The goal of all reading instruction is to help students become lifelong learners who love to read. Accelerated Reader
is a motivational program for individual student reading practice. Each upper grade student at Gladstone Elementary is given a test at the beginning of the year to determine the most effective range for him/her to practice reading--this is called their ZPD.
This ZPD range, or Zone of Proximal Development, is a reading range of books that will challenge a student without causing frustration or loss of motivation. It is the level of difficulty from which a student should be able to read independently for long periods of time. Students enjoy taking tests, accumulating points, and earning certificates. Earning certificates will also allow them to receive recognition during the school year.
Books are COLOR CODED by level. Look at the binder of your son/daughter's book and that will tell you their approximate level according to their ZPD. You should see your student reading nightly and working on their AR Reading Log. This is the level he/she has tested in. Students will be STAR tested to see if they have made reading growth. This will also generate a new ZPD level.
Please ask your student: When will you quiz on this book?
How long have your had this AR book?
Here is the colored coded chart by grade level as well.
Blue Books 1.0 -1.9 First Grade level
Red Books 2.0 -2.9 Second Grade level
Green Books 3.0 - 3.9 Third Grade level
Brown Books 4.0 - 4.9 Fourth Grade level
Yellow Books 5.0 - 5.9 Fifth Grade level
Look at the binder of your son/daughter's book and that will tell you their color level they are reading.
BOOK FINDER for AR QUIZZES
Use the Book Finder link to find books your son or daughter may want to read. At this website you can find any book and its level. So if your son/daughter wants to read a certain book--look it up here---- http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx