Fix It! Grammar Teacher's Manual Book 1: The Nose Tree

Fix It! Grammar Teacher's Manual Book 1: The Nose Tree

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ISBN: 9781623411718
Grades: 3-12

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Ingenious! Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

Category Description for Fix It! Grammar:

It only makes sense that a writing program like IEW would have a different take on grammar acquisition. A good look at the Fix It! Program (in its new, improved, more user-friendly form) will convince you that its approach is both comprehensive and designed to maximize retention. Editing excellent literature models (well-loved books) plus targeted instruction, the student works on one passage per day (four per week). Students look for and correct embedded grammar errors and learn a new vocabulary word. Because there is a continuing story line, the daily grammar edits become fun and entertaining as well as challenging. The new six-volume series allows for mastery at each level plus spiraling (grade ranges for books correspond to IEW grade ranges).

Grammar lessons should take only 15 minutes per day, require teacher-student interaction one day per week, and allow the student to work somewhat independently the remaining days. This path to mastery also provides review cards for key grammar concepts as well as a grammar glossary for reference. In other words, the student is being equipped and trained to incorporate excellent grammar into their writing as well as being prepared to edit their own work.

Each course provides 33 weeks (one year) of grammar instruction and is comprised of a teacher's manual plus a student book. The general methodology is straight-forward. Read/discuss instructional material, edit one sentence daily, and then rewrite the passage (all four sentences) correctly. An added bonus is defining the vocabulary words that are identified in each sentence. The student is "encouraged" (i.e. required) to build a notebook for each course that will include the Fix Its, a Grammar Glossary (these first two are included in the spiral-bound student book) the Rewrite passages, and the written definitions of the vocabulary words.

Spiral-bound, consumable student books are available to purchase (from us) or as free PDF downloads from the publisher's website (for the purchasers of a teacher's manual). The Student Book provides the weekly lessons that include Learn It sections (systematic instruction), the Fix-It sections (assignments), and four daily sentences to edit. Weekly lessons devoted to review (no new material) are peppered throughout the course but predominate in the last half. The spiral-bound student book also provides a set of cardstock grammar review cards (these will need to be cut out) and the 45 pg. Fix It! Grammar Glossary that serves as a reference tool.

The Teacher Manual starts with some general how-to-and-why information on the course before proceeding to weekly lesson plans. These lesson plans include the same grammar instruction found in the student book plus complete corrective support (i.e. answer keys) for each of the daily sentence edits. "Fixes" are explained and grammatical "talking points" are provided. Helpful sidebar teacher's notes tell you that such and such concept will be taught in week such and such as well as interesting historical tidbits such as the name (pilcrow) for the paragraph mark and it origin (Middle Ages) and purpose (to separate content). A scope and sequence for the course as well as a copy of the Grammar Glossary complete the TM contents.

The Teacher/Student Combo packages provide both a Teacher Manual and a Student book.

In case it's not clear, the goal of these courses is FUN - along with learning and remembering good grammar, of course. They provide a light touch that is embedded in practicality. Obviously designed to complement the IEW writing courses, they are integrated with IEW terms such as dress-ups, acronyms (FANBOYS), and clause starters ( It's assumed that the student and teacher will be familiar with either the Teaching Writing Structure & Style or the Student Writing Intensive seminars from IEW. However, the Fix It! Edits can be done as a stand-alone program. I've been a lukewarm fan in general of editing approaches to grammar, but this one is quieting my concerns for systematic, structural coverage of grammar. I'm willing to admit that this combination of instruction and practical application will be highly effective. TMs - 225 - 250 pgs. spiral-bound; SBs - 120 pgs spiral-bound ~ Janice

Category Description for Combined Grammar, Mechanics:

These materials do not include a coverage of usage.

