Wordly Wise 3000

Wordly Wise 3000

The Wordly Wise series has gone through many changes over the years since it was first published, but it remains a top choice for homeschoolers because the variety of activities in each book help students understand the multiple meanings that a single word might have depending upon how it is used in a sentence. Also, parents often like Wordly Wise since students can work independently most of the time.

The Wordly Wise 3000 fourth editions for Book 2 through Book 12 are intended for grades two through twelve. However, the vocabulary is somewhat advanced, so you might choose a lower-level book if your child is average in their reading and vocabulary skills. Book K and Book 1 are also available, but they are significantly different and require direct teaching. I don’t find them as useful for homeschoolers as the rest of the series.

This review is for the printed books for Wordly Wise 3000, but the same material is also available as an online program called Wordly Wise i3000.

In this series, students use one list of words each week for a set of five or six different activities in multi-part lessons. Books 2 and 3 teach ten words per lesson, while the rest of the books teach fifteen words per lesson.

The different types of activities help children become familiar with each word’s definition(s) and usage. Exercises vary from level to level, but they always include work with definitions and proper usage. Other activities vary, but students might work on analogies, synonyms, word origins, prefixes, suffixes, and identifying parts of speech. Every lesson includes one exercise with a reading passage followed by either comprehension questions or vocabulary questions as well as a “Discussion & Writing Prompt.”

For the first three or four exercises in each week’s lesson, many of the exercises have multiple-choice questions. However, sometimes students underline or circle items, mark items as correct or incorrect, or write either words or sentences. Even the simple-sounding exercises can be challenging and require critical thinking skills because they are so well constructed. The exercises sometimes require students to come up with their own individual responses. For instance, in the tenth lesson in Book 8, students are instructed to complete sentences to demonstrate the meaning of the bolded word in the first part of the sentence. One of these sentences reads as follows: “I would like to be an advocate for ___________________________________.

For the final two exercises in each lesson, students write out answers for the reading passage’s questions and complete a writing prompt. The writing prompts direct students to first discuss their ideas in regard to a specified word and its usage with a partner or group then write their own conclusion. Parents whose children are working independently will have to determine how to handle these exercises, but it should be fine if students simply write out their own ideas and discuss them with their parent.

All of these different exercises ensure that children truly understand the meanings of words to complete the activities.

Each lesson also includes a sidebar with “Fun & Fascinating Facts” about words.  These truly are interesting, so try to make sure students take time to read them.

Periodic reviews are presented after two to four lessons, depending on the level. Mid-term and final tests are available in a separate Test Booklet.

Online Quizlets can also be used to reinforce learning. Instructions for accessing the Quizlets are in the student books.

There are classroom-designed teacher’s manuals for each book, but homeschoolers shouldn’t need them. There is also an inexpensive answer key for every book that homeschooling parents will definitely need since the exercises are often quite challenging. Of course, some answers are not predictable, and parents will have to assess what students write for these open-ended questions.

Summary

All of the different exercises in Wordly Wise 3000 do a great job of teaching the multiple meanings of words. The variety of activities encourages students to think about vocabulary words and their meanings in ways that are more likely to help them actually make the words part of their vocabulary.

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Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition Grade 4 SET -- Student Book, Test Booklet and Answer Key (Direct Academic Vocabulary Instruction)

Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition Grade 4 SET -- Student Book, Test Booklet and Answer Key (Direct Academic Vocabulary Instruction)

Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition Grade 3 SET -- Student Book, Test Booklet and Answer Key (Direct Academic Vocabulary Instruction)

Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition Grade 3 SET -- Student Book, Test Booklet and Answer Key (Direct Academic Vocabulary Instruction)

Wordly Wise 3000 Fourth Edition Student Edition + Test Booklet + Answer Key Set Grade 8

Wordly Wise 3000 Fourth Edition Student Edition + Test Booklet + Answer Key Set Grade 8

Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition Grade 12 SET -- Student Book, Test Booklet and Answer Key (Direct Academic Vocabulary Instruction)

Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition Grade 12 SET -- Student Book, Test Booklet and Answer Key (Direct Academic Vocabulary Instruction)
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Instant Key

  • Need For Parent or Teacher Instruction: varies
  • Learning Environment: independent study plus discussion
  • Grade Level: grades 2-12
  • Educational Methods: traditional activity pages or exercises, lots of variety, critical thinking, creative activities
  • Technology: online
  • Educational Approaches: traditional, eclectic
  • Religious Perspective: secular

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