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Stories and More Series 

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Stories and More I

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Stories and More II

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Kindergarten Guide to Math and Reading

Overview

Features and Benefits

Professional Development

Developer's Corner

System Requirements 

Screen Images

Downloads

Overview of Stories and More I and II

Reading stories aloud to children encourages a love of reading and puts them on the road to reading success. With the Stories and More series, students can hear quality children's literature read to them again and again.

Stories and More is a literature-based, voice-supported reading series designed to complement an integrated language arts curriculum. Stories and More is based on two interrelated ideas:

bulletChildren's literature is vital to an effective elementary reading and language arts program
bulletEngaging experiences with real literature give children the message that learning to read is worthy of their attention.

The Stories and More Series combines a wide variety of children's literature in the collection of on-line stories. Related "before" and "after" reading activities accompany the unit or theme stories to help readers comprehend and enjoy what they have read:
bulletStarting Off: prepares children for reading the story with activities that stimulate prior knowledge and help students construct a knowledge base for new ideas. bulletStory Time: enables children to read and listen to stories with the help of digitized human voices on the computer. bulletThinking About: activities extend reading comprehension by encouraging students to think back and respond to what they have read. Students are asked to re-sequence story events, identify relationships and themes from stories and make inferences about situations from their reading. bulletGoing Beyond: students write what they know or think about story ideas and relate them to experiences in their own lives. The program provides immediate feedback by reading back the students' responses through computer-synthesized speech. bulletThe Teaching and Learning with Computers (TLC) Guides that accompany each Stories and More product provides ideas and activities to extend student experiences with the literature and to encourage integration across multiple curriculum areas. 


Features and Benefits

bulletUnit stories include on-line and off-line activities. bulletAudio support and feedback is informative and friendly. bulletTeacher Options Menu allows the teacher flexibility in tailoring program features. bulletLively on-line tutorials teach children how to use the mouse and other program features. bulletAward-winning Teaching and Learning with Computers (TLC) Teacher Guides with computer and non-computer activities to develop reading comprehension, and extend the literature to other curriculum areas such as social studies, science, mathematics, art, and drama. bulletTLC materials reference other complementary IBM educational software. bulletThe program is designed to complement a literature-based or traditional approach to reading. bulletHome Fun activities are suggested for each unit/core book to help foster home-school communication and extend school learning. bullet
Stories and More leveled for Guided Reading
Read Aloud Records for each story are available.

 

Educational Goals

bulletProvide students with successful reading experiences while gaining an appreciation of literature. bulletIntroduce new concepts and help students relate what they already know to what they will read. bulletProvide audio support to help children read high interest books. bulletExtend and apply the information presented in the books. bulletConnect literature to other curriculum areas.

 

Developer's Corner

More than 25 years of research clearly demonstrates the important role of storybook reading in literacy development. As stated in BECOMING A NATION OF READERS, "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children."

Good children's literature allows children to go beyond the controlled vocabulary that is characteristic of many reading series. Traditional and contemporary fiction and nonfiction children's literature contain the creative and figurative language and imagery that engage children's interest.

The Stories and More Series was developed to take full advantage of all technology has to offer, providing successful reading experiences with high interest and high content literature for young students. Successful reading experiences encourage them to develop reading skills and love literature.

Classroom Environment

Stories and More can be implemented in a classroom and supports Teaching and Learning with Computers (TLC). The Teacher Guide contains rich collections of suggestions and ideas for centers, while providing for whole group, small group, and collaborative student activities. These activities extend the literature to other curriculum areas such as social studies, science, mathematics, art and drama.

The Stories and More curriculum is organized around the TLC (Teaching and Learning with Computers) approach to classroom instruction where computers, hands-on lab materials and print media are all components of activity centers that offer opportunities for students to explore a concept in a variety of modalities and interpret their understanding from multiple experiences.

  Stories and More I and II support the following centers:

- Computer Center
- Guide Center
- Science corner
- Lab Corner
- Library Corner

These centers offer teachers flexibility to include a wide range of materials while allowing students to explore concepts in a variety of modalities. The Teacherís Guide provides support through lesson plans as well as reproducible masters.  The Teacherís Guide also includes integration ideas for math, science, social studies and art as well as ideas for classroom management, assessment, and home/school connections.

Awards - Stories and More I and II

bullet Award Portfolio Winner, Media and Methods bulletAward of Excellence, Technology and Learning bulletFlorida Award of Excellence for Teacher Guide, Society for Technical Communication bulletDistricts' Choice Award, Curriculum Product News bulletConsumer Product of the Year, Parent's Choice

 

Professional Development

Stories and More I and II were designed to complement a literature based or traditional approach to the teaching of reading. Both programs are presented in units/themes that are easily integrated into the existing curriculum.  

Participants will be able to:

bulletUnderstand the concepts and practices of the Stories and More software bulletUnderstand the use of stories and More in a TLC centers approach bulletGain an understanding of the use of the Teacher's Guide for integrating Stories and More into the existing Language Arts bulletUnderstand how the Stories and More activities support existing objectives

The Stories and More training is typically a one to two day training for each Stories and More product.

 


System Requirements 

* Audio required for Grades 1 and 2; use Headsets or Speakers.
* This product is compatible with Optional Management Systems such as TLC SchoolConnect, Visual CASEL, Novell ZenWorks, and Microsoft's Roaming Profiles.

Product

Supported OS

Workstation

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Disk Space

Stories and More

W95 osr2, W98 SE, W2K Pro SP1, XP Pro

P133 800x600

16 bit 32 MB

(Audio)

Novell 3,4,5,6 w/ Minimum patch list, WINNT SP4, W2K Server SP2

1.1 GB for Program

200 KB per user

Stories and More II

W95 osr2, W98 SE, W2K Pro SP1, XP Pro

P133 800x600

16 bit 32 MB

(Audio)

Novell 3,4,5,6 w/ Minimum patch list, WINNT SP4, W2K Server SP2

700 MB for Program

200 KB per user

 

Screen Images

Screen Images for Stories and More I 
Screen Images for Stories and More II

Downloads

Stories and More I Brochure in .pdf

Stories and More II Brochure in .pdf

Stories and More I & Launcher Installation Guide in .pdf

Stories and More I & Launcher Installation Guide in .pdf

Guided Reading and Read Aloud Downloads:

Guided Reading Levels for each story in Stories and More I in .pdf

New Guided Reading section for existing Stories and More I Teacher Manual (174 pages) in .pdf

Guided Reading Levels for each story in Stories and More II in .pdf

New Guided Reading section for existing Stories and More II Teacher Manual (135 pages) in .pdf

 

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