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June 2008 Product Spotlight Supplement

Little Scientists Curriculum Units from K-5 Kaplan
Little Scientists curriculum is a teacher-friendly, comprehensive hands-on science program. This innovative, inquiry-based program is unique in providing self-contained curricular units. With 10 units available for each grade level, covering all 4 NSTA strands, Little Scientists is your solution for complete hands-on support of your science curriculum. Each unit includes: Complete Materials for up to 19 Different Investigations, Student Journals, Comprehensive Instructional Guide, Written and Performance Based Assessments, Literacy Components with School-Home Connections, and Poster Displays to Extend and Build Vocabulary.

Gourmet Learning's Lesson Maker
Gourmet Learning's new Lesson Maker is poised to make superheroes out of ordinary teachers. The Lesson Maker, a Web-based reading tool, allows teachers to access a specific reading skill across grade levels. Differentiated Instruction has long been a key element of the successful classroom, but without facilitating tools, teachers have struggled to implement it. Lesson Maker will allow teachers to call up specific skills using their own search criteria and print lessons and activities they need when they need them.

Lesson Plans That Wow from Teaching Press
Undisputed studies show that learning by doing is a direct pipeline to a child's educational success. Now, in the first book to combine the standards-based teaching paradigm with highly effective motivational approach, a team of experienced educators and artists put a fresh spin on the basics while instilling creativity. By compiling 12 fun-filled and classroom tested lesson plans that tap into the "learning by doing" dynamic, Lesson Plans that Wow! stimulates a student's passion for learning with creative projects that meld history, social studies, science, and math.

GAMCO has released an update of its popular K-3 Math Concepts 1-2-3 software series—a great complement to classroom instruction in the fundamentals of mathematics. The vibrant new look, feel, and sound of this series motivate students to keep coming back for more learning fun, but Math Concepts 1-2-3 also features many of the things that have made it a classic. Each program module is voiced, perfect for young learners and ELL students. The program's unique journal feature encourages students to write about their mathematical experiences. GAMCO is a division of Siboney Learning Group.

Weekly Reader: Mastering Series
To support learning in and out of the classroom, Weekly Reader Corporation and Innovative Knowledge have teamed up to provide its popular Weekly Reader: Mastering series of educational software to schools free of charge. If a student purchases the software, Weekly Reader and Innovative Knowledge will donate a single user installation to the student's school. The Weekly Reader: Mastering series of educational software incorporates "The Learning System," a proprietary multi-sensory approach to learning, in its software.

The Character Chronicles from Live Wire Media
The Character Chronicles brings character education alive for upper elementary and middle school students. Presented from the point of view of a middle school video blogger, this series explores the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship) through the thoughts and personal experiences of young people. The series contains a variety of entertaining and provocative elements, including inspiring documentaries, humorous vignettes, and insightful teen discussions.

Classroom Suite from Cambium Learning Technologies
Classroom Suite is a unique intervention tool that combines the power of direct instruction within a flexible tool environment to help students in grades Pre-K through 5 achieve mastery in reading, writing, and math. Classroom Suite provides students with explicit instruction, constructive practice, and embedded assessments. Teachers can utilize the report data and student portfolios to gauge progress and individualize instruction for their students. Classroom Suite includes research-based activity templates that can be used out-of-the-box, or can be easily customized to meet targeted needs.

Word Roots Beginning from Critical Thinking
The new Word Roots Beginning teaches third-grade and fourth-grade students the meanings of Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes commonly used in English. Learning word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words. Word Roots will add hundreds of words to your students' vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing. Each book in the award-winning series includes a Pretest/Posttest, answers, and a dictionary of words derived from Latin roots. Five titles are available for Grades 3-12. Interactive software also is available.

