Mosdos Press Literature - Opal - 3rd Grade
Mosdos Literature Opal
Opal integrates language skills with literature for third-grade readers, building on their recently-acquired comprehension and reading fluency skills. Opal includes works by Myron Uhlberg, Ann Cameron, Berniece Freschet, and Russell E. Erickson. More than 15 poems follow thematically-linked prose selections, giving students the opportunity to appreciate poets that include Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, and Langston Hughes.
The Opal bundle consists of a two-book Student Reader, a Student Activity Workbook, and a two-part Teacher’s Edition. The extra student pack includes only the Student Reader and Student Activity Workbook.
About Mosdos Literature
Literature cannot be neutral, but will either clash or harmonize with your family’s values. Mosdos Literature is a complete literature program that does not glamorize evil, nor present subject matter that is not age-appropriate. Neither does it portray as normal a cynical disregard for positive values, but reinforces the universal ideals of courage, honesty, loyalty, and compassion.
Nearly 2 decades ago Mosdos Press launched a unique literature series that would teach all of the necessary language arts skills through a curriculum that promotes traditional values. Readings are from both classic and contemporary works that are wholesome, and stress both caring for others, and a concern for the natural world.
Mosdos Literature begins with the Student Reader, which is beautifully illustrated using a generous amount of full color photographs, color drawings, and black-and-white pictures. From the beginning, Mosdos committed to collecting into the Student Readers only the most engaging, morally rich, and intellectually challenging selections of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, the novella, and for the older grades, novels. Before each story in the Student Reader, there is an introduction to the story and an explanation of some facet of literature. That literary focus can include what is a character, theme, internal and external conflicts, setting, climax, foreshadowing, and more. This literary component is developed and illuminated through the stories. Vocabulary words that might be unfamiliar are presented in boxes on the pages where the word first appears in the account. The stories are followed not just by the classic review questions designed to assess reading comprehension, but also by more complex questions that require thoughtful analysis. Every unit – there are several per book – concludes with activities such as writing a short skit, doing a craft, or memorizing a poem. Pick the ones that best suit your child; there are far too many to do them all.
Next is the consumable and engaging Student Activity Workbook that works to expand the value of the Mosdos curriculum. For nearly every story in the Student Reader, the workbook contains corresponding vocabulary, creative writing, or comprehension questions, while also providing extended reinforcement of the literary elements being taught. These assignments help you to evaluate areas of progress in your child and concepts that might require additional work. The advantage of Mosdos Press is that the literature, vocabulary, and writing components all tie together, giving your child a chance to truly understand what was taught by approaching it in a variety of ways. Student Activity Workbooks vary by grade levels. For younger grades there are more word games and puzzles for vocabulary practice, activities that focus on various language arts skills, and brief composition work. In older grades the puzzles and games gradually decrease while increasing the amount of writing.
Each Teacher’s Edition is detailed and well-organized. Through great commentary plus questions and answers, the Teacher’s Edition will make lively discussions with your child possible. Homeschooling parents will appreciate that Mosdos Press did not assume any level of expertise or teaching degree when preparing their Teacher Editions, so whether new or experienced, anyone can teach literature. Each page of the Student Reader is duplicated at a smaller size in the Teacher’s Edition, still abundantly easy to read. Information is arranged in the ample margins around these replicated pages, discussing the literary components found in each story with clear, concise explanations. Of course, the Teacher’s Guide also includes the answers for the Student Activity Workbook. This makes teaching a lot easier for every homeschool parent.
So if you are homeschooling a child in grades three through eight and want a literature program that will encourage wholesome values but you are not comfortable with religious content, Mosdos Press fills this need with academic excellence and thought-provoking selections. The stories are colorful, engaging, and while not religious, they still reflect good precepts.
Download PDF "Sunflower" Student Edition Sample.
Download PDF "Daisy" Student Edition Sample.
Download PDF Student Activity Workbook Sample.
Download PDF "Sunflower" Teacher's Edition Sample.
Download PDF "Daisy" Teacher's Edition Sample.
Literature Bundle Includes:
Extra Student Pack Includes:
Student Readers Only Includes:
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Spiral-bound in two parts
Publication Date: 2013
Student Activity Workbook
Publication Date: 2013
I am so happy that Timberdoodle has added the Mosdos third grade literature program to their catalog. For years, I thought that timberdoodle was 90% perfect for us, and was only missing a strong literature component. Well, here it is! At first, the enourmous books may look intimidating. Don't be. The teachers guide has a ton, and I mean A TON, of notes and questions throughout the story. Feel free to skip that. The absolutely beautiful student's reader has the most interesting stories. We read the story over one or two days, then answer the questions in the reader orally. The next day, I have my child do the coordinating workbook pages. It's working out great for us.
I love this Literature. It is colorful and is very through. I feel that it's great for kids who work with retaining what they have read. It also has vocabulary work.
This level works on parts of a story and what each part does. (Characters, Plot, setting and such) its a big set, two hard back books, two teachers books and the work book. We also have level 7 Jade and it focuses more on types of writings and learning how to write. These are great stories and teach about different people and positive thinking.
My third grader and I are 2 weeks into this program and we are both very happy with it. The reading passages are at his reading level (average 3rd grader) and they are engaging and interesting. The stories are very diverse in that they talk about places and people from all over the world, and he's been able to read about both boys and girls. I love the teacher book, because it tells me exactly what reading comprehension questions I should be asking, as we're reading. It also lets me know when and what literary devices to point out to my son. The workbook that comes with it, is easy to understand and my son has had no problems answering the questions, with out the occasional flip back to the story. Overall, I am very pleased with this resource.
This literature curriculum has been such a welcome addition to our homeschool. We've always used "living books" for our reading time, but it's been so nice to have smaller reading assignments to work on each day. The curriculum provides a super useful foundation for evaluating literature and the elements of a story, which I know will come in handy if they ever do standardized testing or take college level literature courses.
The stories are all interesting and the illustrations are fun. They also provide some character development aspect-kindness, inclusiveness, hard work, etc. the accompanying workbook has excellent activities that also offer vocabulary instruction. I'll admit that I didn't purchase the teacher text because I usually don't use the teacher guides I buy, but I've been able to manage without it so far.
My kiddos are in grade 3 and 5, but as my fifth grader struggles with reading and to simplify our schedule, I started them both in the Opal level. We take turns reading the stories out loud, then I ask them the accompanying review questions. On the next day, we review with the workbook activities. It has worked great for us and has been a perfect supplement to our other Timberdoodle activities! The kids are now asking to do it first because they enjoy the stories. Highly recommend if you are like looking for more literature in your curriculum.