The First 4,000 Words is a supplemental web-based program used to teach the 4,000 most frequently used English words to English Language Learners and struggling readers in grades 1 through 4.

Aligned with the Common Core Standards, this research-based and field-tested program contains 355 interactive web-based lessons organized into eight levels of proficiency. Students access their lessons through an engaging world called the Vocabitat. Animated woodland characters guide the students through the lessons, which use game-like activities to teach, reinforce, and assess vocabulary. Read More

Designed for 4th and 5th graders, Word Learning Strategies is an effective program for teaching students practical, research-based strategies for inferring the meanings of unknown words they encounter while reading.

Word Learning Strategies is comprised of a teacher-led curriculum and supplemental online lessons. Over 15 weeks, the teacher uses a blend of direct explanation and constructivism to instruct students on four word learning strategies: Word Parts, Context, Dictionary, and Combined. Supplemental lessons for ELLs and students needing remediation are available online. The program has been field-tested and aligns with the Common Core Standards. Read More

Research-based and field-tested, Digging Reading is a 13-week curriculum for teaching nine critical reading comprehension strategies to 4th and 5th graders.

Digging Reading, which aligns with the Common Core Standards, uses an effective approach to engage students and help them become metacognitive readers. Over the course of 53 lessons, students learn to read with a purpose, recognize text structure, use prior knowledge, make inferences, ask questions, make predictions, determine what is important, and summarize. To make the learning real for the students and facilitate transfer to other subject areas, lessons are conducted using trade books containing narrative and expository text. Read More