Accelerated Reader

Yoda-reading-small“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss

Students took the STAR reading test and have been assigned a reading range.  For the most part, they need to stay within their designated reading range levels/colors.  Students read books in their range and take tests on the computer at school.  Passing is 80% and above. They also earn points based on their score. Quarter 1 points goal is 10 points with 80% or above comprehension/accuracy at their level. They need to earn 10 or more points to be able to attend the AR Electronics Party at the end of the quarter on Nov. 7.

Students may bring their book with them to the computer to help them spell the title and search for the book.  Students may not look inside their book for answers during the test.  Also, the computer knows which levels students should be reading and will not allow them to take a test outside of their range without teacher approval.

Tips for Students

Students reading picture books: read a picture book 3 or more times that night, take the AR test at school the next day, repeat.  They should read 1 book every night and take 1 test at school everyday.

Students reading chapter books: you should read about 20 pages per night depending on your fluency.  You should read a shorter book on the side (at your level) so that you can continue to earn points on AR while you are finishing your chapter book. Hopefully your chapter book is worth a lot of points!

Read carefully. Read the questions on the test and all answer choices carefully.  Check your answer before submitting and going to the next question.

How Parents Can Help

Make sure your child reads every night.  Have them reread their picture books at least 3x. Research shows multiple readings increase comprehension.

Designate a quiet place and time for your child to read. Provide a timer. Allow them to read out loud if they are having trouble concentrating. They may need to be in the same room as you if they are still working on being independent.

Ask them questions about their book.  Ask how/why questions as well.

Encourage them to take their AR test or if it’s a chapter book – plan on when they will finish so that they can take their test. Follow up to see how they did and provide any praise/encouragement. I will send weekly AR reports so you can have those conversations.

Thank you so much for your support at home.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Let’s get reading! ~ Mrs. King


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