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Reading and Math Curriculum

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What Reading and Math Curriculum do you use? I have a K-4 cross categorical classroom and we typically get the "leftovers" for textbooks. I am looking for ideas on what others are doing and if anyone has similar issue.


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Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

We just adopted the Reading Street Program, which has a plethora of resources-- both online and hardcopy. However, trying to follow the scope and sequence of the program in its entirety is impossible, unrealistic, and shallow.

Do you have the freedom to choose a program or are you just looking for stories to read? Have you explored the workshop model? This is a great way to approach differentiated instruction.

Books like... But How do you teach writing? By Barry Lane

and The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell

Gaetan

John S. Thomas's picture
John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct Faculty Antioch University New England, former Elementary Principal

We use Everyday Math. I didn't like it at first, but the thing it does best is improve student's confidence with math...when the program is implemented PROPERLY. The spiraling curriculum works when presented correctly to students (let students know the skill is presented several times...some will get it the first time, most the second and all the third), when the games are done on an almost daily basis, and when teachers don't mark up the math journals giving the students negative feedback. Instead they are supposed to reteach the skill and give them another chance to practice being successful. Confidence is EVERYTHING when it comes to getting a struggling learner motivated and moving forward.

For reading, I highly recommend the Reader's Workshop model. My school just started using it two years ago, and in my classroom I do a hybrid of a Reader's Workshop and CAFE models. I believe neither is ideal but they both have many strong elements. Both of these models are in their relative infancy and I believe have some things to work out, but overall they allow me to fully differentiate reading to meet their individual needs. I will say it is very labor intensive to do a workshop model, especially at first, but once systems are in place it is more manageable. It will take several years to ramp up fully doing a workshop model, but I believe it holds great promise to the future of reading instruction. I know my students enjoy reading from a book bag which has books on their own "just right reading level" that they choose to read.

A book from Lucy Calkins and the Reading and Writing Project from Teachers College is the best place to start. http://readingandwritingproject.com/professional-development/k-8-reading...

We also supplement our reading with Words Their Way word work. http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/series/Words-Their-Way-Series/10...

We also do a Writer's Workshop model and like it quite a bit.

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Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

At my school we used to use Investigations for Math, but it seemed like almost everybody hated it, so with the CCSS sweeping in, we moved to enVision Math http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS2iJj

In grades K-3 we use Fundations for basic reading skills http://www.fundations.com

We also use Explorations in Nonfiction Writing K-3, soon to expand up through grade 5 https://www.heinemann.com/series/100.aspx

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