Story Thinker

Computational Thinker
Boy with open book and excitement


Students will use the free site, INTO THE BOOK, to learn and practice strategies that will  allow them to dig deeper into various reading concepts to gain a stronger understanding of text.

Students will:

  • Be able to use INTO THE BOOK to practice and master reading strategies.
  • Be able to use technology to help break problems into key parts.
  • Be able to extract information to solve a problem.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Inferring: Inferring is solving something in a story that the author doesn't actually say using clues from the text.

  2. Prior Knowledge: Prior knowledge is using what is already known to help understand something new. 

  3. Making Connections: Making connections is relating to what you have done (experiences) to what you are reading. 

  4. Questioning: Questioning is asking questions to understand what is being read. 

  5. Visualizing: Visualizing is creating images in our minds that reflect or represent the ideas in the text

  6. Summarizing: Summarizing is identifying key elements and condense important information into your own words during and after reading to show that you understand what you have read. 

  7. Evaluating: To evaluate is to make judgments about what has been read and explain why. 

  8. Synthesizing: Synthesizing is creating original insights, perspectives and putting the pieces together to see them in a new way. 

  9. Strategies Together: Use strategies together to understand what is read.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Read the Background on the Into the Book website:
  • Go to the site INTO THE BOOK and utilize the teacher resource page for inferring.
  • Complete the activities as a student. The site will provide a tutorial video for the task.
  • Decide if you want students to save progress.
  • Set up usernames or KEYS. 
  • This is a free site that students can use without a login, however, if you choose to give them a login, the site will save their progress for each lesson.
  • When students click on students it will say FIRST TIME.  Students type in their name and receive a unique username or KEY to access. Students should write this key down so that they have it for future use.
  • If you choose to have students work without saving, you will click Skip Login and they may continue.
  • See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 
  • The Into the Book website will read stories to struggling readers. This site will not let students move on until they complete the task at hand.

Directions for this activity:

  1. Discuss the literary term you will be teaching (e.g., Students, we will talk about making inferences in the text today. What does it mean to infer? How do you infer in a story?”

  2. We will be using the site INTO THE BOOK to help us better understand how to infer.

  3. Navigate students to INTO THE BOOK website.

  4. Go through the login process of your choice.

  5. Have students click on INFERRING (or the task you select).

  6. Watch the video together.

  7. Teacher selects TRY IT YOURSELF

  8. Teacher demonstrates one of the activities with the class.

  9. Teacher allow students to pick their own activity within INFERRING to complete.


Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Once the student completes the activity, they will have the option to print out their activity to turn in. Since the activity is corrected throughout, the completed assignment is the the exit ticket.
  • The students can also email the activity to their teacher. 

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Computational Thinker
5c. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Reading Comprehension iOS

Into the Book

Into the Book Student Inferring

Into the Book Teacher Inferring


Check out this activity on inferring. 

Look for bias in a current event. How does reading between the lines of certain articles help you to infer what a writer’s opinion is?

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, February 2018.