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Sycamore Library. &. Accelerated Reader. In 2003 Renaissance Learning changed how they recommend setting goals with students for AR. Some Background Info:.

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Sycamore library

Sycamore Library

&

Accelerated Reader


Some background info

In 2003 Renaissance Learning changed how they recommend setting goals with students for AR.

Some Background Info:

  • The recommendations as well as the capabilities of the software allowed us to bring consistency to how AR is used within the building.

  • Establishing AR and this goal-setting strategy gave us another literacy assessment tool.

  • My goal is for AR to work as a reading incentive program that encourages reading practice and comprehension.


How is ar run at sycamore

How is AR run at Sycamore?

  • Teachers use the STAR reading test at the beginning of the year to set the student’s GE (Grade Equivalent) score.

  • 2. Teachers use the GE score and a goal- setting chart to guide them in establishing the student’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development, the reading level at which a child will be challenged to grow but not discouraged because of difficulty).


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  • At the start of each marking period teachers meet with students individually to set the following goals:

Minimum Average Percent Correct is the percentage of comprehension (or understanding) they should have about the materials they are reading, usually the goal is 85% correct.

The Point Goal is based on the students’ reading level and how much time they have for daily reading practice.

Minimum Average Book Level Goal ensures that students stay reading within their appropriate level, with enough of a challenge to encourage growth but also a level were they will be successful.


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4. Then teachers or the librarian enter the goals into Accelerated Reader.

5. Accelerated Reader keeps track of the students’ progress towards these goals.

6. Accelerated Reader provides a number of different reports that teachers can use to evaluate students’ success and recognize areas that need attention.

7. The librarian uses reports to track students’ point and reward levels as well as track classroom point totals.


Prize system

Prize System

Marking Period Goals Party:

At the end of each marking period the librarian has a reward party for all the students who achieved their Average Percent Correct, Points and Book Level goals for the marking period. This way students are being recognized and rewarded for doing their personal best.

Point Level Prizes:

As students reach certain point totals they are given prizes. These prizes are awarded during each class’s library time throughout the week. This encourages students to be happy for each other’s success and motivated to work together as a team for classroom success. (The chart follows on the next screen.)


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Point Prize Chart:

Prize

1st/ 2nd Grade

Points

3rd Grade

Points

4th Grade

Points

Eraser

2

3

4

Bouncy Ball

4

6

8

Bookmark

6

9

12

Flying Frog

8

12

16

Put together jet

10

15

20

Name in Drawing

12

18

24

Pencil & Notebook

16

21

28

Critter Ball

20

24

32

Surprise Prize

24

27

36

Pen

28

30

40

Key Chain

32

36

44

Treasure Box

36

42

48

Video Rental

40

48

56

Goody Bag

44

54

64

Lunch with Mrs. Lattin

48

60

72

Kick Ball

54

66

80

AR STAR!!

60

75

90


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“The look on their faces when their names are called to receive a prize is priceless to me. Another wonderful benefit is the cooperation and camaraderie that has developed among the reading community in my room. The students are working together and cheering on one another’s successes. Higher readers are mentoring those that struggle as they all strive for our classroom goals. The friendly competition with the older classes in our building has made my young readers confident and motivated. My students LOVE to read!! I contribute a lot of that attitude of success to the A.R. program.” Mrs. Steere, 2nd Grade teacher


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A.R. Family Nights:

These are two hour events where students can come with their parents and read books together, listen to a storyteller, and then take AR tests. It has become a popular event and works as a great activity to pair up with the book fair.


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At the end of the year the students who have reached the AR Star level get T-Shirts and their picture in the community newspaper.

“Last year we had 19 AR STARS, 13 Boys and 6 Girls. As of March 15, we already have 20 students who have reached or are close to reaching STAR level.”


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During the end of the year assembly Top Reader Awards are given to students who:

Earn the most points in the year

Show the most improvement during the year

The class with the most points for the year.

“Currently I have three classes with over 1000 points for their classroom total and two other classes not far behind. Typically the class with the most points isn’t the one that has a few individual students carrying the whole class. It is the class that displays the best teamwork as each student encourages the other students in the class to participate and where stronger readers pair with struggling readers to help them be successful.” said Mrs. Cox


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Thank You

Holt Education Foundation

Thanks to your support 1100 additional tests were purchased and the students are enjoying the larger range of AR books available to them. Also, because of your support, students and parents are able to search AR test information from home with the web-based service, QuizList Interactive. This service interfaces the AR test information with my MARC record information which allows the students to search the library books and test information simultaneously with all the records being as up to date as possible.

Accelerated Reader is the main reading incentive program used and monitored by the library and therefore the students interact with it on a regular and continual basis. Your support filled in the gap we had and now the program will run smoothly for many years to come. Thank you for your generous contribution to the readers at Sycamore Elementary School.


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