Instructional Materials

New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Saxon Phonics

New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Saxon Phonics

Are your primary teachers ready for a new program to support foundational literacy skills? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Saxon Phonics.

Saxon Phonics is a supplemental literacy program for students in kindergarten through grade 2. The program is designed to provide explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency, as well as instructional support for handwriting, listening, and speaking.

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New Product: Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Math for Florida

New Product: Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Math for Florida

Does your district need math materials to support the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Math for Florida.

Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Math is a comprehensive mathematics program for grades K-5. The materials are primarily digital, with a supplemental student print version and Teacher Print Kits available. Learning List recently reviewed the grades 3 through 5 digital components, designed specifically for Florida. Reviews of K through grade 2 are forthcoming.

The program makes intentional connections to math concepts as they are found in the everyday world.  Scopes support student learning through a clear reflection of the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) model. Lessons require students to think critically, reflect, and collaborate. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful learning experiences that focus on 21st century skills and support student success in STEM careers.

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New Product: Mentoring Minds ThinkUp! Science

Is your district looking for new Science materials? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Mentoring Minds’ ThinkUp! Science.

ThinkUp! Teacher Edition

Mentoring Minds’ ThinkUp! Science is a comprehensive instructional material that supports TEKS-based instruction in grades 3 through 8. Learning List recently reviewed the content for grades 3-5, which includes a print teacher edition and a consumable print student edition. ThinkUp! Science is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills and connect science skills and knowledge to real world situations.

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New Product: Pacific Learning’s El Sistema de Intervención de Lectura (SIL)

New Product: Pacific Learning’s El Sistema de Intervención de Lectura (SIL)

Does your district need Spanish reading intervention materials? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Pacific Learning’s El Sistema de Intervención de Lectura (SIL).

Pacific Learning’s El Sistema de Intervención de Lectura (SIL) is a supplemental Spanish reading intervention program for students in grades K-3. The materials include leveled readers and a variety of additional materials to support reading intervention. The program is designed to support foundational literacy skills.

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Strategies for Reviewing Adaptive Materials

Over the last year, many of our subscribing districts requested reviews of adaptive materials. The concept behind adaptive materials is admirable: different content is presented to each student based upon the student’s performance on each task or assessment. In essence, these products offer the promise of an individualized instruction for each student.

However, districts should not assume that “adaptive” means “aligned to standards.” Many adaptive materials assign content based on skill mastery rather than mastery of the standards. Based on our experience, districts would be advised to carefully review the alignment of adaptive materials to the standards they are needed to support before using them.

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Alignment: Intervention & Test Prep Materials

As we near the end of the school year, your focus may be on intervention and testing. We offer three suggestions to help you prepare your students for end-of-year success.
Make sure your intervention materials are aligned to the standards you are reteaching. Using tightly aligned materials will reduce your workload and make intervention more effective. Many intervention materials are not designed to align to 100% of state standards. Make sure the material(s) you are using for intervention are aligned to the standards you are re-teaching. Verify that the citations (e.g., lessons, activities, assessments) you plan to use address both the content and rigor of the standards your students need to learn.
 

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