19 June 2015

2014-2015 Review: Language Arts

Next up in the recap of our just-completed school year for Agent E (3rd grade) and Agent J (1st grade) is reading and writing.

{You can check out our math summary for the year, too.}


This year we covered the following:

  • alphabetizing
  • capitalization
  • cursive writing
  • dictionary use
  • fables
  • fairy tales
  • grammar
  • keeping a journal
  • parts of speech
  • poetry
  • punctuation
  • reading comprehension
  • sentence structure
  • short stories
  • spelling
  • vocabulary
{Some more than others and adjusted for grade level level as needed. Only Agent E worked on cursive, and she wasn't particularly thrilled with it.}

We used these resources for written work


For Agent E

2nd Grade Writing by Workman Publishing
3rd Grade Reading Comprehension workbook by Dalmatian Press
Disney Reading Comprehension by Bendon Press 
Brainquest Grade 3 by Workman Publishing (select sections)
Printables from Worksheet Works {dot} com

For Agent J

Big First Grade Book by School Zone Publishing Company (select sections)
Everything for Early Learning Grade 1 by School Specialty Publishing (select sections)
Disney Reading Comprehension by Bendon Press

We read poetry, fairy tales, folk tales, and silly books about grammar


Poetry
  • A Light in the Attic
  • Every Thing On It
  • Runny Babbit
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (all by Shel Silverstein)
  • A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children by Caroline Kennedy
  • Isn’t My Name Magical?: Sister and Brother Poems by James Berry
  • The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry edited by Bill Martin Jr
  • You and Me: Poems of Friendship by Salley Mavor

Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
  • Beauty and the Beast by Binette Schoeder
  • Beauty and the Beast by Warwick Hutton
  • Cinderella by Charles Perrault
  • Cinderella by Disney Press
  • Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Neil Philip
  • How the Ostrich Got Its Long Neck by Verna Aardema
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney
  • Princess Tales by Grace Maccarone
  • Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Edith Tarcov
  • Snow White by Paul Heins
  • Tam Lin by Susan Cooper
  • The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth From Puerto Rich by Nina Jaffe
  • The Mysterious Giant of Barletta by Tomie dePaola
  • The Pirate Princess and Other Fairy Tales by Neil Philop
  • The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora
  • The Sleeping Beauty by Trina Schart Hyman
  • The World’s Best Fairy Tales edited by Belle Becker Sideman
  • Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale by Margaret Read MacDonald
  • Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brigette Barrager

Grammar
  • A Bat Cannot Bat, A Stair Cannot Stare: More About Homonyms and Homophones
  • A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun?
  • Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives
  • But and For, Yet and Nor: What Is a Conjunction?
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!
  • Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What Are Irregular Plurals?
  • How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear? What Are Homonyms and Homophones?
  • I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun?
  • Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally: More About Adverbs
  • Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym?
  • Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis-: What Is a Prefix?
  • Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors?
  • Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?
  • Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy: More About Antonyms
  • Stroll and Walk, Babble and Talk: More About Synonyms
  • Thumbtacks, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick: What Is a Compound Word? (all by Brian P. Cleary)
  • The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage Without Apostrophes!
  • The Punctuation Station
  • Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts! (all by Lynne Truss)

Other
  • Charles Dickens: Scenes From an Extraordinary Life by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
  • Half-Pipe Homonyms by Anna Prokos
  • Look At My Book: How Kids Can Write and Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy
  • Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet by Don Robb
  • Similes and Metaphors by Ann Heinrichs

The Agents did a lot of independent reading


For "fun" reading (mostly fiction) Agent E read 100 books (25 per quarter) and Agent J read 155 (38-39-ish per quarter). I would guess the disparity is primarily due to page counts of their typical choices. However, I think part of it is also that I tend to do more focused, structured work with Agent E (at grade 3) than with Agent J (at grade 1), so she simply has more time during the day to devote to reading.

The amount of books that overlapped both lists surprised me a bit, as did the number of titles on Agent E's list that were also on her list from second (or even first) grade. I don't know what prompted the interest in so many books that are relatively easy reads for her. Maybe she sees her sister reading the same kinds of books and so it's more of a nostalgia thing? (Can you experience nostalgia at nine?)

