Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dive Into the Book

Into the Book is a great reading site targeting kids K-4. The activities I looked at could certainly be useful for older kids too, particularly if they are struggling with a reading strategy.

Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Try the online interactive activities, or click below to find out how to get our engaging 15-minute video programs.

Behind the Lesson provides information and teaching resources for each strategy. Watch our 10-minute professional development videos and explore the Web site for lesson plans, video and audio clips, downloads, and more.

The web site has won several awards and I can certainly see why. The activities are engaging, well thought-out, and interactive. Here is
a poster I made about J.K.Rowling, after thinking about what I knew of her, and the new information the site brought me about her. This one is from Synthesizing.

Once you get your key (you only need to type your first name), and enter it, you get a page with tools related to each strategy. Kids drag the tool they want into the central book, watch a little instruction panel, and start. The activities involve kids in really thinking about what they read. My favourite is Visualizing, which is probably the least solidly educational, (does that say something about me?) but definitely the most fun. You listen to a poem or music, and draw what it makes you imagine. The art editor has some nice features, too. Then your pictures are made into a little movie with music you chose to accompany them. You can print or email your work for assessment or sharing. There is a teacher area too, with discussions, downloads etc (use the top menu to access.)

This is definitely one to add to your bookmarks if you want to target specific reading comprehension skills with your kids.

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