Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 3 Student Edition (2020 edition)

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 3 Student Edition (2020 edition)

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Item #: 041123
ISBN: 9781453119310
Grades: 3

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Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and fun, colorful illustrations get students excited about handwriting.

  • Manuscript review
  • Introduction to basic cursive strokes: undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, and slant
  • Cursive uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numerals 110
  • How to join cursive letters
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor
Category Description for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2020 Edition:

  Lots of ways to assure success here with this handwriting across the curriculum program that is sequenced and engaging in instruction. Lower levels practice names and places, writing greetings, etc. Higher grades are history-focused. All lessons follow a 3-step pattern of model, practice, evaluate. Students learn to write, review, and evaluate their handwriting. "Apply" sections allow for short student composition activities. In manuscript and cursive, letters are introduced and grouped by the strokes used. A scannable QR code will link to a Digital Tutor with how-to videos. Throughout the book, 4 colored key images will highlight ways for students to evaluate letter shape, size, spacing, and slant. The 2M book provides manuscript Books 2C-3 briefly overview manuscript and then move to cursive. Books K through 3 provide headlines, midlines, red base lines and visual helps for placement. In book 4, the red line is replaced; in 5 midlines disappear. Grades 4-6 include historically related items (sometimes even using photographs of original documents). The Teacher Editions contain reduced student images, additional multisensory activity options, teaching helps, ELL and Occupational Therapy tips. These provide multisensory options and developmentally appropriate activities. The Practice Book is a collection of reproducible masters for extra practice. The ZBPortal is not available with home school edition. Packages are available as combined Student and Teacher Edition; Student and Practice and Student, and Teacher Edition and Practice. Student books vary from approx. 60 (higher grades) to 144 pages (lower grades); pb. Teacher guides. ~ Ruth

Category Description for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting:
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Yes, it really is THE Zaner-Bloser handwriting program. After years of labeling programs as "similar to" or "in the style of," we are finally able to carry the official Z-B program. It's easy to see why it has such a stellar reputation. The style that has defined "traditional" is coupled with materials that provide clear instruction in all aspects - letter strokes, slants, spacing - as well as lots of practice. Program components include a student book, a spiral-bound teacher book, and a reproducible practice book.

Obviously the heart of the program, the Student Edition features letter models with arrows, simplified stroke descriptions given for every letter that are easy to remember, an emphasis on self-evaluation (i.e. circle your best m, etc.), and constant legibility reminders (i.e. circle a word you wrote that has good slant). Grades K, 1, and 2M are manuscript instruction. Cursive writing instruction can begin in either Grade 2 (2C) or Grade 3. To give you an idea of the instruction path, the 2C book introduces cursive about halfway through the book with undercurve, downcurve, and overcurve letters. Each letter has a page that shows both the manuscript and the cursive form, its stroke description (i.e. for t: Undercurve, Slant; undercurve. Lift. Slide right.), and provides several lines for first tracing the letters, then practicing the letter by itself and then with other letters already learned. Each page has a color photo of some item that starts with the letter (i.e. tractor). I really like the program's emphasis on self-checking - looking back over what has been written and choosing the best example of a letter or a legibility factor. Z-B identifies four Keys to Legibility (Shape, Size, Spacing, and Slant) and little key icons provide reminders to look for good examples. Cursive strokes are introduced in this order: curves, slants, joinings. Uppercase letters are introduced last. Manuscript strokes are introduced in this order: verticals, horizontals, backward circles, forward circles, and slants. The books are colorful, employ a wide variety of cross-curricular content including poetry, and provide for lots of practice. In general, they're engaging and easy to follow. Student books each include a section on writing positions and make provisions for left-handed writers. Grades K, 1, 2M, and 2C student books have a horizontal orientation with portrait orientation starting in Grade 3. Each grade level book starts with a review of previous material.

The Practice Book is a collection of reproducible black and white masters for extra practice pages. Most Student Edition pages have one or two coordinating pages from the Practice Book.

The Teacher Editions are wraparound with reduced student pages with a 1 (Model) - 2 (Practice) - 3 (Evaluate) approach. In addition to background information and articles on handwriting and literacy, page-by-page helps include suggestions for differentiation (i.e. teaching to different learning abilities - struggling or advanced learners) and teaching to different learning styles as well as support for English Language Learners. Use of the Practice Book is coordinated in the TE. The TEs provide particular help in evaluation and in teaching the student how to self-evaluate. Tips From an Occupational Therapist is an on-going sidebar which includes gross and fine motor development activities. Included with the K through Grade 2 TEs is a Music, Mazes and More CD-ROM which features sing-along songs with printable song lyrics as well as optional practice pages. Each TE also includes an evaluation poster showing five different quality levels of handwriting.

