Primary Comprehension Toolkit by Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis. Language and Lessons for K-2 - Heinemann Publishing

Primary Comprehension Toolkit

Language and Lessons for K-2

Purchasing The Comprehension Toolkit for Fall 2016? Pre-order the upcoming Second Edition: Primary (grades K-2)

 

The 22 lessons in the original (2008) Primary Comprehension Toolkit model research-based strategies and give you an explicit framework for your teaching. Through carefully crafted learning tools including language, lessons, and professional support, the Toolkit helps you to design your own strategy lessons to develop independent readers and learners across any content or curriculum.

Professional Support
A series of resources introduce, support, and extend the Primary Toolkit's ...

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Purchasing The Comprehension Toolkit for Fall 2016? Pre-order the upcoming Second Edition: Primary (grades K-2)

 

The 22 lessons in the original (2008) Primary Comprehension Toolkit model research-based strategies and give you an explicit framework for your teaching. Through carefully crafted learning tools including language, lessons, and professional support, the Toolkit helps you to design your own strategy lessons to develop independent readers and learners across any content or curriculum.

Professional Support
A series of resources introduce, support, and extend the Primary Toolkit's core lessons.

  • The Teacher's Guide shares the philosophy behind Toolkit, describes the components, and shows how to use the Toolkit in the classroom.
  • The Primary Comprehension Toolkit DVD-ROM includes live-from-the-classroom video footage of the authors teaching lessons; slideshows of an active literacy classroom and strategy instruction in science and social studies; and downloadable research articles, thinksheets, and full-color lesson texts.

6 Strategy Books
Instruction in The Primary Comprehension Toolkit centers on six strategy books (22 lessons) organized around fundamental comprehension strategies.

  1. Monitor Comprehension encourages readers to think about their thinking as they respond to the words, pictures, and ideas in a text.
  2. Activate & Connect teaches young readers how to build knowledge and understanding by connecting the new to the known.
  3. Ask Questions shows children how to use questions to expand their thinking and discover new information.
  4. Infer & Visualize prompts young readers to create pictures in their minds and to merge their background knowledge with text clues to draw inferences.
  5. Determine Importance helps children identify, organize, and share the important ideas and information in a text.
  6. Summarize & Synthesize guides readers to see the bigger picture, pull together their thinking, and share their learning about the world.

Informational Text
In the Primary Toolkit, students explore comprehension strategies as they read short, engaging, real-world informational text.

  • Lesson Text Poster Pack contains six large posters from TIME For Kids Bigger Picture Edition and an issue of National Geographic Young Explorer.
  • The Trade Book Pack contains the nine popular trade books referenced in some Primary Toolkit lessons (optional purchase).
  • Keep Reading! A Source Book of Short Text provides two kinds of nonfiction text: Lesson Text, the articles used in many lessons, and Nonfiction Short Text, 39 alternative nonfiction texts. Plus, a set of bibliographies for children and teachers are also included.

For a comprehensive overview of the Comprehension Toolkit series including sample lessons and other guides visit:  http://www.comprehensiontoolkit.com.

 

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Contents

 

STRATEGY BOOKS: Stephanie and Anne have organized the 22 strategy lessons in The Primary Comprehension Toolkit into six strategy books.

1. Monitor Comprehension encourages students to think about their thinking as they respond to the words, pictures, and ideas in a text.

2. Activate & Connect teaches young readers how to build knowledge and understanding by connecting the new to the known.

3. Ask Questions shows children how to use questions to deepen thinking and discover new information.

4. Infer & Visualize prompts young readers to create pictures in their minds and use clues in the text to construct meaning.

5. Determine Importance helps children identify, organize, and share the important ideas and details in a text.

6. Summarize & Synthesize guides readers to see the bigger picture, pull together their thinking, and learn about the world.

 

INFORMATIONAL TEXT: The short, engaging, real-world informational texts Anne and Stephanie have chosen for the Primary Toolkit provide effective contexts for exploring comprehension strategies.

The Lesson Text Poster Pack, 6 posters from popular children’s magazines and an issue of National Geographic Young Explorer, provide high-quality opportunities to engage with nonfiction texts from multiple access points.

