In this fascinating title, the Word Wizard guides readers through the world of homonyms, homophones, and homographs. Readers learn how to use context clues to help distinguish between words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Supportive definitions make word meanings accessible and memorable.
A noun is a word that names a person, animal, place, thing, or idea. Vivid photographs and creative text help the Word Wizard introduce readers to different forms and functions of nouns, including plural, proper, and possessive.
What do you and I have in common? They are both pronouns of course! In this engaging book, the Word Wizard introduces readers to the different types and functions of pronouns. From personal and possessive to indefinite and reflexive, this book will help readers put the "pro" in pronouns!
In this fun-filled book, the Word Wizard helps readers understand synonyms and antonyms. From exploring shades of meaning and making comparisons to using a thesaurus, readers learn how to use synonyms and antonyms to enrich their writing and strengthen their communication skills.
In this bewitching title, the Word Wizard gives readers a potion that helps them understand concepts such as verb tense, shades of meaning, and how using strong action verbs can make your words hop, jump, or leap off the page!
In this enchanting book, readers discover how prefixes and suffixes can change the meanings of words before their eyes! Guided by the Word Wizard, readers learn to create new words by combining root words with prefixes and suffixes. Discover how these spell-binding syllables can help unlock the meanings of new words.
We use adjectives to describe and compare the things in our world. In this spellbinding book, the Word Wizard reveals the secrets of the magical world of adjectives, including synonyms, antonyms, and comparisons. Readers will discover the nuances of language as they look closely at adjectives that vary in intensity and those with closely related meanings. Writing prompts guide readers as they use adjectives to add detail and clarity.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the information you are looking for in a text. Readers of this book will discover tips and tricks for proficiently comprehending informational texts and carefully searching them for the knowledge they need. They will find out how informational texts are organized, how to identify important points and key details, and how to demonstrate understanding of a text using information from both illustrations and text.
Blogs are a great place to practice using technology to produce and publish writing, interact and collaborate with others, and share ideas with the world. Readers of this book will learn how to set up and maintain their own blogs for personal or educational use. They will find out how to write and edit posts using clear and descriptive language, add photos and other media to emphasize facts or details, and interact appropriately with readers in collaborative discussions held through blog commenting systems.
Bring the magic of poetry to life with R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet. From acrostics and ballads to meter and metaphor, author and poet Judy Young has written a delightful collection of poems to illustrate poetic tools, terms and techniques. Each term or technique is demonstrated in an accompanying poem so readers can see the method at work. Whether haiku or rap, sonnets or cinquain, budding writers of all ages will be inspired to put their imaginations to work crafting their own poems.Judy Young remembers showing one of her poems to her grandmother when she was about 10 years old, and she has been in love with writing poetry ever since. Judy is the author of another Sleeping Bear Press book, S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet. Judy lives with her family near Springfield, Missouri. Victor Juhasz's humorous illustrations and caricatures have been commissioned by such clients as Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He is also the illustrator of the popular D is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet. Victor lives and works in Stephentown, New York.
What is a first draft? What is a narrative? In S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet, author and writing coach Esther Hershenhorn uses the alphabet to help explain, explore, and examine the tools, techniques, and strategies for those hoping to live the literary life. Writing terms and topics are explained using a two-tier format. C is for the Character, every story's star, the one for whom we cheer, we care, with whom we travel far. Specific genres, story elements (setting and plot), and the mechanics of how to write (including editing and revision) are covered, while quotes from famous authors provide examples of the writer's thought process. Budding writers of all ages will be inspired to put pen to paper (or fingers on keyboards)! Author, and writing coach, Esther Hershenhorn admits S is for Story is the book she wishes she'd owned as a little girl, dreaming of a writing career. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches Writing for Children at the University of Chicago's Writer's Studio and the Newberry Library. Zachary Pullen's character-oriented picture book illustrations have won awards and garnered starred reviews. He has been honored several times with acceptance into the prestigious Society of Illustrators' juried shows and Communication Arts Illustration Annual of the best in current illustration. Zak lives in Wyoming.
Explains what matter is and its different states; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different matter concepts.
Explains what plants are and how they grow; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different plant concepts.
Explains what simple machines are and what they do; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different simple machine concepts.
Explains what soil is made from and what it contains; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different soil concepts.
Explains what sound is, how it travels, and how we hear sound; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different sound concepts.
Explains what the water cycle is; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different water cycle concepts.
Explains what electricity is and how it is conducted; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different electricity concepts.
Explains what insects are and how they live and grow; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different insect concepts.
Explains what life cycles are and how plants and animals grow; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different life cycle concepts.
The key to making literacy more exciting is finding ways to liven up the written word. Students will be amazed to see how certain figures of speech can add creativity to the simplest of sentences. Discover how similes and metaphors can paint vivid pictures that are sure to make both reading and writing more pleasurable.
Learn about the sound of the letter S, as Sara and her mother go to the store to buy sandals, but end up buying surprises for the entire family.
Learn about the sound of the letter R, as Roy and his horse Big Red and dog Rascal have adventures on their ranch.
Exclamation points, periods, question marks, and commas--all these are common forms of punctuation, and each has the potential to prove confusing to kids learning grammar. Discover the proper use of punctuation and find out why it's such an important concept to master.
When learning to read, kids are often intimidated by 'bigger' words. This title teaches younger audiences how to break such words apart and introduces them to the concept of roots. Reading becomes easy and fun once it's clear how various letter combinations can change a word's meaning.