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Wordly Wise 3000: Book 5 [Paperback]

Kenneth Hodkinson , Sandra Adams
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 18 2014
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Love those book, really help kids understand words and the articles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wordly Wise 3000: Book 5 Jan. 14 2011
So far the book is challenging my son. But need to have the test book with this workbook. Took over 5weeks to receive this book.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vocabulary Book June 12 2011
By TeachingMom - Published on Amazon.com
Subject of bias: I didn't remember a few of the references by the previous review on inappropriate political subjects or a bias one way or another, so I revisited my son's book. I did find a reference that "Bill Clinton assumed office on January 30, 1993" to exemplify alternative definition of "assume" and a benign reference to Senator Biden (also a democrat), and after looking up Maya Angelou (whom I had never heard of) they did campaigned for the democratic party which I found out on Wikipedia.

Republican references were just as easy to find: "Senator Gray's supporters exulted when she easily won the reelections." to exemplify exulted as very happy.

If you're not up on your literature, art, poetry, history, sports, science, politics, etc. the name references will zoom over your head, for example, "What you say about Goya's life illuminates this painting for me." If you don't know Goya is an artist, the depth of the definition reference is lost.

Religious facts mixed in with everything else is rather more surprising than other references. For example: "A cardinal is superior to a bishop in the Catholic Church" to exemplify the word "superior" while a story on Harriet Tubman leading slaves out of the south is correlated to Moses leading the Jewish slaves out of Egypt, and a story on the Mayflower referencing their need for religious freedom - can we even SAY the word religion in school anymore? Few references are on musicians, but my science hero Marie Curie is included.

Is the book slanted one way or another? I'd say there is good balance and has surprisingly well researched references. Instead of made up names or vagueness they choose to use real names. The book contained nothing that affronted this homeschool mom, but homeschooling is very individual. Guess you will need to decide on your own if a name reference is good or bad or the start of a good conversation or is equivalent to a made up name to be ignored.

Subject of book exercises: (Since this website doesn't have 'look inside' I thought I'd be more detailed on this, although other websites have examples.) 15 words are introduced with multiple definitions and parts of speech. Words are not related to word orgins. Part A has 4 choices of word phrases of which 2 are put together to define one vocabulary word (circling). Part B cross out bold series of words and replace with one vocabulary word. Part C is multiple choice of which multiple answers are circled. Sometimes easy to overlook a correct response and sometimes a borderline distinction. Part D can be challenging with various exercises on parts of speech. Part E is a story containing every vocabulary word and sentence comprehension questions that either contain or must be answered with a vocabulary word.

Subject of Difficulty: I have found the Wordly Wise 3000 series to be more advanced than other vocabulary programs for the grade level. For children with language/reading issues, the appropriate level may be lower than grade level in the Wordly Wise 3000 series. My child likes the words, exercises, and most of the stories. The story comprehension sentences require not just any response, but a response with a vocabulary word. As my child has autistic communication issues, stating the reply is hard, but with a particular word is even harder; good exercise, but must be done with much patience. I find the reading comprehension portion to cement the words for better retention than other vocabulary programs. The difficulty level leap from 3rd to 4th grade in this series was large, while 4th to 5th grade was an easy transition.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great vocabulary book. Jan. 11 2012
By homeschool mom - Published on Amazon.com
One of the earlier reviewers seemed to think that this book was written with an agenda, and I feel it's necessary to dispel that notion so that people don't miss out on a perfectly good vocabulary resource. Each lesson has a reading section near the end, which utilizes that lesson's vocabulary words in regards to a specific topic. The reviewer lists a number of names/topics which are of concern, and lists them in a way that might make you think the reading sections are specifically ABOUT those names/topics. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however. Most of the names the reviewer lists are only to be found in an example sentence here and there as the words are being defined at the beginning of each section. Can we really complain, for example, that the sentence "Bill Clinton assumed office on January 20, 1993." (to demonstrate the meaning of "assume") was placed there in order to foist a liberal agenda off onto our innocent 5th graders? I hardly think so. In the interests of clarifying, here is a list of the reading section topics: seeing-eye dogs, the history of cocoa beans, the last dinosaurs, the Mayflower voyage, climbing Mount Everest, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Penguins, The First Thanksgiving, first attempts at flight, Harriet Tubman, taking flying lessons, Frida Kahlo, Crocodiles, Thomas Edison, earthquakes, the last queen of Hawaii, the people and landscape of the Sahara, Walt Disney, Pompeii, and an Aesop fable.
In reading through some of the selections, I would say that I found a few small examples of the typical evolutionary or global warming viewpoint (penguins and the Sahara, specifically). Those ideas, however, were quickly dealt with through a conversation with my daughter, and we were still able to benefit from the lesson as a whole. I think it's good to be careful what we allow our children to read and watch, but there is no need to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. This book is a very useful tool and I will continue to use it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars careful about the level Sept. 24 2012
By Sanity Clause - Published on Amazon.com
This level 5 is actually for 8th grade. The first edition started with book 1 for 4th grade. For the 2nd edition and up, the publisher changed the numberings so that the "book" numbers match the grade levels. (They did not change the color combinations, on the cover, though.) This is why there is a lot of confusion about the program becoming "dumbed down". To make it even more confusing, the most challenging private schools use this book 2 years up. The publisher's web page shows the color combinations on the covers, and also gives word lists so that you can determine which to use. Oh, by the way, this is an excellent program.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 6 2014
By sabina - Published on Amazon.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource..well received by the whole family. Nov. 24 2013
By M. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Chose this book for a summer worksheet book. It was perfect and both of my children and myself all liked the set up and content. One lesson per day was perfect. Also was fun to use the internet links for online games. Although a little more effort could be put into those games my kids still liked the novelty. Don't assume just because your child is a certain grade that need that level book. Better to select based on reading level.
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