The Teacher's Guide for each unit has a lesson for each day's word work, reading, and writing instruction. The guides are complete, concise, and straightforward to use. Lessons are also available online for teachers to use at home and school.
Each lesson begins with Daily Routines for reinforcing skills, followed by explicit skill instruction using Word Work Book pages. Instruction is thorough, but not scripted.
Lessons for each fiction and informational text explain how to build background and vocabulary, guide children's reading, and teach comprehension skills. Differentiation tips are sprinkled throughout the lessons.
Writing instruction in each lesson is organized into three parts: instruction and modeling, practice and application, and sharing. Writing mechanics, writing process, and different genres of writing are taught within this structure.
The Assessment Book for each semester has reproducible tests for assessing comprehension, fluency, and writing. The comprehension assessments can also be taken online. In addition, the books provide tips for informal assessment and record-keeping forms. Online versions of the tests are also available for students to take independently.
The Practice Pages Book for each semester has reproducible pages for reinforcing skills. The pages are also available in consumable workbooks.