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Students are tested and receive Reading Levels, ranging from aa to Z.  The chart below shows the rough grade level for each level, along with the number of minutes that children should be reading at home.

Archer Level

Grade Level

RAZ-Kids

Time Spent Reading per Day

aa

Pre-K

aa

15 minutes

A

K

A

15 minutes

B

0.33

B

15 minutes

C

0.66

C

15 minutes

D

1st

D

20 minutes

E

1.33

E

20 minutes

F

1.5

F

20 minutes

G

1.66

G

20 minutes

H

1.83

H

25 minutes

I

2nd

I

25 minutes

J

2.25

J

25 minutes

K

2.5

L

25 minutes

L

2.75

M

30 minutes

M

3rd

N

30 minutes

N

3.33

Q

45 minutes

O

3.67

S

45 minutes

P

4th

T

45 minutes

Q

4.25

U

45 minutes

R

4.5

W

1 hour

S

4.75

X

1 hour

T

5th

Y

1 hour

U

5.33

Z

1 hour




The most important way that you can help your child move up reading levels is to read with them, listen to them read, or encourage them to read on their own!

Below, one of our 1st grade teachers models in the video one way that you can read with your aa, A, B, C, and D level readers at home.



The text must provide the right level of support for the children's current processing abilities.  Language and concept should be easily controlled by students.  Students should have opportunities to develop and practice reading strategies.

One-to-One Matching

     It is important that young readers establish the association between the spoken words and the printed word.  They need to be able to point to each word as they read it.  The following phrases help children:

Read it with your finger.

Did it match?

Were there enough words?

Did you run out of words?

 

Meaning

     It is important that students understand that we read for meaning.  The following prompts help children make sense of what they read:

Did what you read make sense?

Look at the picture.

Start that sentence once again.

 

Self-Correction

     Children need to learn self-correcting strategies.  You can suggest the following:

Look at the picture for clues.

Look at the beginning and ending sounds.

Look for a chunk in the word.

Stretch the sounds.

Think about what would make sense.

Think about what has happened in the story so far that would help you.

Reread for meaning.

Does it look right?   Does it sound right?   Does it make sense?




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