Posts Tagged "special populations"

New Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Do The Math

Learning List has reviewed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Do The Math, which is a supplemental product that supports mathematics intervention and targeted remediation for students in grades 1-5. Some resources may be used to support instruction at grade K (e.g., Number Core). Content is available in print format with additional digital components. Instruction addresses fundamental concepts in arithmetic, including number sense, operations, fractions, and problem solving.

Do The Math content is organized in 13 modules that span grade levels. The program’s first module is titled “Number Core” and addresses the fundamentals of numbers and operations (e.g., composing and decomposing quantities). Subsequently, there are three modules each (i.e., Modules A, B, and C) for (1) Addition & Subtraction, (2) Multiplication, (3) Division, and (4) Fractions. For each content area, Module A focuses on basic concepts, and Modules B and C build progressively to address more complex content.

Do The Math facilitates Response to Intervention (RtI) at each tier. The program’s flexible resources may be used for daily classroom instruction, RtI pullouts and tutorials, as well as after-school and summer-school programs. Instruction is sequenced, paced, and scaffolded to meet the needs of struggling learners. Visual representations of concepts and visual directions support English language learners (ELLs) and struggling readers.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*

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.

HMH’s renowned and awarded children’s books, novels, nonfiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. Our distinguished author list, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Philip Roth, and brands from Curious George to The Lord of the Rings, includes 10 Nobel Prize winners, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, 15 National Book Award winners, and more than 100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients.

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Proclamation 2014 Product Trends: Special Populations

Over the past few months, Learning List staff have attended quite a few vendor conferences for products under consideration for state adoption in Texas.  These conferences have been hosted by Texas’ regional Educational Service Centers and have given vendors an opportunity to present their products and educators an opportunity to preview the new science, math, and technology applications materials that will be available for the 2014-15 school year.  We learned a lot at these conferences, and in the next few weeks, we’ll summarize some of the trends we noted in new products.  Today’s post focuses on  features designed to help special student populations, such as English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities (recall that most materials submitted in response to Proclamation 2014 were digital products): 

  • Spanish-Language Translations.  Some products include full student editions in Spanish, while others limit translations to key sections, such as summaries or glossaries.  A few products include translations in languages other than Spanish.
  • English Language Learner Resources for Teachers. Teacher editions highlight strategies to support ELLs and include ELPS correlations, Spanish vocabulary, and modifications to support mastery of concepts while developing English skills.
  • Spanish-Language Resources for Parents.  Curriculum and homework guides for Spanish-speaking parents.
  • Differentiation Strategies for Teachers.  Teacher editions include strategies and professional development to support differentiated instruction.
  • Audio Readers.  Support for visually impaired students and struggling readers; some products include read aloud components in multiple languages.
  • Adjustable Font Sizes.  Support for visually impaired students and struggling readers.
  • Lexile-Based Reading Levels.  Text adapts for students at, above, and below grade level.
  • Transcripts of Video-Based Lessons.  Support for hearing impaired and struggling learners; some products include transcripts in multiple languages.

 

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