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Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources, K-8

Available by Subscription for the 2021-2022 School Year

Because so many of you in the Units of Study community requested ongoing access to the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources from the 2020–21 school year—especially as models for the most effective ways to teach minilessons—Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have adapted those virtual modules to align with their 2021-22 Suggested Sequence. These Virtual Teaching Resources are recommended for teacher PD, as well as for student use in any classes that remain virtual.

Components

A laptop with lesson video and associated print resources.

Minilesson Videos

These videos are recommended for use by teachers as models for effective, engaging teaching. In addition, teachers in classrooms that will remain virtual may share these videos directly with students.

A laptop with lesson video and associated print resources.

Video Support for Teachers and Parents/Caregivers

A set of very brief videos for teachers are interspersed across each unit to provide additional guidance for instruction. Each unit also contains a parent/caregiver video explaining ways to support children's literacy development at home.


Quick Guide to Virtual Teaching for the Units of Study

The Quick Guide offers guidance on workshop essentials and best practices, with specific advice for those whose classrooms will remain virtual including tips for planning and for filming additional videos for your students.

Note: the grade-level Reading and Phonics Virtual Teaching Resources are designed as a supplement to the print Units of Study series. Teachers must have access to the print Units of Study to activate subscriptions to the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources and to successfully teach the Units of Study in remote learning environments.

Four Options to Meet Your Specific Needs

OPTION 1 – Grade-Level K–8 Reading and K–2 Phonics Virtual Teaching Resource

Who Should Consider this Option: Schools that are teaching with print reading (K–8) and phonics (K–2) Units of Study, especially those who used UOS Virtual Teaching Resources last year. See the charts below for a list of the virtual units included in these 2021-22 school year subscriptions.

OPTION 2 – Grade-Level Fall 2021 Virtual "Ramp-Up" Curriculum, Grades 1–6

Who Should Consider? Schools that are looking for an intensive review of previous-grade reading, writing, and phonics content to start the school year. Use independently or with the grade-level subscriptions described in Option 1.

OPTION 3 – Additional Virtual Modules Recommended for All Classrooms

These freestanding virtual modules are designed to meet specific classroom needs and are recommended as supplemental resources for all classrooms, whether you opt in to the support provided by the grade-level UOS Virtual Teaching Resources or teach only with your print Units of Study. See the chart below for a list of these virtual modules and see pages 10–13 of the Overview Brochure for detailed descriptions of each module.

OPTION 4 – New Modules from the 2021–22 TCRWP Suggested Sequence Offered in Virtual Format

Who Should Consider this Option: Schools who will follow the TCRWP 2021-22 Suggested Sequence. Note that these new virtual units are also included in the grade-level subscriptions described in Option 1.

Platform Demo Video

Preview the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources platform. Note that although this video references the 2020-21 Virtual Teaching Resources, the platform shown here is utilized by the 2021-22 Virtual Teaching Resources subscriptions as well.

 
 

Sample Videos

Reading

Student Facing Minilessons

Teacher Support

Parent/Caregiver Support

Phonics

Student-Facing Minilessons

Teacher Support

Parent/Caregiver Support

Up the Ladder

 

Ordering Information

Planning Support/Terms and Conditions

  • Units included in each UOS Virtual Teaching Resources Subscription were chosen based on the TCRWP 2021–22 Suggested Sequence. Please note: The units in the 2021-22 UOS VTR do not specifically align to all units in the print sets of Units of Study. In addition, not all units referenced in the Suggested Sequence are included in the 2021-22 UOS VTR.
  • Each teacher who will use the 2021-22 Virtual Teaching Resources must have his or her own subscription that will be valid for use only with his or her own students. Subscriptions are not shareable or transferrable.
  • All School-Year and Ramp-Up subscriptions may be activated beginning on July 26, 2021 (or the purchase date if purchased after July 26). School-Year subscriptions will all end on June 30, 2022. Ramp-Up subscriptions will end on November 19, 2021.
  • Purchases of subscriptions made after the start date will not be prorated.
  • The email address you supply with your order is the email to which Heinemann will send the subscription activation code(s) for your order. For school or district orders, that person must be prepared to receive, distribute, and track subscription activation codes.
  • Returns and exchanges of subscription activation codes will be accepted prior to activation and must be requested by September 30, 2021 or within two weeks of receipt of your order, whichever is later.
  • Except for the "Ramp-Up" units, the Reading Partners modules, and Reading and Writing Comics module, all Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources subscriptions are available ONLY to users of the corresponding print sets of Units of Study. New UOS users will be required to register their print units before they will be able to access their UOS Virtual Teaching Resources subscriptions (current users will already have OLR set up in their accounts). New users will find detailed instructions in the frontmatter of their print Guides and Unit Books to register their units before they will be able to access their UOS VTR subscriptions).
  • Required and recommended trade books: Teachers will need copies of specific trade books to teach some of the virtual units, along with enough books to support a high volume of student reading across all units. See the Required and Recommended Trade Books List for complete details on necessary trade books and additional recommended titles and series you may wish to consider as you provision classrooms.

Purchasing Options

Option 1: Grade-Level K–8 Reading and K–2 Phonics Subscriptions

Who Should Consider? Schools that are teaching with print reading (K–8) and phonics (K–2) Units of Study, especially those who used UOS Virtual Teaching Resources last year.

Option 2: Back-to-School “Ramp-Up” subscriptions

Who Should Consider? Schools that are looking for an intensive review of previous-grade reading, writing, and phonics content to start the school year. Use independently or with the grade-level subscriptions described in Option 1.

Option 3: Additional Modules recommended for all classrooms

Who Should Consider? Recommended as supplemental resources for all classrooms.

Option 4: New Virtual Units that are aligned to the TCRWP 2021-22 Suggested Sequence

Who Should Consider? Schools who will follow the TCRWP 2021-22 Suggested Sequence. Note: these new virtual units are also included in the grade-level subscriptions described in Option 1.