This workbook builds on the phonics rules previously presented and instructs children how to spell words with beginning consonant sounds, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, vowel digraphs, diphthongs “ou” and “ow”; words with “ar” and “or”; word endings; words with “er,” “ir,” and “ur”; and diphthongs “oi” and “oy.” Vocabulary-building is emphasized through contextual exercises; word-bank, crossword, fill-in-the-blank, and other exercises are included to help students gain familiarity with how words and sentences are constructed.
Test sheets are included at the back of the book. With 36 units and 5 lessons per unit, the text is designed to be used daily over a 36 week period.
Suggested Grade: 3rd
Author: Garry J. Moes
Copyright: 2010 (2nd edition)
Softbound: 131 pages
From Cathy Duffy Reviews:
"It doesn’t get any more affordable for solid spelling coverage than theBuilding Spelling Skills series. However, you can’t describe these books as “fun” or “colorful.” Instead, I would use words like “comprehensive,” “thorough,” and “challenging.” Illustrations are mostly clip art, and books are printed in two colors... This book seems to build on Book 2, assuming that much of the phonetic vocabulary is familiar.... Like Book 2, it is very rule-oriented, reviewing previously-covered phonetic rules, then moving on to still more rules..." - Click here to read more
Posted by Karen on 04/11/2014
We have used these spelling books for the past 20 years. Of my 6 children, only one has a hard time with spelling. The others are all excellent spellers and have always scored above average on each of their tests. I like the fact that there is a combining of phonics, vocabulary and spelling in one book. It is easy to administer. There are 5 lessons, one for each day and a spelling test as the 5th lesson for each week. I am very pleased with this book!
Posted by Unknown on 08/13/2012
I love these spelling books. Where I used to purchase separate books for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling, I now have one book to use that integrates these three related subjects. The exercises are varied and interesting, and the book is laid out so that specific work is designated for each day of the week. I also love that it gives kids a system for learning to spell words. The words are organized according to rule, and then in later books, according to topic (i.e. countries, elements, etc.).