Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Day 1 - Into The Book - Reading Comprehension

Do your students struggle with reading comprehension? Are you using online resources to tap into your students' strengths?

The inaugural post for Around the Web in 80 Days highlights Into The Book, an interactive reading comprehension website for students and teachers. I first learned about it from a 4th grade teacher who is also a literacy specialist. Upon her recommendation, I explored the site further and have since shared it with numerous other teachers.

The site focuses on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing and provides tools and resources to help your learners gain meaning from text.

Watch this short video to learn more about the Into The Book site.

Applications: Many students struggle with understanding what they are reading, especially students on the autism spectrum or students with learning disabilities. There may be a breakdown in their ability to summarize or visualize or make connections to the text. Use this online resource during your literacy block to target specific strategies. Download the MP3 files and additional resources to build on your students skills. Make connections to your states' standards. Into the Book offers an engaging, multisensory, interactive approach to learning skills necessary for reading success. Students who are engaged by computer based activities and instruction will greatly benefit from the use of this tool to supplement teaching. Check it out!


Nancy Carroll said...

Karen - I have been using this in my class and the students just love it. They actually ask if we can go "Into the Book". It is engaging to the students, and they are working on transferring that knowledge while reading our texts. Great tool - thanks for spotlighting it.

Teacher 4th said...

Into the Book has diappeared...does anyone know if it is available anywhere?

Karen Janowski said...

Check the link again. It's working.