Developmental Studies Center (DSC), a mission-driven nonprofit organization since 1980, is dedicated to children's academic, ethical, and social development. Their research-based offerings include Making Meaning (reading comprehension K-8 with Vocabulary support K-6), Being a Writer (writing motivation, craft and convention K-6), Caring School Community (social emotional ethical learning K-6), AfterSchool KidzLit and AfterSchool KidzMath and now, Lesson Study! DSC Program Developers and Alice King Books provide quality Staff Development & Implementation Training.
Pacific Learning is a front-runner in the use of technology in instruction & assessment. Innovative tools include "CSI" (Comprehension Strategies Instruction) which uses technology and short text excerpts in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies to teach comprehension strategies in the content areas for Grades 3-8. AssessNow is a K-5 comprehensive assessment tool for both reading and writing that is quick, informative, data driven, and, unlike most other assessments, provides teachers with a "what's next". Speak Out! Reader’s Theater features multiple reading levels within each play to allow confident participation by all students. Too Cool is a character who takes us with him on a series of hilarious sports adventures weaving a boy's fantasy life with his reality. Big Cat teaches comprehension strategies in the early grades using trade-quality books and carefully structured lessons. Accompanying CDRoms provide opportunities for whole-class instruction. Some Pre-K material available on a 2 for 1 promotion. See the website for lots more including RtI and Leveled Libraries!
Designed for use by students comfortable with decoding skills, up to grade 12, students learn the building blocks of vocabulary - the 93 most frequently used Greek and Latin roots. Coupled with instruction in prefixes and suffixes, students develop the ability to unlock over 16,000 words without rote memorization. Motivating puzzles and games make learning vocabulary interesting and fun. Differentiated instruction allows students of many different reading levels to work simultaneously.
Okapi is introducing their NEW program for early intervention and prevention called Flying Start to Literacy. Designed for small group instruction, these guided reading books feature 144 student titles from A to M; paired fiction and non-fiction books which address the same concepts, vocabulary, and high-frequency words in different text types and sentence structures. Laminated tri-fold Lesson Cards accompany each pair and provide teacher support including a synthesizing activity focusing on the key concepts of both books, a phonics lesson, and a writing activity. Teachers of pre-readers are provided special support with "vocabulary starters". Take Home books and writing activities extend the learning. Okapi Explorations and Exploraciones (in Spanish) are a line of leveled non fiction guided reading books supported by Smart Boards, big books, teacher guides and an assessment tool. These books make a perfect nonfiction bookroom and correlate closely to the new Common Core Standards.
Iversen is a NZ based early childhood publisher of supplemental materials which utilize a Reading Recovery pedagogy. What sets Iversen apart from other Reading Recovery based materials is that they provide embedded teacher support which lends itself to small-group instruction, and is tied to specific learning outcomes. These outcomes include phonemic awareness, phonics, and/or high-frequency word skills. Products include "Quick 60" which promises grade-level achievement in 60 lessons.
An exciting offer of all 320 e-books loaded on the 3 dimensional Red Rocket flash drive with any Launch Pack purchase has Red Rocket Readers blasting off in the US. These books were developed by New Zealand Reading Recovery specialist and author Pam Holden. This program features 320 leveled titles (from A-L) including illustrated fiction and photographic non-fiction titles. Red Rocket Readers offer a carefully controlled sequence of challenges to ensure confident and enthusiastic student progress. Pre-readers are supported by the NEW Alphabet Explorers which include 30 8-page books, individual titles for each letter plus one for each primary digraph and numbers 1-10. Download 40 FREE titles by clicking on the website below and try the books on your computer or Smart Board!
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