Definitions

Main Dishes
Main Dishes are comprehensive teacher guides designed to enable you to introduce, apply, and test reading objectives. This prescriptive curriculum may be used separately or with Appetizers and Desserts. In the Main Dish, each objective is constructed using Bloom's Taxonomy:
  • Lesson 1 - Builds student knowledge and comprehension through explicit instruction, brainstorming, teacher modeling, and checking for understanding
  • Lesson 2 - A hands-on activity (game) that helps students apply skills and develop independence in an informal and nonthreatening environment Test 1: Practice Test A practice test for teachers to model how the skill will be assessed in multiple-choice, open-ended, and graphic questions
  • Lesson 3 - -Rubric-driven cooperative learning activity
  • Test 2 - Benchmark Assessment Depending on performance on Test 2, students either culminate their skills in an Enrichment activity or a Reteach Lesson: Enrichment Activity, using the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy or Reteach Lesson, returning them to the beginning levels of Bloom's to relearn the skill using a different approach Final Test All students are assessed to determine skill mastery. Each assessment passage has a Lexile® score.
Appetizers
Appetizers are short, daily warm-ups that, like any good appetizer, are intended to tantalize the students' reading appetites. Appetizers were developed to review reading skills continually in a short comprehensive format. Appetizers also give the teachers an opportunity to emphasize test-taking strategies and assist in the development of evaluating why or why not an answer is correct or incorrect. GCP believes that it is as important for students to analyze why something is wrong as it is for them to analyze why it is right. Finally, Appetizers offer teachers an alternative form of assessment to evaluate the comprehension reasoning skills and abilities of students. Appetizers are intended to be an interactive part of a daily curriculum and never were intended to be used as homework or worksheets. These exercises may be used separately or in tandem with Main Dishes and Desserts.
Differentiated Instruction
To differentiate instruction is to recognize students varying background knowledge, readiness, language, preferences in learning, interests, and to react responsively. Differentiated instruction is a process to approach teaching and learning for students of differing abilities in the same class. The intent of differentiating instruction is to maximize each student’s growth and individual success by meeting each student where he or she is, and assisting in the learning process. Explicit Instruction Builds student knowledge and comprehension
Checking for Understanding
Builds student knowledge and comprehension
Game
A hands-on activity (game) that helps students apply skills and develop independence in an informal and nonthreatening environment
Practice Test
A practice test for teachers to model how the skill will be assessed in multiple-choice, open-ended, and graphic questions
Cooperative Learning
Rubric-driven cooperative learning activity
Test 2
Benchmark Assessment Depending on performance on Test 2, students either culminate their skills in an Enrichment activity or a Reteach Lesson
Enrichment
Lesson using the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy
Reteach
Returns students to the beginning levels of Bloom's to relearn the skill using a different approach
Final Test
Test All students are assessed to determine skill mastery
Doggie Bags
Doggie Bags, interactive reading activities, challenge students' cognitive efforts to an appropriate degree, without impeding their success, and involve students' tactile-kinesthetic senses to facilitate optimum learning. They allow other students or parents to provide tutoring and discuss skills. A Doggie Bag set consists of games and activities from the Main Dishes copied on laminated cardstock, stored in canvas bags. Doggie Bags provide take-home projects, parental involvement opportunities, extended day practice, summer school and classroom application activities.
Desserts
Desserts are hands-on activities to reinforce and practice reading target objectives. There are a variety of activities, which address students' different learning styles, included in Desserts. These activities may be used separately or along with our Appetizers and Main Dishes and are easily adaptable to learning centers.
Novel Dishes
Three instructional targets that are incorporated through the content of an award winning novel using Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts
NCTM
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
NSTA
National Science Teachers Association
Modular Design
Modular Design means you can use our materials to teach or reinforce a single learning objective, a summer school course of selected objectives or an entire year's curriculum
Lexile
The Lexile Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to reading measurement that matches readers to text. The Lexile Framework measures both reader ability and text difficulty on the same scale, called the Lexile scale. This approach allows educators to manage reading comprehension and encourage reader progress using Lexile measures and a broad range of Lexile products, tools and services. As the most widely adopted reading measure in use today, Lexiles give educators the confidence to choose materials that will improve student reading skills across the curriculum and at home. Tens of thousands of books and tens of millions of articles have Lexile measures, hundreds of publishers Lexile their materials and all major standardized tests can report student reading scores in Lexiles.
RTI
Response to Intervention. What is Response-to-Intervention (RTI)? The RTI process is a multi-step approach to providing services and interventions to students who struggle with learning at increasing levels of intensity. The progress students make at each stage of intervention is closely monitored. Results of this monitoring are used to make decisions about the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education or both.