CPO Science Crazy Traits and Fast Food Value Pack Honored as Among the Best in Classroom-Tested, Teacher-Recommended Products

PORTLAND, Ore. (October 24, 2013) – Today at the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) Conference, School Specialty announced that two of its supplemental educational resources are winners of the 2014 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom from “Learning” magazine. CPO Science Crazy Traits and Fast Food Value Pack were both honored as among the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products.

Each year, a nationwide panel of teacher-judges names the standouts in books, classroom supplies, educational games, websites and more. Both School Specialty Science programs underwent two rounds of rigorous judging for quality, instructional value, ease of use and innovation and the products with the top scores are selected to win.

“At School Specialty Science and Math, we believe that engaging, hands-on learning tools provide students with a great environment for learning complex concepts,” said Rick Holden, Executive Vice President and President of School Specialty Curriculum. “It is an honor to have two of those tools – CPO Science Crazy Traits and the Fast Food Math Value Pack – honored by the Teachers’ Choice Awards’ educator-judges.”

CPO Science Crazy Traits is a fun and innovative manipulative to help students learn about genetics and evolution. Through a series of games and activities, they learn that the traits people and animals inherit from their parents are based on chance. Additionally, the concepts surrounding traits, alleles, genotypes, and phenotypes are also explored. Students flip special coins that are used to represent each parent, record their results and build a “Crazy Traits” creature based on their results.

The Fast Food Value Pack is a math manipulative that introduces students to the concepts of place value, whole number operation, fractions and decimals. Fast Food Math is part of Delta Education’s comprehensive line of specialized curriculum solutions and allows students to quickly master difficult math concepts including base ten, fractions, and decimals.

About School Specialty
School Specialty, Inc. is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops and provides preK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help educators, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.

Delta Education, CPO Science, and Frey Scientific, all part of School Specialty’s Science division, deliver the best of hands-on, inquiry-based science education to K-12 students. Trusted brands include FOSS, Delta Science Modules (DSM), Delta Science Content Readers, CPO Science, and Inquiry Investigations. For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.

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