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New Product: Mentoring Minds ThinkUp! ELAR for TEKS

New Product: Mentoring Minds ThinkUp! ELAR for TEKS

Do you need a product to support student mastery of TEKS? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Mentoring Minds ThinkUp! ELAR.

Learning List recently reviewed Mentoring Minds ThinkUp! ELAR which supports instruction in grades K through 8. Content is available in print with an online pre-assessment. This product is designed to develop literacy skills through the integration of the seven strands of the 2017 TEKS for ELAR. ThinkUp! also supports instruction in the 9 traits of critical thinking as defined by Mentoring Minds. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

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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: Heinemann’s Units of Study in Writing

Which instructional materials is your district considering for writing instruction? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Heinemann’s Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative WritingTM (Grades K-5) and Heinemann’s Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative WritingTM (Grades 6-8) (Units of Study Writing).

Units of StudyUnits of Study Writing is a supplemental writing product for students in grades K-8. The program is primarily an instructional narrative for teachers and includes print and online teaching resources. Lucy Calkins’ workshop model underpins the framework for writing instruction in this series. Teachers without prior experience in teaching writing workshop will require significant professional development and time to study materials and resources to ensure successful implementation.

Units of Study Writing dovetails with Heinemann’s Units for ReadingTM, which Learning List has reviewed. Both products use similar structures, instructional strategies, and vocabulary across grade levels and content areas. This provides seamless transitions for students from grade to grade. Learning List’s alignment reports show how the material’s vertical alignment of skills guide teachers in supporting students at all proficiency levels. [Read more. . . ]

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New Product Review: Heinemann’s Units of Study in Phonics

Is your district trying to connect the dots for the adoption of new ELAR materials? Take a look at this new review to see if Heinemann’s Units of Study in PhonicsTM is what you are looking for.

Heinemann’s Units of Study in Phonics is a supplemental reading product for students in grades K-1. The program is primarily an instructional narrative for teachers; few online student resources are provided.  A condensed workshop model underpins the framework for phonics instruction focusing on instruction that transfers to support students’ reading and writing. Units of Study in Phonics dovetails with Heinemann’s Units of Study for Reading and Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing for grades K-1. Learning List has reviewed Units of Study for Reading and Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing.  [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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