That's a hard one to answer. I received my kit a week before school started and struggled with it due to my situation of 5th grade gifted (book suggestions didn't match our needs). In addition, with a grade level change and MANY district changes, it was too much for me to handle. I ended up dropping it with the thought of revisiting it this summer.
However, with that all said, it comes with an "Alternative" unit book that a peer loves and has used all year. I'd check out their site to see if it will work in your classroom. It does have sample pages and portions of the unit. It has the same vibe as the UofS writing.
Overall, how can one not like anything produced by Calkins? :)
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