A few tips from teachers like you to help integrate Raz-Plus into your classroom.
Teacher Tip #1Students can record themselves reading a book from their home computer. Have them record a favorite story with bells or dings to signal page turning (the Next button) and allow younger siblings to listen to the read-aloud while following along.
Teacher Tip #2When students have read and listened to all books in their assignment/level, assign a running record for a Benchmark Book or Benchmark Passage to determine student accuracy and readiness to move to the next level. (If Raz-Plus is used during centers, have the student record their reading.)
Teacher Tip #3Use the Assignment report to see at a glance how much of the current assignment a student has completed and whether it may be time to assess a student's reading progress.
Teacher Tip #4Giving students access to the Reading Room will help build listening comprehension, increased awareness of differing text structures, and broader vocabulary as students listen to books at higher levels.
Teacher Tip #5Play Raz-Plus songs on an interactive whiteboard during class transitions, and challenge students to be cleaned up and in their seats or in line before the song is complete.
Teacher Tip #6Use the correlation chart to help determine which level of books to assign to a student based on their grade or known guided-reading level.
Teacher Tip #7Include a date in a custom assignment title as a reminder of when a student was first given a particular assignment or when resources were updated.
Teacher Tip #8Make folders for each level labeled with a large letter/color according to the level. Place worksheets for books at that level into each folder for independent student access.
Teacher Tip #9Students only need the teacher username and their own password to access Raz-Plus from home. They don't need the teacher password, which would give them inappropriate access to the management tool.
Teacher Tip #10To protect student privacy and display only the first letter of a student's last name, remember to check the box on your Roster.
Teacher Tip #11Raz-Plus materials provide engaging at-home reading practice for students who are out of the classroom for long absences.
Teacher Tip #12Students can access Raz-Plus to hear modeled fluency and practice reading from any computer with Internet access--at home, at the library, on wifi-enabled tablets ... anywhere.
Teacher Tip #13Did you know that all the books on Raz-Kids and thousands of other resources can be downloaded and printed from Raz-Plus? Use eBooks with the printed books to model fluency for small-group instruction.
Teacher Tip #14Did you know that our sister site, VocabularyA-Z supports the vocabulary from the online books with customized vocabulary lessons, word work activities, and assessments?
Teacher Tip #15Add fun to Raz-Plus assignments by creating treasure hunts for each level. For example: Find two things you need to make salsa. (Making Salsa Level C); Find someone who gets lost at school. (Gordon Finds His Way Level G); Find the important person who had a pet raccoon. (White House Pets Level F)
Teacher Tip #16Use Raz-Plus with ESL students to powerfully reinforce the connection between the written and spoken word.
Teacher Tip #17Laminate lists of 'Room ___ Favorites' to help students make choices in the Reading Room.
Teacher Tip #18Write students' names on plastic cups. Stack them on top of the computer in the classroom. The student whose cup is on top is "up" at the computer. Students can set a timer for a teacher-designated time and then move their cup to the bottom of the stack so the next student can take their turn.
Teacher Tip #19Use Raz-Plus to model visualization. Play a Raz-Plus Listen eBook without allowing students to see the screen. Pause every few pages and have students sketch what "pops into their heads." Compare to the illustrator's pictures on a second read.
Teacher Tip #20Use a Raz-Plus informational book to introduce students to an upcoming topic being studied in math, science, or social studies.
Teacher Tip #21Challenge students to find and read a fiction book and a nonfiction book on a related topic as they browse in the Reading Room. Then bring the class together for a compare-and-contrast lesson.
Teacher Tip #22Create an assignment with only the listen option for all books at the next higher level for a student. This allows the student to preview more challenging texts before he or she begins working at that level in their guided-reading group.
Teacher Tip #23Did you know that students' reading comprehension can only be as strong as their listening comprehension? Occasionally, assign students the listen option and quiz for a given book to determine how strong their listening comprehension is at a given level.
Teacher Tip #24Place a set of high-frequency word cards with targeted words from a given level at your computer station. Encourage beginning readers to practice the word cards as a follow-up activity to their time on the computer.
Teacher Tip #25Be sure to tell students that they can use the Back button to listen to pages of a book again. They can also use the Pause and Play buttons to stop and start the narration.
Teacher Tip #26Did you know that there are many books on Raz-Plus that relate to specific topics you may be teaching? Look for books on animals, insects, ocean life, weather, seasons, transportation, energy, sports, and many more.
