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Friday, April 27, 2012

Inference Jones: A Review

For more than 50 years, The Critical Thinking Company's award-winning products have helped students of all abilities achieve better grades and higher test scores with highly effective lessons that sharpen the mind as they teach standards-based reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history. Their products are fun, easy to use, and guaranteed to produce better grades and higher test scores.

The Critical Thinking Company sent me a e-copy of  Inference Jones to review. This is a 48 page work book with 18 lessons and is available as a hard copy for  $11.99.

From their website:
PhotobucketInference Jones provides short, fun, and easy-to-use activities that improve critical reading and higher order thinking by developing the student’s ability to draw inferences from written text. Research shows inferential reasoning is a prerequisite component to superior reading comprehension. The National Foundation for Educational Research concluded that "the ability to draw inferences predetermines reading skills: that is, poor inferential reasoning causes poor comprehension and not vice versa."

Inference Jones: Beginning has a readability level appropriate for grades 3-4 but can also be used as a remedial resource for older students (grades 5-12+).

Micaiah and I worked through several lessons which comprised of a short story and questions to follow.  Here is an example:

The book was easy to use and didn't take a lot of time to complete.  Micaiah who is in grade 3 had no difficulty working through the lessons independently and while he didn't beg to do them everyday, he didn't mind working on Inference Jones when I asked him to.  I found it to be a solid and usable product and look forward to exploring the many other resources offered by The Critical Thinking Company.

Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review team I was given a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (favourable or otherwise).


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