Ancient Civilizations

International in scope, the Ancient Civilizations collection focuses on the world before 250 ce. Regions included are Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, India, and the Maya.

RESEARCH LABS®

RESEARCH LABS® is a backwards design model that allows teachers to differentiate instruction while teaching grade level content standards to all students. Starting with big ideas/concepts students need to grasp in order to master state standards, we backmap to create a project-based learning framework through which students read, write, engage in accountable talk, and produce their own books on independent research topics.

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  • Backwards Design
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Standards-Based Inquiry
  • Core Curriculum Content Standards

See our collection of books authored and illustrated by Research Labs students.

RESEARCH LABS® Classroom Module

For 30 students, 5 classroom minimum

Module Includes:

Instructional Framework
Blackline Masters for Student Research
Student Blank Books (30)
Theme-Related Folders (30)
Research Cards (30)
Writing Cards (30)
RESEARCH LABS® Teacher Training
1 full day of professional development training included for 5–20 purchased modules
Read Aloud Anchor Titles (5)
5 titles
6 Theme Baskets (150 titles)
You choose from available levels.

Your Choice of Central Texts:

Big Books (5)
1st Grade only
Exemplar Packs (25)
select themes only
Core Titles (25)
$2,550.00
for 30 students
Instructional Framework

Instructional Framework

The Research Lab Instructional Frameworks ensure every teacher implements the 3 Shifts every day. Teachers provide grade-level rigor through the use of complex text to teach ELA CCSS, Science/Social Studies content, and academic vocabulary.

Instructional Framework
Blackline Masters for Student Research

Blackline Masters for Student Research

Blackline masters provide graphic organizers to teach and scaffold students’ note-making, research reading, and writing skills.

Blackline Masters for Student Research
Student Blank Books

Student Blank Books

Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will write a well-organized main idea/detail paragraph for each Research Question.

Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Theme Related Folders

Theme Related Folders

Theme Folders are decorated, heavy-stock folders that allow students to keep their books, log sheets, Skills Cards, and research notes together, making transport easy between home and school.

Theme Related Folders
Research Card (Front)
Research Card (Front)
Research Card (Reverse)
Research Card (Reverse)
Writing Cards

Writing Cards

Writing cards support students through each step of the writing process: drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each card details the steps students need to take to successfully complete one stage of the full writing process (e.g., drafting) before proceeding to the next step (e.g., revising).

Writing Cards

  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Writing Cards
Professional Development

Professional Development

FREE Professional Development with the purchase of five or more classroom modules (or webinar with 4 modules or fewer.)

Professional Development
Anchor Titles

Anchor Titles

The Anchor Title Collection provides grade-level books that are exemplars in both text complexity and Unit content. The Anchor Titles include books on all of the major concepts to be taught in the Unit, as well as a teacher research text and 1-2 literary texts related to the unit content.

Anchor Titles
6 Theme Baskets/150 Titles

6 Theme Baskets/150 Titles

International in scope, the Ancient Civilizations collection focuses on the world before 250 ce. Regions included are Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, India, and the Maya.

6 Theme Baskets/150 Titles
Big Books

Big Books

In shared reading, the teacher reads text aloud while the students follow along. Large print and illustrations allow teachers to model active reading strategies, thinking aloud as they go, with an emphasis on reading and thinking about the ideas presented.

Note: Big Books available to 1st Grade only.

Big Books
Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs, collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, are also available.

Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Assessment-ready exemplar passages at or above grade-level text complexity, including quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task analysis for each text.

Available for select themes only.

Exemplar Text Packs
Teacher Edition

Teacher Edition

Price: $100

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels. Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Teacher Edition
Student Edition

Student Edition

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Pricing: Quantity is for one unique Exemplar Text Pack, on one topic, for one grade (not cumulative quantities for all Exemplar Text Packs purchased across grade levels)

  • 30 – 999 per topic per student pack $10.00
  • 1,000+ per topic per student pack $7.50
Student Edition
Core Titles

Core Titles

We help you select the best informational text on the topic to be used for shared reading to provide students with an overview of your grade-level curriculum. Core titles provides a grade-level, shared reading experience for all students and provides the teacher with opportunities to model the kinds of reading and writing he or she expects from the students.

Core Titles
Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs, collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, are also available.

Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Assessment-ready exemplar passages at or above grade-level text complexity, including quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task analysis for each text.

Available for select themes only.

Exemplar Text Packs
Teacher Edition

Teacher Edition

Price: $100

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels. Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Teacher Edition
Student Edition

Student Edition

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Pricing: Quantity is for one unique Exemplar Text Pack, on one topic, for one grade (not cumulative quantities for all Exemplar Text Packs purchased across grade levels)

  • 30 – 999 per topic per student pack $10.00
  • 1,000+ per topic per student pack $7.50
Student Edition
Theme Related Folders

Theme Related Folders

Theme Folders are decorated, heavy-stock folders that allow students to keep their books, log sheets, Skills Cards, and research notes together, making transport easy between home and school.

