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

    1. What has changed 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 including corrected typos, content, and formatting 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 unit covers the same content and addresses the same CCS standards as the original, and allows schools to purchase one fewer text. Please see FAQ #5 for more information.

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

    2. How do I order refreshed versions of the print materials?

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

Please visit our How to Order page for more information.

3.  When will the updates be made to the website?

As of Summer 2019, all of the K-5 curriculum content on the website, along with the resources on the Tools page, has been refreshed to match the refreshed 2019 printed curriculum. To ensure that you are using the most up-to-date content, please download the updated versions of the supporting materials and assessments. Please note that all new supporting materials will have an updated file name, ending with "19."

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.

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 revised student materials to reflect the specifics of Dr. Ballard's story. NOTE: 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, since the new text is included in the supporting materials. Schools that have already purchased The Big Dinosaur Dig can continue to use it along with the earlier version of the unit, or they can switch to the updated version of the unit and use The Big Dinosaur Dig as a supplemental text.

An archived version of the original unit (2017) is available here: Grade 2: Module 2.

6. I came across an unavailable online resource (or "broken link") 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, however, instances when links can change or disappear over time, as website owners update and adjust their content.

You can find a list of updated third-party links on the Third-Party Links page. All of these updates have been made to the online curriculum, and most were corrected in the refreshed print materials available as of March 2019. We will update the above page on an ongoing basis.

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 bookmarked 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 Curriculum.ELeducation.orgFor 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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