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Prevent “Summer Slide” with Daily Summer Activities from Evan-Moor

Prevent “Summer Slide” with Daily Summer Activities from Evan-Moor

Have you ever heard of the dreaded summer slide? As year-round homeschoolers, it is something we have hoped to avoid. I remember when we first started our homeschooling journey, we had A LOT to re-learn after our summer break! When you aren’t actively putting to […]

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

I will be the first to admit that STEM is not my favorite area to teach. If you were to ask me which subjects I do not excel at, I would tell you, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math…STEM! Give me all the books, grammar, art, […]

Learn All About North America with Evan-Moor

Learn All About North America with Evan-Moor

It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of Evan-Moor products! They are consistently my go-to materials for homeschooling. As I planned for our geography unit this year I was so excited to stumble upon The 7 Continents series! We will be learning about countries all around the world and what better way to introduce them than by learning all about the continents they are in! First up is North America!

The 7 Continents: North America

I *just* discovered the 7 Continents series from Evan-Moor and it is wonderful! As I mentioned above, we are learning all about the countries of the world this year! I let the kids pick the countries and they decided we would start with Mexico! They didn’t have to twist my arm!

As part of learning about a country I think it is important to get a more global look at things and see where the country is located in relation to the rest of the world. Part of that is learning all about the continent it is on!

The 7 Continents: North America Grades 4-6 is packed with reproducible information pages and activities. The book is divided into the following sections:

  1. North America in the World
  2. Political Divisions of North America
  3. Physical Features of North America
  4. Valuable Resources of North America
  5. North American Culture
  6. Assessment
  7. Note Takers

The book is full of activities from crossword puzzles to map work to assessments. I am blown away by the vast amount of printable maps included…there is even a link to download several maps online. We are highly visual learners, so having access to all of the maps is so helpful.

WHY We Love This Book

One of my favorite aspects of Evan-Moor’s books is that they excel at combining multiple subjects into one. While you might think you are just getting a geography book, you are actually getting practice with reading, math, science, and more! They tie so many things together in such a seamless way!

My kids really love the reading selections that are included. They read about Central America, The Caribbean, Canada, Hydroelectricity, Fishing, Coffee, and so much more! See, I told you they cover such a wide range of topics!

Much like our other Evan-Moor books, The 7 Continents: North America is extremely user-friendly. The passages to read are short and interesting, the assignments aren’t overwhelming, and the tasks are finished in a very manageable period of time. This book has made a perfect addition to our unit. I look forward to adding the other continents as we continue our travels around the world.

Also, as a mom of 3 kids in 3 different grades, I love that this book can be used with all 3 kiddos. Even though my youngest is in 3rd grade, he has been able to do everything right along with my girls!

One last detail that I LOVE is the Note Takers section at the back of the book. This is a section full of printables and ideas to let the kiddos explore further topics of their choosing. This lends itself perfectly for my two older kiddos to pick a topic to study and begin researching on their own. I LOVE the layout of the printables and think we will use them time and again.

For More Information

For a complete flip through of The 7 Continents: North America, you can head straight to Evan-Moor’s website here.

To check out one of my other favorite Geography resources from Evan-Moor click here.

7 Continents is also available in your TeacherFileBox subscription! You can go to TeacherFileBox to get a free 30 Day Membership! We absolutely LOVE our membership and it is SO worth the yearly membership fee! Here is a post about why we love it so much!

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Improve Cursive with Evan-Moor’s Daily Handwriting Practice

Improve Cursive with Evan-Moor’s Daily Handwriting Practice

I am a big fan of cursive writing! I started both of my girls with cursive writing right around third grade and they love it! This year my son will be in third and he can’t wait to start learning cursive. I wanted to have […]

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

How to Teach Art to Children is another incredible resource from Evan-Moor! I am consistently so impressed by the quality of the educational resources that Evan-Moor produces, and this book is no exception! If you are a homeschooler or a parent that is looking for […]

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

I am so excited to be sharing another amazing resource from Evan-Moor with you! At this point, you may have guessed that I adore Evan-Moor products. They are so educational, reasonably priced, and my kids LOVE them! These are all amazing things, right? So I am super excited to share with you a book that is new to me! Daily 6-Trait Writing has made an incredible addition to our homeschool writing curriculum!

