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Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources at Curriculum Companion

Houghton Mifflin English Language Arts ResourcesThe Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources enables you to effectively and easily integrate technology into your English Language Arts curriculum. All of the resources are designed by experienced teachers who understand the daily demands and challenges of the classroom. The Powerpoint presentations, graphic organizers, and web resources save teachers time and provide quality materials that appropriately integrate technology into teaching and learning. Each presentation has been aligned to the Common Core Standards, where applicable.

In addition to curriculum resources, we also offer a number of opportunities for developing personal technology proficiency and technology integration. We offer Teacher Explorations which are self-guided individual learning modules for teachers to develop an understanding of technology integration using a variety of researched-based strategies. Tech "how-to's" are short multimedia tutorials that provide the just in time support for those quick questions. Finally, we provide recordings of our online technology workshops, that can be viewed at your own pace. For a complete list of stories that are covered in our resources, visit our Houghton Mifflin Story Index.


First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth - TeachersPayTeachers.comHoughton Mifflin Curriculum Resources are now being offered at TeachersPayTeachers, allowing teachers to purchase individual Common Core aligned stories, theme openers, teacher read-alouds, and Reading-Writing Workshop resources. Be sure to check out the Curriculum Companion TeachersPayTeachers Online Store for grades 1-6 Not a member of TeachersPayTeachers? Sign up for free today!

Save time and enhance teaching and learning with Curriculum Companion’s Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources!

The Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources are a set of online resources organized by grade level and theme that allows teachers to effectively integrate technology with the Houghton Mifflin Reading: A Legacy of Literature English Language Arts adoption (2002) and the Houghton Mifflin Reading Medallions adoption (2010). For a complete list of the Houghton Mifflin Stories, visit our story index page. The Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources include:

Houghton Mifflin English Language Arts Curriculum Resources Powerpoint presentations to introduce and build background knowledge for each theme, teacher read-aloud, reading selection, and Reading-Writing Workshop. For more information and samples of Powerpoint presentations, visit Houghton Mifflin Powerpoint presentations
Internet resources to support direct instruction and the Classroom Management and Challenge Handbook activities
Downloadable and customizable graphic organizer templates. For more information and samples of graphic organizers, visit Houghton Mifflin Graphic Organizers
Suggested titles of video resources from both Discovery Education Streaming and Learn360,
Strategies for using presentation and productivity software or video to support writing assignments
Information about content-based software


Using technology.Free Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources Sample Packs

Sign up to receive a free Sample Pack of the curriculum resources for your grade level! Simply complete and submit the form and we will email you a file (.zip) of a selection of teacher created Powerpoint presentations and graphic organizers that you can try for free! For a complete list of our stories, visit the Houghton Mifflin Story Index page.

Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources saves teachers time!

You will find a vast number of pre-selected online resources for each theme of Houghton Mifflin. Students use the online curriculum resources to support the research for their yearly research report as well as the learning activities described in the Classroom Management and Challenge Handbooks. Teachers use the online curriculum resources to build background when introducing themes, teacher read alouds, reading selections, and Reading-Writing Workshops. Because the Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources have been organized by grade level, theme, reading selection, and page number, it is easy for teachers to plan to include technology in their lessons to support teaching and learning. We have also created an index of the stories from Houghton Mifflin and cross-referenced with the stories that are also supported in the Open Court textbook.

What else is included with the Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Resources?

Houghton Mifflin Reading-Writing Workshop PowerPointTeachers can use the Powerpoint presentations for the theme openers, Teacher Read Aloud stories, each reading selection, and Reading-Writing Workshops to build background and reinforce reading, listening, and writing comprehension skills. The presentations are available in 5 formats: a small preview file, a web page that acts just like the actual Powerpoint, a full color Powerpoint slide and handout layout PDF file, and a full slide Flash file. We create all custom backgrounds and use age and content appropriate visuals in each Powerpoint presentation - all aligned to the content in the Houghton Mifflin textbook. Because we purchased many of the images, we cannot share the actual Powerpoint file without violating our user agreements. The Powerpoint presentations are a perfect way to provide discussion prompts, appropriate visuals to build background knowledge, reinforce listening comprehension skills, and to introduce and support the writing process.


Houghton Mifflin Graphic OrganizerTeachers can download graphic organizer software templates as Inspiration versions 7 or 8, or as a PDF file that aligns to the key vocabulary for each reading selection, activities in the Classroom Management Handbook, and the writing process in the Reading-Writing Workshop. Your students can use these graphic organizers to support vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and writing skills. If your school’s computers have Inspiration installed, you can completely customize the graphic organizers to differentiate instruction and meet the diverse needs of your students.

Students can also use the Internet guide sheets to examine relevant and meaningful information on theme and selection specific web sites. These downloadable and customizable guide sheets are available in Word and as a PDF document and can be found under the theme resources.


Develop technology integration skills with Curriculum Companion Professional Development!

A teacher using a technology.Independent learning with the Houghton Mifflin Online Explorations for Teachers

The Teacher Explorations provide you with a collection of research and best practices articles, narrated Powerpoint presentations, short multimedia tutorials, links to important web sites, and templates and documents that provide you with background knowledge, opportunities to practice new skills, and the chance to share new knowledge gained as part of a cumulative project.

Anytime, Anywhere Learning

In a time of diminishing budgets for professional development, teachers must look to new sources to continue adding to and building upon their professional practice. The asynchronous Teacher Explorations are an excellent way for teachers to connect new technology integration skills to their existing curriculum, working on their own schedule.

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Each Teacher Exploration is designed as an independent professional development opportunity with activities and exercises to build background knowledge through research and best practices, practice new skills, and apply the newly acquired skills to your current teaching assignment. The final portfolio and project can be submitted to our team at Curriculum Companion for review.

You can be start any of the Teacher Explorations at any time, working at your own pace. Upon completing a Teacher Exploration, you must submit a final portfolio and project to our team at Curriculum Companion for review. Each Teacher Exploration, with the exception of Exploration 1: Setting the Stage for Technology Integration, is 15 hours in length, which will earn you 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU ) from CSU Chico.

All six steps must be completed for the Teacher Exploration to be considered finished and details on how to submit a completed Teacher Exploration for review are on the Portfolio page for each Teacher Exploration.

Multimedia Technology 'How-To' Tutorials provide "just in time" support!

Narrated Multimedia Technology 'How-To' tutorials includes a library of over 600 tutorials that demonstrate how to use the most popular software applications with the Houghton Mifflin curriculum materials. Teachers increase their personal proficiency with technology while learning to integrate it into their classrooms. The tutorial library is always growing as new applications come online!

Current Tutorial Titles
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2003 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2003 - Intermediate
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Word 2003 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Word 2003 - Intermediate
  • Microsoft Word 2007 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 - Intermediate
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 - Introduction
  • Introduction to Inspiration Version 8
  • Creating Cause and Effect Charts with Inspiration
  • Creating a Basic Web in Inspiration
  • Inspiration Version 7
  • Photoshop Elements 5 - Introduction
  • Using Kids Search Tools
  • Introduction to Kidspiration
  • Searching for resources using netTrekker
  • Using America's Story Web site - Library of Congress
  • Searching for resources using Factmonster
  • Searching for resources using the Marco Polo Web Site (now Thinkfinity)
  • Finding Images on the Internet
  • Houghton Mifflin Power Proofreading
  • Houghton Mifflin Eduplace Web site
  • Houghton Mifflin Lexia Phonics

Access Recorded Online Professional Development 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Curriculum Companion includes a growing library of professional development resources including archived recordings of previously conducted live online workshops. These sessions are typically two hour workshops and currently number approximately 20 hours of professional development. Teachers are able to see and hear the instructor and see everything on the instructor’s computer that he or she is sharing with participants. No special software is required to view the workshops, and teachers can utilize this professional development resource at their own convenience. As more online workshops are recorded, this library will continue to grow.

Houghton Miffin Professional Development


Using Word to Teach Cause and Effect, Part 1 (50 minutes)
Note: This session includes audio

In this workshop, participants will review the basics of using Microsoft Word while creating a cause and effect chart to use as a template for students. This workshop will cover an overview of Microsoft Word tables, navigating the workspace, entering and formatting text, formatting borders and merging and splitting cells. In addition, we will discuss ways to incorporate Microsoft Word tables into the teaching of other reading skills.

Houghton Mifflin Professional Development

Using Inspiration to Create a Brainstorming Web, Part 2 (1hr 13 min.)
Note: This session includes audio

In this workshop, participants will review the basics of using Inspiration while creating a basic web to use as a template for students or as a lesson aid during instruction. This workshop will cover an overview of Inspiration, navigating the workspace, using the Symbol palette, linking ideas, and the use of the “rapid fire” feature. In addition, we will discuss ways to incorporate Inspiration Webs into other reading applications.

A trainer toolbox to meet your professional development needs!

Houghton Mifflin Professional DevelopmentCurriculum Companion offers a flexible face-to-face professional development program focused on technology integration into the Houghton Mifflin English Language Arts curriculum. The professional development modules vary in length from 20 minutes to 6 hours, and can be trained independently or as part of a larger institute. The scope of the 10 modules includes an examination of current research and practices for using technology in reading, classroom management with technology, an overview of the Curriculum Companion resources, and hands-on learning experiences on selected software applications focused on supporting the different components of the Houghton Mifflin curriculum.

In order to access the professional development modules, teachers must have a trainer account with Curriculum Companion. This account will give trainers access to over 40 hours of professional development resources, including facilitator guides, handouts, agendas, and all training support materials.


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