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Closing the Distance: A Flexible Tutorial

In need of an intervention resource for Algebra I?

Closing the Distance is a mathematics intervention resource for students who are close to demonstrating understanding of grade-level standards but need extra support to close the achievement gap, by focusing on a concept or a group of concepts that data show pose obstacles to student achievement.

Using the 5E instructional model, Closing the Distance provides the rigor needed for STAAR; keeps students engaged; and facilitates learning for a broad range of students, including English language learners and learners who are at risk of failing. New learning experiences have been developed for Algebra I.

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Accelerated Instruction, Algebra I 
How do we focus learning on targeted areas of need when students have already received instruction?

This collection of  four lessons focuses on functions and their representations, including function notation, data, and scatter plots. The final lesson is a cumulative lesson that connects the content of the previous lessons to support students as they put together pieces of understanding.  $25 per module.
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Module 1:
Functions and
their Representations

ID: 407-1829 
Module 2:
Linear Functions
ID: Coming soon 
Module 3:
Representing Functions
ID: Coming soon 
Module 4:
Equations and Inequalities
ID: Coming soon
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Warm Up to Science
Updated and available in both print and in an online, digital format!


Warm Up to Science
offers student-centered engagement activities for immediate student involvement. Scientifically based research supports the use of this form of frequent conceptual exposure to enhance student understanding.

Activities are designed to require 5 to 10 minutes of class time and are written with the cognitive rigor demanded by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Students must use critical thinking skills as they are presented with content-specific activities or with visual stimuli, including charts, graphs, and tables.

Each activity may be used as an engagement for a new lesson, as a method to enhance retention, and as a means to support STAAR® preparation. Activities are grouped by STAAR strands and sequenced by specific TEKS and student expectations.

Grade 5, 6, 8 and Chemistry are all available now, with Grades 4 and 7 coming soon.

Warm Up to Science, Grade 5, 6, and 8
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Gateways to Science, STAAR™ Edition
With the addition of the new Kindergarten kit, Region 4’s Gateways to Science series is now complete. Available for all grades Kindergarten through Biology!

The Gateways to Science instructional program addresses 100% of the TEKS at the appropriate level of rigor.  Assessments are included for each lesson, and a CBA for each unit includes the DOK alignment. 

Written using the research-proven 5E instructional model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate—students actively participate in learning science and integrate that knowledge with real-world understanding. The use of a science notebook promotes the development of language and writing skills.  Detailed instructions guide teachers through each lesson, including content notes and teaching tips. The teacher edition includes annotated answers to questions and activities, strategies for helping students organize information, materials lists, and reproducible masters. 

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Kindergarten NEW!
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Grade 1
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Grade 2
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Grade 3
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Grade 4
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 Grade 5
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Supporting STAAR Achievement in Science

This resource addresses the science readiness standards, which are reinforced by the supporting standards, underlying processes and tools, and the English Language Proficiency Standards. Tier I differentiated activities help identify where students are and support student progress toward success on STAAR.

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Upcoming Professional Development

Supporting STAAR Achievement in Science - Biology
June 23
Explore differentiated lessons that address readiness standards for STAAR biology.  Each 5E lesson includes intervention strategies and ELPS-based support to make science content accessible for all learners.  The registration fee includes a copy of Supporting STAAR Achievement in Science, Biology.  DETAILS

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Connecting the dots between reading and writing does not always come naturally to our students. The instructional activities in Show Me How focus on integrating the two written language processes of reading and writing to enhance students’ comprehension of expository texts, specifically informational and persuasive texts, and on supporting students’ ability to produce these writing forms independently. The link between the two written language processes is explicit and ongoing throughout the instruction.

Key elements include—

Use of Mentor Texts
Instead of one-time read-aloud experiences, each mentor text is revisited multiple times as, together, teacher and student explore the characteristics and techniques used by the author. The text does double duty. Students first become familiar with the author’s content; later they concentrate more fully on the author’s techniques and style.

Expository Text Structure
—The author of an expository piece thoughtfully chooses an organizational structure that will help the reader make sense of the information presented. Some common structural patterns used in expository writing are descriptive, sequential, question and answer, problem and solution, cause and effect, time order, compare and contrast, and narrative nonfiction. The Show Me How series of lessons explores the majority of these organizational structures in both reading and writing.

Show Me How - Using Mentor Text to Guide Readers and Writers
Each edition of Show Me How includes mentor texts, a teacher manual and a CD with all student materials.

Elementary (Grades 3–5)
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Show Me How Grades 3-5: Supplemental Essays  NEW!
This resource contains 23 original essays with distinct informational text structures that extend across grade level to provide ongoing use of the Show Me How: Using Mentor Text to Guide Readers and Writers in Grades 3, 4 and 5.  These essays can also be embedded in your current program to enhance instruction on informational text structures.  

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STAAR Preparation Series for English/Language Arts

STAAR Techniques to Engage Learners in Literacy and Academic Rigor
(STELLAR) was developed as a resource for classroom teachers to use in preparing students for the STAAR assessments.  Each STELLAR volume consists of four units that incorporate thematically linked, multigenre texts that encourage inquiry, discussion, and ongoing reflection.