Of course both Agents also discovered several new-to-them book series that we will be continuing with throughout the summer and into the next school year.

{Note: This does not include e-books, because I don't keep track of what they download from Kindle Free Time, so they both actually read more than what's shown here.}

Agent E
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • American Girl (A Caroline Mystery): The Traveler’s Tricks by Laurie Calkhoven
  • American Girl (A Samantha Mystery): The Stolen Sapphire by Sarah Masters Buckey
  • American Girl (Short Stories): A Reward for Josefina by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl (Short Stories): Molly Marches On by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl: Aloha, Kanani by Lisa Yee
  • American Girl: Caroline Takes a Chance by Kathleen Ernst
  • American Girl: Changes for Samantha by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong by Mary Casanova
  • American Girl: Happy Birthday, Josefina! by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl: Isabelle by Laurence Yep
  • American Girl: Jess by Mary Casanova
  • American Girl: Kit’s Short Story Collection by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl: Meet Kaya by Janet Shaw
  • American Girl: Nellie’s Promise by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl: Really Truly Ruthie by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl: Thanks to Nicki by Ann Howard Creel
  • American Girl Today: Lindsay by Chryssa Atkinson
  • American Girl Today: Marisol by Gary Soto
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty: Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Beforever: A Brighter Tomorrow (My Journey With Julie) by Megan McDonald
  • Beforever: A New Beginning (My Journey With Addy) by Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Beforever: Catch the Wind (My Journey With Caroline) by Kathleen Ernst
  • Beforever: Full Speed Ahead (My Journey With Kit) Valerie Tripp
  • Beforever: Sunlight and Shadows (A Josefina Classic 1) by Valerie Tripp
  • Beforever: The Lilac Tunnel (My Journey With Samantha) by Erin Falligant
  • Beforever: The Roar of the Falls (My Journey With Kaya) by Emma Carlson Berne
  • Belle: The Mysterious Message by Kitty Richards
  • Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey
  • Celebrity Biographies: Taylor Swift by Jeff Burlingame
  • Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child
  • Day by Day With Taylor Swift by Kayleen Reusser
  • Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic (The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady) by Ellen Emerson White
  • Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over? (The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson) by Barry Denenberg
  • Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum
  • Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale
  • Fairy Tale Matchmaker by E. D. Baker
  • Girls of Many Lands: Cecile Gates of Gold by Mary Casanova
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
  • Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy by Barbara Park
  • Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl by Barbara Park
  • Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch by Barbara Park
  • Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder by Barbara Park
  • Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) by Barbara Park
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Lucy’s Adventure: The Search for Aslan by Michael Flexer
  • Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Eve of the Emperor Penguin by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Night of the New Magicians by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Soccer on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House (Research Guide): Penguins and Antarctica by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
  • Magic Tree House: Dingoes at Dinnertime by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House: Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House: Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mallory on Board by Laurie Friedman
  • Monster High: Ghoulfriends Forever by Gitty Daneshvari
  • Monster High: Ghoulfriends Just Want To Have Fun by Gitty Daneshvari
  • Mulan Cathy by East Dubowski
  • My Little Pony: Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo by G.M. Berrow
  • My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie and the Rockin’ Ponypalooza Party! by G.M. Berrow
  • Nancy Drew: Nancy’s Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew: The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew: The Thirteenth Pearl by Carolyn Keene
  • Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker
  • Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
  • Star Wars Adventures: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom by Jeremy Barlow
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
  • Star Wars Rebels: Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham
  • Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide by Adam Bray
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Boxcar Children (Graphic Novels): Blue Bay Mystery by Rob M. Worley
  • The Boxcar Children (Graphic Novels): The Pizza Mystery by Rob M. Worley
  • The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Boxcar Children: The Mystery in the Snow by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Boxcar Children: The Mystery of the Grinning Gargoyle by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Boxcar Children: The Mystery of the Soccer Snitch by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Boxcar Children: The Pizza Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Boxcar Children: The Return of the Graveyard Ghost by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke
  • The English Roses by Madonna
  • The English Roses: Too Good To Be True by Madonna
  • The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
  • The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
  • The Night Before Christmas Poem by Clement C. Moore
  • The Princess and the Frog by Irene Trimble
  • Tink, North of Never Land by Kiki Thorpe
  • Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
  • Whatever After: Bad Hair Day by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: Dream On by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: Sink or Swim by Sarah Mlynowski

