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Frequently Asked Questions

2019 K-5 Curriculum Content Refresh Updates to EL Education's Curriculum Website

    1. What is changing as part of the 2019 K-5 Curriculum Content Refresh?
      The bulk of the curriculum is the same; the changes consist of small yet meaningful edits like corrected typos and formatting/content errors, as well as updated images in the K-2 Skills Block Decodables, Keyword Letter Cards, and Handwriting Sheets.

      The most significant changes can be found in Grade 2 Module 2 Unit 3, which was rewritten to feature a new paleontologist and now uses a new anchor text (written by EL Education and included in the supporting materials). The new materials cover the same content and address the same CCS standards, and allow schools to purchase one fewer text. Please see #5 for more information.

      You can find the current trade book list (updated May 2019) here.

    2. When will the updates be made?
      From May - August, we will be refreshing the K-5 curriculum content on the website (to match the refreshed 2019 printed curriculum). Updates will be released on this website on a rolling basis. To ensure that you are using the most up-to-date content, please download updated versions of the supporting materials when available.

The Modules 1-4 of the Grades K-5 Module Lessons, Labs, ALL Block, and Life Science content have been refreshed, along with the supplementary resources on the Tools page. The K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block will be refreshed by the end of August. Please note that all supporting materials will have an updated file name, ending with "19".

3.  Will the print materials be updated too?

If you order print materials from our providers Open Up Resources or LearnZillion, they will include the updates as of March 2019. Users of existing print materials from Open Up Resources can identify the refreshed materials because of the word "updated" on the front cover of refreshed booklets. Users do not need to replace existing materials with refreshed copies.

4.  Where did the updates come from?

Many of them were contributed by educators like you who are using the curriculum. We appreciate feedback and suggestions and invite you to leave us feedback at We typically respond within 24-48 hours.

5.  Why was The Big Dinosaur Dig removed from the trade book list in Grade 2, Module 2? Should I not be using the materials related to this text?

We have revised Unit 3 of the Grade 2: Module 2 Module Lessons, as we had the opportunity to interview a new paleontologist, Dr. Holly Woodward Ballard, about her discoveries in the field. This change involved removing references in the Teacher Guide and the Teacher Supporting Materials to the trade book The Big Dinosaur Dig (978-0756655952, DK Publishing, $3.99), which was previously required as a one-per-classroom purchase but which will no longer be a required trade book for this module.

To replace the reading and writing work students previously did with The Big Dinosaur Dig, the Curriculum Design Team created a similar narrative around one of Dr. Ballard's fossil discoveries. This narrative is included in the updated Teacher Supporting Materials along with slightly revised student materials to reflect details of Dr. Ballard's story. The updated unit is fully optional and covers similar content and addresses the same CCS standards as the original unit.

No new trade book purchase is required to replace The Big Dinosaur Dig. Schools that have already purchased this text can continue to use it along with the earlier version of the module materials, or they can switch to the updated version of the module and use The Big Dinosaur Dig as a supplemental text.

An archived version of the original unit (2017), including lessons and teacher supporting materials, is available on our website here: Grade 2: Module 2 Module Lessons.

6. I came across an unavailable online resource in the curriculum. Where can I find an updated list of links?

We embed authentic third-party content from other sources in our curriculum, including online resources to increase student engagement and keep content relevant. We carefully vet all sources with an aim of selecting website links with stable content. There are instances when links can change or disappear as website owners update and adjust their content.

You can find a list of updated third-party links and guidance on the Third-Party Links page. All of these updates have been made to the curriculum website, and most were corrected in the refreshed print materials available as of Spring 2019.

2012 Grades 3-5 ELA Curriculum (First Edition) on 

  1. Where can I find the first edition Grades 3-5 ELA curriculum? I have bookmarked or linked specific pages on
    In June 2018, we decommissioned For any users who continue to implement the first edition Grades 3-5 ELA curriculum, this content is available on New York State's curriculum website EngageNY. We also no longer offer printed copies of the first edition of grades 3-5. Please update any links so that they direct to

    For users looking to learn more about the specific enhancements to the second edition Grades 3-5 Language Arts curriculum, please review the second edition enhancement documents (for grades 3-5) on the Tools page.

  2. Where can I find the first edition Grades 6-8 ELA curriculum now that has been discontinued?
    The Grades 6-8 ELA Curriculum has been moved to

    For users looking to order print materials of the Grades 6-8 ELA curriculum, please refer to our How to Order page for details.

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