Zaner-Bloser Word Wisdom Grade 3 Student Edition (2017 Edition)
Available for grades 3 - 8, Word Wisdom is the only vocabulary program that teaches students to unlock word meanings in context, using vocabulary strategies. With these reliable, transferable strategies in hand, your students can discover the meaning of unknown words in anything they read and expand their vocabulary over time. No memorization required!
The result? Students build literacy skills that
- increase reading fluency and comprehension.
- strengthen reading and writing across subject areas.
- improve overall academic success.
What a surprise! Here's a vocabulary program that focuses on context clues AND Latin roots AND reference skills. That's a lot of foci. Are you wondering how they pack all that into a 36 week supplemental program? They utilize a well-constructed four part unit plan. Words are organized by theme - a different theme for each four-week unit. Weeks 1 - 3 (Parts 1, 2, & 3) each present a list of ten vocabulary words embedded in a one-page article. Week 4 (Part 4) is a review week for all thirty words and includes a practice test and a unit posttest. Part 1 presents the unit's context clue strategy using a graphic organizer to predict and check meanings. Part 2 identifies Latin and Greek roots and Part 3, reference skills. Each week these particular aspects are used to Unlock the Meanings of the words. There are additional exercises for each of these three weeks. Process the Meanings are skill-based activities that provide multiple interactions with each word. Apply the Meanings include writing and speaking exercises allowing the students to use the words. Activities in these sections include select the words, complete the sentences, answer the questions, etc. Part 4 Review activities include a section on taking vocabulary tests and building new words as well as reviewing meanings. Taken all together, the Unit provides 30 words with multiple approaches to learning, using, and remembering them.
Student Editions are consumable worktexts and provide all word lists and all activities except for tests. Teacher Editions are wraparound volumes with unit and daily planners, detailed lesson plans with special sections for enrichment, English Language Learners, and lots of background information. Pre and Post Tests for each unit part as well as Unit Posttests are all provided in the TE. All answer keys for both worksheets and tests are in the TE. A Word Wisdom CD-ROM is included with the TE and includes printable flashcards and worksheets (analogies, graphic organizers, and word ladders).
This is a multi-faceted approach to vocabulary and a program that is well-constructed, yet easy to use. Student books are 222 pgs, pb. Teacher books are 290 pgs, spiral-bound. ~ Janice
Changes are few in this new edition of Word Wisdom (thankfully). All the same great features that impressed me with the older edition are there - lessons based on context clues, Latin roots, and reference skills as well as solid review that focuses on test-taking skills. Word lists as well as weekly lessons appear to be the same. What is new is the look! The Student Edition has been completely updated with full-color pictures and zippier graphics. There are only a few other changes and they seem to be mainly cosmetic. Lessons are the same in term of content but were called "Parts" in the previous edition. The Table of Contents is more efficient, taking fewer pages (which throws the pagination between the two editions off, by the way.) Perhaps the biggest change is the frequent reference to the Word Wisdom app that is available for iPad and Android tablets. Each lesson has a bottom-of-the-page notice when the app which is available for more practice. There is a charge ($10.99 in 2017) for the app, however, and I didn't check it out personally. It might be worth it if your student needs additional practice.
Still spiral-bound, the Teacher's Edition is now horizontal rather than the previous vertical. Frankly, I like this change. I liked the other very noticeable changes, as well. There is much less "teacher-ese" on the wraparound pages making the whole manual much more user-friendly. It actually looks like it could be helpful along with having the answers. A small number of Teaching Tips accompany each page (reduced copies of the Student Edition). The CD of printable Games and Activities is no longer included and I suspect this content has been transferred to the Word Wisdom app. Please note that there are references to an "eResources center". I was unable to access this without being a teacher with a proper school affiliation. This material does not seem to be available to homeschoolers. I suspect that some of the "teacher-ese" from the TG is now found at this online location. From a homeschooler's perspective, it looks like the only item that might have been nice to have is the Unit Planner and Daily Planner (small charts at the beginning of each unit). However, this info is largely common sense (there are 9 units each with 3 lessons and a review - just do one of these each week). Although I haven't checked every page at every level, it looks as though an older teacher's guide can be used with a newer student book.
In summary, in this 2017 edition, all the strong, educational contact has been retained with a pleasing appearance and the teacher materials are much more user-friendly. There is an option for those enjoying the world of electronic tablet practice. What's not to like? ~ Janice