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Have you ever heard of Evan-Moor? If you have been in the homeschooling game for a bit you have likely heard the name or tried some of their amazing books! We have been using Evan-Moor products since we began our homeschooling journey 3 years ago! […]

Learning All About Non-Fiction with Evan-Moor’s Literature Pockets!

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A Review of Building Math Fluency from Evan-Moor

A Review of Building Math Fluency from Evan-Moor

 

Math is one of those areas where sometimes things just “click” and you get it right away…and sometimes you need a little help along the way! It can be a real struggle to find the right tools to help things “click”! I was so thrilled when I discovered Evan-Moor’s Building Math Fluency for Grade 3. My daughter is currently in 4th grade but has been struggling with learning her multiplication facts. Building Math Fluency turned out to be the perfect tool to help give her the strategies she needed to begin mastering her multiplication facts!

WHAT IS BUILDING MATH FLUENCY ALL ABOUT?

Building Math Fluency books are designed to give students the tools to begin thinking about math in strategic ways. Learning math facts is all about looking at relationships between numbers. Once the students are able to see the relationships between certain numbers, they are then able to translate that into future math problems!

I absolutely LOVE how this book is set up! It includes Strategy Practice, Skills Testing, and Fact Flashcards.

 

A LOOK INSIDE BUILDING MATH FLUENCY GRADE 3

Building Math Fluency Grade 3 focuses on several different math concepts. It contains strategies for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. My main reason for wanting to give this book a try is for the multiplication and division. This is the area that my daughter is struggling with. While she doesn’t need the additional help in the areas of addition and subtraction, it will be a perfect help for my son who is in 2nd grade. He is working on addition and subtraction and I know that learning these strategies will really help solidify his understanding.

So, for the purpose of this review I am going to mainly focus on the multiplication because that is what we are currently working on..but just know that Grade 3 does also include addition, subtraction, and division!

Ok…on to the good stuff!

Each operation that is taught…adding, subtraction, multiplication, and division…begins with a section on HOW to teach the strategies. This was absolutely GOLD for me. I loved that not only were they teaching what the strategies are…but they were teaching ME how to teach them. An absolute win in my book!

HOW-TO teach strategies! Amazing!

 

Following the HOW to teach section we will come to a section on the particular strategies. I am thinking about tearing this page out and laminating it for my daughter to keep in her math folder. It is a great quick reference guide for her!

Awesome List of Strategies!

On to the lessons! At the top of each sheet is a description of the strategy…for example:

“Strategy Times 2- Times 2 is double the number. Think Doubles facts to solve Times 2”

My daughter absolutely LOVED this reminder. It helped her brain to recognize the connection between addition and multiplication. It reminded her that to do her 2 times tables all she has to do is double the number. This is a great strategy for a child who struggles with multiplication. By learning these strategies she is gaining confidence!

Sample Practice Page

Each number presented from 1-12 is shown with a strategy to help the child master that particular skill. They then are given the sheet to complete which allows them to practice the particular strategy.

To take a deeper look into the book just head on over here…the Evan-Moor website is SO detailed and allows an inside peek at the books!

WHY WE LOVED BUILDING MATH FLUENCY

  • Teaches Strategies– I was thrilled to learn that Building Math Fluency focuses on teaching strategies first. By giving kids the tools they need to complete the problems it helps build math confidence!
  • Perforated Pages– Perforated pages are amazing for a classroom teacher who wants to use the sheets with multiple children OR for a homeschool Mama like myself who has younger children. I can very easily save this book for when my son is ready to learn multiplication. Adds value to the book when you are able to use it again!
  • Practice– Learning math is all about practice! Building Math Fluency provides the student a chance to practice their new skill…and has a place to review as well!
  • Flash Cards– We LOVED the inclusion of flashcards at the back of Building Math Fluency. Flash cards are such an awesome way to practice and build memorization of these math facts.
  • Answer Key– We love having the answer key included in the back. It allows my daughter to be able to check her work. This is especially awesome when I am working with another kiddo on something!
  • Correlated to Current State Standards– I personally do not use State Standards as a guide for my homeschool but I know that many teachers are required to do so!
  • Tests– I love the inclusion of the tests. I chose to tear them out and make several copies so that we can keep practicing.

ANOTHER HOME RUN FROM EVAN-MOOR

We use A LOT of Evan-Moor books in our homeschool…a lot! The reason for this is that they are amazing resources. They are high quality, affordable, and enjoyable for my kids…what more could a homeschool Mama want? To read about some of my very favorite products from Evan-Moor click here and here!

If you have a child who is struggling with multiplication or you simply want a way to reinforce their knowledge of multiplication concepts, then I highly recommend Building Math Fluency Grade 3. It has been such a valuable resource for my daughter.

Building Math Fluency is available for Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4-6. For more information or to grab your own copy, head right on over to Evan-Moor’s website.

