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Practice Books (Grades 2-Algebra II)

All Step Up to the TEKS books are updated to meet the TEA specifications for the tested Math TEKS starting in the 2014-15 school year. The format of the books has changed and now include more information to help both teachers and students find success by focusing on the TEKS and not just the test. The books now contain the following sections:

  • Background Information containing TEKS, vertical alignment, TEKS specifications, vocabulary, and essential question
  • Teaching Model 
  • Essential Questions
  • Guided Practice
  • Independent Practice with STAAR formatted and Open Ended for each tested TEKS with an emphasis on the Readiness TEKS
  • Activity per TEKS
  • Answer Key (TE)

Assessment Books (Grades 3-Algebra II)

The Assessment Books provide on-target Benchmarks and Category Tests that were specifically designed to meet the blueprints provided by TEA. These books are designed to be used in conjunction with each other. The Student Edition is comprised of TWO Blueprint Benchmarks and Four Category Tests of 20 questions each. There are no repeated questions on any of the tests and each question was written specifically to address the associated TEKS.

The Assessment Books contain the following sections:

  • Blueprint Benchmark Forms A and B
  • Category Tests for each Reporting Category
  • Answer Form and Answer Key
  • Items Broken Down by Category
  • STAAR Chart for Visual Representation of Data by Category
  • Item Analysis to be used as a follow up

TEKS Checklist (Grades K-Algebra II, including Geometry)

The TEKS Checklists combine an in-depth understanding of the TEKS along with vertically aligned expectations from adjoining grade levels. This tool was developed by teachers for teachers as a must-have road map!

  • TEKS Breakdown for ALL TEKS, including those not tested and Process TEKS
  • Essentials with pointers and tips for each TEKS
  • Vertical alignment for each TEKS
  • Verb Glossary

Math Power Review Books (Grades 3-Algebra I)

The Power Review Books are designed to be used as a two week Review prior to the STAAR Test or in a RtI type class. The Review Books focus on Readiness Standards using engaging activities, formative assessments centered on Readiness Standards and Reporting Category Assessments. The activities are designed to allow students opportunities to process in-depth learning through reflection pages, journaling, and key items to remember. Facilitating questions, teacherís notes, and Pacing Guides help teachers stay on track and focus on the TEKS when reviewing with the students.

  • Designed as a two-week Review focused on the Readiness Standards
  • Contains Engaging Activities and Formative Assessments written Specifically for the TEKS
  • Extensive Teacher Notes
  • Pacing Guides
  • Reporting Category Assessments based on STAAR Blueprints
  • Journaling and Things to Remember for Deeper Connections to the Concepts

Reading

Practice Books

These books will start with small passages to focus instructionally on each concept. The last third of the books contain longer passages integrating the different concepts in the questions. The informative and some of the narrative passages contain knowledge from the Science TEKS so both the science and reading TEKS are addressed.

We have increased the level of Critical Thinking by incorporating more Implied questioning and along with the test formatted distracter choices, we have included open ended questioning.

Assessment Books

The Assessment Books provide on-target Benchmarks and Category Tests that were specifically designed to meet the blueprints provided by TEA. These books are designed to be used in conjunction with each other. The Student Edition is comprised of TWO Blueprint Benchmarks and Four Category Tests of 20 questions each. There are no repeated questions on any of the tests and each question was written specifically to address the associated TEKS.

The Assessment Bookscontain the following sections:

  • Blueprint Benchmark Forms A and B(SE)
  • Four CBAs of 20 Questions EAch(SE)
  • Answer Form (SE), Answer Key (TE)
  • Item Analysis to be used as a follow up (TE)

All Teacher Editions (TE) are reproducible. The TE contains an answer key, an answer key by category, and the Item Analysis section that can be used as a re-teach after the Benchmark. Student Editions (SE) are sold as consumables with a minimum order of 10 books. The SE contains the two benchmarks, four category tests, answer forms, and a STAAR Chart for progress monitoring.


TEKS Checklist (Grades K - English II)

The TEKS Checklists combine an in-depth understanding of the TEKS along with vertically aligned expectations from adjoining grade levels. This tool was developed by teachers for teachers as a must-have road map!

Wondering what to do for RtI? The vertical alignment helps teachers to understand the concepts that were taught in the previous grade in an effort to determine a place to start.

The TEKS Checklist cards are designed to ensure all aspects of the TEKS are covered in both classroom instruction, as well as, assessments.

TEKS Checklists Contain:

  • TEKS Breakdown for ALL TEKS, including those not tested and Process TEKS
  • Essentials with pointers and tips for each TEKS
  • Vertical alignment for each TEKS
  • Verb Glossary

Science

Practice Books (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, Biology)

5th Science books cover all TEKS that are tested on the 5th grade STAAR test.  The 5th Grade Science Book contains the following sections:

  • Safety Practices (SE and TE)
  • Scientific History (SE and TE)
  • STAAR Practice Problems (SE)
  • Vocabulary per TEKS (SE and TE)
  • Word of the Day (SE)
  • Problem of the Day with emphasis on Readiness TEKS (SE and TE)
  • Practice Problems that are both open ended and STAAR type (SE)
  • Graphical Organizers for the Readiness TEKS (SE and TE)
  • Answer Key (TE)

All Teacher Editions are reproducible.  Student Editions are sold as consumables with a minimum order of 10 books.


Assessment Books (Grades 5, 8, Biology)

The Assessment Books provide on-target Benchmarks and Category Tests that were specifically designed to meet the blueprints provided by TEA. These books are designed to be used in conjunction with each other. The Student Edition is comprised of TWO Blueprint Benchmarks and Four Category Tests of 20 questions each. There are no repeated questions on any of the tests and each question was written specifically to address the associated TEKS.

