Curricular Resources

These classroom resources provide core curriculum and instruction while scaffolding and guiding your professional growth. Heinemann authors such as Nancie Atwell, Lucy Calkins, Stephanie Harvey, Linda Hoyt, and Laura Robb expand on the ideas and methods they introduce in their professional books, model effective instructional strategies from experience in real classrooms, and provide you with "ready-to-use" classroom resources — including teaching materials and lesson plans — written to support your daily instruction.

Curricular Resource Samplers

Read our free collection of #WritingMasters articles with classroom-tested tips from our Curricular Resources authors on how to improve your teaching of writing at any grade level. Each installment in this series shares author insights and practical suggestions on teaching writing in the classroom that you can use the very next day.


Practical Teaching Materials for the Classroom

  • Reading
    50 Essential Lessons
    Jim Burke 50 Essential Lessons

    How do you teach the cognitive and personal skills students need for success in school and the world beyond? That was the question, Jim Burke regularly asked himself as he crafted lessons to meet the varied needs of his students at Burlingame High School. After years of research, experience, and reflection, Jim has answered this question with 50 Essential Lessons. Anchored in standards shared by a range of national literacy documents, these lessons focus on the core academic skills—reading, writing, speaking and listening, taking notes, taking tests, and managing oneself-required to succeed in class, on state tests and college entrance exams, and in future endeavors.

    Climb Inside a Poem
    Georgia Heard & Lester Laminack Climb Inside A Poem

    Children are natural poets. They speak poetry all day long. They say wonderful poetic gems that surprise and delight us and help us look at the world in a new way. In Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year, Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack tap into this natural inclination and demonstrate how reading and writing poetry can also support and extend young children's language and literacy development.

    Comprehension Toolkit
    Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis Comprehension Toolkit

    "We teach the reader, not just the reading. We want children to be lifelong learners who read actively and independently across the curriculum, who engage their minds and understand what they read. The Toolkit lessons and practices teach kids to use comprehension strategies to 'read to learn' as they encounter information and ideas in a wide variety of nonfiction texts."
    —Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis

    Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

    Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) is a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. The System is designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud, reading minilessons, shared reading, phonics/spelling/word study lessons, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading collections. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is rich with authentic texts, lessons or conferring cards, minilessons and professional tools & learning for a systematic, transformative approach to literacy instruction.

    Leveled Books Website
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Books Website

    The official F&P Text Level Gradient™ insignia is a teacher's powerful guide for planning, organizing and implementing small group reading instruction.

    If you're looking for books suitable for guided reading, consult the only OFFICIAL source for titles meticulously reviewed and leveled by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in conjunction with their team of hand-selected levelers using the F&P Text Level Gradient™.

    This frequently updated, subscription-based, on-line list contains books submitted by more than 300 publishers.

    Prompting Guides
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guides

    The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guides are flip-chart tools that you can use to enhance your teaching power in guided reading lessons; intervention lessons; shared reading; independent reading; reading and writing conferences; and dictated, independent, and interactive writing. If you are a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, or literacy coach, you can use these flip charts as a ready reference while working with students in several instructional contexts.

    Reader's Notebooks
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Reader's Notebooks

    Now there are three distinct Reader's Notebooks to help students grades K through 8 become better readers through writing: Reader's Notebook: Primary (recommended for Grades K-2); Reader's Notebook (recommended for Grades 2-4); and Reader's Notebook: Advanced (recommended for Grades 4-8).

    Fountas & Pinnell Reader's Notebooks are 8x10 spiral notebooks, similar to what students use every day, but specially designed to promote reflection and dialogue about reading. As described in the authors' best-selling Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6, the Reader's Notebook is practical and easy to use. In it, students transform traditional book reports into active dialogues. The notebook becomes a personal storehouse of students' thoughts and feelings and a place to access them for later review, reflection, and sharing. It is also a way for teachers to systematically assess students' responses to the texts they are reading independently.

    Fountas & Pinnell Select
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Select

    Respected literacy leaders, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, hand selected, leveled, and organized COLLECTIONS and GENRE SETS using the popular PM Readers. F&P SELECT COLLECTIONS and GENRE SETS offer books to use for guided, independent, and take-home reading; opportunities to read and reread closely, to think, discuss, and deepen comprehension; fluency practice with increasingly more challenging texts; expansion of academic vocabulary and disciplinary knowledge; and expanded language knowledge for English language learners.

    Interactive Read-Alouds
    Linda Hoyt Interactive Read-Alouds

    Read-aloud time is much treasured in elementary and middle school classrooms as teachers share their favorite children's classics with their young readers. Linda Hoyt's Interactive Read-Alouds will help you make the most of this time by showing you creative ways to use popular children's literature to teach specific standards and build fluency and comprehension.

    Literate Days
    Gretchen Owocki Literate Days

    Gretchen Owocki's Literate Days is a multimedia curriculum resource for preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade teachers looking to enrich and broaden their literacy-related instructional practices. Framed by research notes and kidwatching forms, lessons present ideas for enhancing existing teaching practices and for extending the quality of students' literacy experiences in times that are not typically considered "instructional".

