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Get Ready!

Each Student Book includes 12 units. The typical unit varies slightly for Get Ready! Sail and Get Ready! Soar, and is reflective of the children’s age and abilities.

Color coded unit structure
A page of the unit opener

Language & Literacy

The Unit Opener

  • Provides visual context for the unit theme and Big Idea
  • Includes a short activity to activate student inquiry
  • My Goals introduces learning outcomes for the unit
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Student watch the Connect to Theme video that introduces the unit theme.

Language & Literacy

Connect to the Language

In both volumes, the Connect to Language & Literacy section opens with Connect to Language. An engaging illustrated scene introduces students to vocabulary and functional language in context.

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Vocabulary Tutorials provide practice and reinforcement.

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Video Virtual Chat activities help develop listening and speaking skills.

A page of Get Ready! to Language

Language & Literacy

Connect to Language in Action

In both volumes, this section features a fun, dramatic video that introduces students to short plays that develop language within real world contexts. The short plays help students make positive gains in oral reading fluency and reading skills.

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Students watch a video with recurring characters.

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An audio recording of the Reader’s Theater offers a model for presentation and fluency.

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Video Virtual Chats encourage students to develop listening and speaking skills.

Reader's theater characters

Language & Literacy

Connect to Phonics

Both volumes provide systematic and explicit phonics instruction that is rooted in language transfer approaches. Get Ready! Sail has phonics appropriate to very young learners, as well as a page on high-frequency words. In Get Ready! Soar, the focus of this section is on phonics and spelling patterns.

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Phonics Tutorials engage students with phonics explanations.

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Audio activities reinforce new concepts.

Phonics listening and speaking practice

Get Ready! Sail has phonics appropriate to very young learners, as well as a page on high-frequency words.

Consonants listening and speaking practice

In Get Ready! Soar, the focus of this section is on phonics and spelling patterns.

Language & Literacy

Connect to Reading

Get Ready! Sail and Get Ready! Soar include a variety of reading genres, including poems, informational texts, biographies, mysteries, and science fiction. Students are given reading strategies, writing activities, and pair and group work that encourages communication.

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Students follow along with an audio recording of the text. The recording provides a model for pronunciation and fluency.

Phonics listening and speaking practice

Get Ready! Sail features a rhyme.

Consonants listening and speaking practice

In Get Ready! Soar, the focus of this section is on phonics and spelling patterns.

Language & Literacy

Connect to Grammar

In both volumes, each unit presents one or two grammar points followed by multiple opportunities to practice. Writing activities, as well as pair and group work, encourage communication.

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Animated Grammar Tutorials engage students by pairing grammar rules with fun explanations.

Grammar writing practice

Content

Connect to Content

The content sections—Math, Science, and Social Studies—focus on building academic literacy while cultivating English language development.

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Students listen to audio recordings of the content-area texts.

Math vocabulary

Connect to Mathematics includes content and skills aligned with grade-level standards.

Science vocabulary

Connect to Science content is inquiry based and driven by grade-level Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Social science vocabulary

Connect to Social Studies includes content and skills aligned by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Ten Themes.

Put it all together

Connect to Writing, Projects, and Media

Connect to Writing

Connect to Writing

In Connect to Writing, a student model helps students learn how to write a variety of writing styles. Process writing steps guide them to complete and present their writing assignments.

Project

Projects provides experiential ways for students to synthesize unit learning into concrete, creative, and engaging ways. They build on funds of knowledge and are able to promote cultural learning and response.

Book report project assignment
Connect to Media

Connect to Media

Students explore an authentic short film in Connect to Media, and are encouraged to use academic language to discuss the video’s form and content.

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Students watch an authentic short film and learn to view media through a critical lens.