It's Harcourt Trophies for second grade. I'm not sure how different or similar they might be. We just adopted it last school year and I do like it. There is so much included that it is almost impossible to teach it all. I am hoping that this up coming school year will be a little easier, since it will be my second year teaching with this series.
If you know any of the stories in your anthology, I can tell you if my series uses the same ones or not. Also, the site: thevirtualvine.com has a lot of activites and worksheets for the Trophies series if they are similar.
Good Luck, and try not to get too overwhelmed once you open up your manuels.
Unfortunately, my stories are a little different. I start off with:
Theme: Being Me
The Mixed Up Chameleon
Get Up and Go
Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon
Days with Frog and Toad
Wilson Sat Alone
Theme: Helping Hands
The Enormous Turnip
Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane
Hedgehog Bakes a Cake
Lemonade for Sale
Theme: Our World
From Seed to Plant
The Secret Life of Trees
Theme: Imagine That
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Dear Mr. Blueberry
The Emperor's Egg
Theme: Neighborhood News
The Pine Park Mystery
Max Found Two Sticks
Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope
Beginner's World Atlas
Montigue on the High Seas
Ruth Law Thrills a Nation
If I can help with any of these stories, just let me know.
these themes are not from the NEWEST series because the stories listed here are what i taught with during the 2006-2007 school year. the newest series probably has new and different stories...but i haven't seen it yet. hope this helps
Storytown is so exciting! Stories are shorter than the ones in Trophies, the former Reading Program. Storytown has more expository text (real life stories). It also has fiction stories and a variety of genre.
Robust Vocabulary and Fluency are major strands in this program. Also, it has the Questioning the Author section and Readers Theater. You will love Storytown! From Guatemala, in Central America
I'm not sure why there is so much confusion between the two series but Trophies has nothing to do with Storytown. Storytown is a "brand new" series for 07-08. There is nothing even available yet online unless you go to the Harcourt website and even then it is still under construction. We used Trophies last year and will be adopting Storytown for 07-08. Unfortunately our district has decided not to purchase student practice books because they want the teachers doing more "authentic" work. Obviously the people making the choices are not in the classroom. :-) I hope this helps.
Please if you have anything that I can use for an activity or activities for the lemonade story please email them to me at email@example.com. I would greatly appreciate the ehlp. Thanks a new teacher.
This is the first year our k-6 has been using Storytown. We call it Boringtown. There is so much teacher talking, students passive, I can't stand it! It has been years since I have used a series and all that has changed is that it is now broken up into the 5 components of reading. If you want to teach any other subjects you have to make cuts to Storytown.
I am in NY and this does not align with the state ELA assessment so we have to include test prep at another time. Give me back my literature and real books!
My school adopted this series last year and we began implementing it this year. It's the first real curriculum the district has ever adopted so the teachers I work with were very excited to finally have some resources. I
have previously used Harcourt Trophies.
What I know about this series is that each theme is five weeks long. The first two stories of each theme teach the same skill, then the next two weeks a new skill is taught. The last week of the theme is a reader's theatre and it is a review of the skills and strategies taught during the theme.
There is a lot of material to cover, as another poster said, it's nearly impossible to get it all in. For me, I kind of pick and choose the things I feel my kids need to the most.
We piloted the Storytown program last year and are going for full adoption this year. If you are used to whole group and guided reading group routines....its not that hard. The TE is so user friendly...it almost gives you too much of a script! There is a great website from The Lakewood School in Phoenix, Alabama with things you need for each grade level. Google it.
The school I was at last year adopted this series. It was the first ever reading curriculum that the district had purchased. They are a rather constructivist district. The teachers were very excited about getting curriculum and resources. I taught third grade with this series. When I taught this I picked and chose from the suggested activities in the TE, but I also noticed that this program was very teacher directed and I found it boring, so while I did teach the core concepts, I taught the curriculum through small group instruction implementing given center activities and activities that I created myself. For first year teachers, this curriculum gives them direction, but veteran teachers might find that they need to spice up or supplement it with their own ideas or resources.
We are in year three of storytown and I agree it is dry and very scripted. We have also found that is very lacking in phonics. A lot of what was supposed to be sent out to our school never arrived and after much follow-up on the wanted materials...we are still waiting for our kits to be complete. The only response we got was that they were very busy filling orders because everyone wants this series....hard to believe that!