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I bought the student books and they didn't make sense without the teacher's manual.
Monica M on Oct 25, 2021
Grammar for my 5th grader
Fabiola M on Jul 20, 2021
I bought the student books and they didn't make sense without the teacher's manual.
Monica M on Oct 25, 2021
I like this approach to grammar instruction.
Grete T on Jul 26, 2021
Grammar for my 5th grader
Fabiola M on Jul 20, 2021
IEW is a trusted publisher for grammar curriculum.
Kimra B on Jul 6, 2021
We've tried several grammar programs, and all have come up short. Thorough, yes, but tear-producing for this mom who never had any formal grammar instruction and her sentence-diagramming adverse kids. We're going to give this one a try. Hoping the different approach will work for us.
MELISSA O on Jun 30, 2021
IEW is a great program
Kristy O on Feb 17, 2021
Joining a co-op and they are using this.
Carrie S on Feb 4, 2021
Good reviews and wanted to try it out
Hannah S on Dec 24, 2020
Recommended by Confessions of a Homeschooler
Kathleen G on Sep 9, 2020
Saw this as recommended grammar resource for 3rd grade.
Ida A on Sep 8, 2020
Great book on teaching grammar using more elaborate and sophisticated sentences.
Rosie J on Aug 31, 2020
BONNIE S on Aug 29, 2020
I've heard great things about IEW but am not ready to jump into the full-blown expensive writing series yet. I also liked that it required less teacher involvement. I thought the story-based lessons would be interesting to students.
Janet L on Aug 29, 2020
This curriculum has helped improve my boys writing and vocabulary skills.
Dennisse M on Aug 18, 2020
I have heard from numerous homeschool moms that this is a great way to teach kids about grammar. Being a first time homeschool family, I liked the one sentence a day approach and for children to not just learn the grammar, but to apply it and learn about it through that given sentence each day.
Carolie M on Aug 10, 2020
I have heard great things about this series.
Sherry on Aug 4, 2020
Other grammar programs just aren't working.
Shanon P on Jul 23, 2020
recommended to me
Carolyn F on Jul 23, 2020
I think it will help my children with English.
Rebecca M on Jul 22, 2020
other homeschooling parents recommended
crystal g on Jun 9, 2020
Similar to the GUMDROPS program we love.
Kathern C on Jun 7, 2020
I picked this book due to the positive reviews I had read.
Stephanie G on Apr 28, 2020
Highly recommended by friend!
JulieAnn C on Apr 27, 2020
Who doesn't need a teachers manual? I do!
Beatrice S on Apr 20, 2020
good reviews
Michael J on Apr 20, 2020
It was recommended by a friend.
Mary S on Apr 4, 2020
I have read that this program offers a fun way to learn grammar, that it is open and go, and that it's an engaging and memorable way for kids to learn. Very excited about trying it.
Matthew G on Feb 18, 2020
we are currently using IEW for compositions, this seems like a good fit for grammar.
Carrie P on Feb 16, 2020
Highly recommended by Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Amy W on Aug 27, 2019
It was recommended to me.
Sandra Z on Aug 6, 2019
friend recommended
Stephanie R on Jul 31, 2019
This seems like a great way to get very practical grammar/editing experience.
Sandy G on Jul 30, 2019
Hoping this manual will teach me how to teach my son to look at things critically and absorb the convoluted and not-much-fun rules of grammar. I detested grammar growing up, so I have high hopes that it will be less odious to my son with the guidance of these clever folks!
Michon Z on Jul 23, 2019
It was recommended by a friend and we did IEW Student Writing Intensive A and I was very impressed with the program.
Sara T on Jul 22, 2019
I love IEW's writing program, so we're going to try their grammar.
Casey V on Jul 15, 2019
I saw someone who had ordered this and loved it. I'm a fan of IEW materials and know that it will be a great addition to our curriculum.
Karyn S on Jul 15, 2019
Trying to make grammar a little more fun
Brendan L on Jul 13, 2019
Recommended on lots of homeschool blogs
Colleen B on Jun 11, 2019
Easy to teach
Angel S on Jun 5, 2019
To supplement CC Essentials editing sheets
Amy V on May 30, 2019
I like this approach to grammar. Since it’s all part of one story it helps the kids want to come back each day to know what happens next.
JENNIFER W on May 1, 2019
Recommended by a friend and Cathy Duffy review
Rachel P on Apr 8, 2019
Fix It! Grammar is recommended by IEW, which we use.
Anne C on Feb 6, 2019
Because the reviews shows that it additional information to help our students.
Francisco G on Jan 27, 2019
We have been working through First Language Lessons, and I wanted to add this component for reinforcement and practical application of grammar.
Lorna on Jan 16, 2019
I have been pleased with the IEW history writing courses. I want to try this focus on grammar.
Katie M on Dec 29, 2018
Because, last week, I bought this with the student guide and it apparently went on grand adventure instead of hanging out with me and my poor grammar. If it arrives on your doorstep, please feel free to use it. My son and I are learning a lot from the student version.
Brandon P on Dec 3, 2018
looks like it will help our CC Essentials student learn editing skills
Julie M on Oct 3, 2018
Purchased to use in conjunction with the IEW program.
Stacie B on Sep 3, 2018
Simlple, thorough approach to grammar. Works well with IEW Teaching structure and style. Love it!
Mary W on Aug 31, 2018
I like this approach to grammar instruction.
Grete T on Jul 26, 2021
IEW is a trusted publisher for grammar curriculum.
Kimra B on Jul 6, 2021
If you choose the digital copy of the student book that comes with the teacher manual, does it contain everything in the print copy? (glossary, etc.) In other words, are the physical and digital copies identical in content?
A shopper on Aug 24, 2020
Fix It! Grammar Teacher's Manual Book 1: The Nose Tree
Fix It! Grammar Teacher's Manual Book 1: The Nose Tree
Fix It! Grammar Student Book 1: The Nose Tree
Fix It! Grammar Student Book 1: The Nose Tree
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the physical and digital copies are identical in content. The only difference is the need to print the pages from the digital copy.
Any recommendations on a good usage supplement to round out/compliment this curriculum? Thank you!
Noelia on Mar 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You won't need a supplement. This curriculum builds so nicely in small increments. My kids have loved this program. This is our 3rd year using it and we go through about 2 books in 1 year. And we do math and LA year-around.
Is this a hard copy or a pdf file??
User on Oct 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's a hard copy. The student manual can be bought hard copy as well (see link below) or downloaded in PDF form from a code in the front of this manual. This teacher's manual is hard copy.
