The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 3, 4, and 5:
140+ Simple Exercises to Improve Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage,
by Shelly Rees, MEd
I have already had the opportunity to present two excellent workbooks published by Rockridge Press for young children, My Preschool Workbook and My First Grade Workbook. The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 3, 4, and 5 is different at several levels, but it’s just as good and efficient.
First of all, as the title shows, you actually get three books in one, as it offers material for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Another difference is that the content this time focuses exclusively on English grammar and vocabulary.
Because of the intended readers of this volume, the content and its presentation has a more serious look than in the two books I referred to above. Still, a nice use of colors prevents it from looking too austere. Thus, you can easily identify the three parts of the books (blue, purple, and green) for the three grades.
Each grade has 20 lessons, and about half a dozen games.
On the left pages, each lesson presents a concept easy to understand (for instance the difference between subject and predicate for Grade 3; relative pronouns for Grade 4; direct objects in Grade 5), with clear explanations and examples, often presented in simple charts, and with two practice exercises on the right pages.
The games are smartly thought out. I really enjoy the idea using a dice and applying different grammar rules explained in the chapter, or playing Bingo with those same elements.
There are even nice creative writing exercises for 4th and 5th graders. I actually think the book could have included even more of these great inventive activities to allow the students to apply what they had learned.
The last part of the book contains the answer keys as well as a glossary on all the major grammatical categories.
I have been teaching French online for twelve years. Most of my students are adults in their 50s or 60s. I’m struck that among the ones born and raised in the US, many have really no idea what a direct or an indirect object is. I often need to teach them English grammar before they can grasp these concepts in French. If my students had had this book in their younger years, it would definitely have helped them understand better the workings of their own language.
VERDICT: Three books in one! Very clear instructions to help your children grasp the basic workings of the English language.
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In full compliance with FTC Guidelines, I received this book free of charge from the publisher through The Callisto Publisher’s Club. I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.