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Engaging Mathematics, Volume II

Now available for Grade 5 and 8!

Featuring ALL NEW TEKS-based activities that are teacher-friendly and classroom-ready, this volume of Engaging Mathematics is fully aligned to the Revised Mathematics TEKS (2012). E-mail math@esc4.net for more information.


     
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Warm Up to Science
Updated and available in both print and in an online, digital format!




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

For more information on the Warm Up to Science series, contact science@esc4.net



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. 

For more details about the Gateways to Science program and information about customized professional development, contact science@esc4.net or call 713.744.6577.







Kindergarten
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Grade 1
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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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For details about Supporting STAAR Achievement in Science, contact science@esc4.net.

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STELLAR
STAAR Preparation Series for English/Language Arts


Now Available for Grades 7 and 8!
 
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.

STELLAR is carefully crafted to provide big-picture ideas in the form of essential unit questions, thematically paired passages, and assessments based on these passages. There are five strands of instructional skills outlined in the TEKS: reading, writing, oral and written conventions, research, and listening and speaking. Additionally, the assessments measure a student’s level of performance on clearly defined Texas standards, objectives, and skills.


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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. 


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Show Me How
Powerful first-time reading and writing instruction for critical testing years

Show Me How is a series of instructional units that connect the interrelated roles of reading and writing across multiple genres and modes. The instructional activities follow the gradual release of responsibility framework in the context of a reading and writing workshop environment. Lessons are divided by genre into units that teachers can use as a starting point or a complete unit of study.


The lessons 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 supporting students’ ability to produce these writing forms independently. Key element includes the use of Mentor Texts to explore expository test structures.

Each edition of Show Me How includes the following:
  • Mentor texts
  • Teacher manual
  • CD with all student materials

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Learn how to use this resource online by registering for our webinar. For more information about using Show Me How, including customized professional development, contact reading@esc4.net.





Show Me How Grades 3-5: Supplemental Essays 
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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For more information about Show Me How and details about customized professional development, contact reading@esc4.net or call 713.744.4457. 


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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. $275 for the full six-volume set.



For more information on the series, contact socialstudies@esc4.net.




Geography By Design: The Human Mosaic, Volume 4


              
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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 the Social Studies STAAR. 5 Es over Texas provides instructional activities that address all Grade 7 Texas History TEKS and multiple forms of assessment.

5 Es over Texas features:
  • 32 teacher-ready instructional plans written in the student-centered 5E format
  • Alignment to the reporting categories for grade 8 and the US History STAAR
  • A CD featuring student activity pages, graphics, assessment items, and answer keys
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Upcoming Professional Development

5 Es Over Texas: Social Studies STAAR Preparation Grade 7
September 23
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 7DETAILS






The Region 4 ESC Texas Virtual School offers online summer courses for high school students approved by the Texas Education Agency and include Latin I, II, and III as well as AP courses for students interested in a challenge.

All courses are taught by Texas-certified, highly qualified teachers. 
View full list of courses here.

Questions?  Ready to enroll? 
Call 1.800.992.9397 or e-mail tvs@esc4.net.


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