There are several ways to purchase the materials for this program. We sell the Student Edition by itself and there is enough instruction and modeling in those books that it could be a stand alone option. However, if you think you'll need more practice or you need more support in teaching, you'll want to look at one of the bundles. Bundle options include: Student Edition plus Practice Book; Student Edition plus Teacher Edition; and Student Edition, Teacher Edition, and Practice Book. Please note that there is only a Student Edition for Grades 7/8. This is a catch-up type of book that includes both manuscript and cursive instruction with some practice and an emphasis on legibility.

Student books are 95 - 160 pgs, pb (largest books are the lower/middle elementary grades). Practice books are 60 - 110 pgs, pb. Teacher books are 110 - 180 pgs, spiral-bound. ~ Janice

These materials are graded specifically and include both instruction and practice.

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part of the curriculum for MFW
Victoria M on Aug 16, 2021
I really like the format - it's easy for my son to use on his own and then I can go back and check his work.
Katy W on Jul 29, 2021
part of the curriculum for MFW
Victoria M on Aug 16, 2021
My daughter likes the easy use format and extra practice she gets.
Hannah M on Aug 7, 2021
I really like the format - it's easy for my son to use on his own and then I can go back and check his work.
Katy W on Jul 29, 2021
homeschool requirement for tutorial
Meagan W on Jul 28, 2021
I like that it teaches traditional handwriting in a progressive and fun way.
Carolyn F on Jul 21, 2021
Yearly curriculum for 3rd Grade.
Gregg C on Jul 20, 2021
These workbooks are great for teaching handwriting.
Michael H on Mar 26, 2021
school required it
Melissa G on Jan 5, 2021
I chose this after researching for more Traditional Handwriting
Michael K on Jul 22, 2020
Same company my daughters school uses.
Shannon S on Jul 17, 2020
I chose this book in addition to the Grade 2M book as an extension to the course.
Maria S on May 27, 2020
I have used this before and like the style of handwriting. It is explained very well and the exercises are great. The color pages help make it appealing.
Arleen H on Apr 27, 2020
It was recommended to go with my current curriculum, My Father's World
Nicholas H on Apr 16, 2020
Because that is what his teacher uses and it was misplaced
Lana S. on Mar 30, 2020
We have used Zaner Bloser books to introduce all of our children to beginning cursive. They are excellent books.
Trisha H on Jan 31, 2020
My daughter likes the easy use format and extra practice she gets.
Hannah M on Aug 7, 2021
homeschool requirement for tutorial
Meagan W on Jul 28, 2021
Do the older editions of this book have more information on the paper so I'm not reliant on a QR code?
A shopper on Nov 12, 2021
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 3 Student Edition (2020 edition)
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 3 Student Edition (2020 edition)
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Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 3 Student Edition (2012 edition)
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 3 Student Edition (2016 edition)
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 3 Student Edition (2016 edition)
BEST ANSWER: I have the 2016 version and don't find the QR codes necessary at all. They are just an additional video of the letter being formed. You can complete the book without using the QR codes at all.
How clear is the instruction on strokes and joinings? Also is the paper thick enough to withstand lots of erasing or fountain pen ink?
A shopper on Nov 11, 2021
BEST ANSWER: These book are really good at working with beginning types of strokes with repetition. Before students work with a whole letter they are introduced to the differing strokes required to complete them. For example, they practice up curve, down curve, etc. We've used all the books from K - 7/8 and are really happy with the way they have helped cursive be mastered and stick. The book also begins with manuscript practice in the beginning to help solidify those skills and gradually introduces both reading and writing in cursive.
Do you need to purchase the teacher edition or could the student book be used alone?
Jessica B on Apr 19, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I have used this for a few years now, and never felt the need to purchase a teachers edition. Staying with the student is preferable if you want handwriting mastery, but may not be needed if you have a motivated student who enjoys creating their own challenge.
If this is the child's first cursive lesson should we start with 2nd Grade, even thought he is 3rd Grade age?
Dana on Aug 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: 2C has the 1st 40 pages dedicated to review of manuscript (regular) writing then introduces cursive. 3 has just 14 pages of manuscript and then interspersed manuscript writing. 2C has larger font, lines and slightly less writing expected. I would suggest starting with 2C and if you get through it quickly, switch over to 3 to finish out the year. You can have your child complete 1, 2, 3, 4 pages each school day or 10-20 minutes each day depending on what works for you!
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