Instructional Materials

Creative resources aligned to the New Common Core Standards

A Synergistic Approach

 

SMART Schools offers innovative, easy to use, and proven instructional materials to enhance learning for ALL students.  While worthy of being used on their own value, they are designed as an extension of our lecture workshops and Classroom Demonstrations to insure the highest adoption rate possible (the rate teachers actually use the new practices in their classrooms).  Even the absolute best training and materials are ineffective (along with being a waste of time and money) if they are not ultimately embraced and used by the teachers. 

Our popular materials include: SMART Centers ®, Smart Writer’s Portfolio and Smart Literary Bags! Each are designed to be integrated, differentiated, modular and evolving. This means the SMART products you choose today work together, can be easily adapted to your classroom needs, and will continue to work for you as your requirements change in the future.

All of our instructional materials are research based and aligned & designed with the New Common Core Standards, Content Area Requirements, Higher levels of Thinking using Bloom’s Taxonomy & the Depth of Knowledge Levels, Dr. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, and the Five Components of Reading. All of our products embrace rigor, relevance, & significance and are complimented with a formative assessment which equals accountability! A must in every Kindergarten through Eighth grade classroom!

Ease of use ensures teachers can quickly begin using our SMART Centers ®, Smart Writer’s Portfolio, and Smart Literacy Bags and experience the benefits these original products bring to teaching and learning.

 

SMART Centers ®

Rigor & Relevance! SMART Centers ® were designed to add rigor and relevance to your K-8th grade center time! Each Smart Center is a powerful learning station aligned to the New Common Core Standards, Content Area Requirements, Higher levels of Thinking using Bloom’s Taxonomy & the Depth of Knowledge Levels, Dr. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, and the Five Components of Reading. Toss out your traditional centers and replace them with our Smart Centers! You won’t be disappointed. Smart Centers include lots of informational texts, books across the genres and reading levels as well as lots of background knowledge of the content areas. As an added bonus, each Smart Center includes a technology component as well as rich vocabulary. Formative & Summative assessments are an easy add-on to hold students accountable. Smart Centers are valuable, creative, and an excellent way to raise your reading scores!

 

SMART Literacy Bags

Guided reading is a strategy that helps students become good readers.  However, sometimes teachers get "stuck" in the monotony of guided reading.  Smart Schools Smart Literacy Bags brings guided reading to life!  Using this powerful tool teachers will add high levels of engagement with the students as well as increase reading & vocabulary scores during guided reading time. Each Smart Literacy Bag includes all of the components of a rigorous guided reading lesson.  Quick Writes, Vocabulary, Word Work, Making Connections, Fluency & Coaching, as well as comprehension.  The Smart Literacy Bags are designed and aligned to the New Common Core Standards, Content Area Requirements,  Higher levels of Thinking using Bloom's Taxonomy & the Depth of Knowledge Levels, Dr. Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and the Five Components of Reading. Adding Smart Literacy Bags to your guided reading time allows for differentiation and success!

 

SMART Writer's Portfolio K-5th

A powerful, innovative, creative writing tool that will boost student's self esteem and raise writing scores in your K-8th Grade Classroom!  Smart Writer's Portfolio is a compliment to your existing writer's workshop program.  The Smart Portfolio houses all of the students writing across the genres.  It is a work in progress, a valid assessment tool, and a great way to infuse background knowledge across the content areas.  This influential & valuable writing tool is a must in every classroom across the nation!

 

SMART Editing Pencils

A powerful, creative, and fantastic formative assessment tool!  Smart Editing Pencils are easy to use and adds rigor to any K-8th grade classroom.  Editing pencils are used during reading, writing, or whole group time!  They are innovative and aligned to the New Common Core Standards.