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Instructional Materials Library 

Description

The Instructional Materials Library at this site provides examples of instructional materials linked to the Louisiana Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and Extended Standards.   These products were developed by Louisiana educators and are representative of materials used within classrooms across the state.  This repository is under construction and additional samples will be added to the site over time; however, there is no intent to provide a sample for every grade level across all content areas.

 

Site User Software Requirements and Copyright Issues

Many of the files stored in the repository were developed using commercial software products (e.g., Intellitools, Boardmaker) which are often used in programs serving students with significant disabilities.  In keeping with copyright laws, the files can only be opened by individuals who own the corresponding software. 

 

Software Identification in the Files

To assist site users of the Instructional Materials Library in navigating the materials, the name of the software used to create/open each file is listed behind each file name.  For example, a few of the files in the library are named as follows:

  • Louisiana Habitat – core materials (PowerPoint)
  • Louisiana Habitat – core materials (Word)
  • Louisiana Habitat- core materials supplement 1 (Writing with Symbols)
  • Louisiana Habitat – book report (BoardMaker)

Thus, in order to open these files, the user would need to have the following software:  PowerPoint, Word, Writing with Symbols, and BoardMaker. 

 

Assistance with Software/Trouble Shooting

If you need assistance regarding the types of software required to open up files in the Instructional Materials Library or assistance in “trouble shooting,” contact your local education agency or regional Assistive Technology Center. 

 

Repository Purpose

These sample materials are just that:  samples.  These materials do not constitute a curriculum. Rather, the intent of this repository is to provide a demonstration for educators (general and special) and parents of how grade level content/material can be produced in alternate formats linked to the strengths and needs of a variety of learners.  The samples can be further modified or adapted to suit the needs of a particular student or to better align with the lesson plans of the general education teacher.  Although each sample (i.e., module) is presented as an entity unto itself, it is actually a collection of strategies which can be adapted for use across a variety of settings, including the general education setting.

 

Module Structure

Sample modules are provided across content areas (English/language arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) and are catalogued according to the following grade spans:  1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12.  Each module organized in the following categories or “folders”:

  • Introduction
  • Picture This!
  • Core Materials
  • Activity
  • Vocabulary
  • Assessment

To view the module contents, users must open each category or “folder” in a module one by one. Below is a description of the module categories or “folders” with information provided on the links which should be available in the near future.

  • Introduction:  Each module is introduced via a chart similar to a lesson plan form typically used by classroom teachers.  The chart provides an overall introduction to and summary of the module as follows:

o        Primary Subject Area/Grade Span (a description of the content area addressed)

o        Title (title of the activity)

o        Content Overview (overview of the module)

o        Standards, Benchmarks/GLEs Extended Standards and Complexity levels

o        Interdisciplinary Connections (other content areas addressed)

o        Activities (sample activities that address a variety of skill levels and learning challenges)

o        Materials and Technology (materials and technology required to replicate the activity)

o        Procedures (how to use the activities and materials)

o        Assessment (tools to assess the student’s knowledge of the content)

o        Resources (software, credits, and resources used to develop the activity)

  • Picture This!:   Picture This! contains photos of the material or “finished products” which can be produced through the electronic files.  The intent of Picture This! is to give the user a clear image  of how the information in the “module” can be printed and/or used to support instruction.
  • Core Materials:  the core materials related to the module (e.g., adapted text)
  • Activity:  instructional activities related to this module
  • Vocabulary:  vocabulary (e.g., words, symbols) related to the content of the module, as well as overlays which can be used to support instruction
  • Assessment:  sample assessments which can be used to assess what a student knows and is able to do relative to the content of the module

Search Methods

The sample materials may be accessed via the left hand navigational tool bar (click on Instructional Materials Library) in following manners:

  • Search for modules by content area (English/language arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) according to grade level spans (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12).
  • Using the column header, search by
    • Curriculum Area (English/language arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies),
    • Grade Level (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12),
    • Specialization, or
    • Folder (Activity, Assessment, Core Materials, Introduction, Picture This!, Supplemental Materials, Vocabulary).
  • Search for modules via Extended Standards using one of the two following options:
  • To search for modules by Extended Standards, use one of the two following methods:
    • using the upper right hand search box, type in the Extended Standard and hit enter.
    • using the Extended Standards link on the left hand navigational bar, find the Extended Standard for the curriculum and grade level of your choice.  Click on the Extended Standard which will then link you to any avaialbe materials in the Instructional Materials Library.

All samples may be accessed here.

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Created at 11/13/2008 11:09 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 2/11/2011 8:16 AM  by Nanette Olivier