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

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s Reading Wonders


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Learning List has reviewed McGraw Hill’s Reading Wonders, a comprehensive reading and language arts program for students in grades K-6. Instruction focuses on the close reading, collaborative discussion, and analytic writing strands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including the California CCSS. Materials are available in print and digital formats.

Wonders uses a variety of student materials, such as the Reading/Writing Workshop, Your Turn Practice Book, Close Reading Companion, Leveled Readers, a Literature Anthology, and Grammar Handbook, and WonderWorks for Response to Intervention. The Reading/Writing Workshop is at the center of instruction and addresses the CCSS Anchor Strands for close reading of complex texts, collaborative conversations, and analytic writing, as well as foundational skills (e.g., phonics) as appropriate for a particular grade level. At each grade, Workshops present six-week thematic units (e.g., New Discoveries) organized in weekly instructional blocks.

Wonders focuses on the reading of literary and informational texts, rereading for specific purposes, and the use of textual evidence to support conclusions and opinions in spoken and written formats. Lessons are structured using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (i.e., GRR) instructional model. Instruction relies on a set of instructional routines (i.e., introduction, modeling, and guided and independent practice) that are applied to specific learning task (e.g., sound categorization). Optional technology-based activities are provided.

About McGraw Hill*


[Source: McGraw Hill]

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.

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New Review: Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Reading

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[Source: Mastery Education]

Learning List now features reviews of Mastery Education’s Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Reading.  This supplemental print resource helps students in grades 3-8 (i.e., Levels C-H) prepare for STAAR reading tests. Content is organized in short lessons that address specific TEKS. Instruction provides ample opportunities for students to practice and apply reading comprehension skills.

Content is scaffolded, building from simple to more complex concepts. Instruction is organized in chapters that address the TEKS for each grade level (e.g., make predictions). Each chapter is made up of short lessons that address specific TEKS. Lessons are presented in three parts:

  1. Each lesson begins with an introduction titled Understand the TEKS that supports direct instruction.
  2. Guided Instruction provides a reading passage for guided practice of new skills.
  3. On Your Own presents a second independent practice reading passage for students to read independently.

Most chapters include one or more “STAAR Minitests” formatted to reflect the STAAR exam. Minitests combine concepts from multiple lessons and require that students use higher-level thinking skills. Teacher editions also contain two versions of a cumulative STAAR practice test, a table identifying the TEKS addressed by each practice test problem, and a prescriptive answer key to support reteaching. The prescriptive answer key identifies the lessons where the knowledge and skills addressed by each problem are taught. All practice tests are formatted to reflect the STAAR exam.

 About Mastery Education*

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[Source: Mastery Education]

Mastery Education®, formerly Peoples Education, is a creator of print and online educational materials for the K-12 school market, best known for the flagship brand Measuring Up®. The company focuses on supplemental instructional and practice materials that are standards-based and customized for specific markets. Founded in 1991, Mastery Education has a long history of accurate and astute content creation, working closely with educational partners and analyzing mandated standards and assessment criteria in order to create the most useful and relevant teacher support tools.

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

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