Environmental Print with EPIA Interactive Assessment

Environmental Print Now Has a Web-Based Tool for Tracking and Reporting Student Progress

A Full Yearís Curriculum

An integrated Language Arts curriculum for verbal and nonverbal students, Environmental Print brings a comprehensive, standards-based language arts curriculum to students with significant cognitive disabilities. It is also appropriate for students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities who have been unsuccessful with phonetic or sight-words-based reading programs. Fully scripted, the program integrates forms of environmental print such as road signs and indoor signs into the story lines of books about adolescent characters.

Developed for both verbal and nonverbal students, the program includes a wide variety of manipulatives that allow students to demonstrate comprehension and content mastery. The text in books and activity sheets is supported by SymbolStix from News-2-You, making the program accessible to nonreaders of all ages.

Environmental Print provides lessons and activities for a complete school year. Each of the 16 books is supported by 10 fully scripted lessons that cover language arts standards while teaching three common signs or other forms of environmental print. The lesson cycle features the book first so that all signs are learned in the context of their environment.

Signs are then taught individually using a variety of manipulatives and role-plays. Once students learn the signs featured in the book, subsequent lessons focus on story comprehension. The signs are then generalized outside the story. The final lesson for each book focuses on assessment and progress monitoring.

Program Themes - Environmental Print teaches 48 signs, first through the context of a book and then generalized through a poster of a community scene and suggested community-based instruction activities. Each book and poster focuses on three signs in one of four environments:

  • Streets and Roads
  • Community Places
  • Work Places
  • Restaurants

Language Arts Standards - Environmental Print lessons focus on teaching and reinforcing key language arts standards. Skills taught and assessed include:

  • Concepts of Print
  • Main Character
  • Character Traits
  • Setting
  • Main Idea
  • Cause and Effect

Differentiated Instruction - Intended for use in classrooms for students with moderate to severe disabilities, Environmental Print integrates differentiated materials and activities throughout the program. The programís 16 books are offered in two levels. Both levels use the same illustrations to tell the story, but Level A has only one line of text per page, while Level B has two lines per page. Level A allows students to focus on the main idea of the story, and Level B provides students with additional details. Further differentiation occurs within the scripted lessons where questions are tailored to allow for both verbal and nonverbal responses.


  • Environmental Print: 160 Scripted Lessons, 16 Level A Books, 16 Level B Books, 48 Teaching Signs, 5 Sets of 48 Student Signs w/Velcro, 5 Sets of Student Sign Strips w/Velcro, 16 Scene Posters with Velcro, 1 Retell Mat, 48 Sequence Cards, 1 Yes/No/I Donít Know Responder Mat, 200 Response Cards, Reproducible Activity Sheets, 160 School-Home Activities, Checklists and Assessments, and Teacherís Guide, packaged in a box built for classroom use.
  • EPIA: Environmental Print Interactive Assessment
    This web-based program provides complete assessment for all signs and books. The tool includes both individual and class reports so that teachers can easily track student progress and plan instruction. The interactive assessment also offers all books in an electronic format with full narration, giving students another way to read and review the stories. A full range of accessibility options are provided, including scan, single-switch, and touchscreen. Because it is web-based, teachers can access the data at their convenience 24 hours a day from any computer.


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