Reading Detective Beginning

Reading Detective Beginning

# 004100

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Item #: 004100
ISBN: 9780894557699
Grades: 3-4

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I waited awhile for this product! Critical Thinking Press has tackled reading comprehension and critical thinking in this popular series. Reading and thinking should go hand in hand, but sometimes those skills need to be developed a little more. These excellent books use excerpts from award-winning authors, original fiction in a variety of genres and an assortment of nonfiction articles covering a broad array of topics and subject areas. Reading skills honed in the series include: comparison/contrast; distinguishing cause and effect; distinguishing fact and opinion; drawing conclusions; finding supporting details; identifying main idea; making inferences; making generalizations; making predictions; reading for details and information; sequencing; using tables, diagrams, and illustrations; recognizing analogies; predicting outcomes. Literary analysis is included here, too, as students will: analyze character traits; identify key events in plot; identify theme; identify setting; predict resolution; identify author's purpose; recognize figurative language; recognize conflict; recognize point of view; and sequence events. While all skills are developed, particular attention is given to those requiring critical thinking, such as inference and generalization. The goal is to teach students to think as they read to increase their understanding and retention of the material. To that end, instead of just answering questions about each reading passage, students are asked to support their choice, citing specific evidence from the passage (hence the "detective" part). Pre- and post-tests are supplied to help you determine which skills and lessons to focus on. Student books are consumable worktexts. A Teacher Overview contains an introduction to the program and how to use it, as well as answers to the practice activities. The answer key contains answers to the exercises in context; all of the passages and questions are included to aid in discussion. Beginning, A1, and B1 levels are all very similar in structure and content, but adjusted to different grade levels. Reading Detective Rx features low-readability, high-interest passages and exercises for the remedial reader.

Besides the interesting, varied selections, broad range of skills covered, and development of critical thinking skills, I also appreciate that the reading level is on target for the grade level (except for Rx). Many reading comprehension books seem to go to extremes to ensure that difficulty in actual reading ability doesn't impede the student in working through the lessons by lowering the reading level of the passages - resulting in overly simplistic passages that take most of the interest (and challenge!) out of reading.

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Trade Paper
8 to 9
Cheryl Block
Paperback Book
Brand Name
Critical Thinking Company
1.55 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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We love the Mind Benders books from the same company, and thought we would give this book a try!
Bernadette C on Sep 20, 2021
Reading comprehension skills
Jennifer Z on Feb 23, 2021
We love the Mind Benders books from the same company, and thought we would give this book a try!
Bernadette C on Sep 20, 2021
mommalen on Sep 2, 2021
Reading comprehension skills
Jennifer Z on Feb 23, 2021
this content is clear and consise. not overwhelmng and doesnt have unnecessary filler content.
jamie c on Feb 14, 2021
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Katrina on Jan 28, 2021
It appears to teach thinking skills.
David C on Oct 25, 2020
I want to have a more concrete method to my child's reading comprehension.
STEPHANIE on Jul 1, 2020
This looks like a good way for teaching reading comprehension.
JENNIFER G on Aug 27, 2019
We have other products from this company and are eager to try this one. It looks like it will encourage critical thinking, rather than simply asking superficial questions about a reading passage.
Rebecca B on Apr 16, 2019
critical thinking
Thanh M on Oct 24, 2018
I chose this to help my son figure out how to utilize context and clues to understand what he's reading, which should also help him use context in other situations
Janice H on Aug 15, 2018
It is worth trying, lower than private one on one tutoring. My student is interest in Detective stories so this book should help and be interesting to him.
Ethel B on Jul 25, 2018
Good skills
Maria D on Apr 24, 2017
We enjoy the Math Detective series.
Erin H on Feb 17, 2017
My son needs help with reading comprehension and is not ready to do book reports. I have been impressed with other products by Critical Thinking Company so I thought that I would try this.
Jennifer M on Jan 5, 2017
Excellent for reading comprehension. Clever. Kid-centered. "
Stina K on Nov 18, 2016
looks like a fun reading comprehension program
Paula Beth T on Aug 30, 2016
My son really enjoyed this book. I thought they laid the information out well and I was glad that it was something my son could do a lot of own his own.
Liz G on Aug 27, 2016
For my 9 year old who struggles with reading comprehension.
Dianna P on May 13, 2016
We choose this based on the number of homeschool parents that recommended it for their children. The number of people that said it worked well for 7-9 year old boys was extremely high and they said their kids who didn't like reading actually enjoyed it and they found it did an extremely good job teaching comprehension strategies.
Jennifer K on Apr 28, 2016
mommalen on Sep 2, 2021
this content is clear and consise. not overwhelmng and doesnt have unnecessary filler content.
jamie c on Feb 14, 2021
How long does each lesson take to complete?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It took my kids about 15 minutes per lesson. After I graded it, I would go over any missed concepts which would take a few more minutes, but I loved the answer key because it gave thorough explanations for correct as well as incorrect answers.
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Rated 4 out of 5
Solid program for comprehension
Going through this book, I was reminded of a few tests I have taken while I was in high school. You read a portion of a story and then you answer questions based on what you've read in the story. It's a bit boring in that retrospect, but it's solid in that it teaches you what you're going to need in the future for tests. My oldest son says that it's fun to read, but the questions are tough at times. Keep in mind he is 8, just started this program, and really hasn't done anything like this before. If you want to make sure your kids are understanding what they are reading, this is a good, affordable place to start, just don't do it everyday or you will drill the love of reading out of them.
July 3, 2016
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