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Harcourt Story Town?
Old 03-21-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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My school just adopted Harcourt Story Town as our new reading program.

Does anyone that has used this program have any suggestions or tips? I know that we will not be able to do it all, so what components do you like / dislike? Is there anything that I can do over the summer to be better prepared for next year? (I will have a 2nd grade inclusion class)

Thanks for any ideas / suggestions!


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Just got the brand new 2008 version this year. I also teach 2nd grade. There is A LOT to this new series. They are big on grammar, fluency, and their robust vocabulary is a challenge.

Read all the stories over the summer to help prepare. You can look at the planning guide to help you see what skills are tested, and believe me, there are many tested skills!

Harcourt is not new to our district, but this version has taken a lot of my planning time this year. Next year will be better.

Every fifth story is a Readers' Theater and my kids love it! They love to choose roles and perform and the weekly test that week is always much lighter than the other weeks. We look forward to that fifth week!

Good luck!
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Items to go with the stories
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I've been pulling online resources for the 1st, 4th, and 5th grade Storytown pieces and tagging United Streaming film clips that support the stories, as well, for my teachers.

Next year I'll be doing the K, 2nd, and 3rd grades, but I couldn't get them all done in one year.

Here are the links
1st Grade - http://www2.usd267.com/TL%20Student%...iterature.html

4th Grade - http://www2.usd267.com/TL%20Student%...iterature.html

5th Grade - http://www2.usd267.com/TL%20Student%...iterature.html

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Old 03-27-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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Wow Dyane what a great resource and lots of work! I teach 3rd and found this while trying to find sources for 3rd grade StoryTown. Let me know when you have links for 3rd. This is awesome!
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Wow what a resource. I can't wait for second grade to be finished.


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Old 03-31-2008, 08:47 AM
 
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The links for first, fourth, and fifth grade will not work. Are they complete?
Please repost.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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I currently use story town in my 2nd grade classroom and if you try to do everything you will got nuts ( and never teach math, ss or science). I talk about the Robust words during morning meeting and that is enough to get the kids understanding the words.
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Our district is looking at adopting Harcourt Storytown. I understand the phonics and phonemic awareness part is week in K-1. Has anyone experienced this? Let me know how you feel about the program.
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We adopted it for next year as well
Old 04-24-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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and we're expected to follow the program as it is for the first year, at least. We're not allowed to cut anything and we must follow the time guidelines. We'll see how it goes!
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