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  • Discussions4Learning

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    Raise the Vocabulary Bar

    with Discussions4Learning


    Introduce rich, academic, oral vocabulary through engaging discussions about dazzling fine art and real-world photos. No worksheets or drills. Just twenty to forty minutes a day, for just two to four days a week, and you will see improved vocabulary and comprehension in all of your students regardless of their decoding skills!

    See Discussions4Learning in action!



    Organization

    Discussions4Learning was designed with the busy teacher in mind. The easy-to-follow, two-page lessons can be taught with little to no preparation. Just pick up and teach.
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    Levels A-D

    Discussions4Learning includes four levels, A–D.
    The levels can be used as early as grades K–3. The vocabulary and images, however, are sophisticated enough to use at the intermediate, middle school, or high school levels depending on the vocabulary and English proficiency levels of your students.

    • Each level includes 96 lessons.
    • Each lesson introduces 4–6 high-level academic vocabulary words in authentic, engaging contexts.
    • Each lesson focuses on one fine art image or real-world photo.

    Components

    Each level of Discussions4Learning comes in a convenient kit containing:
    • Four spiral-bound Teacher’s Guides, one for each theme
    • A CD-ROM with 96 fine art images and real-world photos
    • A Program Guide with support for teaching the program

    Flexibility

    This flexible program is designed to meet your individual school and classroom needs. You can use the program from two to four days a week, for just twenty to forty minutes a day.

    • Use during read-aloud time, alternating read-alouds with Discussions4Learning.
    • Use as a whole-group activity during discussion time at the beginning or the end of the day.
    • Use as a bridge from one subject area or activity to another.
    • Use as an alternative to Sustained Silent Reading or Drop Everything and Read.

    Themes

    The program themes are designed to connect to critical concepts in Science and Social Studies. The program themes across the four levels are:
    • Things We See and Use connects to the scientific study of matter and objects.
    • Our Living World connects to the study of flora and fauna and biology.
    • Places and Spaces connects to both Science and Social Studies, with a focus on neighborhoods, habitats, ecosystems, and biomes.
    • Our Changing World connects to changes in Science and Social Studies.

    The Difference

    • High-level, academic vocabulary to improve comprehension

      Discussions4Learning enriches the print-based curriculum of the language arts curriculum with the high-level vocabulary critical to comprehension.

    • Explicit review of previously learned vocabulary

      Words are deliberately revisited in context in subsequent weeks as students discuss thought-provoking images.

    • Authentic, engaging contexts for language development

      Dazzling images from around the globe and across time serve as authentic, engaging contexts for language learning.

    • Fine art and cross-curricular connections

      You can easily infuse fine art while reinforcing key concepts across the curriculum through brilliant, compelling images.

    “The academically productive discussion skills that teachers develop through Discussions4Learning are at the core of the Common Core State Standards, and are exactly the kinds of discussions that are critical to English language arts, math, and the next generation of science standards.”
    —Sarah Michaels, Ph.D., Clark University, Worcester, MA


    Each level A–D comes in a convenient kit containing:

    • Four spiral-bound Teacher’s Guides, one for each theme
    • CD-ROM with 96 fine art images and real-world photos
    • Program Guide with support for teaching the program

    NYCDOE FAMIS Pricing

    Level FAMIS Item # Price
    Level A* 901915718 $387.72
    Level B* 90191570X $387.72
    Level C* 901915696 $387.72
    Level D* 901915726 $387.72
    A-D Set 902199870 $1,378.00 Save more than $130!
    *Because the images are all appropriate for any grade level, and the vocabulary is challenging, the grade levels can vary depending on your school’s needs. It is possible to use levels A–D for any grade level, from kindergarten to high school. Check out the vocabulary lists for each level at Discussions4Learning.com.
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     is the Spanish Edition of Discussions4Learning.  Levels A & B are now available.  Perfect for Spanish Bilingual and Dual Language programs, VocabulArte provides support for all students – native speakers of Spanish and Spanish learners – to develop high-level academic vocabulary and language in Spanish.

    Each level A–D comes in a convenient kit containing:

    • Four spiral-bound Teacher’s Guides, one for each theme
    • CD-ROM with 96 fine art images and real-world photos
    • Program Guide with support for teaching the program

    NYCDOE FAMIS Pricing

    Level FAMIS Item # Price
    Level A* 902298364 $397.95
    Level B* 902429299 $397.95
    Level C* 902478621 $397.95
    Level D* 902496867 $397.95

    NEW!!! Portfolio: Large Art Images & Photos 

    • Spiral bound, durable, 16″ x 20″ Portfolios with handle
    • Labels and vocabulary in both English and Spanish
    • 96 brilliant images — 48 fine art images and 48 real-world photos
    • Perfect for small groups and learning stations
    • Great for revisiting previously discussed images and vocabulary

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    NYCDOE FAMIS Pricing

    Level FAMIS Item # Price
    Level A 902488112 $345.45
    Level B 902488120 $345.45
    Level C 902488139 $345.45
    Level D 902488937 $345.45

         Available on NYC SHOP DOE

         Vendor Number: DAV135000

         Contract Number:    7000727

    Local Representative:
    Attanasio & Associates
    (718) 416-1832
    Toll Free: (877) 416-1833
    Contact Us!

    Discussions4Learning is published by Davis Publications, (800) 533-2847
    ContactUs @ Discussions4Learning.com, 50 Portland Street, Worcester, MA 01608

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