It supports grades K-5.
The Core Clicks instructional model incorporates the time-tested arc of engagement, instruction, practice, and assessment. Multimedia elements, high-interest content, and stunning visuals build engagement; the interactive Text Studies offer instruction on key aspects of comprehension; multiple encounters with each text provide reading and skills practice; and Reading Checkpoints offer students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of skills in independent, performance-based assessments.
Core Clicks complements and can be integrated into a teacher’s existing curriculum. As a supplemental ELA product that supports content-area instruction, the completion of one Text Study every two weeks during time devoted to Literacy, Science, or Social Studies curriculum is recommended. The completion of each Text Study will take an estimated 4 instructional sessions of 20 minutes (for younger readers) to 30 minutes (for older readers); the completion of each Reading Checkpoint will take one additional instructional session. Following this implementation plan, you will have more than enough material to complete 1 text study every 2 weeks or 36 weeks.
The completion of each Text Study will take an estimated 4 instructional sessions; the completion of each Reading Checkpoint will take one additional instructional session.
Although Core Clicks may be implemented with great flexibility, we suggest completing one Text Study every 2 weeks, following the implementation schedule below that best suits your classroom needs:
Complete a Core Clicks Text Study in 2 sessions per week across 2 weeks. Sample schedule below.
Advantages: As reading informational text is integrated evenly into each week, students build reading comprehension skills, critical thinking, and content knowledge as they progress. This model also allows ample time each week for other enriching literacy-building activities such as literature studies, vocabulary building, and project-based learning.
Skill Workout and Question Quest
Complete a Core Clicks Text Study in 4 sessions per week in alternating weeks. Sample schedule below.
Advantages: Using Core Clicks on 4 days every other week allows students to focus intensively on reading and analyzing informational text. This approach offers a deep focus on reading comprehension skills, critical thinking, and content knowledge on consecutive days every other week. This model also allows a similar intensive focus every other week on other kinds of enriching literacy-building activities such as literature studies, vocabulary building, and project-based learning.
Word Workout and Question Quest
The program offers instruction, practice, and assessment on 13 “Spotlight Skills.” Spotlight Skills are key standards-aligned skills for the mastery of informational text. Spotlight Skill “Workouts” hone the tools needed for deep comprehension grade by grade. Spotlight Skills include: Author’s Purpose, Cause & Effect, Cite Reasons & Evidence, Cite Text Evidence, Compare & Contrast, Determine Word Meaning, Main Idea & Key Details, Make Inferences, Point of View, Problem & Solution, Sequence, Use Text Features, and Use Visuals.
As students read, interact with, and discuss a variety of texts along a staircase of text complexity, they also build key speaking/listening and language skills, critical-thinking skills, and academic vocabulary.
Core Clicks meets the standards for ELA through exposing students to a wide range
of short informational texts at varying reading levels and varying levels of text complexity, as well as through providing embedded activities to build related skills.
Yes! Core Clicks supports the needs of diverse learners in several ways:
Core Clicks is designed for flexible use in multiple settings: whole-group instruction, small-group instruction, or independent use. The Text Studies are designed mainly as group lessons for whole-group (on an interactive whiteboard or with a digital projector) or small-group (with iPads or other tablets) instruction. The Reading Tasks are designed primarily for individual skill practice and performance-based assessment. However, teachers may assign any component of the program for individual completion in the password-protected Student View. Certain program components (Reading Checkpoints and Question Quests) may be scored and tracked for reporting.
Each Text Study builds students’ working vocabulary by focusing on selected
high-leverage (Tier 2) academic vocabulary as well as domain-specific (Tier 3) vocabulary.
“Word Workouts” embedded in the text lessons teach not just the words themselves, but strategies for vocabulary acquisition such as context clues, word roots, and affixes.Back to Top
Core Clicks includes embedded resources such as videos, audio clips, interactive skills-based tasks, and text-to-talk audio support.
Yes, all informational texts are leveled according to industry standards: Guided Reading Level (GRL) for K-5 as well as Lexile® levels for grades 2-5. In addition, texts for grades 2-5 are assigned a qualitative text complexity measure. The four text complexity bands are: Moderate 1, Moderate 2, Complex 1, and Complex 2.
Although Core Clicks is designed as an online program, we realize that teachers might need or prefer to be able to print some key assets. The printable elements are: : Teaching Guides, Implementation Guide, and all of the texts that form the basis of the Text Studies. Plus, every Skill Workout includes a printable skill sheet for extra practice. Reports are also printable.
All content is searchable by skill, standard, reading level, text complexity level, subject area (Science or Social Studies), and keyword.
A Text Study is a complete instructional unit designed to be completed in 4 instructional sessions of 20 minutes (for K-2) to 30 minutes (for K-5). It is a set of interactive lessons and activities based on one high-interest informational text. Specifically, each Text Study includes three “reads” of a digital version of the text. Each read has a different learning objective, with specific interactivity to support that objective. A printable version of the passage is also available for each Text Study.