    Naming the World
    Nancie Atwell Naming the World

    Harnessing the power of poetry, Nancie Atwell's Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons empowers adolescents to make sense of their personal place in the world while honing their critical reading and writing skills. Naming the World's 200+ poems and accompanying five-to-ten-minute lessons are used by Nancie every day to jumpstart her reading and writing workshops. Poetry is the foundation upon which her students build excellences as writers in every genre. This is your chance to make the first few minutes of your Language Arts class really count!

    Phonics Systems Grade K
    Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Fountas Phonics Systems Grade K

    Engage student’s curiosity with systematic instruction in how oral and written language "works."

    Explicit lessons for whole-group instruction and small-group application that help students attend to, learn about, and efficiently use sounds, letters, and words.

    Units of Study Reading
    Lucy Calkins & Colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Units of Study Reading

    "At the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, we have been working for three decades to develop, pilot, revise, and implement state-of-the-art curriculum in writing. This series—this treasure chest of experiences,theories, techniques, tried-and-true methods, and questions—will bring the results of that work to you."
    —Lucy Calkins

  • Writing
    50 Essential Lessons
    Jim Burke 50 Essential Lessons

    How do you teach the cognitive and personal skills students need for success in school and the world beyond? That was the question, Jim Burke regularly asked himself as he crafted lessons to meet the varied needs of his students at Burlingame High School. After years of research, experience, and reflection, Jim has answered this question with 50 Essential Lessons. Anchored in standards shared by a range of national literacy documents, these lessons focus on the core academic skills—reading, writing, speaking and listening, taking notes, taking tests, and managing oneself-required to succeed in class, on state tests and college entrance exams, and in future endeavors.

    Climb Inside a Poem
    Georgia Heard & Lester Laminack Climb Inside A Poem

    Children are natural poets. They speak poetry all day long. They say wonderful poetic gems that surprise and delight us and help us look at the world in a new way. In Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year, Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack tap into this natural inclination and demonstrate how reading and writing poetry can also support and extend young children's language and literacy development.

    Come to Class
    Carol Jago Come to Class

    Teaching students to write well is hard. Team teaching with a master writing teacher can make it easier-and more productive. Come to Class offers you that opportunity. In Come to Class, Carol Jago shares the writing lessons and classroom survival skills she honed over 32 years of teaching.

    Comprehension Toolkit
    Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis Comprehension Toolkit

    "We teach the reader, not just the reading. We want children to be lifelong learners who read actively and independently across the curriculum, who engage their minds and understand what they read. The Toolkit lessons and practices teach kids to use comprehension strategies to 'read to learn' as they encounter information and ideas in a wide variety of nonfiction texts."
    —Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis

    Explorations in Nonfiction Writing
    Tony Stead & Linda Hoyt Explorations in Nonfiction Writing

    While exploring a range of real-world nonfiction texts, this new writing series will support you as you guide your students to work collaboratively as researchers and develop their skills as writers. In addition to learning how to access, interpret, and publish informational texts, your students will also consider ways to activate their voice and make their nonfiction writing clearer, more authoritative, and better organized.

    Prompting Guides
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guides

    The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guides are flip-chart tools that you can use to enhance your teaching power in guided reading lessons; intervention lessons; shared reading; independent reading; reading and writing conferences; and dictated, independent, and interactive writing. If you are a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, or literacy coach, you can use these flip charts as a ready reference while working with students in several instructional contexts.

    Reader's Notebooks
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Reader's Notebooks

    Now there are three distinct Reader's Notebooks to help students grades K through 8 become better readers through writing: Reader's Notebook: Primary (recommended for Grades K-2); Reader's Notebook (recommended for Grades 2-4); and Reader's Notebook: Advanced (recommended for Grades 4-8).

    Fountas & Pinnell Reader's Notebooks are 8x10 spiral notebooks, similar to what students use every day, but specially designed to promote reflection and dialogue about reading. As described in the authors' best-selling Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6, the Reader's Notebook is practical and easy to use. In it, students transform traditional book reports into active dialogues. The notebook becomes a personal storehouse of students' thoughts and feelings and a place to access them for later review, reflection, and sharing. It is also a way for teachers to systematically assess students' responses to the texts they are reading independently.

    Lessons That Change Writers
    Nancie Atwell Lessons That Change Writers

    In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as "the best of the best."

    Lessons for the Writer's Notebook
    JoAnn Portalupi & Ralph Fletcher Lessons for the Writer's Notebook

    Writer's notebooks can be powerful assets for any writing teacher. They provide a high-comfort, "hot-house" environment where students' writing can flourish. Lessons for the Writer's Notebook by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi provides a series of proven lessons that will help you introduce the writer's notebook into your classroom, sustain it in your curriculum, and eventually guide students to transition from the privacy of the notebook to public, finished pieces of writing. Whether used as a stand-alone resource in your literacy block, or as an alternative launch cycle in your Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW) curriculum, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook will inspire your students to pick up a pen and imagine the writing possibilities.

