The Primary Comprehension Toolkit

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The 22 lessons in The Primary Comprehension Toolkit model Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis's comprehension instruction and give you an explicit framework for your teaching. Through its carefully crafted language, lessons, and professional support, The Primary Toolkit equips you to design your own strategy lessons, using informational text of your own choice.

The Primary Comprehension Toolkit includes

  • A Teacher’s Guide with Toolkit instructional philosophy and Toolkit implementation strategies
  • A DVD Rom which includes three videos of first graders engaged in comprehension teaching and learning,  a slide show that shows the components of active literacy, a Power Point on using the Toolkit in science and social studies, all of the magazine articles used in the Toolkit lessons, research articles that support Toolkit comprehension instruction and forms and graphic organizers for every day practice 
  • 6  Comprehension Strategy books  with a total of 22 informational text lessons which make up the bulk of the instructional content in the Toolkit
  • Keep Reading:  A Source Book of Short Text- which features the lesson texts as well as additional nonfiction articles at levels suitable for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade readers
  • And the Lesson Text Poster Pack  which holds 6 large, colorful posters and a National Geographic Young Explorer magazine  which are used in a number of Toolkit lessons

Additional components which go along with The Primary Comprehension Toolkit at an additional cost include

  • The Toolkit Texts, a volume of short, engaging nonfiction articles at the second and third grade reading level to support kids to read more and get extra practice in nonfiction reading.  This  includes a CD rom with all of the articles translated into Spanish
  • The Toolkit Trade Pack holds a group of nine popular trade books that are used in connection with lessons in the Primary Toolkit  
  • Comprehension Intervention: Small Group Lessons for the Primary Toolkit, is a compilation of additional comprehension lessons for kids who need more practice with Toolkit strategy instruction.  When teachers see that students need more support after participating in the Toolkit whole group lesson, they can form small groups of kids with like kind needs and instruct them in the additional sessions featured in the Comprehension Intervention: Small Group Lessons in the Primary Comprehension Toolkit book.
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