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Region 4 STAAR® Resources

Region 4’s content-area experts have developed teacher- friendly, research-based resources that are aligned to Texas standards, designed with formative assessments, driven by the needs of educators, and informed by student state assessment data.


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Mathematics Science Reading/Writing
Social Studies Workshops Texas Virtual School




Engaging Mathematics, Volume II
Featuring formative assessment and retention support, this resource includes new activities fully aligned to the rigor of the 2012 TEKS.



The new volume of Engaging Mathematics is fully aligned to the revised 2012 Mathematics TEKS and is designed to provide students with meaningful activities and problem-solving situations that can be used as warm-ups and engagement activities for teacher-developed lessons, support for retention of skills and concepts, or short formative assessments.

Included are more than 90 classroom-ready activities, rigorous problem-solving situations, vocabulary development activities, and writing prompts. $50 per grade level. Available for grades 2–8, with Algebra I arriving soon. E-mail for more information.


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Accelerated Intervention, Algebra I

Focus learning on targeted areas of need for students who are at risk of not reaching the passing standard for the Algebra I STAAR.



Each module in the series features a different focus and four lessons, with the final lesson serving as a cumulative lesson that connects the content of the previous lessons to support students as they put together pieces of understanding. Each module is fully aligned to the revised 2012 Mathematics TEKS.

  • Module 1: Functions and Their Representations
  • Module 2: Describing Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Functions
  • Module 3: Describing and Graphing Linear Functions and Equations
  • Module 4: Writing and Solving Equations and Inequalities
 $25 per teacher edition. Sets of 30 student workbooks available for $120 per module. For more information, contact



407-1880-front-cover-webClosing the Distance, Mathematics—GRADE 8, Now Available!

Students who are close to meeting standard on the STAAR® Mathematics benefit from activities that offer opportunities to talk about what they know and what they still need to clarify. Closing the Distance is designed to help students strengthen their understandings, connect concepts to procedures, and apply academic language. Each teacher edition is fully aligned to the revised 2012 Mathematics TEKS and includes 10 sets of activities organized with the 5 Es. Each set of activities includes teacher notes, reproducible masters, and a student reflection. Grade 8 is currently available, with Grade 5 and Algebra I coming soon. 


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$50 per grade level. For more information, contact



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Gateways to Science, STAAR® Edition
A comprehensive science program directly aligned to the 2010 TEKS
Gateways to Science includes detailed instructions to guide teachers through the 5E lesson model, annotated answers to questions and activities, strategies for helping students organize information, material lists, and reproducible masters. Available in class sets, or as a Teacher/Student edition, which can be supplemented with additional student books.


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Gateways to Science is also available for Kindergarten and Biology. For more information, e-mail, or call 713.744.6577.

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STAAR® Review To Go -
Grades 5, 8, and Biology are NOW AVAILABLE !
Student-centered review resource designed to address specific TEKS standards
historically proven to be the most challenging.
staar-review-to-go-5--8-bio0imageAll activities are TEKS-based and may be used to enrich Tier I instruction or as a review at the rigor outlined by the TEKS. Activities fit into a file folder, making them convenient for use on demand in small intervention groups, stations, or review sessions.
Each STAAR Review-To-Go item includes:
  • Key questions to help students focus on the topic
  • Student tasks to engage learners
  • Literacy components to promote processing and real-world connections
  • STAAR-format assessment items for practice
For details about this resource, e-mail
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Warm Up to Science

Formative Science Assessment for Grades 4–8, Biology, and Chemistry


Warm Up to Science offers student-centered engagement activities for immediate student involvement. Scientific 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 TEKS. Students must use critical thinking skills as they are presented with content-specific activities or with visual stimuli, including charts, graphs, and tables. $75 per grade level. For more information on the Warm Up to Science series, contact


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Supporting STAAR Achievement in Science

Readiness Support and Tier I Differentiation for Grades 5, 8, and Biology

supp-staar-science-coverThis collection of classroom-ready 5E lessons addresses the science readiness standards, which are reinforced by the supporting standards, underlying processes and skills, and the English Language Proficiency Standards. Each lesson includes Tier I differentiated activities to help identify where students are and support student progress toward success on STAAR. $50 per grade level.


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show-me-how-grades-3-5-cover-501-1665-smallSHOW 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 elements include the use of mentor texts to explore expository test structures. Each edition of Show Me How includes mentor texts, a teacher manual, and a CD with all student materials.
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Learn how to use this resource online!  Session #1185348 is an online course developed specifically for grades 3-5. For more information about using Show Me How, including customized professional development, contact


STAAR preparation series for English Language Arts is now available for
Grades 4–8, and English I–III. 


stellar-grade-7-webEach 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. $50 per grade level.


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Grade 5 and 6 now available!


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STELLAR Essay Writing
stellar-writing-cover-webExplore multigenre modules linked to seamlessly align with high school writing assessments.

Each module is crafted to inspire inquiry, discussion, and ongoing reflection, offering added-value enrichments through technology, research, listening, and speaking. STELLAR Essay Writing provides relevant scaffolding options for diverse learners and includes suggestions for extensions that support authentic writing experiences. $100 per copy.

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Social Studies


5 Es over America - Now Available!

This series includes support for vital components of American history assessed on the 8th grade Social Studies STAAR.



5 Es over America provides student-centered 5E instructional activities and multiple forms of assessment to monitor student progress. Each section focuses on one of the four reporting categories and is aligned to Grade 5 American History TEKS, Grade 7 Texas History TEKS, and the high school US History STAAR reporting categories. High-yield instructional strategies are incorporated and include formative assessment, facilitation, and discussion questions. $50 per copy. For more information on 5 Es over Texas, contact


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5 Es over Texas
Address the Grade 7 Texas History TEKS while preparing your students for the 8th grade Social Studies STAAR.


5es-over-texas-cover-web5 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. The teacher-ready instructional plans are written in the student-centered 5E format, with full alignment to the reporting categories for grade 8 and the US History STAAR. $50 per copy.  For more information on 5 Es over Texas, contact


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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

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Volume 1:
Spatial Analysis 
Physical Geography
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Volume 2:
Economic Geography 
and Development

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Volume 3:
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Geography By Design: The Human Mosaic, Volume 4
Volume 4:
The Human Mosaic
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Volume 5:
Population and Migration
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Volume 6:
Political Geography and
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Texas Virtual School

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

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