The latest in reading and literacy curriculum products

By: | Issue: June, 2015
May 20, 2015

From videos to games, tools to help students learn to read are all about fun.

Programs that are compatible with mobile devices allow students to improve reading and literacy skills in and outside the classroom. On the educator side, many new products track students’ progress and offer assessment tools.

Instead of studying, students play The Challenge on, a game that rewards learning and effort. The free website teaches students more than 10,000 words through 100,000 questions that include short blurbs describing what the word means and how it’s used. The site has more than 50,000 vocabulary lists, and teachers, parents and students can create their own lists by grabbing words from up to 100 pages of any online resource.


Tales2Go Inc.

Tales2Go is an audiobook subscription serviceÑmade for educators and studentsÑthat streams thousands of titles from leading publishers and storytellers to mobile devices and desktops. Tales2Go also provides teachers with lesson plans and classroom activities for use with the audiobooks. Media specialists can purchase subscriptions for as many school devices as needed. Administrators can also use metrics features to monitor student use.

Lexia Reading Core5

Lexia Learning

This reading curriculum for students in pre-K through grade 5 provides systematic and personalized learning in six areas of reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, automaticity/fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Designed to meet the Common Core and rigorous state standards, Core5 predicts students’ year-end performance and gives teachers data-driven action plans.

Book Creator

Red Jumper Limited

Book Creator for iPad and Android devices offers a simple way for students to create e-books. Student storytelling is brought to life with text, images, video, music and narration. With a variety of features and compatibility with multiple devices, Book Creator encourages students and teachers to edit one another’s work collaboratively.

i-Ready Reading

Curriculum Associates

Built for the Common Core, the i-Ready Reading program combines reliable student growth measurements and individualized instruction in a single online product. It provides rigorous, grade-level instruction with downloadable lessons for individual or smallgroup learning. Reading topics covered in i-Ready include phonics, high-frequency words, vocabulary, literature comprehension and phonological awareness.


Compass Learning

Pathblazer builds confidence by starting students off at their highest level of proficiency and guiding their progress. The program assesses each student’s areas of need and prescribes an individualized learning path that contains fun instructional content, such as video, animation, audio and graphics, built to motivate and fill in the gaps. Pathblazer is also aligned with Common Core and state standards, and includes implementation training with select software purchases.

HMH Close Reads App

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The HMH Close Reads App, designed for grades 6 through 12, guides students through close reading of texts across all genres. It uses modeled screencasts and interactive practice lessons for analyzing texts. Extensive independent practice helps students develop their ability to grapple with complex texts in the classroom. Independent scores can be reported back to the teacher to measure student progress.



Featuring an online library with more than 600 videos, Flocabulary produces educational hip-hop videos and accompanying curricular materials for students in K12. These videos cover teaching skills, English language arts concepts, math, science and social studies. Through multisensory exposures to every vocabulary word, Flocabulary’s Word Up program improves fluency and reading comprehension while helping students learn words they could encounter across the curriculum and on state tests.

CommonCore Success

Expeditionary Learning

This English language arts curriculum for grades 3 through 8 combines standards-aligned content with effective instructional practice, bringing together the “what” and the “how” of the Common Core. Each curriculum module comes with books that have been selected and vetted by the authors of the Common Core as the best for teaching gradelevel content. These central texts are supported by a list of recommended books, articles and primary source documents that balance literary and informational texts at appropriate levels of complexity.


American Reading Company

Focusing on access, equity and excellence, this comprehensive core curriculum uses project-based learning in a standards-based environment. Students read, write and research in science, social studies and other genres. With more than 70 units of study to choose from, districts can design their own scope and sequence in English, Spanish or both.

Books that Grow

Books that Grow

This library of fiction and nonfiction texts adapts to student reading abilities. Two students reading the “same” book may see different wording, sequencing of ideas or illustrations based on their individual reading ability. As students become better readers, their books grow more complex. Books That Grow was designed for middle and high school ELA and social studies and is appropriate for all learners.

myON Reader

Capstone Digital

A personalized literacy environment, myON Reader engages students at all reading levels with its library of more than 8,000 digital books. Books are recommended to students based on individual interests and reading level using the Lexile Framework for Reading. myON Reader recently added new reading levels for beginning readers, an additional placement exam for K1, and new benchmarks for assessment.

Literary Companion


This close reading and writing tool uses content and formative assessments to drive instruction aligned with the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards in reading, writing and language for grades 6 through 12. Literary Companion complements students’ reading of a literary text by providing corresponding vocabulary, literary comprehension and writing exercises. Teachers choose the corresponding Literary Companion title from a library featuring dozens of the most popular books.

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