Accelerated Reader

Reading transports curious minds to wondrous realms of the imagination. It determines success not only in the classroom, but in life. Highly popular and successful for over 25 years, Accelerated Reader (AR) is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice.

AR has a beautifully redesigned student interface with improved navigation and tablet compatibility, and has the ability to:

  • Personalise and guide independent reading practice.
  • Develop lifelong readers and learners.
  • Tap into unlimited access to all quizzes and enjoy online support.
  • Increase parental support with web-based, school-to-home communications.

It's all about practice. AR encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. Based on each student's independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult as to cause frustration.

In addition, AR helps teachers monitor students' vocabulary growth, literacy skills development, and other reading skills.

5 Steps to reading success

  1. Determine reading level. First, a student’s optimal reading level is determined through the STAR Reading Enterprise assessment. This assessment suggests a range of book levels for each student called the “zone of proximal development”, or ZPD.  Children should begin reading books that have a level at the lower end of their zpd and gradually move up the range in order to make optimum progress.
  2. Set practice goals. Teachers support children to  set individualized reading practice goals based on reading quantity, quality, and difficulty and they can then monitor progress toward those goals.
  3. Personalised practice. Personalised reading practice means students read books of interest at their own reading level. AR BookFinder makes it easy to find the perfect book.
  4. Students take an AR Quiz. AR offers more than 150,000 quizzes of three types on both fiction and nonfiction titles. Students have many different options for taking AR Quizzes, including laptops, PCs, tablets, and NEO 2s, as well as through the AR Student App available on Apple® devices.
  5. Receive instant feedback. AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of Renaissance Home Connect.

 

Accelerated Reader – Rewards

We have implemented a set of rewards to celebrate our reading champions!

  • Certificates and Reading Champion Badges will be handed out at the end of every half term. There will be 2 reading champions from each class every half term.
  • The class with the most Accelerated Reading points, at the end of each half term,  will receive an extra break time.
  • The child with the most Accelerated Reading points at the end of each term will receive a £10 gift voucher.
  • The top 10 children with Accelerated Reader points at the end of the year will be invited to a trip to the British library.

http://ukhosted116.renlearn.co.uk/2237581/ - Follow this link to logon.

Watch Mr Connolly’s workshop on Accelerated Reader below.

 

MyON

myON is another great resource that we have access to because we have Accelerated Reader at school.

If you are running out of books to read at home, then there are a wealth of books that the children can read online here.

They are also linked to AR, so they will have their book level for example a 2.6 and they will also have their quiz number there too.

How to access the books 

  • Click on the link.
  • Click on start reading.
  • Browse books by category.
  • Choose a category, for example, 'animals', then choose 'pets'.
  • Over each book you will see it says 'Read' or 'Info'
  • Click on info and then 'i' it wil give you the details you need; age group it is suitable for, the book level (ATOS)  and also the quiz number.
  • When you have chosen a book, read it online and then quiz on it on AR.

MyON– Rewards

We have implemented a set of rewards to celebrate our reading champions!

  • The class with the most amount of minutes, at the end of each half term, will receive an extra break time.
  • The year group with the most amount of minutes by World Book Day will receive a bespoke author visit and workshop!
  • The top 30 readers, with the most amount of minutes, will receive an invite for themselves and 1 career to a special tea party. This will be held once a term/
  • The top 10 children with the most amount of minutes at the end of the year will be invited to a trip to the British library.

https://www.myon.co.uk/login/index.html- Follow this link to logon.

Watch Mr Connolly’s workshop on MyON below.