The Source Book of Short Text provides two kinds of nonfiction text: Lesson Text, the exemplar text from the lessons (48 pages); and Additional Text, 88 pages of age-appropriate nonfiction texts specially written for the Primary Toolkit.

 

BUILT-IN PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT: A series of resources introduce, support, and extend the Primary Toolkit’s core lessons.

The Teacher’s Guide outlines the thinking behind the Primary Toolkit and describes its components, instructional design, and authentic assessment.

The Resources for The Primary Comprehension Toolkit DVD-ROM includes live-from-the classroom video footage of the authors teaching lessons; a photographic overview of an Active Literacy Classroom; and downloadable research articles, think sheets, and full-color lesson text.

Companion Resources

Common Core correlation for Grades K-2

Spanish Texts

To help teachers support their youngest ELL students, we are pleased to offer Spanish versions of the Nonfiction Short Texts featured in Keep Reading! A Source Book of Short Text. These Spanish articles are exact translations of the 39 short informational articles specially written for the Primary Toolkit. Geared to kindergarten and first- and second-grade learners, these Spanish texts are packed with the same illustrations, photographs, maps, charts, and other nonfiction features as the original articles. These full-color Spanish texts are ideal for making transparencies or printing for your students.

ANIMALS

Watch Me Grow!/¡Mirame crecer!: Clear photos and numbered captions trace the lifecycle of a chicken from egg to adult. A follow-up page shows other animals that hatch from eggs.

The Bald Eagle/El águila calva: Take a closer look at the mighty eagle in real-life photographs with informative labels and captions.

The Grizzly Bear/El oso pardo: This article combines rich, descriptive text with detailed photos to tell about the great grizzly bear.

The Three Goats/Las tres cabras: Narrative text and adorable photos tell the story of three little goats.

Our Class Pets!/¡Las mascotas de nuestra clase!: In this introduction to graphs, learn from simple charts, pictographs, and Venn diagrams. Then record your own data about pets.

NATURE

Footprints in the Forest/Huellas en el bosque: Action photos and tracks show how animals' feet help them move.

Symmetry in Nature/Simetría en la naturaleza: Explore the lines of symmetry of plants, insects, and animals. Then draw the missing half of a butterfly.

Don't Trash the Earth! Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle/¡No ensucies la Tierra! Reduzca, reutilice, y recicle: Bulleted lists tell simple ways that all children can help save the Earth.

SEASONS AND WEATHER

Sensing the Seasons/Sentir las estaciones: Lyrical text and colorful illustrations capture the changing seasons through the senses.

Where in the United States Do Tornadoes Mostly Happen?/¿Dónde ocurren la mayoría de los tornados en los Estados Unidos?: An exciting photo and U.S. map show where tornadoes most often happen.

What's the Weather Out There?/¿Como està el tiempo?: Clouds, snowflakes, and rainbows. This interview with a meteorologist answers a few common questions about the weather.

FAMILY, HOMES, AND COMMUNITY

Families: The Things We Do Together/Las familias: las cosas que hacemos juntos: Use engaging photos of different families as cues to read simple labels and talk about things families do together.

My Neighborhood/Mi barrio: This charming poem and colorful map picture a neighborhood through a child's eyes.

We Take Care of Our Pet/Cuidamos nuestra mascota: With photos and simple text, two children introduce their pet guinea pig and tell how they care for him.

Who Lives in the Zoo?/¿Quién vive en el zoológico?: Colorful photos answer simple patterned questions in this article for beginning readers.

Where Do We Live?/¿Dónde vivimos?: Compare different types of houses through clear photographs and simple labels.

Community Helpers/Ayudantes de la comunidad: Photos and simple text tell how people in our community help us every day.

A New Home/Una nueva casa: Join us at the construction site and watch as a new house is built.

Carpenter/Carpintero: Take a closer look at carpenters at work through action photos and close-ups of tools.

Off to School/¡Listos para la escuela!: Watch one child prepare for his day. Numbered captions and engaging photos show the sequence of his morning routine.

