· Students will discover their reading identity by asking how they view themselves as readers and any barriers they might face.
· Students will determine their monthly reading goal and use reading logs and goal templates to track progress. Mrs. Millet will advise how they can personalize these goals in order to achieve success.
· Support for reading goals:
o In the library, reminders about due dates, reading with Book Buddies, literary circles based on similar goals, guided reading work, opportunities for group discussions, and library class book talks will motivate students to continue reading and setting higher goals.
o At home, parents can select books that can be read as a family, ask about library books currently checked out, listen to your child read orally, and setup weekly library folder checks to track progress.
· Celebrating! Incentives such as prizes and reading celebrations will occur throughout each nine weeks grading period based on ideas/themes selected by the students.
Accelerated Reader Program
· Accelerated Reader is a reading motivational program that we began using over 25 years ago.
· Teacher and program developer, Judith Paul, combined the elements of a book list, a reading point/motivational system, and a brief test to ensure reader’s comprehension with an ultimate goal of encouraging higher quality reading and to instill a love of books.
· This computer-based program helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice.
· Students select books at their own level and read it at their own pace.
· Students then complete a short quiz on the computer in the classroom, library, or lab. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what they read.
· Accelerated Reader (AR) gives students, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the librarian then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
· Students using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having them assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
· Parents may view their child’s AR progress from any device with and internet connection using the Renaissance Home Connect website listed below. Username and password can be located in your child’s library folder.
Renaissance Home Connect:
Pizza Hut BookIt! Program
· The mission of the program is to turn “have to read” into “want to read” and the only way to get better at reading is to take the time to do it!
· Students can earn a free personal pan pizza each month from October – March by simply completing their monthly reading goals!
AR Trophy – Students with the most points & highest quiz average in each grade (1st – 5th) will receive a special AR Trophy.
Remarkable Readers Trophy – Awarded to students who are avid readers and well-rounded patrons of our school library, but may not necessarily have the highest AR points due to lack of available quizzes for books read.
BookIt! Certificates – Students completing all six months of the reading program will receive a special certificate.
Fifth Grade Book Club – Members who regularly attend meetings and complete required reading will receive a special certificate.
Library Helpers – 5th Grade students who volunteer to assist in the library before school with book exchange, AR quizzes, and reading as a Book Buddy will receive a special certificate.