Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections Grade 1 Homeschool Bundle (2016 edition)

Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections Grade 1 Homeschool Bundle (2016 edition)

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ISBN: 9781453117033
Grades: 1

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Homeschool Bundles include both the Student and the Teacher Editions

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Provide all your students the missing piece to the literacy puzzle: explicit spelling instruction. With Zaner-Bloser's spelling curriculum, Spelling Connections, your students will retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy-in the classroom and beyond.

The new edition of Spelling Connections features Spelling Tutor. Students can scan the Spelling Tutor QR codes throughout the Student Edition to listen to spelling words being spelled out loud and used in sentences.

Unlike integrated spelling instruction delivered through core reading programs, this spelling curriculum provides complete, explicit instruction that

* utilizes a five-day plan with a page-per-day format-everything you need to deliver effective instruction without the need for extensive planning and prep work.

* delivers meaningful instruction and practice including differentiated word sorts to promote higher-level skill development in thinking, phonics/vocabulary, reading, and writing.

* includes diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to monitor progress, including integrated standardized test practice for improved results on state assessments.

* integrates technology tools for engaging, relevant spelling instruction and practice.

* contains embedded professional development that provides proven strategies for successful classroom instruction.

* reinforces English language acquisition with meaningful differentiated instruction for English Language Learners at all levels.

Word Lists

The word lists in Spelling Connections 2016 are the most carefully researched and crafted availablecompared to other stand-alone spelling curriculums and core reading programs. They are based on exhaustive research led by author J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., a leading authority on spelling development and literacy instruction. Word lists are organized so students can see the relationships among words, visually reinforcing valuable pattern- and rule-based instruction.

Zaner-Bloser At Home

There are two distinct characteristics of this well-constructed spelling program: word sorts and connections. Word Sorts is a review and reinforcement technique used throughout the series that illustrates the patterns in words and their relationship to each other. Connections emphasize the idea that spelling skills are interrelated to other language arts thinking, phonics/vocabulary, reading, and writing. The weekly lessons (units) are organized around the connections. Connections to Thinking (Day 1) covers one or more spelling concepts/constructs; for instance, specific consonant sounds /k/ or /s/. Weekly word lists are presented two ways in print and in cursive. The words are also given in a sentence. Word Sorts are used right on Day 1 dividing the word list into groupings within the concept. For instance, write words with /k/ spelled c, ck, or ch. Or, write the words with /s/ spelled c + e or c + i. You can see how the student is encouraged to remember the words by noting these patterns. Day 2 is Connections to Vocabulary (or Phonics in the early grades). These activities involve categorizing words or identifying their meanings. The student is asked to write the dictionary phonetic spellings for some words. Connections to Reading (Day 3) shows the relationship of good spelling skills to reading comprehension. Sentence completion and other activities involve making inferences or using context clues. Other activities might include analogies, understanding idioms, or synonyms. Day 4 covers Connections to Writing. Proofreading/editing exercises ferret out misspelled words and a weekly writing prompt gives the student experience in using spelling words in a variety of writing assignments. Extension activities include more word sorting, building new words, identifying words from clues, or hunting for new words with similar spelling patterns (in articles from other subject areas). Assessment (i.e. weekly spelling test) completes the lesson week.

Every sixth lesson is a review of the previous five units. Students are expected to sort a list of words into the various categories that have been studied in the previous weeks with a series of review exercises for each weeks words as well. A nice feature of these review units is the standardized test practice thats included which replicate vocabulary segments from standardized tests. The review lessons conclude with a Writers Workshop that includes grammar, usage, and mechanics and writing process activities.

The Student Edition is a consumable worktext that provides all the Connections exercises. I like the advantage offered by their side column space for writing answers. In a school setting it means the column can be cut off and taken home for study. In a homeschool setting, it means easy correcting and review. The books are colorful with color-coding for review segments. Appendices include some general writing helps, handwriting models, a list of high frequency writing words, a dictionary, and a thesaurus.