 

 

 

 

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A Review of Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking- Grade 2

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A Review of Evan-Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals Grade 6

A Review of Evan-Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals Grade 6

 

I was recently given the chance to review Evan-Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals for Grade 6. I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. As a huge fan of Evan-Moor products, I again jumped at the chance to try this product and can’t wait to share it with you!

As a family of books worms, reading is a huge part of our school day. We start every day with a read aloud, have a book based history and geography curriculum, and the kids read for an hour to themselves every day! With that being said, we havent really implemented any sort of formal reading comprehension assessment!

Reading Comprehension Fundamentals is designed to be used in conjunction with Daily Reading Comprehension. In hindsight I should have printed off the Daily Reading Comprehension from my TeacherFileBox online subscription but I didn’t think of it at the time! Having said that, I still think it is a wonderful resource for increasing your students’ comprehension!

WHAT IS READING COMPREHENSION FUNDAMENTALS ALL ABOUT?

Reading Comprehension Fundamentals is organized into 35 units that aim to work on a specific reading skill, text structure, reading strategy, or genre. The book is organized into 4 main units:

  • Comprehension Activities for Nonfiction Texts
  • Nonfiction Genre Study
  • Comprehension Activities for Fiction Texts
  • Fiction Genre Study

The book can be used to supplement your current curriculum, can be used as a way to reinforce concepts that your students may be struggling with, or a core reading resource. We have been using Reading Comprehension Fundamentals as a way to reinforce concepts with my daughter, but I honestly think that it would make an amazing guideline to plan lessons out of.

UNIT ORGANIZATION

Each of the 35 units in Reading Comprehension Fundamentals is organized into 4 sections:

  1. Instructional Activity Page- each unit will contain one or two instructional activity pages. These pages will teach a specific concept or skill and will allow the students to respond in a variety of formats…some of which include multiple choice, open-ended items, and constructed responses.
  2. Text Selection- The texts selections will be either Fiction or Non-Fiction depending on the section they are included in. They are written to complement the specific skill being taught.
  3. Text-Based Activity Page- similar to the Instructional Activity Page, this page will allow the students to respond in numerous different ways. This page will have text to read that corresponds to the specific skill being taught.
  4. Unit Review- I love that each unit will end with a review. This is such a great tool to assess the students mastery of the specific topic or rule.

Here are some sample pages from a unit on Vocabulary!

sample page
The first page introduces the term to be studied…in this case “vocabulary”. We love the combo of multiple choice and open ended questions.

 

sample page 2
The second page offers more tips on vocabulary as well as an additional reading passage and questions.
sample page
My daughter really loved the large reading passages. She found the topics so interesting and was so excited to share her new knowledge with us. We had lots of conversations that started with…”Did you know…” 🙂
Sample Page
Questions from the previous reading passage
sample page
Finally we come to the review! The reviews are an awesome assessment tool and a great way to have the student show what they have learned! Answer key is in the back as well!

TOPICS COVERED

So, what topics can you expect to be covered in Reading Comprehension Fundamentals? I am so impressed by the wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction items that are covered. Here is a photo from the Table of Contents that shows you how things are organized and what topics you can expect. I LOVE that it includes genre study because that is something we will be learning about a lot this year.

Table of contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am really pleased with Reading Comprehension Fundamentals! I think it is a very well thought out, well put together, comprehensive book that can easily be used to supplement your current reading curriculum, reinforce areas where your student needs extra help, or even as a jumping off point for planning your own curriculum!

My daughter thought that the reading passages were very interesting! She was especially impressed at the presence of some Greek topics…her favorite subject. Since beginning to use this book she is always coming to us to share some new facts or information! I am so thankful that the topics included are interesting and presented in such a way that she is not only retaining the information…but she is actually interested in what she is reading! Such a huge plus for this homeschool Mama!!

We love that there is an answer key provided at the back. Really helped my daughter to be able to check her work!

We do wish that the book had a glossary at the back to aid in looking up terms, but each term is extremely well defined at the top of the page in their specific section. I also like that the definition is repeated at the top of the page several times throughout each unit…really reinforces the subject for the student!

The last thing I want to mention is both a pro and a con depending on where you are coming from. The book is black and white which is wonderful if you are using it for more than one child and want to make copies! Since I am using it for just one child and don’t plan to copy it, I do wish that it was in color. There are some photos that I think would pop more if they were in color…but I do realize that for classroom teachers and homeschoolers using the book for multiple children, being in color would be impractical.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

As with all of the other products we have tried from Evan-Moor, I highly recommend adding this one to your homeschool. Very well done! I also highly recommend checking out Evan-Moor’s amazing Skill Sharpeners Books. Check out my post on Skill Sharpeners Geography Grade 4!

In addition to Reading Comprehension Fundamentals, you can find Language Fundamentals (I have a blog post in the works!), Math Fundamentals, and Vocabulary Fundamentals! Head on over to http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-8828052-13435687 or click the link below to grab a copy for your homeschool!

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