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Welcome to Garrett Elementary's Library

Under the Direction of Mrs. Alicia Glenn 

Renaissance Model/Master School

2009-2010 

 2010-2011

2011-2012

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Guidelines for checkouts:

Kindergarten:1 book

First Grade: 2 books

Second and Third Grade: 3 books

Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade: 4 books 

** All books are checked out for 5 days and must be returned or renewed within the time frame. If the books are not returned or renewed, the book becomes overdue and the student will not be able to checkout any books until it is returned or paid for.

Frequently Asked Questions: A Parent Guide to AR

How does Accelerated Reader (AR) work?

1) A student reads (or listens) to an AR book on his reading level.

2) The student takes a computer quiz to measure how well he understood the book.

3) After each computer test, a report is generated that tells how the student scored on the test and how he is doing for the current Nine Weeks.

How is a student's reading level determined?

At the beginning of the school year, students are given standardized tests to determine their independent reading level and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).

What is a ZPD?

The Zone of Proximal Development is the level of instruction that most effectively fosters learning. Practicing reading with books that are too hard results in frustration. Practicing reading with books that are too easy does little to improve skills and leads to boredom. A student's ZPD represents a level of difficulty that is neither too hard nor too easy, and is the level at which optimal learning takes place.

For example, if a student' ZPD is 1.5 - 2.7, then, the estimated range of book levels which that student could read comfortably and successfully for hours would be book levels 1.5 - 2.7. (It is recommended that students select nonfiction books .5 to 1.0 below the ZPD, as they are more difficult to read.)

Students' grade-equivalent scores will be higher than the ZPDs. A grade-equivalent estimates the highest level at which a student can read short passages. For example, a student whose grade-equivalent measured 10.0, would have a ZPD of 4.7-10.0.

Most adult pleasure reading is on the 5.0 to 6.0 book levels. For example, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has a 5.2 book level. 

Is there an AR test for every book?

No. However, Montgomery Public Schools has adopted the AR Reading Program system-wide and has purchased all 80,000 available AR quizzes for each school in the system. This means that Garrett now has AR tests for many of the high quality children's books.

Can students only test on the books checked out from Garrett's Library?

No. Students may also read and test on books from home, the classroom library, or from the public library, but they need to check to be sure there is an AR quiz available and if the book is within their ZPD.

What does IL, BL, and Points mean?

To help students select appropriate books, every book that has an AR Quiz has been assigned an interest level (IL), a book level (BL) and a point value.

*Books are assigned one of these interest levels based on publisher recommendations:

LG = lower grades, approximately K-3

MG=middle grades, approximately 4-8

UG=upper grades, approximately 9-12 

Book levels (BL) are based on readability scales developed by Renaissance Learning. The full-text of a book is scanned into a computer and the difficulty of the words is analyzed. The book level is a measure of the difficulty of the text, and helps predict which books students can understand. 

Points are based on both the length and difficulty of the book. Therefore, the longer and harder a book, the more points it is worth.

In order to guide students to books in their reading zone, the library AR titles have been color-coded using the following system:

Pink dot- Kindergarten

Yellow dot- First

Red Dot- Second

Green dot-Third

Orange dot- Fourth

Blue dot- Fifth

Purple dot- Sixth

Brown dot- Seventh

Pale pink dot- Eighth

Is AR a part of the reading grade?

No.

How can I know what my child's AR goals are?

At the beginning of the each nine weeks, teachers send home notification about the reading goals expected for that marking period. Three goals (percentage correct, minimum average book level and points) are assigned.

Each student's percentage correct goal is 90%. When students comprehend what they are reading, they easily score 90% and higher on their quizzes. Research shows that the higher a student scores the more he is benefiting from the AR program. 90% correct is good, but 90%-100% is even better!

The point goal and the minimum average book level goal are based on the student's reading level.

As our school grows in the implementation of the AR program, teachers will begin challenging students with certification goals. These goals will help students move forward through various reading stages; for example, moving from picture books to books with mainly text.

How does AR fit into the daily classroom schedule?

Language Arts teachers provide approximately 25 to 30 minutes of daily guided reading practice. During this time students read, test on books, visit the library, select books from the classroom library to read, conference with their teacher, etc.

Basic social teachers often encourage students to read after their assigned work is finished. As time permits, many teachers allow students to select books from their classroom libraries, read, and take AR tests on the computers that are available in that classroom.

How can I help my child with AR?

Parents need to make sure their child reads at least 20 minutes each night. 

Reading practice is graded just like math, science, and social studies. Parents can reinforce the importance of reading by listening to their child read and asking questions about the book.

Make sure you know your child's ZPD (reading zone) and their point goal. Check to see that the book your child is reading is in their reading zone. Review the TOPS reports. The middle section of this report will let you know how your child is progressing toward his point goal and what his current percentage correct is for the nine weeks. Watch for these red flags: (1) scores below 90% on a single quiz, (2) a nine Weeks average that drops below 90% and (3) failure to be earning enough points to reach the nine Weeks goal.

PRAISE GOOD PERCENTAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is the TOPS report?

The TOPS report is generated after each quiz. If the computer printer is running, it prints out. This report gives a student immediate feedback about their performance on the quiz just taken. It also shows cumulative data about a student's progress for the Nine Weeks marking period.

Some teachers file these reports and send them home weekly or with graded papers. Other teachers allow students to bring home the TOPS reports as they get them.

Parents need to become familiar with this report. When you review the TOPS report, note the three sections. The first gives information about the quiz just taken. The next two give cumulative data about the Nine Weeks and then the year. The report also indicates whether the book just quizzed on is fiction or nonfiction, and whether it was read to the student, with the student, or whether the student read it independently.

Can I read AR books to my child?

Yes. In fact, parents are encouraged to Read To and Read With their children. For beginning readers this is very important.

When students start an AR quiz, they indicate if the book was read To them, read With them or read Independently. This is noted as TWI on the TOPS report. When students pass Kindergarten and First Grade, most of their AR reading should be independent reading practice. For older students about 10% to 15% of their AR quizzing may be either from Read To or Read With. The same number of points is earned for Read To and Read With reading as it is for Independent reading.

Where do students take AR quizzes?

Students can test in the following locations: classroom, library, and computer lab. If you are interested in volunteering to help out in one of these locations, please contact the school office.

When do students visit the library to check out books?

Each homeroom has a designated weekly library time when the entire class comes to the library. Other than that, the library is available for students to check out books upon the discretion of their teacher.

HOW TO FIND

THE BOOK LEVEL, INTEREST LEVEL, AND POINTS

FOR

AR TITLES

USING THE INTERNET

(The book, book level, points, quiz number, and a picture of the book will be provided.)

1.Go to arbookfind.com

2. Type your book title in the search box (Ex.: Three Little Pigs)

How to access Garrett Elementary's library from home:

 https://library.mps.k12.al.us/opac/garree/index.html#menuHome

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