These highly-effective, literature-based critical thinking activities develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students in Grades 3-4 need for exceptional reading comprehension. This 192-page activity book is especially effective at helping students understand challenging critical reading concepts such as making inferences, drawing conclusions, determining cause and effect, using context clues to define vocabulary, and making predictions and generalizations.
Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers. Concepts and skills covered include:
Literary Analysis Skills
• Define vocabulary using context clues
• Recognize figurative language
• Identify main idea, supporting details, and theme
• Recognize literary devices
• Identify story elements: theme, plot, setting, and characters
Reading Detective®Beginning includes the following genres:
Award-Winning Literature Excerpts
• The Barn
• The Cricket in Times Square
• The Stories Huey Tells
• Sideways Stories from Wayside School
• Chocolate Fever
Stories and Articles
The Grades 3–4 (Beginning) level is organized into single-skills units with a concluding mixed-skills unit.
Includes pretests, post-tests, lesson guidelines, and answers with detailed evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.
Using Higher-Order Thinking to Improve Reading Comprehension
Teaches a depth of analysis that guarantees superior reading comprehension, top grades, and higher test scores!
The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary.
Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers.
The Grades 3–4 (Beginning) level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.
Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.
- 62 activities; 307 questions
- Instructional lessons for each skill
- Question hints
- Explanations of answers
- Detailed help
- Detailed student statistics
- Progress/award certificates
This app won the following awards: Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, Creative Child Magazine Media of the Year Award, Informal Education Products Product of the Year, Learning® Magazine Teacher's Choice Award, Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
Authors: Cheryl Block, Carrie Beckwith, Margaret Hockett, and David White
Subject: Language Arts
Reading Detective® guarantees top performance on assessment tests, including:
Stanford Achievement Test™ (SAT/10)
California Achievement Tests (CAT/6)
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
Palmetto Assessment Challenge Test (PACT)
New York State English Language Arts (ELA) Test
Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
Ohio Proficiency Test
Kansas State Assessments
North Carolina End of Grade Tests
North Carolina Competency Tests
Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress (ISTEP)
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL)
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)
California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
and many more!