Core Clicks is a dynamic digital nonfiction reading program for K—5, custom built to achieve Common Core
objectives in the classroom. This easy-to-use web-based supplemental curriculum guides whole classes
or small groups through three “reads” of engaging informational texts. Each “read” has specific learning
objectives and is supported by interactive tasks that reinforce the same objectives. Exciting multimedia
elements capture and sustain readers’ interest over multiple encounters with a text to make learning fun
as well as challenging. Developed by the award-winning nonfiction experts at Scholastic, Core Clicks gives
teachers unparalleled support in building the close reading, comprehension, and analysis skills that the
Common Core Standards demand.
Core Clicks is a dynamic supplemental reading program built specifically to support the Common Core State Standards in ELA for grades K–5. Core Clicks teaches strategies and builds skills for close reading of informational texts through interactive lessons based on high-interest, curriculum-connected nonfiction content. Readers at grade levels K–5 build key literacy skills as they dig into a range of short, challenging passages, and gain exposure to the types of questions they will
encounter on PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments. Core Clicks is fun,
easy-to-use, and includes interactive activities that offer multiple experiences with
each text. Used together or individually, these digital lessons feature scaffolding strategies to build the deep comprehension, critical thinking, and language acquisition that are central to the vision and demands of the Common Core Standards.
Core Clicks works on any web-enabled device as the basis of whole-group,
small-group, or individual instruction. Students may complete lessons, activities,
and performance-based assessments through a protected Student View. Teachers
may track, score, and report on work completed. Core Clicks is available by subscription to schools and can also be purchased by districts.
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, completing all 18 Text Studies in a grade level takes 36 weeks.
The completion of each Text Study will take an estimated 4 instructional sessions; the completion of each Reading Checkpoint will take an 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:
Model A: 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.
Text Study Skill Workout and Question Quest
Model B: 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.
Text Study Skill Workout and Question Quest
The program offers instruction, practice, and assessment on 13 “Spotlight Skills.” Spotlight Skills are key Common Core-aligned literacy skills in reading informational text, language/vocabulary, speaking and listening, and foundational skills. Spotlight Skill “Workouts” hone the tools needed for deep comprehension grade by grade. Spotlight Skills include: Author’s purpose, Cause and Effect, Cite Reasons and Evidence, Cite Text Evidence, Compare and Contrast, Determine Word Meaning,
Main Idea and Key Details, Make Inferences, Point of View, Problem and Solution, Sequence, Use Text Features, and Use Visuals. As students read 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,
small-group, or independent study. The Text Studies are designed mainly as group lessons for whole-group instruction on an interactive whiteboard or with a digital projector, or small-group instruction using iPads® or other tablets. 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 components (Reading Checkpoints and Question Quests) may be scored and tracked for
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 mastery such as context clues, word roots and affixes, and consulting reference sources.
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 3–5. In addition, texts for grades 2—5 are assigned a text complexity level. The four text complexity levels are: Moderate 1, Moderate 2, Complex 1, and Complex 2.
Though Core Clicks is designed to be an online program, we realize that teachers might need or prefer to be able to print some key assets. The printable elements are: Teacher’s Guide, 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.
All content is searchable by standard, skill, reading level, text complexity, and
A “Text Study” is a complete instructional unit that will take 3-4 instructional sessions to complete. 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 an informational text. Each read has a different learning objective and specific interactivity to support that objective. A printable version of the passage is also available for each Text Study.
These are key skills within the Common Core Standards and include:
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 access all there is to get from 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 text.
Text complexity is, in brief, the degree of challenge a text is likely to present to readers. The ability to comprehend and analyze grade-appropriate complex text is a major expectation of the Common Core Standards—and 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:
To help you choose the right texts for your readers, each Text Study is categorized within one of four text-complexity bands: Moderate 1, Moderate 2, Complex 1, and Complex 2. (Text Studies in K–2 are leveled by Guided Reading Level only.) Each of these categories takes into account the quantitative, qualitative, and reader-and-task aspects of a given text’s complexity.
Teachers have access to all components of the product, including:
Students have access to the “Student View” which includes:
Note: Students will NOT have access to the Teacher View. Each student will have
a unique username and password and will only have access to specific lessons and tasks assigned by the teacher.
Teachers “push” assignments to students to be completed on an individual basis. Assignments may include Question Quests, Reading Checkpoints, Skill Videos, and all/part of a Text Study. For example, if the teacher wants his/her class to prepare and read a text in advance or for homework, each student would access the assignment by logging in to the Student View. When a student has completed the assignment, the teacher is notified.
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 pull reports at the student/class level. A designated administrator 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 every 6 weeks during the school year.
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 Teacher’s 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.
Introductory offer: Order by 4/30/14 and get FREE access for the remainder of this school year 2013-14, plus get full access for 2014–15 school year. You will get Core Clicks at 50% OFF the regular price or $1499. Regularly priced at $3000.
For the Core Clicks Special Introductory Offer, access to product will start once contract is finalized and access is granted through July 31st 2014. For orders after 4/30/14, you will be given access for 12 months from start date. (Note: in its first year, Core Clicks will launch product on a rolling basis. For more information, see the launch schedule below.)
We know that Common Core support is critical to teachers and that teachers and schools need tools to implement this major educational initiative as soon as possible. We want you to have something sooner rather than later to start using in the classroom, and a rolling launch enables us to deliver Core Clicks’ exciting content to you as soon as it becomes available.
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 username 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.
Each student will be required to set-up a username and password.
Each teacher will be given access to all usernames and passwords. From there, they will be able to assist students as needed.
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Note: Optimal viewing of this site, including using streaming video, requires a broadband connection.
For PC: We recommend using a 15-inch monitor with the resolution set to 1024 x 768 with high 16-bit colors or higher selected.
Windows 8 Pro
(RT not supported)
Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) 8.x – 9.x
Mozilla Firefox 8.x – 16.x
Google Chrome 17.x – 25.x
OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
OS X 10.7 (Lion)
OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Apple Safari 5.x – 6.x
Mozilla Firefox 16.x – 20.x
Google Chrome 23.x – 27.x
For Mobile Devices:
iPad 2, 3, and 4
iPad Mobile iOS 6.x
Android 4.1 - 4.2*
Apple: Safari 5.x – 6.x
Android: Chrome browser
Although Core Clicks is an HTML5 application, not all devices and versions of Android interpret HTML5 in the same way. If you run Core Clicks on an Android device, there may be display and / or performance issues.
24 Text Studies,
(4 per grade level)
(30) Text Studies
(5 per grade level)
(30) Text Studies
(5 per grade level)
(24) Text Studies
(4 per grade level)