Agent J
  • A Field Guide To Fairies by Susannah Marriott
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Amelia Bedelia: Shapes Up by Herman Parish
  • Amelia Bedelia: Unleashed by Hermann Parish
  • American Girl: Aloha, Kanani by Lisa Yee
  • American Girl: Changes for Samantha by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl: Really Truly Ruthie by Valerie Tripp
  • American Girl (Short Stories): A Reward for Josefina by Valerie Tripp
  • Animal Ark: Foals in the Field by Ben M. Baglio
  • Animal Ark: Hound at the Hospital by Ben M. Baglio
  • Animal Ark: Husky in a Hut by Ben M. Baglio
  • Animal Ark: Pony on the Porch by Ben M. Baglio
  • Animal Ark: The Kitten That Won First Prize and Other Animal Stories by Ben M. Baglio
  • Animal Ark: Wolf at the Window by Ben M. Baglio
  • Anne of Green Gables (Great Classics for Children) by L.M. Montgomery
  • Are Your There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty: Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty: School Days by Nick Bruel
  • Beforever: A Brighter Tomorrow (My Journey With Julie) by Megan McDonald
  • Beforever: The Roar of the Falls (My Journey With Kaya) by Emma Carlson Berne
  • Behold . . . The Unicorn by Gail Gibbons
  • Belle: The Mysterious Message by Kitty Richards
  • Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery by David A. Adler
  • Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House by David A. Adler
  • Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins by David A. Adler
  • Candy Apple: Accidentally Fabulous by Lisa Papademetriou
  • Candy Apple: Drama Queen by Lara Bergen
  • Candy Apple: Making Waves by Randi Reisfeld and H.B. Gilmour
  • Candy Apple: Miss Popularity by Francesco Sedita
  • Candy Apple: Totally Crushed by Eliza Willard
  • Candy Fairies (Halloween Special): Gooey Goblins by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Bubble Gum Rescue by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Caramel Moon by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Chocolate Dreams by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Double Dip by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Frozen Treats by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Jelly Bean Jumble by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Magic Hearts by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: Rainbow Swirl by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: The Chocolate Rose by Helen Perelman
  • Candy Fairies: The Sugar Ball by Helen Perelman
  • Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey
  • Celebrity Biographies: Taylor Swift by Jeff Burlingame
  • Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child
  • Cupcake Diaries: Emma Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice by Coco Simon
  • Cupcake Diaries: Emma’s Not-So-Sweet Dilemma by Coco Simon
  • Day by Day With Taylor Swift by Kayleen Reusser
  • Dolphin Diaries: Dancing the Seas by Ben M. Baglio
  • Dolphin Diaries: Following the Rainbow by Ben M. Baglio
  • Dolphin Diaries: Racing the Wind by Ben M. Baglio
  • Dolphin Diaries: Under the Stars by Ben M. Baglio
  • Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum
  • Double Fudge by Judy Blume
  • Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw
  • Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale
  • Fairy Realm: The Charm Bracelet by Emily Rodda
  • Fairy Realm: The Flower Fairies by Emily Rodda
  • Fairy Realm: The Third Wish by Emily Rodda
  • Fairy Realm: The Unicorn by Emily Rodda
  • Fairy Tale Matchmaker by E. D. Baker
  • Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
  • Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
  • Goddess Girls: Aphrodite the Fair by Joan Holub
  • Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
  • Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl by Barbara Park
  • Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy by Barbara Park
  • Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch by Barbara Park
  • Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder by Barbara Park
  • Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) by Barbara Park
  • Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Just Grace and the Snack Attack by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Just Grace and the Trouble With Cupcakes by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Just Grace Gets Crafty by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Just Grace Goes Green by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Magic Kitten: A Circus Wish by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Kitten: A Glittering Gallop by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Kitten: A Splash of Forever by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Kitten: Moonlight Mischief by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Kitten: Seaside Mystery by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Kitten: Sparkling Steps by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Ponies: A New Friend by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Ponies: A Special Wish by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Ponies: A Twinkle of Hooves by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Ponies: A Twinkle of Hooves by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Ponies: Riding Rescue by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Ponies: Winter Wonderland by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Puppy: Muddy Paws by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Puppy: Sparkling Skates by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Puppy: Star of the Show by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Puppy: The Perfect Secret by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Puppy: Twirling Tails by Sue Bentley
  • Magic Tree House (Research Guide): Penguins and Antarctica by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
  • Mallory on Board by Laurie Friedman
  • Mermaids by Lucille Recht Penner
  • Monster High: Ghoulfriends Forever by Gitty Daneshvari
  • Monster High: Ghoulfriends Just Want To Have Fun by Gitty Daneshvari
  • Mulan by Cathy East Dubowski
  • My Little Pony: Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo by G.M. Berrow
  • My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie and the Rockin’ Ponypalooza Party! by G.M. Berrow
  • My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie and the Rockin’ Ponypalooza Party! by G.M. Berrow
  • Nancy Drew Diaries: Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew Diaries: Once Upon a Thriller by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew Diaries: Strangers on a Train by Carolyn Keene
  • OMG (Oh My Godmother): The Spell Bind by Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson
  • Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker
  • Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
  • Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
  • Palace Pets: Beauty (Aurora’s Sleepy Kitten) by Tennant Redbank
  • Rainbow Magic (Special Edition): Florence the Friendship Fairy by Daisy Meadows
  • Rainbow Magic (Special Edition): Mia the Bridesmaid Fairy by Daisy Meadows
  • Rainbow Magic (The Party Fairies): Phoebe the Fashion Fairy by Daisy Meadows
  • Rainbow Magic: Holly the Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows
  • Rainbow Magic (The Music Fairies): Sadie the Saxophone Fairy by Daisy Meadows
  • Rainbow Magic: The Petal Fairies by Daisy Meadows
  • Rainbow Magic: The Sports Fairies by Daisy Meadows
  • Sasquatch and Aliens: Super Sasquatch Showdown by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Secret Kingdom: Unicorn Valley by Rosie Banks
  • Sew Zoey: Cute As a Button by Chloe Taylor
  • Star Wars Adventures: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom by Jeremy Barlow
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
  • Still Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Sun-Day, Moon-Day: How the Week Was Made by Cherry Gilchrist and Amanda Hall
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • The Boxcar Children (Graphic Novels): Blue Bay Mystery by Mark M. Worley
  • The Boxcar Children (Graphic Novels): The Pizza Mystery by Rob M. Worley
  • The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (11 Classic Stories) translated by Neil Philip and Nicoletta Simborowski
  • The Critter Club: Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley
  • The Critter Club: Liz Learns a Lesson by Callie Barkley
  • The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke
  • The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw
  • The English Roses by Madonna
  • The English Roses: Too Good To Be True by Madonna
  • The Fairy Bell Sisters: Sylva and the Fairy Bell by Margaret McNamara
  • The Night Before Christmas Poem by Clement C. Moore
  • The Order of the Unicorn (Imaginary Veterinary Book 4) by Suzanne Selfors
  • The Princess and the Frog by Irene Trimble
  • The Truth About Unicorns by James Cross Giblin
  • The Unicorn’s Secret: Moonsilver by Kathleen Duey
  • The Unicorn’s Secret: The Silver Thread by Kathleen Duey
  • The Unicorn’s Secret: The Sunset Gates by Kathleen Duey
  • Tink, North of Never Land by Kiki Thorpe
  • Unicorns by Lucille Recht Penner
  • Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
  • Whatever After: Bad Hair Day by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: Dream On by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Whatever After: Sink or Swim by Sarah Mlynowski

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