...and don't miss the commitment to sharing Karen Janowski is making over at her blog, EdTech Solutions- Teaching Every Student, where she is embarking on a trip "Around the Web in 80 Days." She plans to dedicate the next 80 days to highlighting "free, online resources to help meet the needs of struggling learners in innovative and creative ways." Cheer Karen on and subscribe to her blog (subscribe to button is in her right sidebar-and don't worry, Karen, we won't hold you to sharing 80 resources in 80 days)!
I particularly love one of the sites Karen just shared, Into the Book, (video on her site demos the activities) which is a tremendous and easy to use interactive website that reviews these VERY language-based comprehension strategies (stressed in balanced literacy programs): Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and SynthesizingU.sing Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing
Consider breaking Into the Book into an 8-lesson series with one of your upper elementary or middle school grade levels- it will be right on-point! I tried this site with a 3rd-grade class, and they were totally engaged in using the strategies while working through the quest-themed story of the site.