By now, my readers have probably picked up on the fact that I really like Close Reading, and by Close Reading, I do not mean this. Close Reading is a strategy for our students to use during their reading to help them with analyzing the text they're reading for importance.
Snap Learning has two options. You can use the "stretch" texts for Close Reading or use the program for guided reading in print form. One great idea would be to combine the two for shared reading prior to students using on their own. With the online version, students have the ability to read independently, read with a read aloud, record notes and mark text information in response to text questions. At all times, students have the option to work on the story at the place they like using the reader stage buttons. This shows the reader at the third step, but he/she can return back to previous steps when needed.
With the page to the right, you can see the options for marking as well as how questions are answered. The reader has both red and blue pen options. The questions and response boxes appear in the margin.
I also think the colorful pictures enhance the concepts included in the story. Here is an example of one showing the caterpillar stage. The story I looked at for this post was Life of a Butterfly which is a second grade standard in Virginia, and it explains each stage very well through diagrams, photos, and text.
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