Language Arts Update: Literature, Spelling, Vocabulary and Grammar
This is just a quick post about our language arts so far this fall. The first few weeks of school were off to a good start! 🙂
Our writing workshop is going well, and the kids really like the literature books we’ve add in (for the first part of writing workshop). The kids are really happy with these books. We set the timer for 20 minutes, but usually they take a bit longer to finish the reading selection they are on. These literature books touch on various important literary elements (plot, theme, character, etc.) We’ll definitely keep this going. ED is using Write Source: Student Book Grade 3 (affiliate link) DD is using: McDougal Littell Literature Yellow Level (affiliate link) LD is using: McDougal Littell Literature (green – Gr. 8) (affiliate link)
We started back to school with spelling because that was the easiest to slide back into. Our family has used All About Spelling for years now, ED is using All About Spelling (affiliate link) vol. 2. We supplement it with other things like our Long A Spelling Sort and Long I Spelling Sort.
(Find out more about the All About Spelling Program (affiliate link)
My older kids started back with Spelling City. (Not an affiliate, we just like this site.) We have the paid version because we use this program so much. I typed in spelling lists for both of them to work on.
So the past few weeks, the kids were working on spelling. This week, we switched and will be covering vocabulary for a couple of weeks. We started using a new set of books and the kids really seem to like them.
- ED (age 7) is using Vocabulary Workshop ©2011 Level Purple (Grade 2) Student Edition. (affiliate link)
- DD (Gr. 5) is using Vocabulary Workshop Level A (Grade 6). (affiliate link) You’ll find a preview of this Vocabulary Level A Grade 6 book here. The have books for grades K through 12.
- LD (Gr. 7) is using Vocabulary Workshop Level C. (affiliate link)
I also typed their vocabulary words into Spelling City so they can work on these online. They can play games, do a vocabulary test, etc. It’s a good option for those down-moments when they’re waiting for others. This is part of LD’s list:
We’ll probably stay on vocabulary for two weeks before switching to Grammar again. We still use the Write Source Skills and Editor in Chief books (more about that in this language arts post), but I’ll also be making some new grammar worksheets for them.
Other free grammar worksheets you can download:
- I made a new set of comma rules and practice sheets for the kids that go over these same rules.
- Their, They’re, There – Its, It’s Free Practice Sheets
- Comma Rules and Practice Worksheets
- Comma Rules and Practice Worksheets (Fall Theme)
- Grammar Practice: Possessive Nouns and Pronouns
- Free Grammar Worksheets: Homophones (words that sound the same, but are spelled differently)
- The use of apostrophes, quotation marks and underlining
- 11 Comma Rules and Practice
- Grammar Practice Sheets: Irregular Verbs and Nouns
- More Irregular Verb and Plural Noun Practice Sheets
- Grammar Sheets: Lay-Lie, Piece-Peace, Accept-Except
- Semi Colons Rules and Practice Sheets
- Here’s a post with a number of different sheets: Comma Rules, Apostrophes, Underlining and Other Free Grammar Sheets
Grammar Practice Books:
We have also use the series of grammar workbooks called Write Source Skillsbook. (affiliate link) We’ve been using this series for years. It explains a grammar rule and then has some practice sentences (or editing in the later books). It has worked really well for our family (in addition to the grammar sheets I’ve made for the kids!) 🙂 Below is a screen shot of the Grade 1 Skillsbook, Grade 3 Skillsbook, and Grade 6 Skillsbook. (affiliate links) These are under $10.
- Writing Workshop Mini-Lesson: Rules for Writing and the Story Writing Process These were the first few Writing Workshop Mini-Lessons we did this fall. We loved the Plot Chickens!! There you’ll find links to more than a dozen other Writing Workshop posts.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.