The spiral-bound Teacher Editionsprovide answers. In wraparound format (reduced student pages with answers surrounded by teaching tips and instructions), they provide detailed daily lesson plans for each unit, lots of ideas for differentiated instruction, teaching tips for all levels of English acquisition (ELL), integrated daily word sorts, embedded professional development that includes current research, and integration with Spelling Connections Online. Spelling Center Activities which include the game mats and additional word sort activities are listed for each unit. Suggested sentences for end of week tests are found only in the TEs.

The 2016 edition added a QR code to each weekly lesson. Scanning this code takes the student to an online spelling practice test that includes word repetition, letter-by-letter spelling, and sentences. While this online resource is readily available to all users of the Student Text, other online resources are not. Spelling Connections Online is a website that offers reinforcement activities and eResources Center provides material that was formerly available on a CD-ROM included with the TE, specifically printable word sort cards. Unfortunately, registration through a school is required for both of these so their material is not currently available for homeschool students. While it can be frustrating to know there is material that is unavailable, the program is very robust without the extra activities and frankly, I doubt it will ever be missed.

Spelling Connections is a traditional spelling program emphasizes the interrelationship of spelling with reading, writing, and vocabulary. A valuable program using just the student books, it is full-bodied and multi-faceted when using the TEs. The Game Mats provide an interesting reinforcement option. The series is organized primarily around phonics constructs but while this predominates in the younger grades, other categories are added in the upper levels commonly confused words, frequently misspelled words, Greek and Latin roots, etc. The Kindergarten and First Grade student books differ in appearance from the older ones. The emphasis is largely on phonics, word families, and sounds/letters. The orientation is horizontal with more handwriting practice incorporated. There are no weekly word lists in the K book and it is much smaller 54 pgs. Grade 1 has six words per week; Grade 2 has 10; Grade 3 has 15; and Grades 4-8 have 20. Homeschool Bundles include both the Student and the Teacher Editions. Student books 330 pgs, pb; Teacher 382 pgs, spiralbound with hard back cover ~ Janice




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Zaner-Bloser At Home

There are two distinct characteristics of this well-constructed spelling program: word sorts and connections. Word Sorts is a review and reinforcement technique used throughout the series that illustrates the patterns in words and their relationship to each other. Connections emphasize the idea that spelling skills are interrelated to other language arts skills: word study, phonics/vocabulary, reading, and writing. The weekly lessons (units) are organized around these connections.

Focus on Word Study (Day 1) covers one or more spelling concepts/constructs: for instance, specific consonant sounds /k/ or /s/. Weekly word lists are presented two ways, in print and in cursive. The words are also given in a sentence. Word Sorts are used right on Day 1 dividing the word list into groupings within the concept. For instance, write words with /k/ spelled c, ck, or ch. Or, write the words with /s/ spelled c + e or c + i. You can see how the student is encouraged to remember the words by noting these patterns.

  • Day 2 is Connect to Vocabulary (or Phonics in the early grades). These activities involve categorizing words or identifying their meanings. The student is asked to write the dictionary phonetic spellings for some words.
  • Connect to Reading (Day 3) shows the relationship of good spelling skills to reading comprehension. Sentence completion and other activities involve making inferences or using context clues. Other activities might include analogies, understanding idioms, or synonyms.
  • Day 4 covers Connect to Writing. Proofreading/editing exercises ferret out misspelled words in a passage before the student rewrites it.
  • Extension and application activities include more word sorting, building new words, identifying words from clues, determining parts of speech, or hunting for new words with similar spelling patterns (in articles from other subject areas).
  • An assessment (i.e. weekly spelling test) completes the lesson week.

Every sixth lesson is a review of the previous five units. Practice exercises, suggested word sorts, games/activities, and applying word patterns to new words are all part of this review. Six syllable types are highlighted within and across grade levels and identifying these syllable types are part of the review lessons.

The colorful Student Edition is a consumable worktext that provides word lists and all the Connect, Extension, and Application exercises. Appendices include handwriting models and short sections on how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus. The 2016 and 2022 editions added a QR code to each weekly lesson. Scanning this code takes the student to an online spelling practice test that includes word repetition, letter-by-letter spelling, and sentences. While this online resource is readily available to all users of the student text, other online resources are not.

