Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Online Tools for Reading Comprehension Instruction

Reading Teachers - You're gonna LOVE this!

This program helps struggling readers by making reading visible. It is called Into the Book. It focuses on 8 strategies:
1) Using Prior Knowledge 2) Making connections 3) Questioning 4) Visualizing 5) Inferring
6) Summarizing 7) Evaluating 8) Synthesizing

There are four components in the program
9 15 minutes videos for classroom use
9 10 minute videos for professional development
website for student with interactives and lots of teacher materials

Into the Book allows students to log in and apply each strategy in engaging activities. There are video clips for the kids to watch other kids apply the strategies and videos of teachers explaining the strategy. One of the best things about this program is that it is NOT multiple choice. The kids really have to apply the skills to get the answer right and it is very engaging. We played on the program for a while during the session and it was a blast!

There is a teacher section on the site with classroom ideas, strategy song posters for download, strategy bookmarks, book suggestions for mini-lessons and actual lessons in mini lesson format.

This program was made for K - 4. I could see K and 1st teachers using this maybe for the teaching point in a mini lesson and as a way to differentiate for higher functioning students during the work session, but I see it being used absolutely daily for 2nd and 3rd graders at home or at school. Special Education teachers of all levels will also love this because it is so visual and interactive. Check it out - you won't believe it!

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dayle said...

I have been playing with this site for a while and it looks GREAT! I can see previewing it as professional development before teachers introduce a strategy, such as visualizing. Not only does it give the research and some background, it gives the teachers ideas for how to teach the strategy. Can't wait to play with this some more. I can even see Susan introducing a strategy for Book-of-the-Month through this site. Great find! dayle

Cursillos in Christianity said...

I have only briefly explored this site as both a teacher and "student" (I have a "key"). I can already see that this would be a good resource to help parents support reading instruction at home.

Debby Cothern said...

Hey Melanie,
What a find. This site is amazing. I love the video c;ips of students. It looks like it will take a while to explore the entire site. Can't wait to learn more.

KK Cherney said...

Another great way to engage kids. I am going to present whole group and then have them work in pairs.