How Does the AR Program Work?
1. Select a book from the library or bring one from home. Based on your child's interest and reading level, your child can choose a book from thousands of Accelerated Reader titles. All AR books in our classroom are color coded. The blue code is second grade levels, the yellow is third grade levels, the orange is fourth grade, and the green color code is a fifth grade level book. Students may also check out library books here at Greenfield or buy books from the bookfairs and off the Scholastic website. Scholastic book orders also identify Accelerated Reader books in each catalog and online. You may also checkout books at the Four Star Library in Mendon.
2. Read the book. Your child then reads the book at his/her own pace. Students may read their book at home or at school.
3. Take the AR test. After reading an AR book your child takes a computerized test over the book. Tests consist of 5 to 10 multiple choice comprehension questions from the book. The computer immediately scores the test, shows the number of correctly answered questions, and updates your child's yearly and quarterly record. Points are then awarded based on how well the student did. As the student earns points they get closer to reaching their AR goal that is set for each quarter.
4. AR goal setting. At the beginning of each quarter Mr. Zanger sits down with each student and helps them set an AR goal based on their reading level and ability. Throughout the quarter students are updated on their comprehension percentage, points earned in the quarter/year, and the amount of words they have read in the quarter/year.
5. Project scores. Throughout the quarter each student will be reading an instructional text with their reading group. Students work on phonics, comprehension, imaging, deeper questioning/thinking, and vocabulary. When students finish a text in reading group they will take an AR test over the book and the score is doubled and recorded for a grade.
How Can I Help My Child with AR?
1. Ask your child questions about what he or she is reading.
2. Check your child's progress online.
3. Be encouraging to your child.