These key skills for the mastery of informational text are:
Question Quests, at the end of each text study, can be completed as a group or individually. If assigned by the teacher within the Student View, Question Quests can be scored and tracked for each student.
Close reading means using critical thinking and taking time to delve into a text—usually multiple times—to gain ownership of a particular text. Core Clicks provides engaging interactive lessons that entail multiple reads of each text. This builds both the deep comprehension and the persistence students need to be independent, analytical readers of challenging texts.
Text complexity is, in brief, the degree of challenge a text is likely to present to readers. Research strongly links the ability to access complex text with a higher degree of general academic success. For these reasons, the Core Clicks text complexity system offers a way to build young readers’ ability to access a range of increasingly challenging texts. Core Clicks interactive lessons offer support tailored to the specific demands of each text as measured by three metrics of complexity:
For all grade levels, a Guided Reading Level is provided for each text as an additional, familiar measure that integrates both qualitative and quantitative aspects of complexity.
In Kindergarten and grade 1, emerging readers are not expected to read complex texts independently. However, they are expected to be exposed to a variety of appropriately complex texts through read-aloud, read-along, and independent viewing and reading. For these grade levels, Core Clicks does not apply a Lexile® score or qualitative text complexity measure. Instead, we assign a Guided Reading Level, since many K-1 teachers use this leveling system.Back to Top
Teachers have access to all components of the product, including:
Students have access to the password-protected Student Space, where they will complete and submit any work assigned by the teacher. This may include, Question Quests (quizzes within Text Studies), Reading Checkpoints, or, Skill Videos. The teacher may also assign all or part of a Text Study.
Each student will have a unique user name and password and will have access only to specific lessons and tasks assigned by the teacher; students will not see any material that has not been assigned to them.
Teachers “push” assignments to students to be completed on an individual basis. Assignments may include Question Quests (quizzes within Text Studies), Reading Checkpoints, Skill Videos, and all or part of a Text Study. For example, if the teacher wants his/her class to preview the “Read It” component of a Text Study for homework, each student would access the assignment at home by logging in to the Student View. When a student has completed the assignment, the teacher is notified.Back to Top
Teachers may track and report on individual performance of two components in the program: Question Quests and Reading Checkpoints. Students complete assignments in the password-protected Student View and submit them to the teacher.
Core Clicks software will automatically score multiple-choice and text-marking questions. For short answer questions, we provide a rubric in the teaching resources so that the teacher can manually score student work and record their scores within the program. For other components (any of the three reads of a Text Study, Skill Workouts, Skill Videos), Core Clicks tracks whether individuals have begun or completed the assignment.
In Question Quests and Reading Checkpoints, multiple-choice and text-marking questions are scored automatically. For short answer questions in Reading Checkpoints, there is a rubric available for the teacher to score manually.
For other components (any of the three reads of a Text Study, Skill Workouts, Skill Videos), the teacher may track whether individuals have begun or completed the assignment.
Teachers will always be able to generate reports at the student or class level. A designated administrator at the school level will be able to access all data.
There are 6 Reading Checkpoints per grade level for grades 3-5 and 3 Reading Checkpoints per grade level for grades K-2. It is recommended to assign one Reading Checkpoint as skills practice or performance-based assessment about every 6 weeks for upper grades and about every 12 weeks for lower grades during the school year.Back to Top
Core Clicks is built to be truly plug-and-play, meaning the program is designed to be very intuitive with minimal preparation needed by the teacher. Core Clicks is structured to lead teachers and students together easily through the lessons and activities that make up each Text Study. A printable Implementation Guide outlines best practices for integrating the program into K-5 literacy instruction. Additionally, an Online Teaching Guide provides teaching resources for every Text Study, including specific supports for struggling readers and English Language Learners. Lastly, we will have a web tutorial available to review and use as a starting point with Core Clicks.
There are two ways to purchase: (1) contact your local Scholastic sales representative, or (2) call 1-800-387-1437 and ask for a “Core Clicks” sales representative.
For pricing, please contact your local Scholastic sales representative, or call
1-800-387-1437 and ask for a "Core Clicks" sales representative.
Core Clicks is a yearlong program running August 1 through July 31. Special offers may provide additional months to the program and will be indicated on the final agreement.
Once the online agreement has been approved, there will be a main contact appointed that will set up access to Core Clicks for your school or district. Then, at the teacher level, each teacher will be asked to set_up a user_name and password for
each of their classes. The teacher will always log in via
www.scholastic.com/coreclicks and log in their unique username and password.
Core Click is device agnostic—ready to use on interactive whiteboards, computers with or without digital projectors, laptops, and iPads or other tablets.
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