The Assessment Bookscontain the following sections:

  • Blueprint Benchmark Forms A and B (SE)
  • Category Tests for Reporting Categories 1, 2, 3, and 4 (SE)
  • Answer Form (SE), Answer Key (TE)
  • Items Broken Down by Category (SE and TE)
  • STAAR Chart for Visual Representation of Data by Category (SE)
  • Item Analysis to be used as a follow up (TE)

All Teacher Editions (TE) are reproducible. The TE contains an answer key, an answer key by category, and the Item Analysis section that can be used as a re-teach after the Benchmark. Student Editions (SE) are sold as consumables with a minimum order of 10 books. The SE contains the two benchmarks, four category tests, answer forms, and a STAAR Chart for progress monitoring.


TEKS Checklist (Grades K - Biology)

The TEKS Checklists combine an in-depth understanding of the TEKS along with vertically aligned expectations from adjoining grade levels. This tool was developed by teachers for teachers as a must-have road map!

Wondering what to do for RtI? The vertical alignment helps teachers to understand the concepts that were taught in the previous grade in an effort to determine a place to start.

The TEKS Checklist cards are designed to ensure all aspects of the TEKS are covered in both classroom instruction, as well as, assessments.

TEKS Checklists Contain:

  • TEKS Breakdown for ALL TEKS, including those not tested and Process TEKS
  • Essentials with pointers and tips for each TEKS
  • Vertical alignment for each TEKS
  • Verb Glossary

Writing


Step Up to the TEKS meets the specifications published by the Texas Education Agency for the eligible Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, (TEKS),  assessed with the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, (STAAR).

The first section of this book addresses written Composition addressing both the personal narrative and expository.  The requirements as established by the Texas Education Agency to obtain a score of four is presented in two forms:  written and as a scoring matrix.  Each element of the criteria is compared in both genres of writing.  To avoid a student addressing the wrong purpose or genre, an extensive comparison of each type is described.  

In order to develop the studentís writing, methods of creating powerful introductions are provided as an instructional tool for the teacher.  A glossary of elaborative adjectives and action verbs provides the students with words to enhance the meaning being conveyed.  "Time-Out Substitution " stories develop awareness and opportunities to use more descriptive words when writing.  This activity not only develops crucial skills for the composition, but also for the revision portion of the assessment.

Paired Prompts enables the student to clearly understand the differences in addressing similar topics in both a personal narrative and an expository composition.  

The written composition section consists of writing guidelines and scoring rubric from the specifications.  A large portion of the composition book is devoted to elaboration because the ability to master the tool of elaboration will pull the score to the top. There are 26 story prompts similar in format to the sample found in the specifications. 

The Editing and Revision portion of this book presents stories and questions encompassing all of the punctuation, capitalization, grammatical, and spelling rules required for writing by fourth grade students.  The TEKS the question addresses is stated after each question for student documentation of mastery and no-mastery.  


Workshops Math Grades 3-5

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Fall 2016 Workshops Now Available

"Teaching the TEKS: Focusing on What Matters"

Have you ever wondered what you are really supposed to be teaching? Where should classroom focus be? Are students behind or are they too far ahead? Our experts will show you how to understand what TEKS really mean and how to integrate them in the classroom. This workshop will provide you with the map and tools you need to take your teaching to the next level. Our goal is to make you the expert in curriculum with an easy to understand guide! Workshops will be presented by former teachers and instructional coaches who are focused on
understanding the Texas Standards (TEKS) and
implementing them into the classroom.

Registration Fee:

$100

What:

3-5 Math (Day 1)

6-Alg 1 Math (Day 2)

3-5 Reading and Writing (Day 2)

6-8 Reading and Writing (Day 1)

3-5 Science (Day 2)

6-8 Science (Day 1)


Dates:

McAllen

September 20 (Day 1 workshops)

September 21 (Day 2 workshops)

Garland

September 27 (Day 1 workshops)

September 28 (Day 2 workshops)

El Paso

October 4 (Day 1 workshops)

October 5 (Day 2 workshops)


Houston

October 11 (Day 1 workshops)

October 12 (Day 2 workshops)


San Marcos

November 1 (Day 1 workshops)

November 2 (Day 2 workshops)


Lubbock

November 7 (Day 1 workshops)

November 8 (Day 2 workshops)



Supplementals


 Year after year, in our training sessions, teachers ask for our recommendations regarding additional teaching materials to reinforce the assessed TEKS concepts. Step Up to the TEKS addresses the format and level of difficulty of the concepts tested.  

Additional products can be purchased which do not match the multiple choice format, but provides a fun format which makes the concepts more exciting to learn.


These products are from leading educational companies such as The Mailbox, Evan Moor, Critical Thinking Books, Didax, Incentive Publications, Scholastics, Trend, Learning Resources, Kagan, Creative Teaching Press, Koplow, and Maupin and others. 

 These companies are noted for the quality materials they have supplied for classrooms throughout the country.


We have rated each product according to the relevance as it pertains to the TEKS concepts assessed. 

They are all great products or we would not have included them in our  recommended products. 

The apples merely relate the degree in which the products are specific to the TEKS concepts.

Highly Exceeds           

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Exceptional           

Enhanced              

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The products include manipulatives, books with games to use in learning centers, additional practice in specific areas, and CDs which energize and teach. 

The products can be purchased at our workshops or ordered online from our website. 

Thank you for the privilege of assisting teachers throughout the state in placing quality products in the hands students to make learning happen. 

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