Saturday, September 17, 2016

Accelerated Reader


We will begin using the Accelerated Reader Program as part of our comprehensive literacy program.  The only way to become really good at understanding what we read is through practice. 
Accelerated Reader, or AR, is a program used to motivate students to increase their reading and vocabulary comprehension.  There is a proven link between strong reading skills and academic success. 

What is it?
The Accelerated Reader database offers quizzes to test reading comprehension on books your child may be reading.  Each book is assigned a reading level based on the book’s level of difficulty (vocabulary, sentence structure, and other elements) and a point value (based on the length of the book).  Students are encouraged to read independently and then take quizzes to check their reading comprehension. 

How does it work?
1.  To find out whether Accelerated Reader has a quiz available for a specific book or to find books at a certain level, visit www.arbookfind.com.  At the website you can search the catalog of more than 150,000 books.
2.  Students then choose a book based on their interest and reading level.  Please make sure your child chooses books at or above 4th grade level (4.0 and above) for quality and complexity of material.
3.  After they’ve read a book, students take quizzes in the classroom or in the media lab while a teacher is present.
Note:  Students cannot take tests from home.  The tests can only be taken while on campus.
4.  The student earns points for mastering material on the test.  They earn full points by answering ALL test questions correctly.  (Students who average at least 80% on tests taken are considered to understand what they read on an average level.)
**Please make sure your child chooses books at or above 4th grade level (4.0 and above) for quality and complexity of material.
5.  Accelerated Reader will be counted as a portion of their EFFORT in Language Arts grades for each reporting period.

We will need to collect $5.00 from each student to use this program.  Please send in the money in an envelope with your child’s name by 9/22.



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