Theme Related Folders
Student Blank Books

Student Blank Books

Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will write a well-organized main idea/detail paragraph for each Research Question.

Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development for Research Labs teaches teachers and administrators how to use the full range of thematic materials to turn each classroom into an active learning laboratory.

Participants learn how to use extensive nonfiction, thematic book collections and support material to conduct thematic investigations that build students’ vocabulary, background knowledge, and skills in reading, writing, researching, and publishing.

Professional Development

RESEARCH LABS® Express Module

For 15 students

Module Includes:

Instructional Framework
Blackline Masters for Student Research
Student Blank Books (15)
Theme-Related Folders (15)
Research Cards (15)
Writing Cards (15)
RESEARCH LABS® Teacher Training
1 full day of professional development training included for 5–20 purchased modules
Read Aloud Anchor Titles (5)
5 titles
5 Theme Baskets (100 titles)
You choose from available levels.

Your Choice of Central Texts:

Big Books (3)
1st Grade only
Exemplar Packs (15)
select themes only
Core Titles (15)
$1,900.00
for 15 students
Instructional Framework

Instructional Framework

The Research Lab Instructional Frameworks ensure every teacher implements the 3 Shifts every day. Teachers provide grade-level rigor through the use of complex text to teach ELA CCSS, Science/Social Studies content, and academic vocabulary.

Instructional Framework
Blackline Masters for Student Research

Blackline Masters for Student Research

Blackline masters provide graphic organizers to teach and scaffold students’ note-making, research reading, and writing skills.

Blackline Masters for Student Research
Student Blank Books

Student Blank Books

Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will write a well-organized main idea/detail paragraph for each Research Question.

Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Theme Related Folders

Theme Related Folders

Theme Folders are decorated, heavy-stock folders that allow students to keep their books, log sheets, Skills Cards, and research notes together, making transport easy between home and school.

Theme Related Folders
Research Card (Front)
Research Card (Front)
Research Card (Reverse)
Research Card (Reverse)
Writing Cards

Writing Cards

Writing cards support students through each step of the writing process: drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each card details the steps students need to take to successfully complete one stage of the full writing process (e.g., drafting) before proceeding to the next step (e.g., revising).

Writing Cards

  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Writing Cards
Professional Development

Professional Development

FREE Professional Development with the purchase of five or more classroom modules (or webinar with 4 modules or fewer.)

Professional Development
Anchor Titles

Anchor Titles

The Anchor Title Collection provides grade-level books that are exemplars in both text complexity and Unit content. The Anchor Titles include books on all of the major concepts to be taught in the Unit, as well as a teacher research text and 1-2 literary texts related to the unit content.

Anchor Titles
5 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

5 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

International in scope, the Ancient Civilizations collection focuses on the world before 250 ce. Regions included are Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, India, and the Maya.

5 Theme Baskets/100 Titles
Big Books

Big Books

In shared reading, the teacher reads text aloud while the students follow along. Large print and illustrations allow teachers to model active reading strategies, thinking aloud as they go, with an emphasis on reading and thinking about the ideas presented.

Note: Big Books available to 1st Grade only.

Big Books
Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs, collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, are also available.

Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Assessment-ready exemplar passages at or above grade-level text complexity, including quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task analysis for each text.

Available for select themes only.

Exemplar Text Packs
Teacher Edition

Teacher Edition

Price: $100

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels. Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Teacher Edition
Student Edition

Student Edition

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Pricing: Quantity is for one unique Exemplar Text Pack, on one topic, for one grade (not cumulative quantities for all Exemplar Text Packs purchased across grade levels)

  • 30 – 999 per topic per student pack $10.00
  • 1,000+ per topic per student pack $7.50
Student Edition
Core Titles

Core Titles

We help you select the best informational text on the topic to be used for shared reading to provide students with an overview of your grade-level curriculum. Core titles provides a grade-level, shared reading experience for all students and provides the teacher with opportunities to model the kinds of reading and writing he or she expects from the students.

Core Titles
Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs, collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, are also available.

Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Assessment-ready exemplar passages at or above grade-level text complexity, including quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task analysis for each text.

Available for select themes only.

Exemplar Text Packs
Teacher Edition

Teacher Edition

Price: $100

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels. Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Teacher Edition
Student Edition

Student Edition

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Pricing: Quantity is for one unique Exemplar Text Pack, on one topic, for one grade (not cumulative quantities for all Exemplar Text Packs purchased across grade levels)

  • 30 – 999 per topic per student pack $10.00
  • 1,000+ per topic per student pack $7.50
Student Edition
Theme Related Folders

Theme Related Folders

Theme Folders are decorated, heavy-stock folders that allow students to keep their books, log sheets, Skills Cards, and research notes together, making transport easy between home and school.

