All Things Fun & Fascinating

All Things Fun & Fascinating

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Item #: 044599
ISBN: 9780980100525
Grades: 3-5

Product Description:

What do crows, peacocks, and bird nest soup have in common? They're just a few of the fun and fascinating things that your student will WANT to write about. Within its 24 lessons (a year's worth) it covers TWSS Units 1-7 (taking notes, summarizing narrative stories, writing from pictures, mini-research report, and creative writing) and several stylistic elements. Teacher prep is non-existent; you only need to read through the lessons with your student and be prepared to be "wowed" by their writing (and, of course, do a little evaluating). Although your student will want to make a final portfolio copy of their writing assignments, all the preliminary work outlines, brainstorming charts, along with checklists are provided in the consumable, 159-page spiral-bound text. Appendices include: banned words & prepositions, substitutes for banned adjectives/verbs, and -ly words. The purchaser may download an optional accompanying teacher e-book from the publisher's website. ~ Janice

Publisher Description:

Humorous characters, cunning creatures, and meritorious men of history will captivate 3rd5th graders as they learn to write with structure and style. Moving through Units 17, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays.

Category Description for Theme-Based Writing Lessons (IEW):

Based on specific topics or on events in history, these sets of writing lessons (same grade-range levels as the SSS) offer comprehensive, almost scripted instruction. All necessary source texts have been developed for busy parents and teachers like you. An IEW veteran and aficionado myself, I couldn't conceive of anything more complete than what is provided here. Each lesson offers comprehensive (just short of totally scripted) instruction. All necessary source texts are provided and are reproducible for one parent/one homeschool. Clear assignments (sometimes differentiated between levels) along with a checklist to aid both the student in preparation and the parent in grading. These are also designed to be used by the student to work on throughout the week. Based on specific topics or events in various segments of history, the lessons include grammar exercises, vocabulary development, quizzes, and games for review and reinforcement - along with the writing instruction, of course.

In all lessons students are encouraged to polish their final draft perhaps even adding illustrations. At the end of each course the student will have a personal portfolio collection of poems, stories, reports, essays and research papers. Lessons are taught at the beginning of each week allowing the rest of the week for students to complete the assignment which they should be able to do on their own. Teacher preparation is minimal. (Do I hear an emphatic "Yes!"?)

The courses are targeting a progressively more competent student with the assumption that students are working through the courses according to suggested grade levels. Therefore, there is an increasing complexity to the instructions, expectations, and assignments. Accordingly, teachers are encouraged to be flexible with plans. The beginning writer may need to spend more than the suggested week on difficult lessons or omit some of the grammar. Mature students may move more quickly to allow time for additional research writing and/or more creative essay writing.

Many of these courses can be used equally well within a homeschool with several different aged students and all can be used in a co-op/support school setting with more grade-specific groupings of students. It's assumed that parents/teachers have completed Teaching Writing Structure & Style (TWSS), IEW's DVD seminar for parents and teachers.

Some courses have both a Teacher and a Student Book. In these courses, instruction for the teacher is more extensive and both books are necessary as the course is designed to be interactive between the teacher and student. Teachers should plan to read over the lessons with the students and help as necessary, especially with outlining and brainstorming. A roll of tickets (available at office supply stores) is optional but very useful for encouragement and motivation. ~ Janice

