ConceptLinks ® Program
The ConceptLinks ® program provides a unique blend of content and literacy to engage students with science and social studies at their natural reading levels. Engaging students at their natural reading levels builds the foundation of science, social studies, and literacy to achieve mastery and move up to the next level. Pre- and post-tests, as well as formative assessments provide valuable data on student improvement in both content and literacy. Summit K12 provides professional development to ensure that your teachers are well trained and confident in their implementation of the ConceptLinks ® program.
The ConceptLinks ® Program covers all four language domains – to help students reach their full potential in Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, and English Language Proficiency
- Reading – level texts and language specific lessons
- Writing – each unit includes four writing prompts, a Writing Rubric and follows the Five Step Writing Process:
- Prepare for Writing
- Publish and Present
- Listening – through our e-Books or audio files students can have the books and vocabulary read aloud to them
- Speaking – each unit provides opportunities to present their papers and we include an Oral Presentation Rubric to facilitate consistent grading of student presentations
The ConceptLinks ® Teacher’s Guide offers detailed, step-by-step instructional guidance and practical tips to help teachers get the most out of every ConceptLinks ® lesson.
Comprehensive planning resources make managing instruction easy with helpful tools including:
- Program overview
- Pacing guidelines
- At-a-glance lesson organizer
- Student placement guide
- Lesson plans
- Assessments to monitor student progress
Plan Your Objectives
In every ConceptLinks ® module, powerful literacy strategies, language skills, and science process skills are embedded in the instruction, along with standards-based science concepts. Use the charts that appear here to plan your instructional objectives. Also see specific language, literacy, and content objectives within the lessons.
Plan the Lessons
These options are based on 40-60 minutes per day of Instructional time. If you have less time or more time, use the suggestions here as a model for creating your own lesson plans.
Use the Placement Guide and your own observations to place each student in the Student Book that best matches his or her instructional reading and language levels.
ConceptLinks® is designed for maximum ease-of-use and flexibility. Every module includes a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide with step-by-step lesson plans for managing small-group and whole-class instruction, and multiple pacing options.
The Teacher’s Guides include Pacing options for 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks and 4 weeks. ConceptLinks may also be used for after-school and Saturday tutorials and for Summer School.
Starting Up with Newcomers
ConceptLinks™ also provides 5 or 10 days of instruction (20 minutes per day) for students with little or no proficiency in English.
The program includes four Newcomer lessons for each Unit that includes basic vocabulary development. Each lesson has audio support enabling each lesson to be read-aloud to the students.