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Into the Book

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Pricey reading-comprehension drills need adult guidance.

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Into the Book

This is a great site for all the Reading points that I am trying to get across to my students. Right now we are working on Inferences and even though the song is cheesy the students love it! They also like how they can choose a type of text (text message, letter etc.) and use the magnifier scroll over and pick the correct inference. Each time they make a correct inference it reveals a piece of the picture and then a video. I am definitely recommending this site to my team.

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This resource offers a complete and thoughtful reading-comprehension curriculum for classroom teachers that also could be useful for homeschooling families and parents looking for at-home activities to bolster learning. Students can evaluate websites, blogs, and more traditional texts. They also can practice reading-comprehension skills, from making connections and activating prior knowledge to inferring and synthesizing. Activities such as creating a pirate handbook and assembling a rocket engine will appeal to reluctant readers. The classroom scenes (and songs) can feel like Barney episodes, but kids can make mature and insightful observations about, for example, productions of Hansel and Gretel, a biography of Sacagawea, and online NASA study cards. Impressive print lessons offer complete instructions, conferencing guidelines, and organizers such as a synthesizing hat handout.

Although the website is professionally designed and implemented, certain aspects might be confusing. There's a lack of consistency in terminology, and learning goals frequently alternate for videos, activities, and teaching resources. Games don't always make sense, text selections are not always well-matched to activities, and instructions are sometimes unclear. Parent guidance may be needed. Kids can't view their progress, but they can print out or email their work as they finish it. A confusing dialogue box sometimes hangs up at the ends of activities, forcing kids to close the browser tab and restart, as they can't use the back button on their browsers. Finally, the price, which can run upward of $300 for all content, can keep some users away, especially those who can't justify the price for a supplemental English course. But for parents who are willing and able to spend the money and overlook these flaws, they'll find a decent set of material for their young readers here.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, reading, reading comprehension, text analysis, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, deduction, logic, making conclusions, part-whole relationships, thinking critically, Creativity: combining knowledge, Self-Direction: academic development, self-reflection, work to achieve goals, Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, listening, speaking, Collaboration: cooperation, respecting other viewpoints
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Wisconsin residents can watch the full video lessons free at For all others, the DVD series is $395, individual skills are $89, and the "Behind the Lesson" professional development VHS is $295. Posters and bulletin board strips also can be ordered.)
  • Last updated: March 8, 2020

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