Every unit offers value-added enrichments through technology, research, and listening and speaking, while providing relevant scaffolding options for diverse learners and gifted and talented students. Also included are suggestions for big ideas, skills-based vocabulary, literary extensions, and benchmark and summative assessment options to support authentic literacy experiences.

Elements of this resource include—

Value-Added ComponentsSTELLAR is carefully crafted to provide big-picture ideas in the form of essential unit questions, thematically paired passages, and assessments based on these passages. In addition to the basics, each unit contains applications for listening and speaking, research, skills-based vocabulary, technology, and project ideas. The value-added components have been developed and aligned to the most current version of the English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).

Thematic InstructionSTELLAR puts forth the best practice of thematic instruction in integrated language arts. It utilizes the ELAR TEKS as its foundational document. There are five strands of instructional skills outlined in the TEKS: reading, writing, oral and written conventions, research, and listening and speaking. These skills are meant to be taught in conjunction with one another in order to help students make connections between the different literacy strands.

Assessments—The assessments in STELLAR are custom designed for Texas students. The assessments measure a student’s level of performance on clearly defined standards, objectives, and skills. Student scores will be based on test questions that have been developed and aligned to the most current version of the ELAR TEKS as well as the CCRS.

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Grade 4
      English I
      English II
      English III
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Upcoming Professional Development
STAAR Techniques to Engage Learners in Literacy and Academic Rigor: STELLAR 8-12
July 7
Empower your students to reach for the STAAR! Discover how the STELLAR modules incorporate multi-genre pieces, align with the STAAR platform for assessments, and inspire inquiry, discussion, and ongoing reflection. Each module also offers added-value enrichments through technology, research, listening and speaking, and study skills, while providing relevant scaffolding options for diverse learners and gifted and talented students.

Modules include summative and formative assessment options and suggestions for extensions through reading, writing, listening, and speaking, in order to support authentic literacy experiences. Participants will learn how to use and integrate all of the resources the STELLAR series provides. Appropriate text and materials will be provided for the training.  DETAILS

STELLAR Essay Writing
STAAR® Techniques to Engage Learners in Literacy and Academic Rigor
STELLAR for Essay Writing English I–IV incorporates multi-genre writing opportunities linked to seamlessly align to the STAAR platform for assessments. Each module is crafted to inspire inquiry, discussion, and ongoing reflection, offering added-value enrichments through technology, research, listening, and speaking. STELLAR provides relevant scaffolding options for diverse learners and gifted and talented students and includes suggestions for extensions that support authentic writing experiences.  Available in the Region 4 Online Store.   

Upcoming Professional Development
STELLAR Essay Writing - Best Practices that Support STAAR (English I-IV)
June 30

Make your classroom more interactive and fun! Starting with the basics, each informational mode will provide definitions, text features, organizational patterns, strategies, learning opportunities, and student exemplars. Learn how to craft prompts, generate essay starters, and make inexpensive classroom activities by type of writing.

The session covers expository, procedural, persuasive, and analytical writing. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an option because no-tech and mid-tech approaches will be demonstrated.  The cost of the professional development includes one copy of STELLAR: Essay Writing, English I-IV. [Training is applicable to informational writing at all grade levels. DETAILS

Geography by Design
World Geography, Seamlessly Aligned to the TEKS

Region 4 presents this series of conceptually designed instructional units aligned to the Geography TEKS. These research-based, student-centered activities maximize learning opportunities for students of all abilities. Geography by Design embeds opportunities for differentiation for diverse learners and adaptation for the gifted and talented. 

Geography By Design: The Human Mosaic, Volume 4

Volume 1:
Spatial Analysis and
Physical Geography

   Volume 2:
Economic Geography
and Development

   Volume 3:

   Volume 4:
The Human Mosaic

   Volume 5:
Population and
   Volume 6: Political
Geography and

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All six volumes of Geography by Design are available at a package price - click here for details.

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Upcoming Professional Development
Geography by Design
July 8

Experience instructional plans from the Geography by Design series. Explore research-based, student-centered instructional activities which utilize a conceptual framework to maximize learning opportunities. Participants will receive hands-on instruction for using the Geography by Design resources in their World Geography instruction. DETAILS

5 Es over Texas
Social Studies STAAR® Preparation

5 Es over Texas Social Studies STAAR® Preparation for Grade 7 offers vital foundational components of Texas history standards aligned to content assessed on Social Studies STAAR®. 5 Es over Texas provides instructional activities and multiple forms of assessment to monitor student progress.

Each of the 32 instructional plans varies in duration and addresses multiple Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) items. Various sections of STAAR® are addressed, with one of the four reporting categories featured as a major focus in every instructional plan. 

5 Es over Texas
Grade 7, Teacher Edition

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Upcoming Professional Development

5 Es Over Texas: Social Studies STAAR Preparation Grade 7

Texas, O Texas! Examine an instructional resource to address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Texas History. This resource uses a student-centered instructional model for the Texas History classroom, as well as research-based strategies that facilitate the development of analytical thinking skills.

This session will also explore how to support student success by identifying the vertical connections between grade 7 Texas History, grade 8 American History, and high school U.S. History. Participants will receive the Region 4 publication 5 Es Over Texas: Social Studies STAAR Preparation Grade 7.

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