Spelling Rules

From the Set English Grammar

Weekly quizzes or the annual spelling bee can instill a sense of dread in most students. But 'Spelling Rules' makes this often tricky subject easy and fun. Simple strategies and effective examples help kids comprehend when and why words are spelled the way they are. Additional features to aid comprehension include colorful photos, a table of contents, sources for further research including websites, information about the author, activities for further learning, and an index.

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  • The Mysteries of Spelling
  • Exceptions Galore
  • Forming Plurals
  • To Double or Not to Double?
  • Final E: Keep It or Drop It?
  • Change That Y or Keep It?
  • Is It Enjoyable or Terrible?
  • The Long and Short of It
  • Magic and Tragic, Tricks and Bricks
  • Its a Miracle to Be Logical!
  • Fun with Spelling Rules
  • How to Learn More
  • Index
  • Answers
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 428.1
Lexile 560
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Guided Reading Level T
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503832480, 9781503838888
Copyright 2020, 2020
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs

A noteworthy review of English Grammar from Booklist on November 1, 2019

In the cheerful-looking English Grammar series, each book presents its topic in 10 chapters. While the explanations of concepts, rules, and exceptions are relatively brief, the text follows up immediately with examples and challenges designed to engage children in learning how to apply the ideas. With chapter headings such as ‘Singing Badly, Smelling Good,’ Adverbs looks at different types of adverbs, how to recognize them, and when to use an adverb rather than an adjective. Punctuation demonstrates the uses of questions marks, exclamation points, commas, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks, and parentheses. Spelling presents some basic rules for spelling words in English, along with examples, common exceptions to the rules, and ‘tricks’ that may help readers choose between two alternatives. Verbs considers what a verb is, presents various types, and explains tenses as well as the use of active or passive voice. The generous use of white space, colorful design elements, and fairly large type create an inviting look, an impression underscored by the photos illustrating words or sentences used as examples within the text. These pictures include wild animals, pets, and active children who are often laughing or at least smiling. What inspires the merriment? That’s sometimes hard to say, but the upbeat visuals do make the books’ subjects seem more appealing.

A noteworthy review of English Grammar from School Library Journal on November 1, 2019

This series takes a deep dive into the mechanics of language, from pronouns to punctuation to similes and metaphors. Each volume uses entertaining and often humorous examples of the grammatical concept, which is highlighted with colorful text so that readers can see it used authentically and in context. Photographs that support the different examples and bold graphics are a prominent part of the page layout. There are also interactive prompts for students to apply and practice what they have learned. Titles are very thorough in describing each topic and its relationship to other grammatical and spelling rules; as a result, their extended text length and more complex topics may be too arduous for struggling readers. VERDICT While a solid and comprehensive exploration of the English language, this series, written at a third grade reading level, may not be accessible for a hi-lo audience but for beginning readers.

Author: Ann Heinrichs

Ann Heinrichs grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She began playing the piano at age three and thought she would grow up to be a pianist. Instead, she became a writer. She is the author of more than 200 books for children and young adults on Asian, African, and U.S. history and cultures, as well as grammar and natural history subjects. Ann has also written numerous newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles. Ann has traveled to the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and now lives in Chicago, IL.