Teacher Tip #27Did you know that you can use the resources on Raz-Plus to support lessons on writing genres? Look for examples of expository, narrative, persuasive, and procedural writing.
Teacher Tip #28Did you know that sister sites Sciencea-z.com and Vocabularya-z.com share some resources with Raz-Plus? Subscribe and explore the Learning A-Z Connections on both sites.
Teacher Tip #29If you have a class web page, add a link to your Kids A-Z class log-in page.
Some tips to help you to get started with ReadyTest A-Z.
Tip #1Students only need their teacher's username and their student icon to access ReadyTest A-Z from home. You can also assign passwords to each student when you create your roster.
Tip #2To protect student privacy and display only the first letter of a student's last name, remember to check the appropriate box on your Roster.
Tip #3Use the Reports to see at a glance how much of the current assignment a student has completed and whether each student is keeping pace. Provide additional opportunities for computer time if needed to ensure students complete one test each week. Remember students can access assignments at school, at home, or anywhere they have a computer with an Internet connection.
Tip #4Adjust a student's assignment so that the student receives Practice Tests back to back instead of weekly if he or she is out of the classroom for long absences and falls behind the class sequence of Practice Tests.
Tip #5Print Practice Tests for students who do not have a computer with online access from home or if school computer time isn't available each week.
Tip #6Practice test-taking as a class by projecting a test and discussing each question along with its rationale.
Tip #7Another Learning A-Z website, Vocabulary A-Z, allows you to build customized vocabulary lessons and games that support academic vocabulary words common to standardized tests.
Tip #8Write students' names on plastic cups. Stack them on top of computer station(s) designated for Practice Tests. The student whose cup is on top is "up" at a computer. When a student completes a Practice Test he or she moves their cup to the bottom of the stack and the next student can take their turn.
Tip #9Place a set of academic vocabulary word cards with targeted test-taking words at your computer station(s) (see Vocabulary A-Z for word lists). Encourage students to practice the word cards as a follow-up activity to their time on the computer.
Tip #10If you have a class web page, add a link to your Kids A-Z class login page.
Tip #11If a student takes two or more Practice Tests in in a single sitting, make sure he or she always takes a short break to move, stretch, or get a drink in between each Practice Test.
Tip #12Encourage students to skip questions or tasks they might have trouble completing and go back to them at the end of the Practice Test.
Tip #13Use selected Test-Taking Skill & Strategy Lessons with small groups or the whole class before assigning the Practice Tests to individual students, so that each student has some experience with test-taking strategies and skills before taking the Practice Tests.
Tip #14Model taking a Practice Test for your class. Perform a "walk through" of any Practice Test, demonstrating important skills and strategies (such as using evidence from the text to find answers that students will use on high-stakes tests).
Tip #15View classroom and individual reports regularly to keep track of skills and standards that students are mastering and skills and standards that require additional instruction.
Easy-To-Use Suggestions for Writing Instruction
Writing A-Z offers a robust collection of resources to help improve the writing skills of every student, at every learning level. Below you will find a number of suggestions for writing instruction, as well as tips for utilizing Writing A-Z in the classroom.
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Considerations for Using Science A-Z Resources Effectively in the Classroom
Here are a few tips from teachers like you to help integrate Science A-Z into your classroom.
Science A-Z is a dynamic website that helps teachers integrate science and literacy instruction to efficiently satisfy standards in both science and English language arts at the same time.
Blending Reading with Hands-On Science
Unit resources help you address students' multiple learning styles by including many ways for students to read, write, think about, and discuss science ideas, as well as numerous opportunities for students to participate in hands-on science experiments and projects. You get to choose which unit resources are most appropriate for your science instructional goals and the order of their use. Below are three sample pathways through key unit resources.
Build a foundation of content knowledge by having students read first, and then develop scientific and engineering practices with hands-on investigations and projects. Extend the learning with more reading practice.
Allow students to jump right into hands-on activities to develop practices and to learn concepts and vocabulary in context. Then have them read science books to develop a deeper understanding of the content. Extend the learning with more projects and activities.
Intersperse a variety of resources to get kids reading about and doing science using an integrated approach.
If using Science A-Z to supplement another curriculum, decide which resource types will best round out the instruction, accounting for all standards and learning styles.
- If you use a science textbook, you might find the hands-on activities and collaborative projects from Science A-Z to be useful. You may also find that the multiple reading levels make the content more accessible to a wide range of student reading abilities.
- If you use a kit program, supplementing it with the vast library of multilevel books and other reading materials from Science A-Z may best meet your needs.