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Orchard Now Releases Language Concepts 1-2 Instruction

Posted Apr 21, 2011
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Educational Options, Inc.'s elementary division Orchard Now has released new Language Concepts instructional activities for grades 1-2. The new Language Concepts activities provide practice with the alphabet, basic keyboarding skills, exposure to forming new words using consonant and vowel sounds, and an introduction to using rhyming to complete couplets.

Developed by the publisher of Orchard Software, PracticePlanet, and Stars Suite, Orchard Now offers a customized learning environment with activities, practice, and assessment for schools to address the needs of all students. Students are placed into individualized, state standards-aligned learning paths based on assessment results. Orchard Now automates data collection, analysis, and reporting for progress monitoring.

The first release of Language Concepts instructional activities includes more than 20 lessons. An additional 56 lessons will be released later this year. Also included in this product release is a password reset option allowing customers to request a new password and an upgrade for Internet Explorer 9 users. Educators may view a sample Data Management and Probability activity or try a Math practice question at under Demo Orchard Now.

Language Concepts instructional activities build upon the key components of early literacy as identified by the National Reading Panel and parallel standards supported by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The lessons are set in a colorful, interactive environment with sound and animation. Orchard Now can also be used for whole class instruction using whiteboard technology. 

Teachers begin by assigning students a pretest correlated to state standards. Upon completion of the pretest, students receive their scores and are immediately placed on a custom learning path, which is aligned to skill areas in need of reinforcement. A posttest shows specific progress on all skills assessed on state tests.

Source: Educational Options, Inc..

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