Wordly Wise 3000: Book 5 Paperback – Mar 30 2007
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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.
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.