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New Reviews: McGraw-Hill Education Texas Social Studies

[YouTube Video courtesy of McGraw-Hill Education]

[YouTube Video courtesy of McGraw-Hill Education]

McGraw-Hill Education’s Texas Social Studies Series is a set of comprehensive social studies courses for middle school and high school students.  The series includes courses for each middle school grade, core high school instruction (i.e., world geography, world history, and U.S. history), and high school electives (e.g., sociology, psychology, economics).  This blog post addresses core middle school and high school courses only. Learning List has reviewed this series relative to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

These courses include print and digital resources and support instruction in blended learning environments. Content is structured using Understanding by Design® (UBD) model, which frames instruction in terms of “Enduring Understandings” and “Essential Questions.”  Each course includes features to help students step into the place and/or time of study using period timelines, an interactive maps, illustrations and photographs, and quotes from primary sources. Lessons include videos, interactive games (e.g., The Voting Rights Matching Game), slide shows, and visual elements, such as photographs, charts, and graphs.  Students have access online libraries of “Skills Builder” and “Test Prep” resources. Skills Builder resources address geography, research, writing, and presentation skills and include links to college and career readiness development materials. The Test Prep library provides rubrics and resources to improve test-taking skills.

[Source: McGraw-Hill Education]

[Source: McGraw-Hill Education]

Teacher resources include planning guides, comprehensive lesson plans, and support for implementing the UBD model, including clear statements of learning objectives, expected student outcomes, and connections to the TEKS. Teacher editions provide interactive whiteboard lessons, guidance for differentiating instruction and assessing student learning, and suggestions for videos, slide shows, and related readings to support content. Teachers have access to McGraw-Hill’s “Networks Resource Library,” which includes professional development videos, correlations to the TEKS and ELPS, and links to external resources. The Library also includes tools to support student learning, including Foldables® graphic organizers, a handbook for geography skills, additional primary source documents, and resources to develop 21st Century Skills (e.g., financial literacy).

About McGraw-Hill Education: McGraw-Hill Education partners around the world with students, educators, administrators and other professionals to deliver engaging, adaptive and personalized solutions that improve performance and results.  They combine proven, research-based content with the best emerging digital technologies to guide assessment, teaching and learning.  McGraw-Hill Education employs more than 6,000 people in 44 countries and publishes in more than 60 languages.

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New Review: Scientific Minds MC² in Agriculture

 

[Source: Scientific Minds]

[Source: Scientific Minds]

Scientific Minds MC2 in Agriculture is a supplemental video-based science resource for high school courses in agriscience and biology.  Learning List has reviewed this relative to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Content covers fundamental concepts in agriculture and supports instruction in the core content areas, particularly science and math. Lessons are presented in 30 short videos with accompanying worksheets and extension activities.

Content addresses topics in soil, plant, and animal science and issues in environmental science (e.g., pollution and conservation of resources). Lessons are presented in short, narrated videos (8 to 10 minutes) that include images, animations, and brief sets of notes. Videos present core agricultural content aligned to national Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources (AFNR) standards and include an “Explore the Core” section that focuses on the core content areas and reviews SAT vocabulary.

Sample Demo Video for Agriculture [Source: Scientific Minds]

Sample Demo Video for Agriculture [Source: Scientific Minds]

Each video lesson includes an accompanying worksheet that may be downloaded in PDF format. See the sample video on the right. Worksheets review video content and include cross-curricular activities specific to each of the core subject areas. Worksheets also include hands-on extension activities.  Some of these activities are quite detailed (e.g., retrieving ovum from the reproductive tract of a cow). Each Lesson also includes a multiple-choice quiz. Students with accounts may take quizzes online or quizzes may be downloaded for paper-and-pencil delivery.

About Scientific Minds: Scientific Minds®, LLC is a publisher of technology-based science education products built from state standards. Their product development is based on research proving that students absorb information best in small yet thought-provoking chunks. Their versatile, supplemental products will support any science curriculum.

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

[Source: Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt]

[Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]

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.

[Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]

HMH VIDEO [Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]

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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Reviews of Agile Mind’s Mathematics Courses

 

[Source: Agile Mind]

[Source: Agile Mind]

Agile Mind is a comprehensive, online program to support mathematics instruction in middle school and high school.  Agile Mind resources are designed to support teacher-led instruction and include interactive animations, simulations, and collaborative learning experiences to engage students with mathematics concepts. Agile Mind resources are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Instruction is organized in three-part lessons:

  1. Overview activities spark students’ interest using animations and visualizations to introduce new concepts.
  2. Exploring activities provide core instruction in the context of real-world problems. Interactive simulations allow students to manipulate variables, make predictions, and analyze data. Instruction incorporates multiple representations of math concepts (e.g., words, tables, graphs, and equations) and provides opportunities for students to communicate their thinking in written and spoken formats.
  3. Summary sections review and reinforce key concepts and vocabulary.

[Source: Agile Mind]

[Source: Agile Mind]

Agile Mind resources include Bloom’s and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) questioning taxonomies and Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) problem sets that are aligned to national and international standards. An Algebra I teacher from Lyford High School in Texas commented: “Even though I didn’t think I had time to implement another new program at our school, I found out that having students work on Agile Mind to explore a new topic before I taught the lesson actually saved me time in the long run!”

Agile Mind provides extensive instructional support for teachers, including topic-specific support for planning and implementing lessons and downloadable student work sheets to support note-taking and lab-based activities. The program’s browser-based learning management system (LMS) is easy to use and includes tools that allow teachers to plan instruction; manage assignments, quizzes, and assessments; and communicate with students. The teacher dashboard is formatted as an interactive calendar that includes an “at-a-glance” feature that allows users to track individual student and class progress on assignments. LMS resources include comprehensive guidance in using online tools and professional development and support for instruction in print and video formats.

About Agile Mind: With over 2.3 million students served in 27 states, Agile Mind was founded in 2002 to enhance one thing: the opportunity to learn. The team focuses on equity and high achievement in mathematics and science because of its importance to both the lives of students and to the future of our nation. Agile Mind’s mission—and promise—is to provide the programs, tools, and the instructional improvement systems educators need to transform student achievement through exemplary, sustainable teaching practices. Click here to learn more about Agile Mind courses and programs.

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Reviews of Mentoring Minds: Critical Thinking for Life

Source: Mentoring Minds

Source: Mentoring Minds

One of the most significant goals that educators have is developing 21st-Century critical thinkers. The portfolio of instructional materials that Mentoring Minds has developed is designed to work toward that goal. Mentoring Minds provides grade-specific supplemental instructional materials to support K-8 students’ preparation for STAAR tests in reading, writing, math, and science. Products include:

  • Motivation Reading (grades 2-5)
  • Motivation Writing (grade 4)
  • Motivation Math (grades 1-5)
  • Motivation Science (grades 3-5, and grade 8)

Motivation products for each subject and grade level are organized in terms of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and focus on preparing students for STAAR tests.  Content is provided in TEKS-specific units and includes opportunities for students to practice for standardized exams.  In both teacher and student editions, the table of contents reference the specific TEKS addressed by each unit, and the header of each page references the unit’s TEKS focus standard.  Instruction includes critical thinking activities, opportunities to work with peers, games and puzzles, and activities to be completed at home with parents.

Source: Mentoring Minds

Source: Mentoring Minds

Mentoring Mind resources include TEKS support for teachers and tools to help teachers and students track TEKS mastery. Teacher edition units begin with an overview of the unit’s focus standard. An “Unpacking the Standards” feature clarifies the standard’s student expectations and the prerequisite knowledge and skills needed to master the standard. Teacher editions provide comprehensive guidance in implementing unit activities with students and include charts and references that link each unit activity and assessment question to the relevant TEKS, Bloom’s Taxonomy level, and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge level. A “Class Performance Chart” helps teachers track class mastery of the TEKS. Student editions have a “Chart Your Success” tool that allows students to monitor their own progress.

About Mentoring Minds: Mentoring Minds is a national educational publisher developing proven K-12 instructional materials that encourage critical thinking for life. Their mission and commitment is to motivate children to think critically and to learn effective problem-solving skills in the classroom that will increase their success and prepare them for life in the 21st-century global marketplace.

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