Navigating the CD-ROM

Apr 2, 2015 by

This post is part of a collection of posts dedicated to supporting teachers who are in the beginning stages of implementing the Calkins Units of Study for Writing

Today’s topic: the CD-ROM.



The CD-ROM has a wealth of information and invaluable resources that support the lessons in the units. Allow me to take you on a tour and help you navigate these resources.

First, insert the CD and open up your DVD drive.  A window with these four icons will appear:

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There are two ways to access the materials on the CD. Click on the “resources” folder.

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You will see a long list of documents.  Scroll down just to see the vast number of resources provided.

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That’s a lot of resources to support you!   This is not the best way to access the resources, however.

The more user-friendly way to access the materials is to click on the “start” icon.

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When you do this, you will open a screen that looks like it is taking you to a website, but you are not online and do not need internet access to open these files.

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Once this screen has appeared, you can easily navigate through the materials. Start by clicking on the image of one of the four units at your grade level. These are the spiral bound books in your kit.

Clicking an image of a unit will open up a page that lists each session in the unit and links to the documents that support each session. You will find student writing samples, student checklists, links to video clips, photos of anchor charts, and more! They are organized by bend and session for easy access.

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You will notice that there are more than four book images on the left. The other images are of your resource books. Clicking on these books will give you digital copies of forms and resource pages that are included as hard copies in the books. These aren’t necessarily extra materials–they just make for easier printing.

Now look across the top:

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These are some additional resources that are organized by sub-category and don’t support just one unit of study. Rather, they support an entire text type.  I find the “teaching charts” tab really helpful. Click on this tab to reveal links to all of the anchor chart samples in your grade level.

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Even a quick glance of the anchor charts gives you a general idea of the lessons you will be teaching your students all year.

Now that you have a roadmap of the CD-ROM, take a few moments to explore. Click on each image and open up some of the documents.

In my next post I will share another helpful tip about the CD-ROM and accompanying resources.

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