Posts Tagged "TEKS"

New Product Review: MathImagine

L&M Instructional Resources' MathImagineLearning List has reviewed L & M Instructional Resources’ MathImagine for grades 5-8 and Algebra I. This supplemental online, mathematics tutoring program supports preparation for Texas’ STAAR exams for students in grades 5-8, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Instruction addresses the grade- or course-specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and is presented in interactive tutorials and online practice activities.

MathImagine for each grade level and course begins with a pretest that identifies the standards students have not yet mastered. Tutorials are organized by standard and are formatted in sets of interactive, animated slideshows followed by practice activities. Slideshows provide narrative discussions of concepts and/or essential questions for students to answer (e.g., “How is the area of a trapezoid related to a parallelogram?”).

Practice activities, or quizzes, are also formatted as slide shows. Quizzes provide corrective feedback, including hints and examples.

About MathImagine*

MathImagine products focus on Math standards and objectives that are assessed! The interactive lessons and problem-based quizzes prepare students for state assessments and success in their math classes. Texas products are based on the designated grade and course eligible Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from MathImagine.

 

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s Number Worlds

McGraw-Hill's Number WorldsLearning List has reviewed McGraw Hill’s Number Worlds. This supplemental mathematics intervention program supports targeted remediation and intervention for students in grades PK-8 (i.e., Levels A-J). Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction focuses on building the foundational concepts and skills needed to close achievement gaps and enable struggling students to perform at grade level. Levels A-C constitute a “prevention” program for students in grades PK-1 who begin school lacking knowledge of fundamental concepts and skills, such as numbers, quantity, and counting. Levels D-J are an “intervention” program for students in grades 2-8. Instruction addresses the key CCSSs at each grade level (i.e., Level D = grade 2; Level J = grade 8) and supports RtI Tier 2 and 3 pullout programs.

Across grades PK-8, Number Worlds is organized in ten levels (i.e., A-J) that correspond to each year’s instruction. Each year begins with a set of placement tests that identifies each student’s level of mathematics proficiency. Placement tests are available in English and Spanish, and may be administered in oral, written, and/or online formats. Based on placement test results, students are grouped according to their instructional needs.

At each level, instruction is presented in 32 sequential weeks of lessons that emphasize the real world applications of mathematics. Daily lesson plans are flexible and have been adapted to meet the needs of different instructional time periods (i.e., 30-minutes, 45-minutes, 60-minutes). Lessons incorporate a four-part structure that establishes a familiar routine for learning: (1) warm-up, (2) engage, (3) reflect, and (4) assess. Engage activities are at the center of instruction for Days 1-4 of each week and Day 5 focuses on assessment. In classrooms with more time for instruction (i.e., 45- or 60-minute periods), Day 5 also includes project-based learning activities and opportunities for deeper reflection and discussion. All student materials are available in English and  Spanish.

About 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. Our mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences – grounded in research.

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.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education.

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New Review: Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Reading

Triumph Learning's Texas Coach: ReadingLearning List has reviewed Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Reading, Texas Edition. This supplemental program supports reading instruction for grades 3-8. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction addresses the concepts and skills needed for students to read and understand literary and informational texts. At each grade level, resources help prepare students for Texas’ STAAR exam. Learning List reviewed content for grades 3-5. Texas Coach supports remediation and instruction in Response to Intervention (RtI) programs

At each grade level, Texas Coach: Reading is organized in lessons and practice activities that reinforce a particular reading concept or skill (e.g., using context clues).  Lessons address a specific standard or set of related standards and are organized using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model. Each lesson includes three parts:

  1. Getting the Idea offers direct instruction with clear explanations and examples.
  2. Thinking It Through models concepts and skills and includes hints to facilitate students’ understanding.
  3. Coached Example provides guided practice in new skills. Students respond to multiple choice questions that include hints to build their confidence.

Lessons are accompanied by a set of multiple-choice Practice questions that support independent practice and prepare students for the STAAR exam.

About Triumph Learning*

Triumph Learning is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials, and effective literacy programs.

For over two decades, Triumph Learning has been offering research-based supplemental and test preparation resources, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities to accelerate learning. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools such as Readiness and innovative student texts with products such as Support Coach, 2015 Teacher’s Choice Award winner, and Performance Coach for test success.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Triumph Learning.

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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 Review: Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning

Cosenza & Associates' Algebraic ReasoningLearning List has reviewed Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Texas algebraic reasoning courses. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online tutorials. Instruction is inquiry based and covers the attributes of functions, systems of equations, modeling with functions and data, and approaches to solving equations. Teacher and student materials contain clear links to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs).

Algebraic Reasoning is organized in eight chapters: (1) Algebraic Patterns, (2) Analyzing Functions, (3) Inverses of Functions, (4) Function Operations, (5) Algebraic Methods, (6) Matrices, (7) Solutions of Equations, and (8) Data Modeling. Content is presented using the 5E model of instruction (i.e., engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) and is presented simply with a clear writing style that should be accessible for high school students. Frequent examples provide clear, step-by-step guidance in problem-solving strategies followed by “You Try It!” practice problems.

Resources include blackline masters of four versions of mid-chapter and end-of-chapter assessments, including a modified version for students with special learning needs. Editable versions (i.e., Word versions) of a mid-term and final exam and a culminating course project are available. Each test includes multiple-choice and free response items. The culminating project requires students to independently identify and analyze a data set related to a topic of interest.  Teachers also have access to the ExamView® assessment software that allows users to create customized assessments.

About Cosenza & Associates *

Cosenza & Associates, LLC, is based in Dallas, Texas, but offers consulting services nationwide. Cosenza & Associates provides:

  • Instructional resources for K-12 mathematics
  • Curriculum-instruction-assessment design and alignment
  • Professional support for classrooms, schools, and districts
  • Professional development for Texas Gifted and Talented 30-hour and 6-hour update requirements

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Cosenza & Associates.

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