Destination Education, Inc. (DEI)
Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's series most used by teachers, is available at a 15 percent discount. Great for grades K-3, the series integrates reading, math, science, arts, and social studies curriculums. Wonderwise: Women in Science lets students explore the world of women scientists while discovering the fun of learning about science. Nine Wonderwise kits get youth (grades 4 - 6) acquainted with a real scientist by following along on a trail of scientific discovery. Each kit includes a DVD, a CD-ROM, and an Activity Book with hands-on activities. Destination Education, Inc. (DEI) is your source for K-12 resources for all curriculum areas.  

AVKO Educational Research Foundation
AVKO, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Specialists, has materials written especially for parents to help their children overcome problems in learning to read and spell. Try for free the first eight lessons of Sequential Spelling, and see for yourself that your child can learn to spell without wasting time attempting to memorize words. Let's Write Right and Individualized Keyboarding – created for use with Sequential Spelling – are two programs that reinforce reading and spelling as they master handwriting and keyboarding.

Hands-On English from Grammar and More
Hands-On English, Second Edition, is a 192-page handbook that gives quick access to the basics of English. It makes grammar visual by using functional symbols for parts of speech. These symbols can be combined to show the basic structure of various sentences. In addition to grammar, Hands-On English includes usage, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, reading, and writing. Alone, Hands-On English is a valuable reference for students and teachers. With its companion products (practice pages, a card game, and visual aids), it becomes the cornerstone of a language arts curriculum.

Peacemakers from Solution Tree
Peacemakers: A Violence Prevention Program, developed by Jeremy P. Shapiro for Applewood Centers, is a research-based intervention that combines best practices from psychology and values education into experiences that help prevent youth violence and improve interpersonal behavior. The program is written for students in grades 4–8, and can be implemented in schools, as well as in youth groups, after-school programs, residential-treatment programs, or any other group of children led by caring adults. This product is provided by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance.

StudyDog is an early reading software program for pre-K through first grade that is specifically designed for diverse classrooms. The most popular reading offering is the StudyDog Individualized Reading program, where each student receives his own reading program based on a pre-test. Thousands of teachers have recognized the value of StudyDog. New for this school year, the StudyDog Pre-K reading program is the first comprehensive curriculum designed completely from standards.

Young Naturalist Company
The Young Naturalist Company has been in business 21 years distributing its Nature Education Kits to schools nationwide. The kits teach students about tree identification and classification using leaves, seeds, crop, and twigs. The kits are unique because they use real tree leaves, seeds, and twigs that let the student see the different physical characteristics between species. Each kit comes with a teacher's lesson plan and hands-on activities. Titles in the series include Leaf Identification Kit, Seed Identification Kit, Twig Identification Kit and How A Tree Grows Kit.

Carson-Dellosa Publishing has set Back to School 2008 for the release of a new series of books designed for mixed-ability classrooms. Created to help teachers meet each student's learning needs with differentiated instruction, Step Up to Math, Step Up to Reading and Step Up to Language Arts are unique new resources that are divided into core skills within a variety of subject areas. The books include three leveled, reproducible activity sheets for each skill. Teachers can simply choose a level based on the readiness of each student.

LaMotte Environmental Science Catalog/Lesson Plans
Leave a lasting impression on students of all ages with easy-to-use water and soil testing kits. Teach about authentic real-world environmental careers and activities. Guide your class through inquiry to an understanding of how soil affects plants and how land use affects water quality. Teach the value of natural resources. LaMotte education products are used by sponsors of World Water Monitoring Day, Earth Day, Agriculture and water fairs, Science Olympiad and Environthons, GLOBE hydrology and soil curricula, volunteer water monitoring agencies, service learning programs, drinking water projects, salmon/shad/oyster restoration projects, and governmental education outreach programs.

Arts Attack Publications
Arts Attack publishes a comprehensive, developmental-sequential visual art curriculum for grades K-8. Using classroom video as the primary motivational and teaching tool, this hands-on, process-oriented program enables any teacher to achieve exceptional classroom results. Available in either DVD or videotape format and consistent with national and state standards, it is used extensively by classroom teachers, parent art docents, and professional art teachers throughout the United States. The Arts Attack curriculum is based on developing skills and understanding through the teaching of art elements and principles. 

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