The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, Second Edition by Stephanie Harvey,
The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, Second Edition
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The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, Second Edition

Language and Lessons for K-2

The Primary Comprehension Toolkit from Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis (Grades K-2)  has all of the language, teaching moves, and re-usable resources to build students’ reading comprehension in ways that are visible and audible and helps to show evidence of developing students’ thinking over time.

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"When we comprehend, we add to and enhance our store of knowledge"

The Comprehension Toolkit Series from Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis (available in K-2 and 3-6 sets) has all of the language, teaching moves, and re-usable resources to build students’ reading comprehension in ways that are visible and audible and helps to show evidence of developing students’ thinking over time.

As an active literacy learning framework, The Comprehension Toolkit can be implemented as part of a literacy block or within a curriculum lesson such as science and history.  Additionally, this supplemental resource is designed to support every instructional setting including whole group, ELL support, small group, independent practice, intervention, summer school – as well as resources for PLCs. 

Originally developed in 2005, this new 2016 edition includes everything from the original edition, plus a new teacher’s guide, new online resources and a new book, Content Literacy: Lessons and Texts for Comprehension Across the Curriculum; many new lessons integrate the strategies with science and social studies curriculum.

Note: Existing users of the original Comprehension Toolkit may purchase the new Content Literacy lesson book as well as the new corresponding trade book pack to fill in their existing resources. 

Included Short Texts

The following short texts are included in Heinemann's Online Resources for users of the Comprehension Toolkit. They are available in both English and Spanish.

 

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.

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.

Components

Components and Organization

Each K-2 and 3-6 set includes three main components:

  • Research-based strategy and lesson books
  • Informational texts
  • Professional support and resources

Research-Based Strategy Books

The teaching and learning focus in The Comprehension Toolkit series centers on six strategy books organized around fundamental comprehension strategies:

  • Monitor Comprehension identifies ways readers keep track of their thinking and monitor their understanding as they read.
  • Activate and Connect alerts students to the impact background knowledge has on their learning and supports them to connect the new to the known.
  • Ask Questions highlights how readers can use questions to clarify unfamiliar ideas and discover new information.
  • Infer & Visualize Meaning teaches students how to use context clues and text evidence to crack open the new concepts and big ideas in a text.
  • Determine Importance helps students identify, organize, and share the important ideas and information in a text.
  • Summarize and Synthesize encourages students to go beyond the simple restating of facts, to pull together their thinking, and use all the strategies to understand big ideas.
  • New to the Toolkit’s 2nd edition, Content Literacy:Lessons and Texts for Comprehension Across the Curriculum – contains new lessons that integrates and extends all six strategies across the curriculum.

Each strategy lesson guide provides a lesson frame, modeling and language to follow the ready-to-go lessons at any grade level, as well as suggestions for designing new strategy lessons to fit any curriculum.

Informational Text

The Comprehension Toolkit series lets students explore comprehension strategies through engaging, real-world informational texts.

  • Articles from magazines as well as short informational articles specially written for the Toolkit series provide engaging nonfiction texts directly tied to activities and lessons in the strategy books. (In addition, for grades K-2, posters are included from TIME For Kids Bigger Picture Edition and National Geographic Young Explorer.)
  • A digital companion resource provides all of the texts and teaching resources in a full color reproducible format.
  • Optional trade books referenced in the Toolkit lessons

Professional Support

The Comprehension Toolkit series, has a commitment to elevating teacher expertise through embedded professional development.  Within the Comprehension Toolkit, the authors mentor the educator along the way through scaffolded and modeled lessons, teaching tips, lesson previews, and much more. 

The professional resources introduce, support and extend core lessons.

  • A Teacher’s Guide provides an overview of the Toolkit’s research, philosophy, components, instructional design, assessment options, and shows how to integrate the Toolkit into varied classroom literacy scenarios.
  • Online resources provide videos of modeled Toolkit lessons and author interviews to support day-to-day teaching incorporating author narrated lessons in action, and print resources with think sheets, assessment masters, record-keeping forms, lesson texts, research articles and full-color lesson texts.

Samples

Companion Resources

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

Trade Book Packs containing the engaging books referenced in the Toolkit lessons are available. Because schools may already own these popular books, these books are available for your convenience as an optional purchase.  These books are also available in the larger Teacher Packs.

There are two trade book packs for The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, second edition:

First, is the original trade book pack that corresponds to the lessons in the first six strategy books in the Toolkit:

Second, is the trade book pack of corresponding books for the new Content Literacy (Primary) lesson book that is now a part of The Comprehension Toolkit series second edition.

Existing users of the original Comprehension Toolkit series may purchase the new Content Literacy lesson book and this new trade book pack to fill in their existing resources.

Related PD Services

Seminars

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Stephanie Harvey directly about professional development support.

Seminars

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Anne Goudvis directly about professional development support.