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What's New at Freckle: February 2018

Posted by Hannah Alvarez on February 28, 2018 at 2:53 PM

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This month at Freckle, we've been working hard on helping teachers differentiate both what and how students learn. That's why this month's updates include tons of new content of different types, a whole new practice mode, and improvements that will make it easier for teachers to deliver the right lesson to each student! Freckle's Differentiation Platform is now better than ever!

ELA Skills Practice

ELA Skills Practice is a completely new way for 3rd-8th grade students to practice reading comprehension and master anchor skills! In this practice mode, students work on anchor skills through a series of short, nonfiction reading passages and comprehension questions. 

As students answer questions correctly in each skill area, they can see their progress represented by a building that's under construction.

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You can learn more about ELA Skills Practice in this blog post.

Financial Literacy domain for grades K-8

There's now a whole new math domain for you and your students: Financial Literacy! The domain includes 52 standards that range from Kindergarten to 8th-grade level, including:

  • Earning Income
  • Budgets
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • The Cost of College
  • Financial Responsibility
  • And more!

We hope these standards will help grow your students' practical math skills and their understanding of personal finance.

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New ELA articles

There are now 75 new adaptive ELA articles for your students to read, including:

  • The Moon
  • Legos
  • Joan of Arc
  • The 14th Dalai Lama
  • Jello
  • And 70 more!

Like all of our ELA articles, each one is available in at least four reading levels. You can see the full list here.

Math standards page

You can now see details on all math standards in each domain with the new Standards page! That means you're able to effortlessly align Freckle to your curriculum without spending time hunting around in the program for the right lesson. 

You can view a list of all standards in a domain, drill down to get a description and sample questions for each standard, and assign practice on a standard from this page. 

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Note: This is currently available for teachers using Common Core standards, but it will be available for all teachers within the next few weeks.

New Social Studies and Science videos

There are now over 20 new videos in the Social Studies and Science unit library in Freckle. We hope these videos will enhance your classroom time and help you differentiate the way your students learn the material!

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ELA pre-test updates

After hearing feedback from some teachers that their students' pre-test results placed them at the wrong level, we've made some changes to the ELA pre-test to more accurately pinpoint students' starting level.

This will make it easier for teachers to ensure their students are working on the material that's right for them!

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We hope these new features will help you and your students get even more out of your Freckle accounts. Please let us know if you have any feedback!

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