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Randi W on Sep 15, 2022
Great elementary resource
Kerry C on Jul 28, 2022
Randi W on Sep 15, 2022
This is part of our school's curriculum
Kendle R on Aug 28, 2022
Great elementary resource
Kerry C on Jul 28, 2022
home school
Joshy J on Jul 27, 2022
For Classical Conversations
Susan Brown on Jul 18, 2022
School curriculum list
CHRISTI Y on Jun 22, 2022
I have used it before and liked it, but I cannot find my copy.
Jenni E on Jun 16, 2022
Using for 3rd Grade writing instruction
Elizabeth E on Apr 15, 2022
I've heard great things about IEW and look forward to getting this and the other resources I ordered into my hands and incorporating them into our Charlotte Mason homeschool this upcoming Fall.
Heidi S on Apr 1, 2022
I chose this to improve my 2nd grader's writing skills...
Cara C on Mar 8, 2022
It is the student that is used for my daughter’s IEW course.
Marelize D on Feb 7, 2022
IEW has been tried and true in our family. My older kids used this and now it's time for my youngest. It has fun resource texts that boys love.
Dawn S on Nov 12, 2021
This is a wonderful first book for the IEW program. My third child will be using it this year. It was engaging and manageable for my first two.
Deanna S on Sep 5, 2021
School requirement
Tina U on Aug 9, 2021
needed it for school
Rebekah H on Jul 24, 2021
We've used iew before but haven't tried this one.
Mercedes C on Jul 23, 2021
Heather H on Jul 13, 2021
School Requirement
Sara R on Jul 10, 2021
Great writing curriculum! I've used it before.
Heidi T on Jun 28, 2021
Great quality and not just busy work.
Paula L on Sep 10, 2020
I need it for a class
Sarah F on Sep 9, 2020
I love IEW and needed something from IEW that would interest my son and this is geared for boys.
Michelle M on Aug 25, 2020
Our new homeschool co-op loves IEW and this is the age/stage program which fits my children this year.
Kimberly S on Aug 14, 2020
Homeschool class for my daughter
Hope W on Aug 9, 2020
Needed for class.
Riannon M on Jul 31, 2020
We completed the Bible Heroes last year and it makes so much sense to teach writing this way!
Suzanne H on Jul 28, 2020
School requirement
Linda B on Jul 21, 2020
We have enjoyed this in the past! It is a comprehensive yet enjoyable approach to writing.
Karen V on Jul 17, 2020
required material
Sylvia S on Jul 13, 2020
Focus on Boys, they need all the help they can get to want to write.
Thomas M on Jul 11, 2020
Looks interesting!
Julia V on Jun 1, 2020
Writing for 4th grade.
Ruth B on May 29, 2020
We love IEW and this is a really fun work book to work from. I am excited to go through it with my son this year.
Candice C on May 16, 2020
This is the best writing program!
Ashley K on May 3, 2020
for a co-op class
Brandy H on Apr 19, 2020
needed it for home schooling
Shirley H on Apr 9, 2020
IEW is such a great program!
Rachel C on Aug 18, 2019
Our co-op chose this
Caryn D on Aug 9, 2019
part of our school curriculum
Jamie B on Aug 5, 2019
Good Solid tools for learning to teach writing.
Lea J on Jul 31, 2019
Great first writing curriculum.
Cynthia S on Jul 25, 2019
Our coop is using it for writing this year
Diane K F on Jun 30, 2019
Recommended by IEW for my 4th grade dyslexic daughter.
Lindsey H on Jun 12, 2019
Our homeschool co-op
Janelle M on Dec 11, 2018
homeschool curriculum requirement
Shanon c on Sep 10, 2018
required text for coop class
Debi H on Aug 31, 2018
I needed it for my son's writing curriculum.
Davi on Aug 29, 2018
coop program
Rebecca R on Aug 1, 2018
I let my children who are old enough for the course, a girl and boy 17 months different in age, choose which IEW syllabus they thought they would enjoy and they both chose this one. We are very excited to begin it.
Ariel S on Jul 8, 2018
Recommended by another mom as an excellent resource for getting children ready for 5th grade.
Clifford L on May 19, 2018
This is part of our school's curriculum
Kendle R on Aug 28, 2022
home school
Joshy J on Jul 27, 2022
Do I need to buy a book for each of my students?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Ideally, each student would have a book. Students in the same family could get by sharing and just using a notebook for brainstorming ideas and outlining.
Is this consumable? Do I need one copy per student?
Tasha on Jul 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is consumable. If you were doing the lesson orally you could use one book for several students.
Can this be used successfully by a parent who hasn't done the Teaching Writing with Stucture and Style seminar? Thanks
A shopper on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! This student book is accompanied by a teacher's e-book that you need to download. The teacher's book has answers that will help you. It will guide you in every step. This is the first IEW book I taught my daughter with. You'll do great with this one!
What edition of this book is this?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: second edition version 2 January 2012
Is this for the student or teacher?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This book is for the student. Once you purchase the book, there is a free eBook that can be downloaded for the teacher. It has tips and lesson plans in it. I did not find the teacher book very helpful in using the program with just my child but if you are teaching it in a co-op setting or to a group of kids it would provide a lot of good information and plans.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Highly recommended
This is absolutely the best writing program whether you are teaching in a classroom or at home. Students don’t have to guess what good writing might be; they can work towards clear writing goals that naturally include mastery in grammar, syntax, fluency, and organization. It is easy to use for parents and teachers and the primary sources have engaging content.
November 14, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Another Great Writing Program from IEW
This is another great writing resource from IEW. The selections are great !
August 27, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great tool for teaching a reluctant writer!
Three things I love about this program are
1)The way it teaches writing is so Easy! Like doing a maze backwards!
2) It starts out at a really basic skill level
3)Weekly assignments are Not overwhelming
October 2, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Elementary Writing Class
I'm teaching an IEW writing class for grades 3 through 5 at our homeschool co-op, and we're using All Things Fun and Fascinating. I LOVE this book! The lessons are well organized and interesting. The kids are not overwhelmed, and the book does a great job walking them through the IEW concepts!
October 3, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Really great for 2nd/3rd graders!
IEW is always good, but really love this early introduction to their method for my 8 year old daughter. Really wonderful.
September 23, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have a dyslexic son who is a very reluctant writer I was also at a loss on how to break down the steps to the writing process into short teachable lessons I have to admit that after purchasing the "Teaching Writing Structure and Style" DVD set it helped but I was still overwhelmed A friend recommended getting one of the Student Writing Intensive DVD levels I was so pleased to find that included in that was a thirteen week plan to break up the three day seminar into smaller portions with practice in between Along with that I used the lessons from "All Things Fun & Fascinating" to stretch it out into a full year of writing I loved this book's engaging stories that my son can use for his lessons The conveniance of having material at my fingertips really took the stress factor out of having to come up with something to use for each teaching session Especially something that was just the right length and engaging enough to make the lessons appealing My son did well using these IEW materials They were instrumental in transforming our dreaded writing experience into something that my child could accomplish without tears and frustration It was so rewarding to see the smile on his face when he realized what he had accomplished That warrants a big recommendation from me
August 16, 2012

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