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Vocabulary Virtuoso: Elementary School Vocabulary for Academic Success

Grades: 4-5

Language Arts

Grades: 4-5

Language Arts

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This 176-page book uses fifteen lessons to teach 150 words that fourth and fifth grade students should know for reading, writing, and standardized tests. Each lesson includes a story involving elementary school students that introduces language arts concepts such as homonyms, homophones, homographs, key words, antonyms, hyperbole, fables, myths, folk tales, and speech writing. Additional stories focus on the branches of government and the constitution, scientific method and formulating a hypothesis, and the Revolutionary War.  

Each lesson contains definitions, pronunciation keys, parts of speech, and alternate choices for each word made up of synonyms, idioms, and/or phrases. There are several activities, including a story involving students in a classroom setting.

Students complete a variety of exercises requiring critical reading and writing skills to contextualize the words. The exercises deliberately use other forms of the words as different parts of speech, so that students learn to recognize these forms as variations of the original words— further expanding their vocabulary and enabling them to use the words in more contexts. The correct spelling of vocabulary words are emphasized with the jumble activity that asks students to unscramble the word before writing the correct spelling.

Whether used in the traditional classroom, as a homeschooling resource, or for independent study, Vocabulary Virtuoso is a highly effective and fun vocabulary resource!

Elementary Level - 150 Vocabulary Words and These Concepts:
homonyms, homophones, homographs, hypothesis, key words, antonyms, hyperbole, fables, myths, folk tales, essay and speech writing

Product Details

Item#: 11202BBP
Author(s): Nancy Forderer
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 1-60144-864-3
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-864-4
Pages: 176, perforated


Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2016

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"Vocabulary Virtuoso is a vocabulary workbook with a twist. What makes this vocabulary workbook different from other vocabulary workbooks? The Critical Thinking Co. wants to extend the students learning beyond just learning the meaning of words. Their goal is to empower the mind. For example, the stories used in the lessons teach things such as: how to compose a literary essay, the scientific method, legends and folktales, branches of government, how to form a hypothesis, and various historical facts. The stories go beyond just utilizing academic topics; they also instill values such as honesty, kindness, and community.

My daughter is an avid reader and this workbook is the perfect fit to challenge her beyond the normal vocabulary workbooks on the market. In one of the lessons my daughter came to me and said, “Mom, you know the book, The Island of the Blue Dolphins that I read last year. Well, it is a historical fiction book that is based on actual historical events. Did you know that? And mom, did you know that The Little Mermaid was originally a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale?”

This workbook would be a perfect fit for a classroom setting or homeschool setting. I would highly recommend this workbook to other educators and homeschoolers. Vocabulary Virtuoso requires students to use their critical thinking skills. The definition of virtuoso is a person who is an expert or prodigy. This workbook definitely excels at making your child a budding, academic virtuoso." - Jennifer Ladewig, The Old Schoolhouse, TN
"I previously taught in elementary schools and now am enjoying discovering books to use with my grandchildren, ages 9 - 13. The "Vocabulary Virtuoso Elementary Vocabulary" book is creative, interesting, informative, and the examples are easily understood by my grandchildren. They especially enjoy the connected stories in the lessons. This book offers fun, learning and critical thinking, and would be useful in the classroom, or as a home school resource." - Sue, San diego, ca