    Literate Days
    Gretchen Owocki Literate Days

    Gretchen Owocki's Literate Days is a multimedia curriculum resource for preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade teachers looking to enrich and broaden their literacy-related instructional practices. Framed by research notes and kidwatching forms, lessons present ideas for enhancing existing teaching practices and for extending the quality of students' literacy experiences in times that are not typically considered "instructional".

    http://www.namingtheworld.com/
    Nancie Atwell Naming the World

    Harnessing the power of poetry, Nancie Atwell's Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons empowers adolescents to make sense of their personal place in the world while honing their critical reading and writing skills. Naming the World's 200+ poems and accompanying five-to-ten-minute lessons are used by Nancie every day to jumpstart her reading and writing workshops. Poetry is the foundation upon which her students build excellences as writers in every genre. This is your chance to make the first few minutes of your Language Arts class really count!

    Phonics Systems Grade K
    Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Fountas Phonics Systems Grade K

    Engage student’s curiosity with systematic instruction in how oral and written language "works."

    Explicit lessons for whole-group instruction and small-group application that help students attend to, learn about, and efficiently use sounds, letters, and words.

    Smart Writing
    Laura Robb Smart Writing

    Laura Robb's Smart Writing offers practical writing units that are uncommonly attuned to middle school writers' social and developmental needs.
    "Having powerful reasons to write and a teacher who motivates—a teacher who's tuned into the emotional and academic needs of young adolescents—is a tough order. But it can be done and it makes all of the difference to middle school writers."
    —Laura Robb

    Spelling Strategies and Patterns
    Sandra Wilde Spelling Strategies and Patterns

    Research shows that for long-term retention and real-world application spelling instruction needs to be more than the memorization of word lists. Offering an alternative to the traditional word-list approach, Sandra Wilde's Spelling Strategies and Patterns brings joy and teaching to spelling instruction. Sandra's inquiry-based approach to spelling instruction engages children in exploring the spelling patterns they are already starting to internalize and developing the strategies that will help them fine-tune their spelling as they write.

    Strategic Writing Conferences
    Carl Anderson Strategic Writing Conferences

    Although conferences appear to be informal conversations, they are in fact highly principled teaching interactions designed to move writers along learning pathways. Used strategically, conferences can be powerful interventions that address individual writing needs. Carl Anderson’s Strategic Writing Conferences is a curriculum resource and diagnostic guide for writing teachers looking to use conferences to move young writers another step forward. These conferences will enhance your current writing curriculum and help you confer with greater purpose and clarity.

    Teaching the Qualities of Writing
    JoAnn Portalupi & Ralph Fletcher Teaching the Qualities of Writing

    Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW) is a ready-to-use writing curriculum that provides you with the instruction students need to improve the quality of their writing and at the same time develops your ability to read and assess your students’ writing. These hands-on lessons explore the qualities of writing—ideas, design, language, presentation—and show how, when each is infused with voice, the writer’s personality energizes the writing.

    Units of Study Writing
    Lucy Calkins & Colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Units of Study Writing

    "At the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, we have been working for three decades to develop, pilot, revise, and implement state-of-the-art curriculum in writing. This series—this treasure chest of experiences,theories, techniques, tried-and-true methods, and questions—will bring the results of that work to you."
    —Lucy Calkins

  • Math
    Contexts For Learning Math
    Catherine Twomey Fosnot & Colleagues Contexts For Learning Math

    The new Contexts for Learning Mathematics series by Catherine Fosnot and colleagues uses carefully crafted math situations to foster a deep conceptual understanding of essential mathematical ideas, strategies, and models. Building on the ideals of a math workshop, each unit provides a two-week sequence of investigations, minilessons, games, and other contexts for learning.

    Math in Practice
    Susan O’Connell & Colleagues Math in Practice: A Grade-by-Grade Guide for Teachers

    As the definition of math proficiency has changed, we as teachers have struggled with how to change our teaching to align with that new definition. We must rethink our beliefs about what math teaching should be, rediscover math content in a new way, and adjust our teaching to bring engagement, discovery, thinking, and understanding into our classrooms.
    —Susan O’Connell

    Transition to Algebra
    June Mark, E. Paul Goldenberg, Mary Fries, Jane M. Kang, & Tracy Cordner Transition to Algebra

    Designed by EDC (Education Development Center, Inc.), an international non-profit research and development organization with extensive mathematics curriculum experience, and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Transition to Algebra (TTA) uses algebraic logic puzzles and explorations to help students shift their ways of thinking from the concrete procedures of arithmetic to the abstract reasoning that success with algebra requires.

  • Assessment
    Benchmark Assessment System
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System

    Evaluate student reading and comprehension ability with reliable and robust universal screening that is aligned to Leveled Literacy Intervention, and determine each child's instruction level for guided reading according to the Fountas & Pinnell A-Z Text Level Gradient™

    Online Data Management Systems
    Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell Online Data Management Systems

    Collect, analyze, and share data on individual and class progress over time. Record, graph, and report weekly progress and monitor fidelity of implementation for Fountas & Pinnell's K–12 reading systems.