“Pines to Vines levels the playing field, making educational content available for every child’s learning ability, simply brilliant, A4cwsn”

Pines to Vines is a state of the art, upper elementary textbook based on the forest biome. Developed in collaboration with Oregon State University’s Department of Forestry and a team of educators, this standards based, core curriculum aligned digital textbook includes both interactive enhancements and universal design accessibility features. Designed with the goal of improving reading comprehension, fostering a love of learning, and building reading confidence, Pines to Vines gives educators a powerful new teaching tool to help all students, from children with special needs to those who are academically gifted.

Pines to Vines covers a variety of topics, including forest layers, range and climate of forest biomes, plant and animal wildlife, adaptations, benefits of forests, and forest threats. Students will learn about all major forest types including tropical moist forests, tropical/subtropical dry forests, tropical/subtropical coniferous forests, temperate coniferous forests, temperate broadleaf forests, Mediterranean forests, riverine forests, mangroves and boreal forests.

Pines to Vines is part of our Crack the Books series of interactive textbooks. Crack the Books textbooks are the first iTextbooks that can be adjusted for reading level without sacrificing curriculum content. Targeting 3rd to 5th grade science and social studies core curriculum concepts, our digital textbooks allow for reading level adjustment from 1st grade to 8th grade, making it possible for all students in a classroom to access the same curriculum content regardless of their reading ability.

Designed to foster comprehension and student engagement, Crack the Books textbooks feature hundreds of supportive audio and visual elements including beautiful high definition photographs, integrated video footage, fun facts, custom animations, custom images, and interactive charts, tables and globes. There are comprehension supports built into the text, with pop up definitions for associated new vocabulary. Students may further interact with the content by creating bookmarks, highlights and study notes.

Crack The Books helps teachers manage their classrooms by including interactive tests and glossaries for each chapter and each reading level. Students will answer questions in a variety of formats including Drag and Drop, True/False, Multiple Choice, Vocabulary Matching, and Essay. All non-essay test questions are automatically graded, allowing educators to efficiently monitor students’ mastery of concepts and reading comprehension skills.

Teachers can further manage multiple iPads by assigning personal Dropbox folders to store student bookmarks, highlights, study notes and test results. Teachers may also create custom tests and integrate them seamlessly with their classroom iPads.

For students with special needs, there are additional settings for common classroom and assessment accommodations including text to speech, answer dictation, image reinforcement and text zooming.

The combination of multiple reading levels and multiple testing levels gives teachers and schools unprecedented flexibility to use a single textbook across multiple grades as well as in classrooms with a broad spectrum of readers.

Lexile certified reading levels from 1st to 8th grade
Core curriculum aligned
Visual supports for comprehension
Over 100 high-resolution images
Videos and custom animations
Interactive globes and maps
Built in vocabulary definitions
Interactive glossary with record feature
30 individual chapter quizzes, 6 final tests
Custom tests
Built in test grading
Text to speech
Integrated voice over features
Text zoom
Bookmarks for multiple students
Dropbox integration

Crack The Books offers educators the first truly universally designed textbook for all elementary students, whether they are struggling readers, typically developing or academically gifted.

Requires iPad2 and above.





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13 Responses to Pines to Vines – The Forest Biome

  1. Danielle Ross says:

    Your website is one of the best assets to us parents with children with special needs.

  2. Lora says:

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  3. julie engle says:

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  4. Adrianne Condray says:

    I would love an iPad mini to help my students with special needs communicate and feel more successful!

  5. Lynn Martin says:

    The IPad mini would provide a portable voice for my son, who is non verbal and relies on a computer or to communicate and complete his schoolwork. His fine motor deficits do not allow him to use an iPod or I phone because he is not accurate enough. The IPad mini would be the perfect size for him to carry around and not stick out like a sore thumb (Aug Comm Device) and communicate within his community. We cannot afford to buy him one ourselves.

  6. I think this would be great for all kids with disabilities. This would benefit them as well as assist the teachers with their needs.

  7. Crystal Collins says:

    This would be amazing my 6 year old is I’m first grader and he is so far behind every other child. I’m trying everything and I feel like I’m failing because he doesn’t know his number by sight or his letters by sight. This would help so much and get him interested in learning he is so smart I just fear no one is going to be able to get it out of him.

  8. Sandra Adorno says:

    This is awesome

  9. thank you for the opportunity

  10. jerri bryant says:

    Books look like great tool for learning

  11. tracy says:

    I love everything your doing for kids with special needs, thank you, thank you, God bless

  12. Laura Elmer says:

    Wow! So much potential.
    Love the speech therapy options.

  13. Gloria Walshver says:

    We need to help these kids lead a normal life they deserve it.

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