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Work Sampling® & InvestiGator Club®

 

Overview: WSS and The InvestiGator Club® integrated assessment and curriculum solution

Age Range: Pre-k, age 4

Scoring Options: Work Sampling Online

Report Options: Summary Report

Publication Date: 2017

 
 
 

Product Details

As an early childhood educator, you've made a commitment to your students to give them the best possible start on the path to success, and Pearson is committed to providing you with the tools you need to make that journey together. Consider us your partner on the path to your students' success. With that in mind, we are proud to announce our partnership with The InvestiGator Club.

The Work Sampling System, an authentic observational assessment that helps teachers  individualize instruction, will be integrated with The InvestiGator Club, a preschool curriculum that focuses on ten critical domains of learning—all on a common digital platform. This comprehensive assessment + instruction solution streamlines and simplifies planning, giving educators the tools and the time they need to get our young learners on the path to lifelong success.

What this means for your students

Work Sampling System and The InvestiGator Club integrated assessment and curriculum solution helps teachers gather information in the classroom to personalize instruction that will keep every child on the path to success.

What this means for you

  1. Efficient daily and weekly pre-planning

  2. Help with student instructional grouping

  3. Embedded professional development resources

  4. Built-in opportunities for observation to foster the curriculum/assessment relationship

  5. Daily opportunities to individualize instruction to meet the needs of every type of learner

More Information about The Work Sampling System

This easy tool helps you:

  • Collect information on the child’s work and compare it to grade-specific guidelines

  • Identify what children are learning, what they are beginning to master, and what they still need to work on

  • Use your observations and simplify the process of recording and interpreting them

  • Inform curriculum and instruction planning

Content and Administration

  • The interrelated elements of The Work Sampling System—Developmental Guidelines and Checklists, and Summary Reports—are customized for each grade level.

  • Developmental Guidelines cover seven major curriculum areas: personal and social development; language and literacy; mathematical thinking; scientific thinking; social studies; the arts; and physical development, health and safety.

  • Summary Reports replace conventional report cards as a way of recording progress, communicating with parents, and meeting reporting requirements. Using information from the Developmental Checklists, you complete a Summary Report three times a year.

More Information about The InvestiGator Club Curriculum

The InvestiGator Club

Inquiry-based Early Learning

It includes all the elements recommended for quality preschool programs.

  • Standards-based, integrated curriculum

  • Family engagement

  • Inclusion, dual language, multicultural relevancy

STEM+Arts = STEAM

Purposeful inquiry, the heart of The InvestiGator Club, challenges young children to use their senses, to ask questions, and to find answers in an interactive, language-rich environment. Children are encouraged to think like a scientist, construct mathematical concepts, appreciate fine art and music, and engage in meaningful conversations.

The Power of Story

The InvestiGators have formed a club to solve mysteries, tackle tough problems, and investigate their world. The program’s unique storytelling technique transforms story time into a dynamic experience that invites:

  • Active participation as children help tell each story

  • Prediction opportunities with instant feedback

  • Problem solving and reasoning

  • Vocabulary development

Essential Life Skills

Children quickly relate to the important values and life lessons the InvestiGators explore all year long: Don’t give up, believe in yourself, look out for friends. The characters build bridges to the real world and help children:

  • Talk about and practice social-emotional skills, such as empathy, sharing, taking turns, and patience

  • Focus and engage

  • Develop critical thinking skills

Teaching Outside the Box

The InvestiGator Club provides choices and creative tools for flexible “outside the box” teaching that inspires teachers, children, and families.

Best practices are guided by each classroom’s curriculum needs -- play-based, project-oriented, or more structured based on the unique experience, teaching style, and goals of the teacher.

Legal

The InvestiGator Club is a trademark of Robert-Leslie Publishing.

Scoring

Summary Reports can replace conventional report cards as a way of recording progress and communicating with parents. Scores are "As Expected" or "Needs Development."

Standards-based Developmental Guidelines Performance Indicators result in a score of “Not Yet,” “In Progress,” or "Proficient."

Resources

Resources

WSS- Research Summaries

Work Sampling System Alignments

   

Training

Pre-recorded Webinars

  • The Path to Success for Young Children: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD and Beth Alley Wise

    Children in pre-kindergarten classrooms do amazing things all day, every day. Some of the things they do are teacher-directed, some are spontaneous. As early childhood educators, we provide children with experiences and opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge, and behavior that have been demonstrated to predict learning. We also observe children’s performance to determine how to adjust and modify instruction. This dynamic interplay between instruction and assessment ensures our young learners are on the path to lifelong success.

    This webinar will describe a comprehensive assessment and instruction solution that integrates The InvestiGator Club, a preschool curriculum that focuses on ten critical domains of learning, and The Work Sampling System, an authentic observational assessment that helps teachers individualize instruction.

    Date: May 24, 2017

    pdf PDF: The Path to Success for Young Children: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment

    link Video: The Path to Success for Young Children: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment

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Pricing & Ordering

Additional ordering information will be available soon. Please sign up to be notified when more information becomes available.

Curriculum materials can be ordered in the Ordering grid below. To order the following item, call 800.627.7271:

Work Sampling Online with InvestiGator Club Curriculum

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Work Sampling System Online Pricing Annual $5.00 License Fee per Child (above the WSO subscription price).

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  • Kits

    Price

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  • InvestiGator Club Prekindergarten Learning System
    0158009975
    $2,999.00
     

    Fully integrated curriculum includes System Resources box with basic key components that are used all year long. Content-specific materials are provided with each of the seven integrated Investigation Kits.

  • InvestiGator Club Prekindergarten Learning System-English/Spanish
    0158010558
    $3,820.00
     

    Fully integrated curriculum includes System Resources box with basic key components that are used all year long. Content-specific materials are provided with each of the seven integrated Investigation Kits. Includes Spanish language materials.

  • InvestiGator Club Instructional Materials Kit Spanish
    0158010566
    $821.00
     

    Spanish instructional materials box to be used with the Prekindergarten Learning System English.

 
 
 
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