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About Daily Grammar Practice
The primary Daily Grammar Practice Series in its entirety is comprised of a set of books for Grades 1-5, and two options for Grades 6-12. The 1st Edition of Grades 6-12 features basic sentences for a more foundational understanding, while the 2nd Edition option for Grades 6-12 features more challenging sentences from literature.
The teacher's guides includes lists of sentences for student use, which may be copied onto a board for the class and written in individual student notebooks.
The Student Workbooks feature an introduction to the program, reference "help pages," and a separate page for each week's lesson that features the sentences from the teacher's guide. These optional workbooks help busy homeschoolers save time and energy by having lessons pre-written, rather than having students copy them into separate notebooks. Worksheets may be done as a class or individually.
The Daily Grammar Practice Overheads on CD-ROM is a time-saving optional CD-ROM that lets teachers project the week's lessons on the whiteboard (no printing capabilities are included).
In addition to the primary Daily Grammar Practice series described above, there is also the Daily Grammar Practice: Bible Version, in which the weekly sentences consist of Bible verses, Bible facts, and sentences about the Christian life (NKJV, NIV, RSV and NRSV translations are used).
There are also foreign language editions: Daily Grammar Practice French and Spanish. One of the greatest challenges with learning a foreign language is understanding the grammar; Daily Grammar Practice focuses specifically on this task with daily assignments that will help familiarize students with the grammatical structure of the respective languages.
Daily Grammar Practice Series
A wide vocabulary is critical for good reading comprehension, higher-level writing skills, and high standardized test placement. Multiple-choice vocabulary lessons often don't give students the skills they need to figure out words in context; Vocabulary: An Elementary Approach is a literature-based series that actively engages students in the learning process through contextual exercises.
In each book, students begin with 10-20 vocabulary words (taken from the literature) that they're likely to encounter in other contexts. Before reading the book, students take a pretest and record the results in "Word Logs," which require figuring out meanings from context, using a dictionary, and other reading skills. Students will also study the root words, prefixes, and suffixes of each new word. A variety of reinforcement activities are included; students conclude with a post-test.
Each workbook is designed be used alongside a specific work of literature, which is not included and must be obtained separately. Designed for elementary grades 1-5; these workbooks can be utilized with guided or independent reading.
See all available titles in the Vocabulary: An Elementary Approach Series.
Vocabulary: A Novel Solution is a literature-based series that actively engages students in the learning process, and is designed for students older than those using the Vocabulary: An Elementary Solution series.
Students begin with 25 vocabulary words (taken from the literature) that they're likely to encounter in other contexts. Before reading the book, students take a pretest and record the results in "Word Logs," which require figuring out meanings from context, using a dictionary, and other reading skills. Students will also study the root words, prefixes, and suffixes of each new word. A variety of reinforcement activities are included; students conclude with a post-test.
Each workbook is designed be used alongside a specific work of literature, which is not included and must be obtained separately. Designed for grades 6-12; parents may wish to evaluate the literature for content for younger students as many of the texts in this series are assigned in high school.
See all titles in the Vocabulary: A Novel Solution Series.
In the Daily Reading Practice series, a reading selection is used for a whole week, and skills are practiced daily with the same selection. Students will complete tasks such as identifying subject and purpose on Monday, engaging in word study on Tuesday, making inferences and relating to prior knowledge on Wednesday, creating graphic organizers and skimming on Thursday, and writing summaries on Friday.Thirty high-interest reading selections with related questions and assignments are included. Selections cover a variety of subject areas and prepare students to handle passages on standardized tests.
The Teacher's Guide includes an explanation of how the program works, help pages, student selections, answer keys (overlaid on student pages), and curriculum objectives. This guide also contains reproducible passages that are to be provided to the students while the teacher writes out the daily questions or asks them verbally.
The Daily Reading Practice student workbooks are optional, and feature an introduction to the program, quick reference guide, and separate page for each week's lesson. Designed to be inserted into a three-ring binder (not included), this workbook is an easy way to save time and keep organized. Worksheets may be done as classwork or individually, with students checking the reference "help" pages as needed.
The Daily Reading Practice Overheads on CD-ROM are an optional time-saving CD-ROM that lets teachers project the week's lessons on the whiteboard (no printing capabilities are included).
The Daily Spelling Practice series teaches students to spell by focusing on sound keys, addressing prefixes and suffixes, working with syllables, and providing practice with spelling "confusables" and rule-breaking memory words.
In order to begin Level I, students must know the sound of each individual letter and have some reading experience; this can result in a schedule of beginning Level 1 in Grade 2, but the series can be started even as late as 5th or 6th grade. The entire series is comprised of Levels 1-4 (each level's resources sold-separately).
The Teacher's Guide includes an overview and explanation of the course, a pretest/posttest, sample student and overhead pages, answer keys (handwritten answers overlaid on student pages), suggested Friday assessment lists, and a scope and sequence.
The Student Workbook features exercises to support the words taught through the Teacher's Guide. Organized by day (following a 5-day schedule), pages include blanks where students can write the words dictated by the teacher; work with syllables; complete sentences or exercises with the correct word; and identify the correctly/incorrectly spelled word. Fridays are reserved for spelling assessments. Twenty-five different spelling "keys" (one per week) are provided, along with five review weeks. This resource is convenient but not required (students will have to write out the daily assignments in a separate notebook if the notebook is not purchased).
The optional Overheads CD-ROM provides teachers with a convenient way to show the entire class the assignment without having to write it out on the board every day, but is not required.
The "You Can Picture It" series (three books: Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction) will help students improve their reading comprehension skills through illustrations, which helps to bridge the gap between picture books and non-picture books. Selections help children connect reading words with reading for understanding as they illustrate and summarize the texts they read.
This book is divided into 25 texts covering grades 1-5 (grade levels are listed at the beginning of each section). To use, pick out the selection, read and discuss, have students cut the selection into parts and re-read looking for information, then draw illustrations, create a cover and bind it, and finally write a summary for the back cover. 1st - 5th Grade.
Writing Starts: Writing Ideas and Story Starters from A to ZJudith Holbrook, Carol HancockDGP Publishing / Trade Paperback$9.95