Posts Tagged "TEKS"

New Product: Sirius Education Solutions STAAR Readiness Review and Practice Math Grades 6-8

If your district is looking for a STAAR test preparation product, take a look at Learning List’s review of Sirius Education Solutions STAAR Readiness Review and Practice.

Sirius Education Solutions STAAR Readiness Review and Practice for grades 6-8 math provides supplemental test-preparation products intended to help Texas middle school and high school students prepare for STAAR assessments. Content is available in print format with online teacher editions. Learning List only had access to the print student edition for this review.

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New Product: Shurley English

New Product: Shurley English

If your district needs a product to support grammar and writing instruction, take a look at Learning List’s review of Shurley English for grades 5 through 8.

Shurley English is a comprehensive ELAR product.  Materials are available online for grades 5 through 8 and in print for grades 5 and 6. The material focuses on building effective communication skills through the development of grammar, language skills, writing, and oral communication.

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New Product Review: MPO Solutions’ Freedom Run

Learning List recently reviewed MPO Solutions’ Freedom Run® which is a supplemental product designed to help Texas students in grade 8 prepare for the social studies STAAR test. This digital product includes two online game-style student apps. Teacher resources are available online with downloadable components.

Freedom Run organizes content in five units that address facts about U.S. history from the establishment of the first colonies (e.g., 1492) through reconstruction (e.g., 1877). Units consist of three or four chapters. Each chapter contains a set of short, topically organized lessons that feature a summary statement followed by a list of historical facts. At the end of each lesson in the student edition, icons direct students to the practices, videos, and additional activities the apps.

To support ELL students, the product is available in English and Spanish. The videos are narrated in both languages, without closed-captioning. Both versions of the student app allow students to select English or Spanish. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Heinemann Units of Study for Teaching Reading

New Product Review: Heinemann Units of Study for Teaching Reading

Learning List has reviewed Heinemann’s Units of Study for Teaching Reading, which is a supplemental reading product for students in grades K-5. The program is primarily a curriculum framework for teachers and is made up of a set of print and online teaching resources. Reading instruction is provided using a workshop model that focuses on creating avid readers who are able to access and understand increasingly complex texts. Teaching Reading dovetails with Heinemann’s Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing for grades K-5. Learning List has reviewed the Units of Study writing program.

Based on the work of Lucy Calkins and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, Units of Study incorporates a workshop approach to teaching reading skills. At each grade level, content is organized in four units that last between four and five weeks. Grades K-2 include a foundational unit as well as three units that address reading fictional and informational texts. Instruction at grades 3-5 is organized in two reading fiction units and two reading informational texts units.

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New Product Reviews: Edmentum Study Island Middle School and High School

Edmentum's Study IslandEdmentum’s Study Island is a supplemental online resource that prepares students in grades K-12 for standardized tests. Across courses and grades, Study Island supports teacher-guided instruction and independent study. Instruction emphasizes preparation for standardized tests, including Texas’ STAAR exams and CCSS exams (e.g., PARCC).

Learning List recently reviewed mathematics materials for grades 7 and 8 and the high school Algebra I. Learning List’s reviews address the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) for and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Learning List also reviewed a TEKS course for high school U.S. History.

Study Island begins instruction for each grade and course with a diagnostic test and/or pre-test that assesses students’ existing knowledge. Subsequent content is presented in a set of online lessons and practice activities formatted to reflect standardized tests. Some lessons include printable worksheets, interactive flashcards, and/or video-based content. Instruction ends with a post-test to be completed when students have finished all lessons. [Read more…]

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