The Components of ThinkUp!

  • ThinkUp! Math

      ThinkUp! Math is organized into units that align to one or more focus standards. Each unit features a wide variety of activities, questions, tasks, and assessments designed to build student confidence as they learn to problem solve and use the language of mathematics.

      To aid in teacher planning, each item is coded to the CCSS, Depth of Knowledge, and Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.

    • Teacher Edition

        The Teacher Edition is much more than just an answer key. Each unit contains dozens of hands-on, research-based ideas for targeted standards instruction. Pick and choose the activities that fit your students’ needs or address gaps in knowledge. You can also bookmark activities to revisit later in the year as a spiral review.

      • Unit Standards. Detailed descriptions of the unit’s focus standards. Unpacking the Standards gives context for necessary background knowledge learned in prior grades. Getting Started. Suggested activities for introducing new content and gauging prior knowledge.

      • Children’s Literature Connections. A list of grade-level appropriate books that connect to the unit’s focus standard.
      • Vocabulary Focus. A list of essential math terms related to the focus standards, in addition to activity suggestions to teach and formatively assess vocabulary acquisition.
      • Suggested Instructional Activities. Suggested activities to help students engage with concepts as a whole class, in small groups, at stations, or with partners.
      • Suggested Reflection/Closure Activities. Ideas for further reflection or formative assessment.
      • Interventions. Instructional strategies to help students who need additional concept reinforcement.
      • Extending Student Thinking. Opportunities to challenge students who have mastered the content.
      • Answer Codings. Answers to all Student Edition activities, plus coding for the CCSS, Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, and Depth of Knowledge.
    • Student Edition

        The Student Edition is not just a workbook for independent practice. Each unit contains multiple opportunities for students to collaborate with their classmates, communicate using math vocabulary, and develop critical thinking skills—all while engaging with the targeted math standards.

        Teachers can use the variety of unit components to reinforce content and move students from guided to independent practice. For example, a teacher might use the Introduction page to model the new concept while students follow along, then have students work on Partner Practice in partners.

      • Introduction. A set of problems for the teacher to model as new content is introduced.
      • Vocabulary/Journal. Activities that challenge students to explain their thinking and apply their knowledge of academic vocabulary.
      • Partner Practice. A set of practice problems for students to engage with in groups or with partners.
      • Independent Practice. A set of problems for students to practice independently.
      • Assessment. A set of problems to gauge student understanding and monitor student progress.
      • Critical Thinking. An activity that requires students to apply their knowledge as they solve a real-world problem and employ higher-order thinking skills.
      • Motivation Station. An activity that challenges students to use their creativity and critical thinking skills to engage with the unit’s focus standards.
      • Performance Assessments. Activities that address multiple CCSS in open-response questions. Performance assessments are presented in a story format with real-world application.
  • ThinkUp! ELA

      ThinkUp! ELA is organized into units that align to one or more focus standards. Each unit features a literary or informational text as well as a wide variety of activities, questions, tasks, and assessments. The content is fully CCSS-aligned and contains the necessary rigor students need to gain confidence in analyzing texts. Each unit component is designed to foster students’ critical thinking skills and integrate real-life experiences into their learning so they can make the connections that are vital for concept attainment.

      To aid in teacher planning, each item is coded to the CCSS, Depth of Knowledge, and Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.

    • Teacher Edition

        The Teacher Edition is much more than just an answer key. Each unit contains dozens of research-based ideas for targeted standards instruction. Pick and choose the activities that fit your students’ needs or address gaps in knowledge. You can also bookmark activities to revisit later in the year as a spiral review.

      • Getting Started. Suggested activities for introducing new content and gauging prior knowledge, including a Building Background Knowledge activity, Suggested Unit Content Literature, and a Suggested Formative Assessment.
      • Vocabulary Focus. A list of essential terms, including selection-specific and CCSS vocabulary, in addition to activity suggestions to teach and formatively assess vocabulary acquisition.
      • Unpacking the Standard. Detailed descriptions of the unit’s focus standard(s). Suggested activities for introducing the new concept(s) are also provided.
      • Instructional Activities. Engaging activities to practice and master the unit’s focus standard(s).
      • Assessment. Selected and constructed response items to gauge student comprehension and application of the unit’s focus standard.
      • Interventions. Instructional strategies to help students who need additional concept reinforcement.
      • Performance Task Assessment. Suggested activity for students to demonstrate their level of understanding, complete with task instructions and scoring criteria.
    • Student Edition

        The Student Edition is not just a workbook for independent practice. Each unit contains multiple opportunities for students to collaborate with their classmates, practice writing skills, and develop critical thinking skills—all while engaging with a rigorous text and the targeted ELA standards.

        Teachers can use the variety of unit components to reinforce content and move students from guided to independent practice. For example, a teacher might use the Whiteboard feature to project the Selection as they model techniques for before, during, and after reading, before asking students to practice independent reading.

      • Selection. One or more literary or informational texts that engage students with relevant, engaging content.
      • Assessment. A set of questions that the teacher may use to gauge student understanding about the unit selection(s).
      • Critical Thinking. An activity that encourages students to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize based on the unit selection(s).
      • Creative Thinking. Includes a Journal Prompt and Motivation Station, an activity that challenges students to use their creativity and critical thinking skills to engage with the unit’s focus standard.
      • Homework. A set of questions for elementary students to take home for practice, featuring Parent Activities to encourage a connection between home and school.

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