Ruby Student Workbook

Ruby Student Workbook

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Item #: 046266
ISBN: 9780980167030
Grades: 4

Publisher Description:

Ruby Student Activity Workbook has vocabulary exercises in the form of word games and puzzles. The workbook includes comprehension questions and writing activities. A graphic organizer for each prose selection helps in developing analytical skills. The Ruby workbook has been developed with wit and humor and provides a fun and less tedious way to learn language skills. The Workbook Answer Guide is included in the Teacher’s Edition.

Category Description for Mosdos Press Literature Series:

Mosdos Press bills its literature courses as intellectually challenging with positive moral values. We used the Gold book for Mark's literature course for one year, and we would agree with their assessment.

So that students will see the full range of literary works, each level in the program is comprised of several types of literature: short stories, poetry, nonfiction essays, plays, songs, drama selections, and even a complete novel. Selections are from top-notch authors. A review of the table of contents in Pearl reveals selections from such well-known authors as Irene Hunt, Langston Hughes, Alex Haley, T. S. Eliot, Jack London, Leo Tolstoy, James Thurber, Robert Frost, James Herriot, Carl Sandburg, and Aesop.

Each level consists of three components: a hardcover student book, a softcover spiral-bound teacher edition, and a softcover workbook. The Student Book is quite visually appealing, with a mixture of color photographs, color drawings, b&w line drawings, and watermark backgrounds and borders. The desire for visual appeal is even more obvious in Pearl (6th grade, copyright 2003) than in Gold (8th grade, copyright 2001), showing that visual quality is quite important to the publisher.

But quality is much more than skin-deep. In addition to the literary work itself, each piece is proceeded by a Blueprint for Reading. This includes a brief bio of the author, an introduction to the story, and an explanation of some facet of literature. A Word Bank lists vocabulary words to know; however, pronunciations and definitions of the more challenging words are given at the bottom of the page where each first appears in the story. Selections end with Quick Review, In-depth Thinking, and Drawing Conclusions questions. A Focusing On section asks the student to examine some literary aspect of the selection. Creating and Writing lists a few possibilities for some type of writing related to the story.

While the Teacher Edition lacks the color of the student book, it contains a wealth of information to aid the instructor. For starters, it contains a reduced-size version of the student text, sans color. It also contains additional background information about the selection and general literary information as well, such as comments about setting and plot. Discussion questions (with answers), which are different from and more detailed than the end-of-selection questions, are given along the way. Answers to the end-of-selection questions and workbook questions are also provided, as are pointers to aid with the Creating and Writing assignments.

The Workbook format differs slightly from grade to grade. The 6th grade workbook contains vocabulary activities, graphic organizers, and space to write answers to the In-depth Comprehension Questions and the Creative Writing exercises, plus 25 additional Creative Writing tasks which incorporate language arts components and facets of each type of literary genre. It also contains 25 prose pieces with comprehension questions to help prepare students for standardized tests. The 8th grade workbook contains vocabulary exercises, graphic organizers, and a research or creative writing activity. Answers to the questions are included in the back of the Teacher's Editions.

A Test Master CD-ROM for each level is available which contains all the test masters for prose selection, unit tests, vocabulary tests and essay questions. Use them as tests or as extra assignments.

As an instructor, I really liked this program. I (Bob) was doing a fair amount of Mark's instruction at this point, and I don't always get a chance to preview the material before discussing it with Mark. The teacher's manual really fills in the gaps in this situation, although it would still be better for me to read the selections prior to discussion. Mark is not a big fan of canned literature programs (although he reads a great deal), but in general he liked the stories included in the program.

One final note. The program is written so that it can be used in a secular setting, so you won't see many references to God or the Bible. However, the selections do maintain a high moral tone that should be pleasing to a broad spectrum of users. All things considered, we believe that this program compares favorably to program like the Bob Jones literature program, which we have also used at various levels.

Components are available individually or in a convenient bundle. Bundles include all the textual resources necessary for the course: Student Book(s), Teacher Edition(s) and the softcover workbook. Not included but available separately is the Test Master CD-Rom.

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The workbooks help children to learn the concepts introduced in the text and the vocabulary sections are excellent.
Nupur T on Aug 9, 2021
Required by school
Michael V on Jul 7, 2020
The workbooks help children to learn the concepts introduced in the text and the vocabulary sections are excellent.
Nupur T on Aug 9, 2021
It's Common Core aligned, moderately priced, and has the option of independent learning.
Amanda L R on Aug 17, 2020
Required by school
Michael V on Jul 7, 2020
We used the Mosdos Opal curriculum and were ready for the next level.
Rebecca B on Jan 10, 2020
Chantelle H on Oct 16, 2018
This book was a few bucks less than what my daughter's private school wanted.
Tracy O on Aug 17, 2018
We have been working with Mosdos for a couple of years now, and while we tried Ruby without the workbook, I feel the graphic organizers help my son gain a deeper grasp of the material. Mosdos is a fantastic lit program.
Sarah H on Jan 3, 2017
Rainbow Resource Center had a great price and shipping was affordable. I'd definitely recommend ordering here. :)
Amy M on Oct 2, 2016
Positive reviews on forums.
Michael B on Aug 20, 2016
Great books
Tracy A on Aug 7, 2016
I saw reviews on the Internet from other users who say it's great and not very well known but should be. I think it will help with reading comprehension. It also has writing prompts with graphic organizers.
Telesia B on Jan 17, 2016
It's Common Core aligned, moderately priced, and has the option of independent learning.
Amanda L R on Aug 17, 2020
We used the Mosdos Opal curriculum and were ready for the next level.
Rebecca B on Jan 10, 2020
Is an answer key included? Thank you.
Natalie on Apr 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The answer key is not in the Student Workbook. Instead, it is in the very back of the Ruby Teacher's Edition. This way, the student doesn't come across them to pad their answers. The answers are well organized and well thought-out, making it easier for the teacher to discuss missed answers by the student, even if the teacher hasn't had a chance to read the story yet. Hope this helps!
does TM have tests or do i need the cd rom?
viola on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are no tests in the TM. There are guided reading questions with answers in the TM. IMO the student workbook has plenty of activities as well as writing exercises to review the content of the literature as well as reinforce ideas. We haven't felt the need for tests at this level.
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This is a must with the program
There is vocabulary to go with the story and graphic organizers to break down the story you read. It is a good way to go over the story of the week. It is designed to do one or two exercises a day and test on Friday. It is to help the child get a real understanding of literature that they are reading. It will say plot or characters or internal conflict so you know what skill they are trying to learn front the main book and then the workbook helps enforce the skill they are suppose to be learning.
February 16, 2016
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