Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety two.
I bet most of you have heard that before and as a result of learning it, you never forgot it was 1492 that Columbus discovered the Americas!
Vocabulary Cartoons, Elementary Edition is a vocabulary book, from New Monic Books, that uses mnemonics to aid in learning vocabulary words. The book consists of 210 vocabulary words for elementary students in third through sixth grade. Each vocabulary word is presented with its definition, the part of speech, and a few example sentences. What makes it unique, however, is the addition of the mnemonics and a cartoon to illustrate the mnemonic. For example, the word falter is said to sound like altar. The cartoon shows a bride and groom at the altar an the groom is falling backward. The mnemonic says: The groom FALTERED at the ALTAR. Students can then remember that the meaning of falter is to become weak or unsteady. The visual of the cartoon reinforces the mnemonic used for better retention of the word's meaning. Vocabulary Cartoons also contain a review quiz, with matching and fill in the blanks, at the end of each set of ten words.
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I have been using Vocabulary Cartoons with my 4th grader, Ben. These short, easy to retain, lessons are perfect for him. He loves to read cartoons so he was hooked instantly. The first time I showed the book to him he sat down for half an hour reading page after page and laughing at the jokes. His opinion of Vocabulary Cartoons: This is a hilarious way to learn words!
Personally, I like Vocabulary Cartoons because he is actually retaining the meaning of the words. We'd been using a popular vocabulary workbook that used crossword puzzles, fill in the blanks, true or false and matching exercises to teach words. Ben didn't really mind doing these, but at the end of the lesson the words were forgotten. When he got to a review it was clear that his retention of the words was poor.With Vocabulary Cartoons, however, he remembers the mnemonic used and is able to give the definition of the word even after a considerable amount of time has lapsed.
The Bottom Line
Vocabulary Cartoons is a great resource to use in teaching vocabulary. The Elementary Edition was written for third through sixth grade, and that age range is right on target in my opinion. The book is available for $12.95 and that is a very reasonable price considering you could use it as a non-consumable resource. The quizzes are the only pages that would be written on and you could easily do these orally, as we have, or on a separate sheet of paper.
New Monic Books also has a couple of other vocabulary books available, also for $12.95: Vocabulary Cartoons SAT Word Power and Vocabulary Cartoons SAT Word Power II.
I received this product for free as a member of TOS Homeschool Crew. My opinions are solely my own and are not influenced in any way. I am not being reimbursed in anyway for this review. What I have shared is simply our experience, your mileage may vary.