Theme Related Folders
Student Blank Books

Student Blank Books

Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will write a well-organized main idea/detail paragraph for each Research Question.

Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development for Research Labs teaches teachers and administrators how to use the full range of thematic materials to turn each classroom into an active learning laboratory.

Participants learn how to use extensive nonfiction, thematic book collections and support material to conduct thematic investigations that build students’ vocabulary, background knowledge, and skills in reading, writing, researching, and publishing.

Professional Development

Mini RESEARCH LABS® Classroom Module

For 30 students, 5 classroom minimum

Module Includes:

Instructional Framework
Research Cards (30)
Writing Cards (30)
Anchor Titles (5)
5 titles
5 Theme Baskets (100 titles)
You choose from available levels.

Your Choice of Central Texts::

Big Books (5)
1st Grade only
Exemplar Packs (25)
select themes only
Core Titles (25)
$1,250.00
for 30 students
Instructional Framework

Instructional Framework

The Research Lab Instructional Frameworks ensure every teacher implements the 3 Shifts every day. Teachers provide grade-level rigor through the use of complex text to teach ELA CCSS, Science/Social Studies content, and academic vocabulary.

Instructional Framework
Research Card (Front)
Research Card (Front)
Research Card (Reverse)
Research Card (Reverse)
Writing Cards

Writing Cards

Writing cards support students through each step of the writing process: drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each card details the steps students need to take to successfully complete one stage of the full writing process (e.g., drafting) before proceeding to the next step (e.g., revising).

Writing Cards

  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Writing Cards
Anchor Titles

Anchor Titles

The Anchor Title Collection provides grade-level books that are exemplars in both text complexity and Unit content. The Anchor Titles include books on all of the major concepts to be taught in the Unit, as well as a teacher research text and 1-2 literary texts related to the unit content.

Anchor Titles
5 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

5 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

International in scope, the Ancient Civilizations collection focuses on the world before 250 ce. Regions included are Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, India, and the Maya.

5 Theme Baskets/100 Titles
Big Books

Big Books

In shared reading, the teacher reads text aloud while the students follow along. Large print and illustrations allow teachers to model active reading strategies, thinking aloud as they go, with an emphasis on reading and thinking about the ideas presented.

Note: Big Books available to 1st Grade only.

Big Books
Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs, collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, are also available.

Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Assessment-ready exemplar passages at or above grade-level text complexity, including quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task analysis for each text.

Available for select themes only.

Exemplar Text Packs
Teacher Edition

Teacher Edition

Price: $100

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels. Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Teacher Edition
Student Edition

Student Edition

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Pricing: Quantity is for one unique Exemplar Text Pack, on one topic, for one grade (not cumulative quantities for all Exemplar Text Packs purchased across grade levels)

  • 30 – 999 per topic per student pack $10.00
  • 1,000+ per topic per student pack $7.50
Student Edition
Core Titles

Core Titles

We help you select the best informational text on the topic to be used for shared reading to provide students with an overview of your grade-level curriculum. Core titles provides a grade-level, shared reading experience for all students and provides the teacher with opportunities to model the kinds of reading and writing he or she expects from the students.

Core Titles
Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs

Exemplar Text Packs, collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, are also available.

Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Assessment-ready exemplar passages at or above grade-level text complexity, including quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task analysis for each text.

Available for select themes only.

Exemplar Text Packs
Teacher Edition

Teacher Edition

Price: $100

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels. Developed to address one coherent unit of core science concepts (e.g., animal adaptations) using both the science practices and content of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Teacher Edition
Student Edition

Student Edition

Model close reading lessons provide teachers with examples of rigorous tasks with built-in scaffolded support for students at a range of reading levels.

Available Themes:

2nd/3rd Grade
Bugs and Their Ecosystems
Weather & Climate

4th/5th Grade
Animal Adaptations
Ecosystems
Geology

6th-8th Grade
Human Body
Geology

Pricing: Quantity is for one unique Exemplar Text Pack, on one topic, for one grade (not cumulative quantities for all Exemplar Text Packs purchased across grade levels)

  • 30 – 999 per topic per student pack $10.00
  • 1,000+ per topic per student pack $7.50
Student Edition
Theme Related Folders

Theme Related Folders

Theme Folders are decorated, heavy-stock folders that allow students to keep their books, log sheets, Skills Cards, and research notes together, making transport easy between home and school.

Theme Related Folders
Student Blank Books

Student Blank Books

Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will write a well-organized main idea/detail paragraph for each Research Question.

Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Student Blank Books
Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development for Research Labs teaches teachers and administrators how to use the full range of thematic materials to turn each classroom into an active learning laboratory.

Participants learn how to use extensive nonfiction, thematic book collections and support material to conduct thematic investigations that build students’ vocabulary, background knowledge, and skills in reading, writing, researching, and publishing.

Professional Development