COUNTRY AND CITY LIFE

Ask the Farmer!/¡Pregunta al granjero!: In question and answer format, a farmer tells about life on the farm.

Tractor/Tractor: Learn the parts of a tractor with this vivid photograph with labels.

The Country and The City/El camp y la ciudad: A detailed farm scene presents concepts and words about the country. A second scene of a busy intersection shows life in the city. A corresponding picture dictionary labels drawings of key items in both country and city scenes.

AROUND THE UNITED STATES

Postcards from the Desert Museum/Tarjetas postales del Museo del Desierto: Learn about the wonders of the desert through postcards from a grandmother to her grandkids as she explores a desert museum.

Prairie Dog Homes/Albergues para los perritos de la pradera: Take a peek underground at life in a burrow with a clear cross-section diagram and explanatory text.

Dear Aunt Pat/Estimada Tía Pat: A thank-you letter and photos recall a visit to Washington, D.C.

HOW-TO, TIME, AND CALENDAR

Counting Fruit Salad/Contar la ensalada de fruta: One bowl, two plums, and three strawberries. Count your way to a fruit salad with photos and illustrations.

Make a Sandwich!/¡Haz un bocadillo!: Make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwich-with a twist! Photos and simple text show the sequence.

What Time Is It?/¿Qué hora es?: Practice reading analog and digital clocks with clues from photos of children at different times of the day.

Celebrations Timeline/Linea de tiempo de fiestas: Follow the year in this circular timeline of celebrations we share as a nation.

Old and New/Viejo y nuevo: Compare transportation from the past and present through photos of bicycles, automobiles, planes, and trains.

ART

Meet Eric Carle/Conoce a Eric Carle: Meet the famous author/illustrator in this simple biography.

I Like Art!/¡Me gusta el arte!: Crayons, markers, glue stick, and paint! This simple poem describes the joy of creating art for a friend.

A Stick Puppet Play/Una obra de títeres de palitos: Stick puppets perform a "play" with a clever ending. A follow-up page gives directions for making your own stick puppet. Coming soon!

Totem Poles, Family Stories/Tótemes, cuentos familiares: Learn how American Indians celebrate and share their family stories by carving totem poles.

SPORTS

Kids at Play/Niños jugando: Compare the ways kids play through real-life photographs and simple labels.

Having a Ball Playing Soccer/Tengo una pelota juego al fútbol: Run, pass, kick, score! Join a girl and her soccer team as they practice teamwork, soccer skills, and making friends.

Let's Go Hiking!/¡Vayamos de excursión!: In engaging text and colorful photos, families enjoy hiking in the great outdoors.

Supporting Materials

 Samples and Supporting Materials:

Toolkit e-Sampler for Grades K-2

Lesson 8: View and Read to Learn and Wonder: Use images and words to gain understanding

Lesson 14: Make Sense of New Information: Infer from features, pictures, and words

Nonfiction Short Text, The Grizzly Bear

Nonfiction Short Text, A Stick Puppet Play

Bibliography

Introduction

Teaching Comprehension with the Primary Toolkit

The Primary Toolkit and your reading program

Teaching and Assessing with the Primary Toolkit

Science and Social Studies instruction with the Primary Toolkit

Reviews

Third grade teacher Heather Smith sums it up best: “I really didn’t know how to teach comprehension. I’ve known for years that many of my third grade kids could read the words but often didn’t understand what they read, but I had no idea what to do about it. Now I have the Toolkit, and I know what to do and how to do it.  The Comprehension Toolkit has taught teachers how to teach comprehension, and our kids are reading, thinking, and understanding better than ever.”

 

The Comprehension Toolkit was a natural fit for our district as it was based on our district’s beliefs about literacy: the gradual release of responsibility, instruction built around real-world reading, collaborative learning and thinking, and the importance of understanding texts. Finding a resource that matched our beliefs was rare enough, but finding a resource that matched our beliefs and increased student achievement through increased teacher effectiveness was like hitting the lottery! -- Angela Butler, former District Reading Specialist, Hillsborough County, Florida

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This product is part of the series:  The Comprehension Toolkit Series