Sunday, June 2, 2013

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Our school district offers Accelerated Reader (AR), a computer-based reading program used in many schools to monitor reading comprehension.  Our class completed 3 AR quizzes together, and the students will take 2 quizzes independently this week.  All students will be prepared for the extensive 2nd grade AR goal/point system utilized in our building.
  • There are two steps involved with AR:  the selection and reading of the AR book, and the computer-based quiz.  Children choose AR books from many places, including your home.  Many of the books the children read for their reading logs throughout the year are on Highland Drive’s AR list. Also, our building library has a collection of books, color-coded by AR reading levels.  An explanation of the color-coded levels is available here.   You’ll find three lists of AR book titles on that site as well.
(Site image - AR Information)  
  • The AR computer-based reading program provides comprehension quizzes that include five to 20 multiple-choice questions. Quiz results are immediately available and include the number of points earned based on the point value assigned the book and the number of correct answers on the test (to be used in second grade.)
  • For the first three quizzes we completed together as a class, I choose the AR books.  I wanted the children to develop confidence with using the AR program so we worked on the quizzes together during computer lab; the children did answer all questions independently, however.  For the final two AR quizzes, the children will select books within their individual reading range.
  • When you stop in at the library this summer, try to pick up a few books that are featured on our AR book list to help your child prepare for the second grade reading requirements.  The Brecksville Branch of the Cuyahoga Library has an outstanding collection of AR books available! 
Thank you for your support, and please be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

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