The spiral-bound Teacher Editions are a wraparound format (reduced answer-filled student pages surrounded by teaching tips and instructions). They provide detailed daily lesson plans for each unit, five-day and three-day weekly schedules, instructional segments, teaching tips for all levels of EL support, and word sort suggestions. Differentiation options are outlined here. These include separate word lists for on-level, emerging, and challenge students as well as methods for determining placement and addressing the needs of each.

Like many series, some of the material originally found in the over-sized teacher edition has migrated to online platforms (after hanging out on CD-ROMs for a brief period of time). MyZBPortal.com (referenced often in the TE) is a website that offers reinforcement activities, a Teacher Resource Book (includes masters for card sort materials), and hands-on practice suggestions. Unfortunately, registration through a school is required so this material is not currently available for homeschool students. While it can be frustrating to know there is material that is unavailable, the program is very robust without these extras.

We carry several editions – the new 2022, the 2016, and the 2012 (which still provides a CD-ROM). Word lists and teaching methodology are basically the same across all three editions. The 2022 Edition has been streamlined, though. Both teacher and student books are thinner and frankly, this makes the TE easier to use. Student books have less color shading, and a column on the edge of student pages (for writing answers) has been eliminated, although the exercises themselves provide writing space. A weekly writing assignment and periodic composition instruction is no longer part of the course. The 2022 Ed does not include a Kindergarten level or Grades 7 & 8.

Spelling Connections is a traditional spelling program that emphasizes the interrelationship of spelling with reading, writing, and vocabulary. A valuable program using just the student books, it is full-bodied and multi-faceted when using the TEs. The series is organized primarily around phonics constructs but while this predominates in the younger grades, other categories are added in at the upper levels such as commonly confused words, frequently misspelled words, Greek and Latin roots, etc. The Kindergarten and First Grade student books differ in appearance from the upper levels. Their emphasis is largely on phonics, word families, and sounds/letters. The orientation is horizontal with more handwriting practice incorporated. There are no weekly word lists in the K book and it is much smaller with 54 pages. Grade 1 has six words per week; Grade 2 has 10; Grade 3 has 15; and Grades 4-8 have 20.

Homeschool Bundles include both the student and the teacher editions. Unless you need daily lesson plans, notes on differentiated instruction options, or answers to the student book, you and your student could probably function without the TE. ~ Janice

Primary Subject
Spelling/Vocabulary
Grade
1
ISBN
9781453117033
Format
Other
Brand Name
Zaner-Bloser
Weight
4.35 (lbs.)
Dimensions
12.12" x 10.62" x 1.5"
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I've been looking for a spelling program that includes word sorts and gives the student plenty of practice using the words in context, not just memorizing them. I'm hoping this will be a good fit for us.
Julie S on Nov 15, 2020
I've been looking for a spelling program that includes word sorts and gives the student plenty of practice using the words in context, not just memorizing them. I'm hoping this will be a good fit for us.
Julie S on Nov 15, 2020
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The curriculum itself is decent, though sometimes difficult and confusing for the student. However, be aware that the teacher's guide promotes additional materials that are supposedly available on their website--but that is no longer the case. After multiple emails back-and-forth, they finally sent some additional materials, but nothing that was all that impressive. All in all, we are somewhat disappointed in the curriculum and highly disappointed in the company's customer service and we won't buy from them again.
August 19, 2022
Response from Rainbow Resource Center
I'm sorry for your experience. We note this in the description:
The 2016 edition added a QR code to each weekly lesson. Scanning this code takes the student to an online spelling practice test that includes word repetition, letter-by-letter spelling, and sentences. While this online resource is readily available to all users of the Student Text, other online resources are not. Spelling Connections Online is a website that offers reinforcement activities and eResources Center provides material that was formerly available on a CD-ROM included with the TE, specifically printable word sort cards. Unfortunately, registration through a school is required for both of these so their material is not currently available for homeschool students. While it can be frustrating to know there is material that is unavailable, the program is very robust without the extra activities and frankly, I doubt it will ever be missed.
August 19, 2022
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