Our district just adopted Macmillan 'Treasures' this year and we are beyond overwhelmed with it. We are supposed to do everything in it...and it is just toooooooooo much! We have approx. 2 hrs for language arts each day. This week our lessons have to include: Skills to be taught (NEW MATERIAL) in Language Arts this week Phonics…”o” Summary Making predictions Confirming predictions Journal entries (as a genre) Realistic fiction (as a genre)—main selection Past tense verbs (ed) (review)…what a verb IS has not yet been discussed in the series. Combining subjects in a sentence (subjects introduced 1 week ago)...haven't learned nouns yet... Combining predicates in a sentence (predicates introduced last week) Using quotation marks Vocabulary words listed Additional vocabulary in Oral Vocab. Cards story Adding ‘s’ or ‘es’ to words (TE, pg 143 P) Reading a bar graph Varying sentence length Review: Retelling Personal narrative Commas between city and state proofreading and of course spelling, and then actually doing some actual writing and reading and discussing the weekly story. In addition, we are supposed to be doing small groups in which we read additional leveled readers, do running records or fluency checks, etc. I have never sent home so many tests with poor grades as I am this year! It is so frustrating trying to 'teach' all of this so fast, and none of it seems to go together, it just feels like the writers of the series tossed some things together randomly. We'd love to supplement and actually teach something to mastery, but we can't figure out how to fit in what we HAVE to do, much less the additional we think the kids need! Grrrrrr. Does anyone else use this series? How have you made it work?