What IS Daily 6-Trait Writing

Daily 6-Trait Writing is a comprehensive teaching guide that has 25 weeks of mini-lessons divided up into 5 units. The book focuses on the six traits of writing:

  1. Idea (Unit 1)
  2. Organization (Unit 2)
  3. Word Choice (Unit 3)
  4. Sentence Fluency (Unit 4)
  5. Voice (Unit 5)
  6. Conventions (tied into all units)

Each of the first 5 traits listed above will be presented in 5 week increments, with Conventions being included in each week. Each week will then focus in on a specific skill that pertains to one of the writing traits listed above. The weeks follow a consistent format so they are extremely easy to use and the kids and the momma know what to expect! To give you an idea of what you can expect within a unit, take a peek inside below!

Take a Peek Inside

Each of the units begins with a fantastic two-page spread of what the week will look like. It is a wonderful tool for the teacher because not only does it help keep you organized, but it helps explain how to word things and HOW to teach the traits to your child.

I want to share a sample layout with you so you can get a better idea of how the book is organized! Let’s take a peek at Unit 1, Week 1.

 

You can see in the top left-hand corner of the first page that the focus is on Choosing a Good Topic. Each week will list the focus ideas in the top corner. Unit 1 is broken down as follows:

  • Week 1: Choose a Good Topic (Convention: Capitalizing Names of People and Pets)
  • Week 2: Add Details (Convention: Compound Words)
  • Week 3: Choose Better Details (Convention: Plural Nouns that End in S)
  • Week 4: Stick to the Topic (Convention: Periods)
  • Week 5: Review (Convention: Capitalizing Book and Song Titles)

So, let’s look at week 1 for an example. Each day it will tell you what you are teaching and give you wording on how you can teach it. This first teacher page will also give you a sample of what the answers could look like. Following the teacher page, you will have the student worksheets that you can tear out or print or have the child write straight in the book. There are 4 sheets for the students to do for days 1 thru 4, day 5 is a fun writing prompt to put the ideas into practice!

WHY I Love Daily 6-Trait Writing

The first thing I was drawn to is the design of the book. It is not overwhelming and not intimidating! Like all of the Evan-Moor books that I have used with my kids, this book is packed with information, but it is presented in a way that is easily accessible by kids. This is the Grade 2 book and it is perfectly geared for my son’s age. He is a kid who gets easily overwhelmed when there is a TON of information on a page. These pages are quick but they teach the kids in a way that it sticks.

The next thing that I love is that it includes the weekly layout page. I am a very visual person and I love being able to take a quick glance at something and know what I need to do for the week. I love that the weekly layout includes verbiage for the teacher/parent to use. While it isn’t necessary that you read it verbatim, I love having a cheat sheet so-to-speak to help coach me!

Third, I love…and I mean really, really love that it includes the conventions. This is just another way of integrating these important tools. It flows naturally with the lessons and doesn’t seem forced at all!

Lastly, I absolutely love that we end the week with a writing prompt. It gives the kids a chance to put what they have learned into practice and I think it is fantastic.

For More Info

If you are interested in learning more about Daily 6-Trait Writing you can head right over to Evan-Moor’s amazing website. They have some great peek inside videos as well as a chance to peek inside the books! Click here to check it out! I will also be sharing my own video on Instagram this Friday, 4/26…I will link to that as soon as it is up!

As I mentioned, we are huge Evan-Moor fans…if you would like to check out some of my other favorite books you can check out my reviews of Skill Sharpeners Geography and Reading Comprehension Fundamentals!

Daily 6-Trait Writing is $29.99 and is available in grades 1-8. Daily 6-Trait Writing is also available as part of Evan-Moor’s Homeschool Bundles and the Homeschool Writing Bundle!

Please feel free to send me any questions you might have! I would be happy to help!

 

 

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

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

  As a long time user of Evan-Moor’s History Pockets, I was so excited to have the chance to review their Literature Pockets! Let me tell you…they did not disappoint! The book that I have chosen to review is Literature Pockets: Non-Fiction for grades 4-6. […]

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

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

  I was recently given the opportunity to review Evan-Moor’s Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking for second grade! I was given the book in exchange for my honest review! Evan-Moor is my go-to for quality books to enrich our homeschool. I was so excited to have […]

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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