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New Product Review: EduSpark Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura

New Product Review: EduSpark Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura

EduSpark’s Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura is a Spanish language arts and reading (SLAR) program developed specifically for Texas students in grades K-5. Content is organized in print and online materials. Instruction supports the development of Spanish-language skills in dual language programs. Resources are designed to provide age-appropriate instruction in Spanish for students whose first language is not Spanish. Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura incorporates authentic reading selections from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries, as well as works written specifically for the program by Texans of Latino ancestry.

At each grade level, Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura is organized in kits that include print student materials (i.e., textbooks and workbooks), digital lesson resources, and a Teacher Guide. Student textbooks at each grade level are made up of 36 lessons. At grade K-2, textbooks are organized in 12 units made up of three lessons each and textbooks at grades 3-5 are comprised of 9 units made up of four lessons each. Across grades, the first lesson in each unit addresses foundational language skills (e.g., pronunciation). Lesson 2 covers phonological awareness (grades K-2), phonics, spelling, and vocabulary (grades 3-5). Lesson 3 focuses on reading comprehension skills using multiple genres of authentic Spanish texts, and Lesson 4 for grades 3-5 addresses writing skills. [Read more…]

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New Review: Learning A-Z’s Raz Plus

[source: Learning A-Z]

[source: Learning A-Z]

Learning A-Z’s Raz Plus is a supplemental program that supports reading instruction in grades K-5. Resources are available online and may be downloaded and printed or displayed using classroom projection devices. Instruction focuses on developing proficient readers using texts that match students’ individual reading levels. Learning List has recently completed reviews of Learning A-Z’s Raz Plus grades K-5.

Reading A-Z content is organized in 27 reading levels (i.e., aa to Z2) that gradually increase in difficulty. Levels are identified using Learning A-Z’s proprietary “Text Leveling System.” This system considers qualitative indicators (e.g., author’s purpose), quantitative measures (e.g., word count), and reader and task considerations (e.g., student interest and skill) to provide a rounded measure of text complexity. Learning A-Z provides a “Level Correlation Chart” aligning its complexity levels with other widely used measures (e.g., Lexiles, Fountas & Pinnell).

At each level of text complexity, Reading A-Z provides two “Benchmark Books” that assess students’ readiness for instruction. Core instruction is presented through the use of more than 1,400 leveled texts and their associated “Guided Lessons.” Texts include a balance of fiction and non-fiction selections. Lessons address fluency, comprehension, writing, vocabulary and foundational skills, such as letter recognition, phonological awareness, and phonics. Each leveled reader is accompanied by a set of instructional resources, including worksheets and quizzes.

Teachers may enable individual students and/or classes to access the online “On Your Own Book Room.”  The Book Room contains a variety of independent reading materials in eBook format, including Spanish-language books, poetry, and texts that emphasize high frequency vocabulary.


About Learning A-Z*

Learning A-Z is an education technology company dedicated to expanding literacy through thoughtfully designed resources. Learning A-Z provides research-based PreK-6 products that enhance instruction and improve learning.

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New Review: Really Great Reading’s Blast Foundations G1A (Grade 1 Aligned)


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Really Great Reading’s Blast Foundations G1A (Grade 1 Aligned) is a supplemental resource to support early reading development in grades K and 1 and intervention in grades 2 and 3.  Resources are available in print format with additional online components. Instruction develops the foundational skills students need in order to become proficient readers, including letter-sound relationships, phonemic and phonological awareness, high frequency word recognition, and phonics and spelling skills.

Blast Foundations supplements core reading instruction by providing structured lessons that support emerging readers in grades K and 1, early intervention in grade 1, and ongoing intervention in grades 2 and 3. Instruction develops students’ decoding skills, reading fluency, and ability to understand what they read.

Instruction is presented in 25 weekly units made up of five daily lessons designed to last 15-20 minutes. Lessons are structured by the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model and incorporate recognizable routines, such as “Look, Think, Say.” Hands-on activities and the use of manipulatives, such as magnetic letter tiles and SyllaBoards (i.e., single-sided dry erase boards), are integrated throughout instruction.

About Really Great Reading*

Really Great Reading believes that every student has the right to appropriate, high-quality, foundational-skills reading instruction. Unfortunately, millions of students struggle to read because they have deficits in their basic reading skills. These gaps often lead to poor decoding skills. The research is clear; automaticity in decoding is a critical skill for fluent reading and proficient comprehension.

Really Great Reading is focused on preventing and remediating decoding weaknesses in students in all grades (and even adults). We provide educators the tools and knowledge to teach all students (not just those who learn easily) to read. We make assessment and grouping practical, efficient and accurate. Our approach to reading instruction is research-based, interactive, explicit, structured, and multisensory. In our lessons, students not only learn to read, but enjoy the intelligent learning process.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Really Great Reading.

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