Fix It! Grammar Student Book 1: The Nose Tree
Fix It! Grammar Student Book 1: The Nose Tree
Any thoughts on using this with a variety of ages? I'm considering it for my 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders - but worry it would be too hard for the 3rd grader, too easy for the 7th grader. Are there any modifications for different ages?
Sarah on Jul 26, 2017
Fix It! Grammar Teacher's Manual Book 1: The Nose Tree
Fix It! Grammar Teacher's Manual Book 1: The Nose Tree
Fix It! Grammar Student Book 1: The Nose Tree
Fix It! Grammar Student Book 1: The Nose Tree
BEST ANSWER: I think it would work with the 3rd and 5th grader. I am planning on using it with my 3rd and 4th grader this coming year. I would suggest starting your 7th grader with it but going through it faster. I did this with my 7th and 10th grader doing 2 days per day. If you did this your 7th grader could get through books 1 and 2 in one school year.
Does this have the download of the student book?
A shopper on May 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Directions and a link to download the student book are included in the Teachers's Manual.
Do you need the teacher book to go along with the student book?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would highly recommend it even if you are an English major. They explain why some of the words are not marked, give you more tips, answers, reasons why some words are marked and the vocabulary answer and an advanced student more to do.
We love Fit It! Grammar. I cannot recommend it enough. My 5th grade son, who doesn't really like to write, loves it, and says that verbs, nouns, ect are easy to understand. You can really do it in 15 minutes 4 times a week. Hope this answer helps!
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Rated 5 out of 5
Very impressive
We are really enjoying the ease of this program and that it doesn’t take too much time to complete each day. My daughter is learning lots of important aspects of sentence structure and copy work. Editing is such an important skill and I’m glad she is enjoying it.
September 20, 2021
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Absolutely Love!
Very easy to understand explain. I absolutely love it.
March 31, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Overall good
Overall it is pretty good. I would have loved to see a bit more background knowledge to the grammar - currently it gives about 1-2 sentences on the "additional information" on each sentence -
I do love the concept of this style of learning grammar hands on - and my son looks forward to doing his sentences daily. He is eager to read the story start to finish.
October 28, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Both my boys, ages 9 & 13 think it's like a treasure hunt to find the mistakes and mark noun, verb, etc. They don't even think of it as copy work! It's broken down into one sentence a day, which is perfect for my boys. They are learning so much with just doing a little bit every day. Great quality product for doing vocabulary, grammar, spelling all in one! Love it!
November 30, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My kids found this grammar series a refreshing change from the way they had done grammar before while in the public schools. Much more interesting!
January 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best grammar program!
We have tried several popular grammar programs over the years. Most had two faults. First, they were painful for my daughter to execute. She hated grammar. Second, they didn't seem to stick. Fix It Grammar is a joy for our family. Both of my girls reach for it first among their subjects! They are also not only learning grammar but discussing the in's and out's of it on their own. I also love the copy work component. We will be using Fix It Grammar in the years to come!
October 29, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My child really like this grammar book. She is learning a lot.
October 22, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I am a big fan of children learning grammar and writing early so that as they get older it is easier to focus on specific writing tasks Last year I used "Daily Grams" and "First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind" with my 2nd grader I really liked both curriculum but my son disliked the Daily Grammar and he was less than thrilled about the First Language Lessons I decided to look for something that might be more appealing to him this year (And less of a fight to get him to do it!) When I stumbled upon "Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree " I decided to try it and my son LOVES it! He is a 3rd grader this yearHOW IT WORKS: "The Nose Tree" story is broken down into 1 sentence per day 4 days per week There is always a vocabulary word in the sentence that is bolded The first thing the child does is look the vocabulary word up in the dictionary determine the correct meaning based on the context and write the word and meaning down Then the child finds different parts of speech and grammar in the sentence and labels them This is pretty painless since there are grammar cards that come with the curriculum that I hand him to use He goes through the grammar cards and labels each in the sentence The program starts very simple and the first week you discuss nouns with the child and he/she looks for nouns and puts a n above the nouns The second week adds articles The third week adds pronouns etc Also introduced are paragraph symbols homophones (their there they're) punctuation quotations etc Finally the child copies a final draft of the sentence on an on-going sheet of paper By the time the program is done he/she will have hand-written the whole storyWHAT WE LIKE:My son loves the story He enjoys that each day builds the story and he likes to see what is going to happen next I love that he is learning parts of speech IN CONTEXT I think he will retain the information better I love that he is learning grammar and editing in a very painless way It's also great copy work My son writes a lot neater for this than he does for anything elseTHINGS TO KNOW:It is a fabulous curriculum!There are other books in the Fix It! Grammar series that we will be getting after this one This one is for grades 3-5 and it is recommended that children start with this one and do the others sequentially as the concepts build on each otherIt is very easy to use and requires no prep for me I often have my son do it himself and then just review to make sure he got everything correct The teacher book makes it simple to make sure everything is labeled correctlyAnother thing of note I bought both the teacher book and the student book However all you need is the teacher book and a printer since you can print off the student pages
September 14, 2014

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