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The six workbook pages corresponding to each selection assist the fourth grader in developing important skills in vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and abstract reasoning. Ruby has vocabulary exercises in the form of word games and puzzles. In addition to two vocabulary activities for each prose selection, the workbook includes in-depth comprehension questions, writing activities, and a graphic organizer.
Vocabulary Exercise One
Vocabulary Exercise One allows students to apply their new words immediately! The sentences in the exercise may tell a prose story, create a poem, or teach a lesson about language—and the student tells the story by filling in the correct word. This is the Mosdos Press method of learning with a smile.
Vocabulary Exercise Two
Vocabulary Exercise Two asks for synonyms and antonyms; gives practice with identifying parts of speech; and helps students grasp the fine points of new vocabulary with choose-the-sentence exercises, as well as exercises asking them to group and categorize words. Exercise Two also offers several lessons in word comparisons—the most significant and popular test of vocabulary and analytic ability on standardized tests.
The Ruby workbook Comprehension Questions are two pages of In-Depth Thinking and Drawing Conclusions questions and an essay activity—One Step Further—designed to promote analytical thinking.
Graphic Organizers help develop critical thinking skills. Ruby’s workbook includes a two-page Graphic Organizer for each prose selection. Tied thematically to the selection, this activity often emphasizes the main idea, reinforces an important language arts skill, and gives the student the opportunity to think about their reading visually. These visual representations help the student organize, interpret, and understand material.